by Ryan Perry on January 9, 2012 in Full-Tower
Huge, feature-rich cases are nothing new, but the Cosmos II from Cooler Master becomes one of the best – if not the best. The company touts it as being an “ultra tower”, and after shoving lots of high-end hardware into one, we’d have to agree. But despite its mega-size and plethora of features, is it worth $349?
The great thing about the Cosmos II is, well just about everything.
Subjectively, I think it’s sleek, has a great overall look and is probably one of the more eye-catching cases I’ve had a chance to work with.
From a design and feature perspective it has tons of room for any gear available today including extra large power supplies thanks to the way the mounting bracket is pulled back from the rest of the frame, which makes me wonder why more companies aren’t doing this. The built-in fan controller is also a great touch since it offers the ability to control multiple areas and has three speeds instead of simply high and low allowing users to balance noise versus performance. I could have done without the loud beep that accompanied each speed change, however.
The case as a whole is rock solid, almost to fault. It’s built like a tank and weighs as much as one when fully loaded. I wasn’t able to round up a scale before the high-end build was disassembled but after moving it to and from the photo area I will never complain again about how heavy my own mid-tower system is.
Even though I feel The Cosmos II falters a bit with lack luster out-of-the-box cooling, there is a silver lining – fans will likely be the cheapest component added to a case like this. Chances are the folks who will pick one of these cases up aren’t overly concerned with their bottom line and will have extra cash lying around to pick up some extra fans.
The biggest downside of a high-end case for most people will be the price. If you thought the Level 10 GT was too high then the price tag of the Cosmos II, ~$350, will seem outrageous. I’m on the fence as to whether or not the large price tag is warranted, but you do get a lot for your money. If you need a case that can support a large number of hard drives, need plenty of room for multiple GPUs or have a gigantic motherboard such as EVGA’s SR2-series, then absolutely the Cosmos II is a great choice. There aren’t many cases out there that can support an SR2 board, much less good-looking cases, so this will make the Cosmos II all the more appealing to some.
There’s no denying that with a little help in the cooling department this case will be king of the hill, if not the entire hill itself. It’s a near-perfect offering and a great way to start off the new year.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Full-Tower Chassis
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