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Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01 Cooler Master Stacker: Cooler Master puts together a massive case to fit all your needs. Is it the right case for you?
Date: July 23, 2004
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I took the time to remove all of the 5 ¼" bay covers. I'll note that this did take some time. The covers are in there tight and they take some force to remove. However it wasn't that big a deal, as the covers are hardy, and can be roughed up a little. Also you can see the 120mm fan intake mounted onto the harddrive cage.

Here is a shot of all the 5 ¼" drive bay covers.

I pulled out the harddrive cage which can be mounted anywhere in the front of the case.

I found it interesting that the rails were really just attached to a panel that wasn't even screwed onto the harddrive cage. Instead it was just kept in by being pressed on while it is installed. You'll note the big blue rubber grommets that help keep HD vibration down.

Here is a look from inside the cage. I was semi disappointed that Cooler Master decided to use that perforated screen. Seeing how the drive bay covers have filters on them, it would seem logical to not have that screen there because it disrupts more airflow.

Installation

First things first I installed the PSU which is pretty simple, just attach the mounting bracket to the PSU and slide it in and put in some screws.

After that, simply install the standoffs. I thought this required a picture to show you the massive size of the standoffs that come with this case. The top one is a standard standoff from an Antec case, and the bottom one is the massive one for the Stacker. The pair of pliers is what I used to tighten them to the max, and then also used for size comparison.

I then pulled out the ATX rear bracket as the Asus a7n8x-E deluxe does not use a standard port bracket. But here is a quick shot to make a comparison.

And then I installed the motherboard and put in some screws, pretty standard.

I installed the harddrives into the cage. I didn't understand why Cooler Master decided to not make the harddrive install vertical (like Lian Li or bay converter cages) that allow five harddrives for three 5 ¼" bay as opposed to only four that this cage offers. My other pet peeve is the fact that the HD's are mounted so close together. The two on the bottom are in slots next to each other; I skipped a slot for the one on the top. With those two HD's so close, it's doubtful that a lot of airflow goes between them.

I then installed the HD cage. (notice the power buttons, I just moved them down there for a bit to fool around with it, just because I could). Something to note is that that this case only comes with one cage. It would have been nice if Cooler Master would have decided to provide more than one if for nothing more than the extra 120mm fan that would bring in more cool air through the perforated 5 ¼" bay covers.

Here is the interesting part. If one decides to invest a couple extra bucks in addition to the Stacker case, one can pick up the cross flow fan. Cooler Master sent it with the case for the review, but keep in mind that this is an optional component and not normally included.

The Cross Flow Fan comes with the mounting screws a fan speed controller and a molex extender with two molex connectors on it (not to be confused with a y splitter).

It installs to the motherboard "tray" just behind the 5 ¼" devices and just before the motherboard itself.

And that simply enough is what the perforated panel is for.

With all of those items inside, it was simply a matter of installing the rest of the items into the case and plugging in all the molex connectors and IDE device cables. I realize my install was messy, but I spent the most time trying to keep all the wires away and off of the motherboard, and tuck all the excess wires into the 5 ¼ bay area. It worked out pretty well. The big black box next to the motherboard on the right is the Cross Flow Fan. It literally blows air across the full length of the motherboard. It is a welcome sight indeed.

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