|Cooler Master Cosmos II Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 02 January 2012|
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Closer Look: Interior
Cooler Master says the Cosmos II will handle up to XL-ATX motherboards. While there is no standard for XL-ATX motherboards, the Cosmos II should easily handle larger-than-ATX motherboards like ASUS' Rampage series or Gigabyte's Assassin or EVGA's Classified boards. It won't, however, accommodate HPTX boards, so you EVGA SR-2 owners are out of luck here. The Cosmos II case design has a separate compartment for the power supply and lower drive bays.
In front of the power supply area, two 120mm fans swing out to reveal more six 3.5" drive bays. Combined with the five bays in the upper section and the two hot-swap bays in the front, the Cosmos II can handle thirteen 3.5" drives! Impressive, but I'd trade a lot of these for more 5.25" bays.
Looking towards the front of the case from the inside we can see the three 5.25" bays and the two 3.5" hot-swap bays. The 5.25" bays use standard Cooler Master push-to-latch retainers, but there's no provision for mounting a 3.5" device like a card reader or fan controller in these bays. Each hot-swap bay has a very long (just over two feet) SATA data cable and a four-pin Molex power cable. The inclusions of only three 5.25" bays will limit expansion possibilities for water cooled setups, since a bay reservior will occupy one or two of these spaces, leaving little room for other devices. I suppose you could remove the hot swap bays and install a reservior in their space, but note the lack of standard mounting holes on the panels to either side...
The power supply mounting area looks smaller than it really is, since the rear of the power supply extends about 1" beyond what you'd normally consider the rear of the case.
Let's take a closer look at some of the interior features of this case in the next section.