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  Product:     Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case  
  Price:     $220 (CAN) / $167 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Coolermaster
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     July 9th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Lucy from Cooler Master for providing the CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case & Cross Flow STF-B01-E1 Fan for review.

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Introduction:

The definition of a standard computer case has taken on a new meaning with the trend in case modification influencing what we as consumers see as a base offering. Integrated connectivity, vibrant colors and pre-modified panels are just a few of the options commonly found on base model in which potential buyers must take into consideration to their needs. The exterior advancement of the computer case far rivals that found on the interior chassis. Consumers are troubled to find equilibrium of design and function often sacrificing one for an ideal case. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case and the Cross Flow STF-B01-E1 Fan.

Specifications:

The CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case is the latest chassis design introduced by Cooler Master and boasts features such as dual power supply mounts, up to eleven 5.25" bays, ATX, EATX, BTX support and more. Color selections currently only consist of a silver and black theme with an additional color combination of red and blue trim yet to be released. The bundled Cross Flow STF-B01-E1 Fan is specifically designed to bring increased airflow for use with the CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case. Here are some specifications as stated on the Cooler Master website:

Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case - Key Specifications:
Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case & Cross Flow STF-B01-E1 Fan: Manufactured by Cooler Master
Moveable front control panel with 6 USB 2.0 connections
Maximum upgrade ability; supports E-ATX and the upcoming BTX
Dual power positioning design
CM Stacker supports up to 8 fans
Front:Full mesh screen provides superior air flow; support up to three 12 cm fans
Top: Ultra silent 8cm Fan x 1 (exhaust)
Side: Mesh screen on side panels provides the maximum air ventilation
Rear: Ultra Silent 12cm Fan x 1 + 8 cm Fan x 2 (intake)
Motherboard: 300mm cross flow fan; provides superior air flow for key PC components (CPU, VGA etc.)
Tool-free installation; Supports the use of screws for permanent installation
Maximum flexibility in space utilization for self-assembly
Aluminum alloy motherboard tray frame
Strengthened with 1.00mm steel plates
Superior mechanical design for greater stability
 
Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case
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Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case
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The CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case ships in an oversized vibrant gray and purple retail box. A product profile shot along with Cooler Master logos grace the front of the packaging. An extensive list of specifications along with a diagram outlining key features can be found at the rear. I did note two additional color schemes displayed on the box, which arenít readily available to the public as of writing this. Inside, two polystyrene blocks and plastic packaging secure the case in place and protect against damage. The CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case ships with a variety of accessories are included which include PSU mounting brackets, four castors, dual PSU bypass connection, assorted mounting hardware, drive rail system and a detailed user manual.

Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case
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Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case
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Out of the box, my initial impressions of the CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case were very positive. Measuring approximately 584mm x 227mm x 536mm (D x W x H) the CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case is much larger in comparison to the average mid-tower. A combination of beautiful brushed aluminum alloy exterior and SECC steel chassis make up overall composition of the Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case. This combination of materials becoming more apparent with case manufactures seeking to provide consumers with an economical alternative to a luxury aluminum case. With an emphasis on maximum scalability, upgrade potential and power users, the CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case incorporates innovative features such a whopping eleven 5.25" based bays, Dual power supply mounts, upcoming BTX support and an emphasis on performance cooling options. The front portion of the CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case is constructed from a series of removable plastic mesh covered 5.25" bays, which total eleven. Behind, a total of three 120mm intake fans can be installed.
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