Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2

Posted by on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 7:03am

Scout 2 overall view

If you have not figured it out by now, just about every case manufacturer has a gaming brand. Cooler Master was one of the first to develop such a brand when they opened up CM Storm. And since then we have seen some pretty great cases. Today, we have the newest addition to the brand which would be the Storm 2. The only thing the new version and the original have in common is a LAN handle and size. We will be taking a look at what makes this one the new must have case.

Scout 2 overall view

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Review

 

Introduction

If you have not figured it out by now, just about every case manufacturer has a gaming brand. Cooler Master was one of the first to develop such a brand when they opened up CM Storm. And since then we have seen some pretty great cases. Today, we have the newest addition to the brand which would be the Storm 2. The only thing the new version and the original have in common is a LAN handle and size. We will be taking a look at what makes this one the new must have case.

Cooler Master’s take on the Scout 2

The highly anticipated recreation of the benchmark in LAN gamer cases, Scout 2 offers refinements on its predecessor’s design to arrive at a theme steeped in the future of combat. These refinements are bolstered by improved steel reinforced carrying handles, bolted to the core structure. Front console connections have been updated to USB 3.0 while offering protection from adverse travel conditions with hidden sliding cover. Support for current high-end hardware is greatly increased by a removable HDD cage that supports VGAs like the NVIDIA GTX 690 and AMD HD 7990, making the Scout 2 better prepared for all conditions.


Specifications

Model

SGC-2100-KWN1 (black)
SGC-2100-GWN1 (gunmetal gray)

 

Color

Black (SGC-2100-KWN1)
Gunmetal Gray (SGC-2100-GWN1)

 

Material

Appearance: Polymer, Coated Steel Mesh and Body

 

Dimension

230 x 513.5 x 517.5mm / 9.1 x 20.2 x 20.5 inch

 

Weight

Net: 8.3 kg / 18.3 lb

 

M/B Type

Micro-ATX, ATX

 

5.25" Drive Bay

3 (exposed)

 

3.5" Drive Bay

7 (hidden)

 

2.5" Drive Bay

2 (converted from one 3.5" drive bay)

 

I/O Panel

USB 3.0 x 2 (int.), USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1,
Audio x 1 (supports AC97/HD Audio)

 

Expansion Slots

7

 

Cooling System

Top: 120mm fan x 2 (optional)

Front: 120mm fan x 2 or 140mm fan x 1 (optional)

Rear: 120mm red LED fan x 1 (with LED on/off function)

Bottom: 120mm fan x 1 (optional)

Side: 120mm fan x 2 (optional)

HDD cage: 120mm fan x 1 (optional)

 

Power Supply

PS2 (optional)

 

Maximum Compatibility

VGA card length:
287mm / 11.3 inch (with HDD cage)
399mm / 15.7 inch (without HDD cage)

CPU cooler height:
147mm / 5.8 inch (with side fan)
162mm / 6.4 inch (without side fan)

 

Warranty

2 years

 

UPC Code

884102019043

Features

  • Ergonomic steel reinforced carrying handles bolted to support beams of the core structure
  • Dual USB 3.0 support for 10x faster file transfer and high current smart phone / tablet charging (~1A)
  • Supports up to 3 ODDs (tool-less), 7 HDDs and 2 SSDs for increased expandability
  • Supports up to 9 fans, including dual 120mm fans on the acrylic side panel window
  • Top panel LED switch to disable the LEDs of two separate LED lit case fans at night
  • Supports all high-end graphics cards after removing the 1st HDD cage
  • Dust filters for PSU (slide out) and top panel

Closer look at the exterior

We will begin this little party with stating some of the basic information about the case. First, the case is offered in two variations: there is a black model and a more stylish gunmetal gray unit as well. The case stands 20” tall and is 9” wide and sits 20.5” deep. This all add up to be about 1” larger and taller than the original Scout all the way around.

 Scout 2 overview

The tour of the Scout 2 will start from the front as usual. The entire front end of the case looks like a single plate of mesh but that is far from the case. Sitting in the upper half are three 5.25” drive panels. And the under half consist of another sheet of mesh that hide the 120mm spacing upfront. The Strom logo sits comfortably in the mist of the mesh.

