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Cooler Master Cosmos II
4 July 2012
Excerpt: Cooler Master released the Cosmos Chassis what seems like so long ago, but it to this day is still a widely used and modified platform because of its huge size and great liquid cooling compatibility. We all knew it was only a matter of time before Cooler Master refreshed the line and gave us a new offering. Today we are going to take a look at that new offering, the Cooler Master Cosmos II. Read on to see what this chassis has to offer and why you want it!
Conclusion: The entire installation process on the Cooler Master Cosmos II was fairly straightforward, although it did take some time to learn how to install and utilize some of the cases features like the fan controller. Since the standoffs were already pre-installed onto the motherboard tray, I installed my Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5-B3 motherboard in before my OCZ ZX Series 850W power supply unit.
Summary: The Cooler Master Cosmos II looked great, performed well in terms of ease of assembly, and was able to keep temperatures within optimal thermal levels.
Just as Mercedes-Benz is indelibly linked to luxury in the automotive world, Cooler Master aims the Cosmos case line for users with a more discerning palate and sizable budget.
Pros: Heavy duty carrying handles, Can hold up to 11+2 HDDs/SSDs, Pair of lockable X-Dock 3.5" Hot Swap bays, 90 Degree rotatable 4 in 3 HDD drive modules, Quiet default fan performance even in highest-speed setting, Slide-covers for top buttons and external bays, Tool-free HDD, ODD and PCI-E installation, Support for XL-ATX motherboard form factor, Ten PCI-E slots for Quad-SLI/CrossFireX, Removable dust filter for the power supply, Multiple 240mm radiator support, Extra ve...
Cons: Price, Tool-less lock cannot be used on half-length 5.25-inch devices (requires screws for mounting)
Summary: So at the end of the day, was Cooler Master's offering able to live up to the tremendous hype surrounding this Ultra Tower? Absolutely.
Starting with the exterior, the subtle side panel vents really fit this case. The bottom case feet and top handles further complement the simplistic design while the front door hides the drive bays nicely. The same can be said for the top sliding door used to cover the fan controller and front I/O panel.
Summary: Final Thoughts
When you have a great product and you are ready to come out with the next version it is really hard to please everyone and live up to the previous product. The original Cosmos and the Cosmos S were really great cases so when I heard about the Cosmos II I was expecting the case to be a great case and after using it for a few weeks now I am confident Cooler Master has another great product on their hands.
First let’s start off with the design.
Pros: Supports motherboards up to XLATX, Side panel design, Room for 13 hard drives and 10 fans!, Included fan controller, Large case handles, Lots of room inside to work and route cables
Summary: The Cosmos II's family resemblance is uncanny. However, there are two important differences between the current model and its lineage that make us wonder if Cooler Master should have gone with a different name. The Cosmos II is quite a bit costlier than the original, and amazingly, it's also larger.
The original Cosmos RC-1000 was not a cheap date by any stretch of the imagination, and its retail running-mate, the Cosmos S, cost even more.
Video Perspective: Cooler Master Cosmos II Case Review
18 January 2012
Excerpt: Right at the start of 2012, Cooler Master released a new case that was trumpeted as an "Ultra ATX" design. And while the name itself is purely a Cooler Master creation, the Cosmos II chassis fits the name more than anything we have seen in recent memory. Even though we posted this video on our PC Perspective YouTube channel before CES, I didn't get a chance to write up this short post and embed our host of images below.
Summary: The new Cosmos II from Cooler Master is one of those cases that can become just as popular has the original. This isn’t like a movie sequel when the first one is a box buster and the second simply flop. The new Cosmos offer all of the goodness that we would look for in a modern day case. There is plenty of room for any type of computer user, space for mega storage solutions and nice clean looks.
Conclusion: In terms of performance the Cooler Master Cosmos 2 scores well, offering low noise levels and plenty of airflow which can be enhanced by adding additional fans if required. For value, we are still waiting to hear what the case retails at but given our experience with previous Cooler Master products we fully expect the Cosmos 2 to be priced appropriately for its features, performance and quality.
Conclusion: Using the Cooler Master COSMOS II has been one of the best experiences we’ve had with a case. The COSMOS II is by far the most well laid out case we’ve ever seen, and has been the easiest to work on and deal with. It’s gargantuan space on the inside, ample methods for cable routing, hinged doors, tool less bays, and so much more make the case an absolute dream for the builder who is constantly tinkering and changing his system.