|Cooler Master Cosmos II Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 03 January 2012|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The Cosmos II is a very large case, much larger than most full tower cases. The case comprises a steel frame with the trademark Cosmos heavy steel tubes running above and below it. The exterior is largely plastic panels with brushed aluminum trim. You can use the top steel tubes as handles, which is good because this massive case weighs over 47 pounds empty! In my last case review, of the Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra, I said it was the largest case Benchmark Reviews had ever reviewed. Well, the Cosmos II knocks the Blackhawk-Ultra off that pedestal: it's 3.5" wider, 2.7" taller, and 0.1" deeper...not to mention over 10 pounds heavier!
A signature feature of the Cosmos II is its dramatic, swing-open side panels. Mounted on heavy, motion-damped steel hinges, these doors pivot open from the front of the case. The doors are thick plastic slabs with a brushed aluminum external trim panel, and lift easily off the hinges using the handholds molded into the inside of the door as seen below.
The Cosmos II accessory bundle includes a set of rails for mounting a 2x120mm radiator in place of the lower drive bays, an EPS-12V power extension cable, a bag of assorted screws and standoffs, two sets of keys for the locking external drive bays, and miscellaneous zip ties and adhesive cable holders. A small motherboard speaker and an extremely brief manual (not shown) round out the bundle.
While the Cosmos II is solid black and eschews side panel windows, it nonetheless is a very striking case.
The right side of the case is as featureless as the left, with only a small set of ventilation strakes to break up the brushed aluminum.
The front of the case reveals the I/O ports, a sliding panel that covers the 5.25" drive bays, and the intake for the front 200mm fan.
The front mesh panel snaps off to reveal the included blue LED-lit 200MM intake fan that blows air over the upper drive bays. There's a space for a 120mm fan below it should you wish to add one. The mesh panel serves as an intake air filter.
Let's take a closer look at the details of the exterior in the next section.