22nd January 2008

Cooler Master Stacker 830 SE Case w/ Real Power Pro 1000w SLI – Review

posted by Doomzilla in Hardware, Power Supplies/Cases, Reviews |

Let me start this review by saying that I have not owned a full ATX case, or even a mid-tower, for a couple years. I switched over to SFF back in late 2003 and have owned only mATX, mITX, and Flex ATX cases since then. So, when set with the task of building a system that would allow me to easily switch components in and out as my “Aberrantech Review PC of Doom” I knew that I would have to venture back into the realm of full ATX cases. So, I got my hands on a Cooler Master Stacker 830 SE and am excited to see what features it has.

Cooler Master is a well known brand in the chassis and cooling world. They just recently announced the Cooler Master Stacker 830 SE model RC-830-KKR3-GP that comes packaged with Cooler Master’s Pure Power Pro 1000W power supply. Bundling a case with one of their highest rated PSUs is pretty much a dead giveaway that this case isn’t messing around. It is huge and ready to take on any component configuration you want to throw at it. This is not a case for someone who buys a case and then tosses it aside in a couple months to buy yet another case. The price and features of this case borders on enthusiast luxury but it should be up to the task of housing your various PC setups for years to come.

Case Specifications:
Dimension: (W)250mmx(H)536mmx(D)638mm
Material: Aluminum
Color: Black
5.25″ Drive Bay: 9 (Exposed)
3.5″ Drive Bay: 4 (Internal)
USB: 4 Ports (2x top, 2x front)
Expansion Slots: 7
Warranty: 5 year (PSU) and 2 year (Case)

Power Supply Specifications:
Model: Real Power Pro 1000W (RS-A00-EMBA)
Type: ATX Form Factor 12V V2.2 / SSI standard EPS 12V V2.91
PFC: Active PFC(0.99)
Efficiency: >85% Typically
Max. Output Capacity: 1,200 Watts
Dimension: 150(W) x 180(L) x 86(H) (mm)

Number of Connectors:
1 x 20+4 Motherboard Connector
1 x 4 Pin + 12v CPU Connector
1 x 8 pin+ 12v Cpu Connector
4 x 6 Pin PCI-a connector
2 x 8 pin PCI-e Connector
8 x S-ATA Connector
6 x 4 pin Peripheral Connector
1x 4 Pin Floppy connector

Okay, now that we’ve gotten all the specs out of the way we can get on with business. The box that the case came in is covered with all the essential information and a cool robot that appears to be the case in upright form as if it was a Transformer. Upon opening the box and removing the first piece of styrofoam I realized that the case had handles built into the top of it (you can see the front handle in the second picture below). This made it really easy to remove from the box and they will come in handy on many occasions, as the case is very large and I couldn’t image trying to carry it around without the handles. The handles do not look as convenient as Cooler Master’s Cosmo 1000 case, as the handles on the Stacker 830 seem a bit too close together. Their is a trade off though, the handles are not as obvious and don’t stick out from the overall design, so they don’t affect the aesthetics of the case as much as the Cosmo 1000. The handles do get the job done but if you were to carry it a long distance I would think that it wouldn’t be as comfortable as if the handles were set slightly farther apart. Obviously, this does depend on your own personal dimensions and arm length.

Case Side case front open

The outside of the case appears black with almost a hint of blue. It is quite a beautiful case and all of the accents like the black metal mesh just add to the cutting edge design. The case has all of the external ports you’d expect from any high-end enthusiast case. It has four USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks, as well as a firewire port. The power button is pretty simple looking and for some reason reminds me a bit of a home plate from baseball. Normally I wouldn’t go into any more detail about a power button, but there is something that should be noted. It does not press in very far, unlike ever other case I have ever owned. It only presses in maybe a millimeter and clicks very solidly. This isn’t a big deal at all, but it did take me by surprise the first time I pushed it, expecting it to drop down much farther like traditional cases I have owned in the past.

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