|Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 13 September 2007|
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Closer Look: Cosmos Exterior
I have been aware of Cooler Master's expansion into the computer case product line for about a year now. They have been at it for longer, but their product line really remained under my radar until recently. I have always liked the design concept used in their other products, but nothing had really caught my attention until I previewed the Cosmos RC-1000 full-tower ATX case several months back.
This isn't your average computer chassis. Period. Nothing about what you will read or see in the next few pages will give you the complete experience of seeing this case in person. I regret this, but it is the truth.
I have reviewed a lot of computer cases recently, and the Cosmos 1000 is by far the most unique and full-featured product I have seen in a very long time. It's so different, that the comparison between it and other computer cases is roughly the same as the feeling you have when you upgrade your old TV for a new HDTV. Hopefully this analogy makes sense, but if you haven't experienced that feeling just yet, read this article, and just be prepared to drop you jaw and say "wow".
To begin with, Cooler Master didn't just improve some odds and ends and then throw the Cosmos name on a full-tower ATX case with a different take on an already-used look. No sir. Cooler Master went about designing the RC-1000 from the ground up. Not to get sidetracked, but this is definitely not another remake of an older case, like the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000, NZXT Lexa Blackline, and Antec P182 all were (actually the P182 was essentially the same exact case as the Antec P180B before it).
When I first learned of the Cooler Master Cosmos, long before the product details were out, I silently thought that it was just another case with a slight twist to the design. In this case, I thought the rails were the new twist, and that everything else on the RC-1000 full-tower ATX case was identical to some other Cooler Master creation. I sure was wrong, and I feel pretty naive for passing judgment based on my first impression of the product's appearance; a deadly sin for any product analyst.
The RC-1000 is deceptive. You would think that looks could tell a story, but the Cooler Master Cosmos is one full-tower ATX case that reads backwards. Take a close look at the images above before moving on to the detailed features, I guarantee that you will be surprised by more than a few things by the conclusion of this review.