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Pros: Having owned the HAF 942 (which I still love and recommend) for 2 years, I had high expectations for the Cosmos II. Here's some perspective...
• Airflow: unlike the 942, airflow is much more directed, thereby creating a tunnel model rather than a open-air pressure zone.
• Power Feed: the 942 had insufficient space to feed the cpu power lines through the top. The Cosmos II corrects that by providing ample space. It also has a wide open space on the backplane for the power cables to feed to all the components. Plus, the mid-level barrier helps eliminate the visual clutter and improves tunneled airflow.
• Hot-Swap Bays: the 942 had "hotswappable" bays in that you could slide a tray in and out with a hard drive... which had to be screw-ed down into the tray (a tool dependent, time consuming process). With the Cosmos II, they now use true server-styled hot-swappable bays that require no screws, and easily disengage the drives with a pull lever.
• Fan Controller: for all the fans the 942 has, it relegated fan control to the motherboard, which likely wouldn't have sufficient lines for the case's needs. The Cosmos II a built-in fan controller embedded into the power button area at the top, that lights up with 3 phases of color depending on status. It has lines for every available port on the chassis, including two GPU feeds, and LED light control!
• Drive Bays: 16!? No, seriously! SIXTEEN. I'm having difficulty finding a power supply for all of them.
• Solid: With a steel/aluminum body, it's built to last, and dissipate heat properly.
• Hinged Doors: Finally! 942's railed/thumb-screw detachable doors were annoying, especially if you had to repeatedly get in there to change some components. Additionally, unlike the 942, the fans aren't built onto the door. This was a big issue considering the power line was always attached to the motherboard, which meant if you wanted to open the door, you'd have to hunt for the power lines without damaging pins.
Cons: • Price: Can you make it hurt my conscience a bit less, CoolerMaster? Please?
• Paint: scrapes off when screwing in components (if you're not careful). This isn't a big issue especially since that's only visible once the screws are removed. It's also the same paint job found on all other CM cases I've owned, so no biggie.
• Feet: I initially thought that the bars on the floor were just that, but they actually have 4 generously sized rubber feet to prevent the chassis from sliding around. Works great, unless you were hoping to slide the case around on a carpet (especially with its relatively high-weight). Also, given that they spread out and away from the case, it's impossible to get it to line up flush with a desk... but it does add to stability, so that's a moot issue too.
• Too many snooty reviewers who made me think it might've been a lemon (it's actually the best craftsmanship I've seen from Cooler Master).
Other Thoughts: At 47lbs, the it's a beast to move. Some people complained that the chassis had Plastic of any kind in its construction, rather than being made of 100% metal (especially considering the price). The truth is, Cooler Master has thought this through and skimped on superfluous metal where it won't benefit, and used more lightweight plastic to finish off the aesthetics. It's not shoddy cheap plastic like you'll find on low-end chassis', it's at least 1/8" in the thinnest of areas (much sturdier than the 942's metal, in some parts).
As I was assembling the computer, I kept remarking about how much better this or that was compared to anything else I'd seen. Even after watching the video reviews from Newegg, and Youtube, I was pleasantly surprised by the whole package.
I can highly recommend this. You won't need another case ever again.
This review is from: Ergotron 45-241-026 LX Desk Mount LCD Arm
Pros: Sturdy. Intuitive. Has cable management.
Cons: Cable management pipe doesn't have room for 3 fat cables... but most cables aren't. Likely a moot issue.
The range of motion on the vertical sub degree is limited to only about 15.
Other Thoughts: It's well made, and the solid. Although they're attached to my desk, they don't bounce around as I type. They have tightening springs on the inside of the arms that control the resistance of the range of motion.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Nexus PWM Series D12SL-12PWM 120mm Case cooler
Pros: High airflow at low noise levels and a decent price.
Cons: Not really a biggie, but it came with (purple) rubber mounting "screws" which cushion its installment. Couldn't figure out how to use them, as it doesn't come with a manual/directions, but had a friend help me, so no worries.
Other Thoughts: First PWM fans I've owned, and they work really well. Even at full blast, they only start to sound as loud as other fan's idles. I'd definitely buy more in the future.READ FULL REVIEW