Someone’s eventually going to come up with some funny X-Men comment when they get their hands on this new beauty – what that’ll be is anyone’s guess (I’m only coming up with lame ones) but Cooler Master would rather you build something into this chassis than make fun of it. The Stryker is the successor to the Storm Trooper, both being full tower chassis and both featuring unique cooling setups for the hard drives. Like the Storm Scout and the Trooper, the Stryker integrates a strong carry handle for easy LAN portability, although I think you’d probably struggle with the 13.7kg weight of the chassis alone.

The original Trooper did well for itself in Europe and the Stryker will prove no different, I guess. That’s because when you open the panels, they’re the same chassis inside. There’s still two rotating drive cages with 120mm fans, enough space to hide a medium-sized dog and its coated in a powder-white, supposedly scratch-resistant paint. The rest of the chassis is aluminium and features the same front panel as the Trooper. If you wanted to spray your Trooper in any colour but black, maybe this is more up your alley.

What’s nice about the two siblings are the features each has as standard. There’s a 2.5″ hot-swap bay at the top, a fan controller with LED status lights, two front USB 3.0 ports and a storage container for small things at the bottom of the chassis. Inside there’s enough space for any hardware configuration you could think of, as well as a smaller drive cage to house up to four 2.5″ drives. The Stryker is set to launch at the end of this month with a RRP of 133€ (approx R1400). Currently the Trooper retails for around R1500, so expect the Stryker to be around R200 – R300 more expensive. if you were looking for something equally LAN-friendly with a Cooler Master badge, perhaps you should consider the Scout, retailing for under R1000 as Cooler Master begins phasing it out.

Oh, and the chassis doesn’t suffer from Hard Drive Anemia, that nasty disease I warned everyone about earlier. You could, with a little effort, fit fourteen hard drives in there. Lets see, that’s 14 x 3TB in a RAIDz array and… O_0

Source: TechpowerUp!, TechpowerUp! (review)

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