Specifications, Availability and Pricing
In Cooler Master's quest to bringing you the best of the best, they went with three main materials in the construction. Brushed aluminum was chosen for accent pieces and to cover the expanse of both sides of this chassis. Most of the structure, the handles and legs, drive assemblies, and the motherboard tray are all made of SECC Steel that is painted black on all surfaces. The last choice of materials is ABS plastic to help the Cosmos II take on its fully rounded persona. This chassis is round from every view. Not only does the face bend into the top and sides as the top does the same around the back and to the top of each side panel, the panels themselves are also bowed outward taking away any inclination of the square structure beneath it.
Externally the chassis offers great aesthetics that we just covered, but there are a lot of other things going on as well. There are the large bars at the top and bottom of the chassis that the Cosmos name is known for, but they changed the way everything else is laid out. The top has an easily removable panel that will allow for thick radiators, and this neat slide cover for the case buttons and fan controls. The front I/O is easily accessible and is in plain view, containing audio jacks, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity along with an e-SATA port. On the front there is a sliding panel covering the three 5.25" bays and the covers that remove from the outside. There is also a pair of X-drive bays covered by this panel that are hot swap drive bays. Below the sliding panel is an expanse of mesh to the bottom the pops right off to allow cleaning of the filter for the 200mm intake fan here.
On the inside the chassis offers thirteen locations for 2.5" and 3.5" drives with removable trays that slide into one of three different racks. The power supply shares area with a pair of hard drive bays that are removable so that you can install a dual 120mm radiator there if you want. Above the motherboard tray there is room to house a triple 120 radiator, but comes stock with a single 120mm fan installed there. The motherboard tray offers various grommets and tie points to keep any system clean and looking good. In the rear of the chassis you find a 140mm fan exhausting air just above the 10+1 expansion slot configuration. I almost forgot! Those removable hard drive bays at the bottom have a pair of 120mm fans cooling this area that are mounted into a plastic frame that swings out of the way for access to those drives.
So what does an elegant chassis that will make its presence known in any situation going to set you back? As I write this there is no availability until after the NDA lifts, but Cooler Master did send along the suggested MSRP. Cooler Master is projecting to sell the Cosmos II for $349.99 US. For what the chassis offers, I don't see this as anything unreasonable, but there is one major thing to take into account about this chassis. The sheer weight of it! This chassis empty is listed to weigh in at forty-seven pounds. The shipping sticker said sixty pounds with packaging! So while the initial cost may be alright, make sure you look for a deal with shipping included, because this isn't going to be cheap to ship anywhere. That in mind, let's get a look at this behemoth and its packaging as I introduce to you the Cosmos II from Cooler Master.