Just got done installing my system into my Cosmos and initial temp readings are roughly the same as my Thermaltake Armor Jr.
I wanted to test how loud the case fans are by themselves, so I unplugged my Zalman 9700 from the mobo, turned on the PC, and was quite pleased. With AC not running in my apartment, the computer was at most a whisper. All 4 case fans were running at 100%
Spazz was right about the gap behind the front door. I can't use my cheap-o Vantec fan controller with control knobs. Because of this, and because the Zalman 9700 only has a 3 pin mobo connector, I cannot control the speed in the BIOS. I am thinking about replacing my HSF with one of same quality but with 4 pin connector.
Other than that and the very minor annoyance of the cable management holes already mentioned, I personally am glad to have purchased the Cosmos and I'm sorry your experience with it was poor Spazz. Wolf, at least try using the case before giving up on it. You might be surprised by the result.
I am happy to hear of your positive experience!
However, your post tells me nothing. To get a meaningful comparision, I do have some questions though...
- What is the air (ambient) temperature in your computer room?
- What are your components and their specs?
- Are you overclocking as I am?
- What are your temps after leaving the system idling for around 30 minutes (CPU, GPU and HDD)?
As far as I know, you may actually like
your HDDs running at 60C.
The cable management holes were not a "minor annoyance" for me since I ran several cables through it before I discovered the problem. I am glad to have given you a heads up before hand.