Is it even necessary to mention the packaging of yet another Cooler Master product, especially from the Storm family? Inside the box, we meet a well-packed enclosure, and inside it all the necessary rails, screws, ties, knots and similar things more important than may seem at first. The enclosure’s design continues where the external box left off - the dominant colour is black, on the outside as well as on the inside, while the red colour is represented by a large frontal 20 cm fan, which is very, very quiet, lest we say completely silent. The front is also adorned by the door covering four 5.25” slots, while one can see openings below, covered by nets, serving as filters for the air intake of the aforementioned fan. This entire section is made of high-quality plastic, and the impression is somewhat ruined by the door that really could have been a bit thicker.
The top contains four USB ports, two of which are 2.0, and two 3.0. There are also the inevitable 3.5 mm jacks for headphones and microphone. Between these two, one can see the large power and a rather small reset button, as well as the signal LED which informs you of HDD activity. The very top has a small space indented into the enclosure, which we presume should be the place to put your gadgets in, although it isn’t clearly stated as such.
The only detail that goes against the “dark” fashion of this enclosure is the semi-transparent side panel. This means that about 50% of the side panel is covered in acrylic glass, while the remainder is shaped like gills, further accentuating the “pumped” looks of the enclosure. Speaking of pumped, let’s add that this model is fairly heavy, with a weight of about 8 kg, which really is a lot for a midi tower enclosure. The reason for this is the steel skeleton which was chosen as the base of this model.
The interior of the new model is typically Cooler Master - very good cable management, a huge backplate opening for mounting/dismounting large coolers, hard drive cages which can be rotated and, if the graphics card requires it, removed completely. Naturally, there are also slots for SSD/2.5 mm disks. The PSU is expectedly situated on the bottom, while the top of the enclosure has a slot for another 20 cm cooler, or two 12 cm ones. The back contains three openings for water cooling pipes, as well as a 12 cm exhaust fan, significantly louder than the front one, and finally slots for 7 PCI cards. This being a gaming enclosure, the addition of cabling canals and periphery protection is a given.
You’re able to pack up to six HDDs into a single Enforcer, or two if you opt to remove the HDD cage and increase the room available for the graphics card from 27 to 39 cm. All these are simply mounted using the supplied rails - standard fare for Cooler Master enclosures, one could say. And while you need rails to mount 3.5” devices, a click is all you need to hear when mounting 5.25” ones; again, as has become typical for this manufacturer.
The battle in this market segment is truly at its peak, and there’s plenty to choose from on the market. If we limit ourselves to Cooler Master exclusively, the choice isn’t necessarily much simpler, as one can always buy a HAF 922, which is already getting a bit obsolete, truth be told, or a 690 II, which isn’t as gaming-oriented as this one. As far as price is concerned, this model is definitely not among the cheapest, and its date of appearance is likely to keep its price intact for a longer period of time. Even so, it could prove to be a proper boom in time, as it doesn’t really have any flaws that would prevent it from being one.
|Cooler Master Storm Enforcer|
|Size||229 x 484.5 x 523.5 mm|
|Supported motherboard form factors||ATX, micro ATX|
|5.25" / 3.5" sockets||4 / 6+1|
|Fans||200 mm on the front, 120 mm on the back|
|I/O panel||2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Mic, 1 x Headphones|