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Review: Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 20 October 2004, 00:00

Tags: Cooler Master

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Introduction

You may have seen Cooler Master's Stacker at HEXUS before. I used it in my review of Intel's Nocona Xeon, deploying it to house the dual Opteron test system I pitted against the Noconas. You'll also probably have come across the Stacker at other websites. It's a big bastard, that much is clear from the outset. But, size isn't everything. Honest.

And the need for such a case is quite clear too. With disk drive costs falling ever lower and the plethora of disk controllers found on some recent mainboards, it's no real problem to stuff your system with more than just a couple of disks. Finally, high-performance computer systems need good cooling, something that's obtainable in smaller chassis', but not without some hard work.

A large chassis solves the disk drive bay problem, and it also allows for easier and more effective cooling, since you've got more space to work with, more scope for fan mounting and maybe, if the chassis designer is feeling particularly smart, a new take on case cooling altogether.

Shall we see if the folks at Cooler Master have above average IQ?