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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Cooler Master Cosmos Black Label Computer Case
Features and Specifications
First Look: Cosmos Black
RC-1000S Closer Look
Cosmos Black Label Interior
Black Label Limited Edition
RC-1000S-KKN2-GP Conclusion

RC-1000S-KKN2-GP Conclusion

When you're rating a Limited Edition boxed set, the odds are very good that presentation will be top-notch. Like most everything that comes from Cooler Master, function is held as highly as fashion, and the Black Label kit is no exception. The retail packaging is more than informative enough to educate buyers before they make the purchase, which is always helpful towards comparison shoppers. It wouldn't be fair to ignore the aura of Black Label membership, and the exclusive feeling of owning a Limited Edition product among the sea of clones. The Black Label delivers a top notch buyers experience, and the packaging and presentation are all above expectations.

There were many people that felt like the original Cosmos 1000 should have come in a color other than silver. Cooler Master barely answered this demand with a titanium-finished Cosmos Sport. Now, finally available in limited numbers, is the Black version of the popular Cosmos computer case. The added styling and multiple ventilation grills only help improve the unique and technical appearance, and the new window panel shows off all the glossy goods inside.

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Cooler Master has done well to improve on the existing design, and correct some less than appreciated short-comings from the previous design. And did I mention the case is made of steel? I intentionally saved that little tidbit for the end, because the Cosmos is often mistaken for aluminum. As you might expect for a 37-pound full-tower chassis, it's extremely well built with solid construction throughout. The term 'built like a tank' applies here, but only if you include 'heavy as a tank' too.

Regarding Functionality, the list grows very long. Super-easy 5.25" device clips, washable nylon ventilation filters, liquid-cooling ports, tool-less panel doors and drive tray removal, and the large fan cooling paired to the removable video card wind tunnel. All these are just the beginning, because Cooler Master has added so many different convenience features that the point is well driven home. Simply said, the functionality is among the best possible, while offering more complimentary features than seen in any other case before it... except for maybe the last two Cosmos iterations, of course.

Value is not easy to rate at this time, since Benchmark Reviews is the first website to reveal the Cosmos Black Label kit on launch day. There are a few sources advertising the RC-1000S-KKN2-GP SKU, but North American sources like NewEgg have yet to stock this Limited Edition set. At the time of this writing, the original Cosmos 1000 case sells for $189.99, while the Cosmos S is listed for $249.99. Cooler Master has recommended an initial MSRP of $599, which means the Cosmos Black costs almost $340 if you consider that the RC-700 PSU currently sells for $189.99 and the standard Z-600 lists for $69.99 Since you get an exclusive product, we have to take that into consideration for the value rating.

In conclusion, I am extremely impressed with the Cooler Master RC-1000S-KKN2-GP Black Label kit, and very satisfied with the improvements made to the limited edition Cosmos computer case. I would have loved to see motherboard tray cut-outs for CPU cooler backplates without removing the entire system, ala ATCS 840, but I suppose there will always be subtle ways to improve even the best masterpiece. The asking price is actually fairly reasonable considering the Limited Edition status, design improvements, and looks; besides, most retailers usually sell below the MSRP.

Pros:

+ Very attractive all-black design
+ Innovative tool-less drive clamps
+ Power supply thermal isolation
+ Directional cooling fans
+ Washable nylon vent filters
+ Liquid-cooling portals
+ Removable video card wind tunnel
+ Side panel release lever system
+ Additional hard drive cage fan included
+ Excellent front panel I/O port with eSATA
+ Sound dampening material on motherboard-side panel
+ 140mm silent high-flow exhaust fans
+ Black Label lounge membership

Cons:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

- Heavyweight computer case (almost all steel)
- Lacks CPU cooler opening on motherboard tray
- Limited Edition status demands a high price tag
- Cable management is limited despite large ports
- Negative pressure may decrease exhausting performance on some video cards

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.25
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 7.25

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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