The Enforcer is the latest case from CM Storm, Cooler Master’s gaming division. Coming with an aggressive look and affordable price, let’s see if it is a good pick.
Provided By: Cooler Master
Cooler Master’s CM Storm Enforcer comes in a black box with red and white ascents. The front of the box features a large graphic of the case itself and another large graphic of what appears to be some sort of cyborg soldier/knight in armor. In the upper left, you can see the CM Storm Enforcer logo as well as some lovely shipping damage. Rest assured, the product inside was completely unharmed. The back of the box is full of Specifications.
Taking the Enforcer out of the box we see it’s secured between two blocks of fitted styroam and wrapped in a plastic bag along with the manual. Included with the case is six pairs of hard drive rails, a 5.25″ to 3.5″ device adapter kit, a 2.5″/1.8″ to 3.5″ hard drive adapter, various screws, twist ties, and Cooler Master’s “Storm Guard”.
The case itself is a small mid tower with a side panel window. At the front of the case is the ”CM Storm” and logo text at the top of the door. At the bottom, there are four meshed sections in front of the front, red 200mm fan. There are only two fans provided from the factory, and that is one 200mm front intake and one 120mm rear exhaust. There is room for two 120mm fans up top or a single 200mm up top.
The rear of the case there are three water cooling grommets at the top of the case above the 120mm exhaust fan. There are seven expansion slots which are located next to another similar vertical slot with a cover held in with a thumb screw. The right side of the case shows the uniform, matte black finish that covers all surfaces of the case.
The top of the case features a platform towards the front bezel that can be used to retain objects such as keys, thumb drives, or whatever else the user may choose to put there. The top is capable of holding two 120mm fans as well as a 200mm fan or even a radiator. The bottom of the case has a standard fan filter beneath the power supply, which allows a bottom-mounted power supply to “breathe” and also filters the majority of dust from entering the power supply unit.
The front door is hinged on the right side and is held shut buy a magnets, that’s what it feels like. There are four 5.25″ device covers, and the bottom one has a pop-out for a 3.5″ floppy drive – which is installed with the included 5.25″ to 3.5″ adapter rails.
Removing the side panels, you will find a fully painted interior, a large CPU mounting bracket access hole, and four cutouts on the motherboard tray for wire management. Overall, the interior is very standard. The back of the motherboard tray has many loops shaped into the metal for holding wires in place with the included zip ties.
The hard drive cages are capable of housing six 3.5″ hard drives, and are a tool-less design with the included hard drive rails. The 5.25″ bays are also tool-less and easier than ever. They lock and unlock at the flip of a lever. The larger hard drive cage of the two is removable and cant also be rotated as well. Once these screws are removed, the cage can be removed by squeezing the two plastic tabs that protrude from the top and the bottom and sliding it forwards. Another great features is you can move the 2.5″ hard drive cage to the top of the 3.5″ hard drive cage for more room for the power supplies cables.
- Front I / O Panel with USB 3.0 (internal)
- Tool – free for 5.25″ device
- Dust Filters on bottom and front intakes
- Cable management for better cable routing
- Reinforced front door protects your vital devices
- Supports rear internal 120mm water cooling radiator
- Removable & Rotatable HDD cage for convenient installation
- Support high-end graphics cards including AMD Radeon HD 6990 and NVIDIA GTX 590
- Storm Guard – security system for safeguarding your gaming peripherals
|Available Color||All Black|
|Dimension||(W) 229 x (H) 484.5 x (D) 523.5 mm|
(W) 9.0” x (H) 19.0” x (D) 20.6”
|Weight||8.9 KG / 19.5 lb (Net)|
|M/B Type||Micro-ATX, ATX|
|Material||Steel body, ABS plastic, Mesh bezel|
|5.25″ Drive Bay||4 Exposed (one could be converted to 3.5” bay)|
|3.5″ Drive Bay||1 Exposed (converted to 5.25” bay) / 6 Hidden|
|2.5″ Drive Bay||4 Hidden (two converted from 3.5” bay)|
|I/O Panel||USB3.0 x 2 (internal), USB2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x 1|
|Cooling System||Front: 200mm Red LED fan x 1, 1000 RPM, 19 dBA|
Rear: 120mm black fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA
Top: 200 mm black fan x 1 (optional ; can be swapped for two 120mm fans)
|Expansion Slots||7 + 1|
|Maximum Compatibility||CPU cooler height: 175mm|
VGA card length: 270mm (with HDD cage); 390mm (without HDD cage)
|Power Supply||Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (Optional)|
The CM Storm Enforcer is a very nice mid-tower case with an all black design, good ventilation, easy removable dust filters, USB 3.0 support that should please both average and enthusiast users who are looking for a nice-looking case for building a high-end PC at an affordable price. I wish it came with top fan installed, but we know that this would increase its final price.
I would definitely recommend the Cooler Master Enforcer. It recevies the Xtreme Tech Junkie’s Xtreme award.