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.
SGC-2100-GWN1 (gunmetal gray)
Gunmetal Gray (SGC-2100-GWN1)
||Appearance: Polymer, Coated Steel Mesh and Body|
||230 x 513.5 x 517.5mm / 9.1 x 20.2 x 20.5 inch|
||Net: 8.3 kg / 18.3 lb|
|With Side Panel Window
|5.25" Drive Bays
|3.5" Drive Bays
|2.5" Drive Bays
||2 (converted from one 3.5" drive bay)|
|Front Port(s)||2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Mic
1 x Audio (supports AC97/HD Audio)
|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)
||ATX PS2 (optional)|
VGA card length:
CPU cooler height:
All cases will be benchmarked under Idle and Load conditions. Room temperatures will be specified accordingly. Temperatures measured will be: CPU, GPU, and Hard Drive. All temperatures will be measured using the internal thermal sensors, unless otherwise specified.
The entire system will be placed under load by the OCCT program for 30 minutes and temperatures will be taken. They will then be compared to the temperature readings taken after 30 minutes of system idle. Stock temperatures were taken with motherboard power saving features enabled and Windows power saving set to "Balanced". System smart-fan controller set to "disabled"
Room Temperature: 23C
Provided by: CM Storm
No compensation was received for review of this product.
Price: $99.99 USD (MSRP)
With a price point of $99.99 USD, the CM Storm Scout 2 Mid-Tower is in the mainstream category of gaming computer cases.
The CM Storm Scout 2 mid-tower case is an updated design that thankfully does not fully abandon what made the original Scout popular among enthusiasts. A suite of well rounded features on a foundation of top notch build quality is appealing to anyone with a semblance of taste. Optical drives are slowly disappearing from desktop rigs so Cooler Master has done away with having five 5.25” drive bays inside the Scout and only opted for three. This should be more than enough for anyone as this provides at least one bay for an optical drive and two more for any front panel device such as a fan controller.
The viewing window is now smaller on the Scout 2 but it is functionally superior to the original Scout design for installing additional fans now doesn’t encroach on the CPU heatsink height because it is positioned lower around the video card area. Positioning the optional side panel fans lower also prevents any clearance issues that might arise when mounting a thick 120mm radiator with push/pull fans. 240mm radiators can be installed now on the top area as well, although push/pull fan configurations will be impossible since there isn’t enough clearance between the radiator and the motherboard for a 25mm thick fan. If a 240mm radiator is to be installed, fans have to be mounted outside after removing the dust filter cover.
Unlike the original Scout case, the CM Storm Scout 2 has excellent cable management options. Cooler Master even opened up the area near the HDD cages so SATA cables could pass through conveniently without using the grommetted holes, which would be much more suitable for power supply cables. The recessed front panel I/O with a sliding cover is also a welcome improvement, perfect for keeping dust away when not in use. The additional steel-reinforced, rubber-coated middle handle is also a stroke of genius, and blends really well with the rest of the design.
Aside from motherboard and 2.5” drive installation, every component mounting is a tool-less affair that can be swiftly done in a matter of seconds. There are some limitations when installing 5.25” external devices however as the tool-less locking mechanism only locks on the left side so half-length devices such as fan controllers need an additional screw on the right side so it can be properly mounted. Also, there is room for up to seven internal HDDs but only 6 pairs of rails are provided. Additional rails can be purchased at the cmstore-usa.com for $4.99 a pair but you might as well purchase the entire accessory kit for $5.99 and receive extras.
While the HDD rail is an extremely minor complaint, I am more concerned with the case feet used in the CM Storm Scout II. It definitely looks attractive with its silver trim and rubber sole but it is hollow inside like the feet used on the CM Storm Trooper case. Both these cases are supposedly designed for portability, the ruggedly tough handles and exterior but it does not make sense to pair them with feet that are fragile in comparison. I would have preferred that they used a solid plastic feet like the ones found on generic cases than the ones Cooler Master used on both the CM Storm Trooper and CM Storm Scout II. Their feet are not interchangeable as the Scout II’s is smaller and has less exposed plastic area. If the CM Storm Scout 2 was a person, it would be Angelina Jolie wearing army camouflage and high heels. The build quality is simply gorgeous and when combined with the gunmetal-gray paint, it somehow works and frames the aesthetic in a sensible light. Once you pan down and see the fragile shoes however, you realize that this can’t possibly be as rugged as it claims to be. Too bad as it scores high marks on everything else and would have gotten an Editor’s choice award easily if not for those case feet. Cooler Master should’ve also known better since the CM Storm Trooper came out a year ago.