|Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 13 September 2007|
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RC-1000 Detailed Interior Features
When you take into consideration that Cooler Master has been doing their homework with each and every case produced, you come to realize that the Cosmos RC-1000 offers more than just a home to your components. This full-tower ATX case integrates several independently designed features which combine to offer outstanding cooling and improved convenience.
The opposite side of the Cooler Master Cosmos is more technical than most cases. The RC-1000 has two very large oval openings for cable management running vertically, and one small oval horizontal port beneath the motherboard. These openings are more than large enough to accommodate every cable that can reach them, but you will notice that there is very little room for cables to run to/from these ports from behind the motherboard. The steel reinforcing beam just to the right of the two large cable management ports only offers about a quarter-inch of clearance before the side panel will be obstructed.
One particular area of the Cosmos RC-1000 which deserves some special attention is the hard drive cage. Since the trays have only one opening for power and data cables, your cables will be relegated to enter/exit though the large vertical ports. This is fine, except that removing the hard drive now requires opening both side panels to remove cable connections, and remove the thumb screw securing the tray. Tool-less, yes. Simple and quick, no.
Six individual trays house hard disk drives in the Cosmos RC-1000. Each tray is constructed of aluminum with soft rubber mounting grommets, and has a large opening which allows heat to escape the tray. The aluminum handle snaps into a pair of blue retaining holds, and a thumb screw secures the tray to the cage. These trays are all removable, but because of a solid "front" face, the cables must all be run from the opposite side.
As you get a better view of the hard drive cage (below) the picture begins to reveal a story; but sadly there isn't a happy ending to be had here. The Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 full-tower ATX case may have plenty of negative pressure inside the case, which will in turn draw air in through the vents, but where exactly are these vents?
If you look very closely, you can make out the honeycomb grill under the lower hard drive cage of the Cosmos. This grill is large enough (if viewed from the underside of the RC-1000) for a 120mm fan, but it won't accommodate one. In my opinion, this small intake vent hardly seems like enough to create a cooling effect or noticeable draft for the upper drive cage. Cooler Master obviously researches these things ahead of production, but this seems questionable.
There are three 120mm cooling fans near the top of the Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 full-tower ATX case. This is where the negative air pressure comes into play, because only one 120mm fan feeds them, and there are two other 120mm vents (no fans can be installed in these vents). This could cause problems for certain video cards, especially those drawing air from inside the case and then exhausting the heated air outside the case. In SLi setups, the negative air pressure could cause improper cooling for video cards.
Cooler Master's topside I/O panel is both AC'97 and HD Audio ready, and running the eSATA connection will require a free SATA port on the motherboard. These cables run the length of the Cosmos RC-1000 full-tower ATX case (from top to bottom), and can be concealed using the cable port beneath the motherboard.