Scout 2 drive bay panels

Scout 2 front

Surrounding the mesh is a bezel made of plastic. This gives the case the appearance that the front panel can tilt slightly front to expose something. But it doesn’t. But part of the surrounding plastic is the I/O placement which hides behind a small sliding plastic door. The Scout 2 consists of four total USB ports with two being of the 3.0 standard and the others 2.0 compliant.

Scout 2 USB ports

And since we are near the top of the case lets move along to the rest of it. Just behind the I/O door are the power, reset and a fan LED power button. There is a plate that is about the same as a dual 120 rad that can be removed to access the inside of the case. This makes it easier to install additional cooling like fans and rads. One feature that can’t be missed from the Scout 2 is the soft surfaced carrying handle. This Scout as well as the first was built to be LAN system builds.

Scout 2 power switch

Scout 2 top

Both sides of the case are convex. We take a look at the left first and see that it has a five sided window and two locations for additional 120mm cooling fans.

Scout 2 left

The right side does not offer any windows but because of the bowed bump it should offer a ton of space for cables behind the motherboard.

Scout 2 right

The rear of the case has a rather general layout to it. But CM did implement the StormGuard feature in the rear panel. This allows you to route the cables of your peripherals like your mouse and keyboard to keep them from becoming a victim of theft.

Scout 2 rear panel

Scout 2 Stormguard

Lastly, we have the bottom of the case. There are vented areas for the power supply fan as well as an additional fan. The dust cover for the additional fan is removable from underneath.

Scout 2 bottom

Scout 2 bottom vent


Closer look at the interior

The entire interior is painted black to match that of the outside. The overall arrangement is simple but well laid out. Besides the black paint job the most noticeable feature would be the really large CPU cut-off. You normally don’t see one this big in larger cases. Other cut-offs are align the right and bottom sides of the case.

Scout 2 interior

Upfront there are two HDD cages on top of one another. The top one can be removed either for better airflow or to support longer video cards. Drives are installed inside the cages with the aid of two plastic brackets attached to each side of the drive. The optical drives are also tool-less.

Scout 2 5.25

Scout 2 HDD cages

The Scout 2 comes with a single bracket that will adopt one of the 3.5” slots into a place where a 2.5” drive would fit.

Scout 2 HDD bracket

Here we actually took the time to remove top panel to give you a clear look of the spacing if case you want to install a rad.

Scout 2 top

Scout 2 removed

As nice as this case is I can’t believe that the slot cover at the rear of the case are not slotted for better ventilation. But they are screwed to the case by thumbscrew for a nice plus. Mounted in the rear is a white LED clear fan for added exhaust.

Scout 2 inside rear

To end the tour we see the two vented areas at the bottom of the case.

Scout 2 bottom vents


Build Images


Measurements

Conclusion

Visually I had my doubts about the CM Storm Scout 2 when I saw images of it from some of the events from earlier this year. It looked as if it was having an identity crisis. That changed after getting the case in hand I was surprised by the not too subtle look but clean lines. The mesh front panel helps with this a lot. Even with this aimed at the gamers, I can see it having a place in many other environments like an office or using it for someone just looking for a basic PC.

The handle on top is great and definitely will useful for those that like to lug their machine from LAN to LAN. I got a kick out of it just hauling it from one side of the room to the other. Even the paint job was superb as there were no runs or light spots .

The construction of the case is top notch and nothing short of what we have seen from Cooler Master. Bearing down on the case using the handle we did not find any wobbling or any bowing to speak of.

The Scout 2 doesn’t have the numerous features we have seen in other CM cases though. There are no HDD docks, no SATA back planes and vented expansion slot covers are also missing from the case. Granted not everyone need these features but asking $100 for a case I can’t see why at least a couple of more fans are included. The case can house a total of eight fans but only comes with one.

Looking at it from a different point-of-view, you do get some nice features for the money. That would include a very sturdy handle, support for gaming builds that would include some very long video cards and we are not talking just about one either.

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