Cooler Master Scout II Review

Cooler Master’s successor to the infamous CM Storm Scout was released last Fall, so this isn’t a “new” design, but the White “Ghost” edition is new. I had opportunity to modify the original into “Digital Camo” PC for Cooler Master’s booth at Computex. I thought the original Scout design was good, especially the integrated carry handle. My only nag was the window. Users had the option to install two 120 mm cooling fans, but placement of the fans blocked view and limited your choice of CPU coolers. It was a oversight that irritated a lot of people. I noticed immediatelya that Cooler master listened to the feedback and moved the fan locations in the Scout II. Overall, It’s also 1″ bigger than its predecessor, with a more rounded exterior, giving it a more futuristic look. The handle is back with new rubberized grip. The top I/O panel has been upgraded to USB 3.0 for high power charging and lightning fast file transfers, while being protected from dusty environments. It’s outfitted to fit nine 120 mm case fans, so you can configure the airflow for individual system needs. Cooler Master eliminated two of the 5.25” drives and opted for three, which is more than needed. The HDD cage can now be removed, to support larger video cards like the TITAN, NVIDIA GTX 690 and AMD HD 7990, turning it into a purpose-built Gaming case.

The Scout II is a Mid tower that fits ATX and ITX motherboards.

Scout II Dimensions:
(L) 513 x (W) 230 x (H) 517.5mm / (L) 20.2 (W) 9.1 x (H) 20.5 inch

Scout I Dimensions:
(L) 489 x (W) 219 X (H) 495.5 mm / (L) 19.2 x (W) 8.6 x (H) 19.5 inch

Features list marketed by Cooler Master

* Ergonomic steel reinforced carrying handle 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 4 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 120mm white LED fans in the front
* Supports all high-end graphics cards on the market after removing the 1st HDD cage
* Dust filters for PSU (slide out) and top panel

You can read and see more details on CM Storm Scout II Ghost Product Page

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15 thoughts on “Cooler Master Scout II Review

  1. Nice review Bill.  Lots of good insight.
    One thing I would have liked more would be that the handle be in the opposite direction.  As opposed to perpendicular to the sides, I’d rather have it parallel.  It may be nit picking, but I just feel like it would be easier to balance it more level that way.  Otherwise, components and their positioning may make it unlevel when carrying it.  Though I don’t know how much space there is for knuckles, so it may be a non issue with hitting them when it does go out of level

  2. yes! i love your case reviews, Bill. You always take it to the next level. I remember when I was trying to pick a case for my ironman build, and most the other reviews are just glorified box openings. When you talk about options for modding, it’s not just the options they gave, but what you could do if didn’t mind drilling a few holes and what not. hope to see more of these!

  3. I can see your point, Mos… Ample space for my Monster hands…
    Debating about what type of paint theme to go with? … keeping the basecoat White
    This is cool idea..

  4. That lumilor stuff is really cool. 
    What about uv reactive acrylic, cutting out the designs in the case, and then applying black light from inside the case? (no idea how intricate you intended to go, or whether or not that’d be feasible with what you had in mind)

  5. It appears Lumilor is not available to public yet.. they’re still trying to find manufacturer to produce and distribute it for them…

    haven’t considering adding anything to the exterior, was just thinking custom paint, for now tho

  6. I like that. I think those blues would go well with the white… and a city scape across the bottom of a window could be cool…

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