|Cooler Master Cosmos II Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 03 January 2012|
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Detailed Exterior Features
The front panel slides down to reveal three 5.25" drive bays and two locking, hot-swappable bays for 3.5" SATA drives. I crticized the Cooler Master Storm Trooper for having a hot-swap bay that would only accomodate 2.5" drives; the Cosmos II has the opposite problem, as its hot swap bays only accomodate 3.5" drives. While the bay covers for the 5.25" drives appear to be swing-open doors like the lower 3.5" bays, they're just normal pop-off covers. Only three 5.25" bays seems like too few to me, especially in a case this size. One dual-bay reservior and an optical drive and you're done...
Each 3.5" bay can be locked with a key, and an internal ejection mechanism pushes the drive out for removal when you swing open the bay cover.
Under the sliding panel at the top of the case are the power, reset, and fan controller buttons. You can set low, medium, or high fan speeds for three top fans, two front fans, two HDD fans, and two GPU fans, and the speed can be set individually for each group of fans; LEDs on the fan buttons glow blue, purple, or red to indicate fan speed. A separate "LED" button at the lower right turns fan lighting on or off, but as delivered, only the front fan has LED lighting.
At the back of the case we can see three grommeted holes for water cooling hoses, the mounting area for the rear 140/120mm fan, ten card slots plus an extra accessory slot, and the power supply mounting. Ten card slots means there's enough room for triple or quad-SLI or CrossFireX systems on EVGA Classified series or other XL-ATX motherboards.
Under the top panel (it's secured with a single thumbscrew) are mounting areas for three 120mm fans, or a 3x120mm radiator. The design of the case mandates that the radiator be mounted on the inside of the case, and the fans on the outside in the "pull through" configuration. Double-thickness radiators won't fit.
The bottom of the case is relatively uninteresting, with only the pull-out power supply intake filter. Plastic feet are attached to the bottom rails.
Now let's take a look at the inside of this case.