Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower Gaming Case Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Even though it's about as early in the year as it can be, I'm comfortable saying that the Cosmos II will likely be a top-pick for cases in the high-end enthusiast market.  It brings impressive size, the ultimate in flexibility, fantastic aesthetic design, and as much functionality as you could reasonably throw into a chassis.  The supercar geometries and the copious use of brushed aluminum catches the eye in a subtle way, and it really is a case you have no choice but to look over.  The sliding door is a great way to conceal the front drive bays, and all of the details really become the glue that brings this case together.  The interior has a fantastic layout, with cable management grommets aplenty, a thermally-isolated PSU and lower drive bay, capability for radiators on the top vent and the lower drive bay, lock-equipped front hot-swap drive bays, an all-black paint scheme, and the capability for up to 13 hard drives.  The little details really do bring it home for the Cosmos II, such as the unique power supply mounting bracket (which was surprisingly useful), a dual-actuating sliding cover for the main control panel, soft control buttons, a built-in fan controller, plenty of I/O ports, removable dust filters on every intake, and the aluminum/honeycomb accents.

The Cosmos II is a hit, and should please those who've long awaited a refresh of the game-changing case from days past, and it pays fantastic homage to the original Cosmos, while incorporating a large number of features and a supercar-inspired design.  Coolermaster really pulled it off.

At an MSRP of $349.00, the Cosmos II is clearly a high-end case, but one that will surely be hard to beat in terms of features for quite some time, and for those into water cooling, there's not substitute for the room and flexibility the Cosmos II offers.

 

Here's a little teaser video we made, for your viewing pleasure.

 

The Good

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The Bad

  • Fantastic cable management
  • Built-in fan controller
  • Wonderful aesthetics
  • Removable I/O panel wires
  • Thermally-isolated lower compartment
  • Tool-less features
  • Fully filtered intakes which are removable for cleaning
  • Watercooling accommodations
  • Weight (nearly 50lbs empty)
  • Cost (MSRP $349.99)

 

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