The Storm Sniper has a flat black finish that is textured and durable. Raised panels keep the exterior from looking like a plain square box, and liberal use of mesh assists with cooling. A large 200mm fan resides at the bottom of the front panel, with five 5¼" bays located above it. One bay contains a 5¼" to 3½" adapter. A control panel is set along the front edge within easy reach. The side panel houses another large raised section with ample amount of mesh for cooling.
The rear shows that the power supply opening is located at the bottom as has been common among many newer tower case designs. The rest is laid out in typical ATX format, with a 120mm stamped opening for exhaust and two grommets for liquid cooling tubing. Two smaller metal knockouts are also located at the bottom beside the power supply opening. The right side panel shows the same raised section, albeit plain solid metal rather than mesh. The CM Storm logo is printed quite subtly here.
The bottom of the Sniper is finished with a plastic bezel and four feet that rotate out for stability. More mesh is used from the middle of the case back to serve as intake for the bottom-mounted power supply. The top plastic panel appears strikingly similar, continuing the theme of black mesh for exhaust. Two recesses built into the panel serve as convenient carry handles. The front control panel consists of a recessed reset button, oversize power button, rotary knob for fan speed control with on/off button built-in, four USB ports, one Firewire, one eSATA and headphone/microphone jacks.
Continue as we take a look inside the Sniper.