IT'S BEEN five years since the debut of Cooler Master’s wildly popular Cosmos chassis, and its successor is finally here. The Cosmos lineage is strong with this one—from the hinged side panels, to the top carrying handles, to the slide-out hard drive trays—but the Cosmos II is a thoroughly modern product with massive cooling potential, strong cable-management chops, and wide-open spaces. The chassis frame is steel, while the shell is plastic, with aluminum cladding on the panels. Our review unit is matte black, but Cooler Master also offers a silver model.
It’s been a long road for the Cosmos II, but it’s finally here. The long-awaited successor to Cooler Master’s blockbuster Cosmos was supposed to ship in September—around the same time as our 2011 Dream Machine, which used a prototype version of the Cosmos II as its chassis. Well, after some trips back to the drawing board, the Cosmos II is finally ready for prime time. It’s real. And it’s spectacular.
The Cosmos II, which Cooler Master bills as an “Ultra Tower,” is 20 percent larger than the original Cosmos—it’s more than 27 inches tall, 26 deep, and 13.5 inches at its widest; and it weighs a staggering 47 pounds empty. The chassis frame is steel, while the shell is plastic, with aluminum cladding on the panels. The build quality is outstanding, with nary a sharp edge, uneven panel or flimsy component. The sliding doors on the top and front panel slide smoothly, the side hinges are solid and easy to use, and the handles won’t fall off. Our review unit is all black, but Cooler Master also offers a silver model.