Introducing the Cooler Master Storm Scout II Advanced

Cooler Master has been fairly gung ho on the PR side about their Storm Scout II Advanced. While we missed the opportunity to review its predecessor, the Storm Scout II, we aim to rectify that omission by putting this new semi-portable ATX chassis through its paces. Cooler Master has a long history of strong enthusiast offerings (with their HAF line being particularly well loved), but does the Storm Scout II Advanced inherit that legacy of greatness or are they falling behind the curve?

Unlike the HAF series, the Storm Scout II Advanced benefits from a cleaner design with rounded angles and smooth lines. There are a trio of handles on the top of the case to make moving it between LAN parties (or really, just moving it in general) easier on the end user, and Cooler Master includes a fairly traditional positive pressure cooling system, with two red LED fans (LEDs can be toggled off) in the front of the chassis and a single exhaust fan in the rear. As has become de rigeur, it features support for a 240mm radiator in the top, but its primary function is to be a sleek, semi-portable gaming case.

Cooler Master Storm Scout II Advanced Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Drive Bays External 3x 5.25"
Internal 7x 3.5", 2x 3.5"-to-dual-2.5" trays
Cooling Front 2x 120mm red LED intake fan
Rear 1x 120mm exhaust fan
Top 2x 120mm fan mount
Side 2x 120mm fan mount
Bottom 1x 120mm fan mount
Expansion Slots 7
I/O Port 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearances HSF 162mm
PSU 160mm with bottom fan / 220mm without
GPU 287mm with drive cage / 399mm without
Dimensions 9.1" x 20.2" x 20.5"
230mm x 513mm x 517.5mm
Weight 18.87 lbs. / 8.56 kg
Special Features USB 3.0 via internal header
LED toggle
Removable drive cage panel
Side window
Toolless drive installation
Price $109

The Storm Scout II Advanced isn't particularly light, but it's well built, using a combination of SECC steel and plastic. This is a case that really is designed to be moved, though components are going to add close to another ten pounds to its weight. Where I think things take a little bit of a turn is in the cooling system design; simply put, we've seen this before. A lot. And the lack of any 140mm support of any kind is crippling to the case's cooling potential at a time when many manufacturers are making the shift to larger fans.

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  • Donniesito - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - link

    Just an FYI: The gallery isn't working at all for me in Chrome. Works fine in Firefox - haven't checked IE.
  • Blibbax - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - link

    "This is not a case suitable for overclocking, at least not unless you're planning on adding additional intake fans to the side panel."

    So why didn't you? I can't imagine many users putting a powerful system in this case without installing 2 or even 4-5 extra fans.
  • milleron - Saturday, March 23, 2013 - link

    Cooler Master got it right with the Storm Sniper for this class of enthusiast. It has 3 large-diameter, low-RPM fans in place of all the little yippy fans in this thing, and it has sturdy handles. My Sniper is a laid-back Golden Retriever to the Scout II's terrier. Sniper does not have front-panel USB3 ports, but it's otherwise perfect for anyone looking for a very portable mid-tower. I keep my fans on low all the time -- just barely audible and niece and cool. Sure hope they make a Storm Sniper II with USB3 ports, but CM's not advertising the Sniper at all, so I'm not optimistic.
  • mikeymop - Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - link

    What ODD is that in the final picture?
  • smellykaka - Friday, May 31, 2013 - link

    The problem here is that few (or none?) of the alternatives you mentioned have carry handles. Since my PC travels with me 2-3 times a month, that makes them no good to me.
  • Protocol48 - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - link

    I would rather buy a "handled" case than mod my own.
    I need a mid-tower case with carry handle(s).
    If this case is so-so, what is the best mid-tower case with carry handles?

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