In the military, a scout is sent ahead of the main infantry to gather intelligence and perform reconnaissance tasks. It was also an appropriate name for one of Cooler Master’s first cases under the CM Storm gaming banner for it was ahead of its time. However, since time moves fast in the world of PC hardware, changes must be made and the old Scout now has to adapt to newer component standards. Demand for mid-tower cases that can fit high end video cards and large aftermarket CPU coolers has risen as well as the adoption of self-contained water-cooling kits.
The original Scout case remains a very popular choice for a good reason. It was designed sensibly with plenty of cooling options to keep high-end components thermally manageable, plus it had a large acrylic side-window so users can showcase their hardware at a LAN party. Cooler Master builds upon this solid foundation and refines the Scout to fit the needs of a modern hardcore LAN gamer.
The CM Storm Scout 2 is the latest chassis from Cooler Master’s gaming line and improves upon its popular predecessor. The new CM Storm Scout 2 retains the signature pair of side carrying handles but now features a third rubber lined-steel reinforced handle in the middle for portability. Internally, the CM Storm Scout 2 supports a 240mm radiator on top, video cards up to 287mm/11.3 inches long (399mm/15.7 inches without the HDD cage), and CPU coolers up to 162mm/6.4 inches tall. A recessed front-panel I/O houses a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a microphone and headphone jack as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports. There is only one pre-installed 120mm LED fan in the rear but additional fans can be installed at the top (120mmx2), front (120mmx2 or 140mmx1), bottom (120mm x1), left side panel (120mm x 2) or HDD cage (120mm x1). The CM Storm Scout 2 also comes in either black or gunmetal gray version and both are covered with a two-year warranty.