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Cooler Master Cosmos II - Ultra Tower Computer Case with Metal Body and Hinged Side Panels
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Pros: The case is huge. A lot of people list this as a con, to them I ask this. What did you expect with 11 hard drive bays, 2 hot swap bays, 3 optic bays, and a self contained compartments?
I'm still waiting on my CPU heat sink to arrive, so I've not powered it on for more than a few seconds at a time so far, but everything works great. Airflow is terrific, the front control panel (power and fan buttons) works perfectly, there's plenty of room for all but the biggest of mother boards, and the cable management is a dream. Not only do you have the in-case options but they also send along more cable ties / ratchet ties so you can customize your cable runs.
Drive installation is a breeze. Many reviews list the carriages for the hard drives as junky and flimsy, it's just a holder for a hard drive. It doesn't need to be made of titanium. The hard drives slide in and out effortlessly and the optical drives install with the push of a button. It couldn't be any easier.

Cons: The only con, and the reason for 4 eggs, is the hot swap bays. I have no intention of using them, so this does not impact or bother me in the least, but once you install a drive into one of the bays you cannot get it back out without pushing it out from the inside. The drive is installed and removed with a lever system which is attached to the plastic door on the front. It goes in fine, but you can't apply enough pressure to remove the drive from the bay without breaking the door. It just isn't possible, the door isn't durable enough. I pressed on the arm from the inside with a screwdriver to pop the drive back out, so my case is still intact, but I wouldn't recommend this case to anyone who wants to utilitze those hot swap bays.

Other Thoughts: Other reviews mention things like damage to desks because of the weight, the case is too heavy and can't be lifted safely, etc., in the cons section. While these things are true and accurate, I can't take off the rating for them. The specifications are listed clearly in the item description. If you want a lightweight case then this isn't the purchase for you.
The front door which covers the optical drives directly covers the front ventilation fan when open. While the obvious solution is to only open that door when the optical drives / hot swap drives are necessary, I really do hope the magnets which keep it in the closed position don't malfunction in the future. Time will tell.


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Display Name: Josh S.

Date Joined: 10/25/13

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  • First Review: 11/21/13
  • Last Review: 11/21/13
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