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Saturday, 07 January 2012 12:19

Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower reviewed - Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Unprecedented control with a saucy price tag

 

Cooler Master invested a lot of time and effort into redesigning the Cosmos case, and Cosmos II Ultra Tower is proof that the effort paid off. Cosmos II is the largest computer case we’ve tested so far but it’s still beautiful despite the size.

Exterior design resembles the original Cosmos case, but the insides have been overhauled completely. Cosmos II has plenty of room and will take as much as three water cooling radiators or thirteen 3.5’’ drives. All motherboard types are supported and the same goes for CPU coolers up to 19cm, or graphics up to 38.5cm. Five included fans take care of cooling with a little help from the integrated fan controller.

We expected Cosmos II Ultra Tower to run perfectly. However, we received one of the first samples and Cooler Master made sure that deficiencies don’t end up in retail. Namely, we’re talking about loud sliding door mechanisms on front and top panels. As far as manufacturing and finishing touches go, Cooler Master did a grand job.

The case is great, there’s no doubt about it, but it does make you think whether it’s worth €349. If money isn’t an issue, then you shouldn’t think much as Cosmos II Ultra Tower will give you unprecedented control. In fact, we haven’t had such easy mounting procedures with any other case. 

Looking at value alone, Cooler Master may be asking a bit too much. There are some cases that are as much as €100 cheaper, and although they aren’t Cosmos II, they can at least compete in many things.

All in all, Cosmos II Ultra Tower is an almost perfect case with a saucy price tag. However, the price tag doesn’t say one crucial thing – this is not the case that you’ll look to get replaced soon, so the price should not discourage you from considering it.


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0 #1 Deanjo 2012-01-07 16:17
Finally a case with some breathing room. I wish there were more full tower cases out there that didn't look like it was part of the autobot clan. I'll be ordering one of these for sure.
 
 
0 #2 jonny80s 2012-01-07 19:43
I'ld buy this case just for the door hinges. I've been looking for one like this for a long time. Modding normal doors isn't too hard, but for the price some of these cases go for... they should be built in.
 
 
+1 #3 robert3892 2012-01-07 21:49
Some people might cringe at the price tag but this is mostly an all aluminum chassis except for some bits and pieces. This case is mostly perfect especially if you want to stick an EVGA SR-2 motherboard in it. I have only one very minor complaint. I would have liked to have seen a windowed side panel as I like to show off my hardware.
 
 
-1 #4 Deanjo 2012-01-07 22:01
Quoting robert3892:
I would have liked to have seen a windowed side panel as I like to show off my hardware.


Oh heck no. Windows look like crap after a while. I very much prefer the stealthy look. Wanna show off your hardware then pop off the side to show it especially considering how easy of a task that is with the Cosmos line.

Functionality > tackiness
 
 
-1 #5 Kryojenix 2012-01-07 23:55
Quoting Deanjo:
Functionality > tackiness

A flat top would be nice then.

I'm always dumping stuff onto the top of my faithful Thermaltake Xaser V - in fact, my router lives there.
 
 
-1 #6 Deanjo 2012-01-08 02:13
Quoting Kryojenix:
Quoting Deanjo:
Functionality > tackiness

A flat top would be nice then.

I'm always dumping stuff onto the top of my faithful Thermaltake Xaser V - in fact, my router lives there.

The top acts as a air tunnel for the top fans (like the other Cosmos cases). You would be loosing efficiency in cooling by making it flat.
 
 
-1 #7 Kryojenix 2012-01-08 04:46
How the hell would I be losing (not 'loosing') efficiency by making the top flat?! It'd still have holes in for air to escape.

It's only if whatever I dump on top covers those holes that I'd lose efficiency. (note: 'lose', not 'loose')

Although I mentioned my permanently stationed router, which does not cover the top vent on my Xaser V, mostly I was talking about being able to dump a thing on top of the PC case temporarily, versus not being able to put things there at all because they slide off the fashion-handles/roundtop.
 
 
-1 #8 pogsnet 2012-01-09 04:23
Why desktops with handle on top is getting common? Does gamerz travel with desktop these days? Kinda odd, and i don't wanna carry my gaming rig anywhere unless necessary.
 
 
-1 #9 Loki 2012-01-10 17:26
Well that price s u c k s. In US price is 350$ and in EU 350€ which is not the same.
350$ is around 274€, so here in the EU we are paying almost 80€ or 100$ more. :cry:
 

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