In and Around the Cooler Master Storm Scout II Advanced

Like most of you, I'm not a big fan of the "gamer" aesthetic. While I have the benefit of being able to rotate my build between cases as awesome new ones come out, my history is pretty self-explanatory: Antec P182, Corsair Graphite 600T, SilverStone FT02, Nanoxia Deep Silence 1. Clean lines, clean builds. But the gamer styling can be done with some elegance and class; NZXT has been working their way towards it, and I think Cooler Master has it right with the Storm Scount II Advanced.

The front of the chassis is all clean lines and curves, and it has kind of a nice shroud around the ventilation and 5.25" drive bays. There's a single combination power/IDE LED at the top, and the two red LED fans are hidden behind the front vents. I think the fans are actually a nice accent, but if they're too much for you, there's a button to toggle the lights on and off on the top of the case. When we do get up there, we find the port cluster hidden by a door, the trio of power, reset, and LED buttons, and three handles. The top vent is also removable, and it snaps on and off (as opposed to traditionally spring-loaded mechanisms).

Both side panels are extruded as is becoming common, with the left side panel sporting a window and a pair of side-by-side 120mm fan mounts, while the right side panel is solid. The back of the Storm Scout II Advanced is also pretty basic (do we even need the radiator hose routing holes anymore?), although I'm always fond of the extra horizontal eighth expansion slot for routing cables or installing USB backplates.

Those panels are held into place with four thumbscrews per tradition, and again we're dealing with notched panels. When they're removed, the interior of the Storm Scout II Advanced reveals few surprises. There's a removable cage panel inside to allow for extended length graphics cards, and Cooler Master includes the usual rubber-lined routing holes in the motherboard tray. They also have toolless mechanisms for the 5.25" drive bays, and two adapter trays to allow you to fit a pair of 2.5" drives into a 3.5" drive bay. There's copious space behind the motherboard tray for routing cables as well.

Honestly if I have a major problem with the Storm Scout II Advanced's internal design, it's that it's...been done. I've said this before, but sometimes things become tradition out of habit. The current bog standard ATX case layout is not a good one, and I have scores of data to prove that assertion. This is something that often benefits greatly from innovation, whether it's culling 5.25" drive bays, rotating the motherboard...any number of things. Cooler Master should be keenly aware of this; their Cosmos II is a beast, but a frosty one, and their HAF xB is a testament to thinking outside of the box. In comparison to a lot of the smarter, more esoteric designs in their lineup, it's hard not to feel a little underwhelmed by the Storm Scout II Advanced.

Introducing the Cooler Master Storm Scout II Advanced Assembling the Cooler Master Storm Scout II Advanced
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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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