CM Storm Enforcer Review

Written by Antony Leather

August 18, 2011 | 08:46

Tags: #air-cooling #air-cooling-case #best #case #coolest #midi-case #review #storm #testing

Companies: #cm-storm

Performance Analysis

The Enforcer was simple to build our test system inside thanks to the well placed cable routeing holes and clean layout. The only niggle was the graphics card issue we highlighted on the first page of the review.

Once our test gear was in place we fired the PC up to see how the case would perform. Unfortunately though the Enforcer didn’t manage to set our world on fire when it came to temperatures, but thankfully, it was a long way from doing so to our hardware.

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It recorded a load CPU delta T of 56˚C, which is 10˚C warmer than the Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower we reviewed last month and puts the Enforcer towards the bottom of our performance table. While this isn’t dreadful, it’s still disappointing given that the Antec One Hundred, is far cheaper and 5˚C cooler.

The Enforcer’s load GPU delta T was also mediocre; lacking a side-panel fan, it was only able to muster a GPU delta T of 44˚C, which is 1°C warmer than the One Hundred on its lowest fan speed setting. This is still a reasonable result however and places it ahead of more expensive cases such as the BitFennix Colossus and the Corsair Graphite 600T

One advantage of not having a side vent is that less sound can escape from the case and as a result the Enforcer did an effective job of muffling the whine of our GPU cooler during testing. Both the 200m intake and the rear 120mm exhaust fans were also pleasantly quiet.

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Conclusion

While the CM Storm Enforcer is well built, and equipped with plenty of features and fairly appealing looks, the fact it doesn’t offer particularly great cooling out of the box takes the edge off of what is otherwise a very well-rounded case.

However, at this price point, there’s a lot of competition and the excellent Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower, for just £6 more, offers superior cooling and just as many features. While potential Enforcer owners won’t be disappointed, there are better options available.
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  • Value
    17 / 20
  • Design
    23 / 30
  • Features
    16 / 20
  • Cooling
    19 / 30

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