Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower Case Review
The current PC enclosure market is an interesting and every evolving beast thatís cluttered with all manner of SFF, mid tower and full tower cases from an ever expanding list of manufacturers. Some like Corsairís 700D have achieved the kind of well deserved recognition that hasnít been repeated all that much since its release. However, thereís one case which dates back even further than Corsairís original flagship chassis that people still talk about with an air of wonder: the Cooler Master Cosmos.
This may be argued but for many PC enthusiasts, the original Cosmos was a genre defining case that nearly threw every possible feature into one oversized, iconic case design. Even today, the Cosmos is still considered by many to be one of the best chassis ever created and while it didnít have some of todayís more advanced water cooling options, there was still a lot to like about it. So much so that Cooler Master ended up releasing a whole line of Cosmos-branded products from the less expensive Pure to the slightly revised Cosmos S. But now, after years of engineering and design work, the Cosmosí true sequel is finally here.
The Cosmos II is one of those cases that define the men from the boys. It weighs in at a staggering 50 lbs before components are installed, thoroughly outsizes every ATX enclosure on the market, offers an amazingly complete number of water cooling options and has more fan mounts than many will know what to do with. Thereís also space for up to 13 hard drives, an additional expansion slot for PCI extension modules, XL-ATX motherboard compatibility and a ton of cable management options. Even though all of these features have been incorporated into one enclosure, Cooler Master has still retained a classic exterior design that takes many of its cues from the original Cosmos.
Unfortunately, all of this goodness comes at a hefty price of $350 not to mention whatever small fortune in shipping costs this thing will require. But is the Cosmos S really worthy of such a lofty price tag? Weíre about to find out.
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