Introduction & Specs
If you're about the same age as me, there's every chance you'll look back fondly at the days of Cooler Master's ATCS series tower cases. They had understated style, high quality craftsmanship and used only the finest of materials. In fact, probably one of the biggest regrets of my life as a computer techie was selling off my extremely rare (well nowadays at least) Cooler Master Black Widow
. It almost didn't matter that you needed to sell body parts just to get one, the fact that it had a paint job better than most
£50k cars totally made you forget the substantial hole in your wallet.
Of course, a lot has changed since then - and although looks still carry significant weight, the success of a modern PC case is equally influenced by its ability to cool the latest Quad-Core, Triple SLI setup with minimal noise. In addition to this, many enthusiasts (and even average joe's) have made a departure from the regular heatsink and fan combination cooling in favor of more elaborate water cooling systems that often require quite drastic case modifications in order to house the bulky radiators.
Cooler Master did a damn good job of ticking most of these boxes with their previous Cosmos 1000 case
, but as the saying goes "there's always room for improvement" and today we'll be finding out if the latest addition to the Cosmos range has made it any closer to becoming the perfect all-round case. Enter the Cosmos S
Since its introduction, Cooler Master's COSMOS PC Chassis has garnering numerous awards and accolades around the world. Today, the best just got better as Cooler Master unleashes the COSMOS S Chassis, featuring a new racing design, a touch-sensitive panel, and a gamut of user-friendly features, the COSMOS S is the evolution of the ultimate PC enclosure.
When laying eyes on the COSMOS S for the first time, one is immediately drawn in by its sleek contours and exhilarating styling. Inspired by the some of the world's finest race cars, the COSMOS S exudes both speed and sophistication. From the meshed front and side panels to the brushed aluminum finish, the COSMOS S is pure lust, offering an enclosure fit for evolved sensibilities of the discriminating PC enthusiast.
While the previous Cosmos case used a combination of steel and Aluminium for the frame and side panels, Cooler Master have upped the anti on the Cosmos S, going for Aluminium all round. Of course, there are still some parts of the case that use plastic, but thankfully (as we'll find out over the next few pages) these blend in quite well with the overall appearance of the case and don't look too tacky.
Cooling has also been upgraded on the Cosmos S, with the case being able to support up to six 120mm fans (3 included) and a huge 200mm, 150cfm fan slapped on one of the case doors for good measure. This is a massive improvement over the Cosmos 1000 which only supported five 120mm fans and didn't feature any elaborate side panel cooling.