|Cooler Master Cosmos II Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 03 January 2012|
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Cooler Master Cosmos II Computer Case Review
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article was provided by Cooler Master.
In computer cases, it's a constant battle between price, function, and style-- as the saying goes, "Pick any two". There are any number of very serviceable cases available at $100 or less; if you have $150 in your case budget, you can choose from some excellent full tower cases; and if you have $250 to spend on a case, you can get almost any combination of function and style you could ever want. Beyond that are the super-premium cases, and Cooler Master's latest entry in this field is so special the company calls it an "ultra tower". Benchmark Reviews takes a look to see if the Cooler Master Cosmos II case deserves this designation.
Cooler Master is very well known in the enthusiast community, and while they make a variety of computer peripherals, including power supplies, fans, and CPU coolers, they're best known for their cases. Benchmark Reviews has examined a number of Cooler Master cases over the years and we've generally given them high marks.
The original Cosmos 1000 case was introduced in 2007, and Cooler Master has continued to evolve the line with new releases such as the Cosmos S and Cosmos Black Label Limited Edition. The Cosmos II represents the latest (and most expensive) iteration of this case line yet.
Ultra Tower Features
The exterior of the Cosmos II utilizes a high-grade aluminum for its primary construction and form. This is supplemented by steel and mesh to add to strength, stability, and overall appeal. It maintains its trademark Cosmos appeal while being further refined for today's advancements in air/water cooling, peripheral support, and styling.
Extreme Watercooling Potential
A stock Cosmos II supports a 360mm radiator in the top. Removal of the bottom hard drive cages results in space for a 240mm radiator placed on its side; having direct access to cold air from the exterior of the case. Mounting support will vary based on radiator manufacturer. Large single 120mm or 140mm All-in-one (AIO) watercooling units are supported on the rear exhaust fan port.
The Cosmos II can hold up to 13 HDDs or SSDs (2 X-docks, mid-cage 5, bottom cages 6) and multiple watercooling radiators. The Cosmos II has 10+1 expansion slots that enable the installation of up to 4-way SLI / Crossfire builds. Support for 4-way GPU setups depends on the layout of your motherboard manufacturer, but should be available on most. The +1 expansion slot allows users to install add-on cards via PCI extensions, or install other function panels for CCFL / Cold Cathode lighting control and other uses. The motherboard tray will accommodate up to a XL-ATX motherboard.
Cable Management & Storage
A professional cable management look is possible with little effort. This is thanks to high quality grommets on the cable management holes and utilizing the many cable tie zones. Smarter and larger placements of these areas allow for efficiently routing cables. In an effort to reduce installation times, a great number of hardware can be mounted tool-free via the use of the included locking mechanisms or trays. A very large CPU heat sink retention hole has beenplaced in the motherboard tray to allow it to be compatible with most types of CPU and motherboard layouts (Current LGA2011 and AMD FM1 sockets are supported).
The included front panel connections and controls provide a user with the ability to make on-the- fly changes to fan speed and case LEDs while USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and audio connections are also provided as an added means of convenience. This is topped off by two HDD/SSD X- docks in two 5.25" bays. These make mounting extra drives as easy as loading a Blu- ray/DVD/CD.
Features and specifications provided by Cooler Master.
Let's take a look at this dramatic case in the next section.