CES 2012: Cooler Master
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 01-21-2012
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To say that the Cosmos II chassis is massive would be a huge understatement. This towering tower of a chassis weighs nearly 50 pounds, sans hardware. It's so large in fact that the PR guy had a difficult time removing the black case from the pedestal for us to get a closer look at. There are three 5.25-inch drive bays and two 3.5-inch lockable hot swap bays on the front. Total 3.5-inch drive capacity for the Cosmos II is 13, or if you are going the 2.5-inch route, 11. That's a ton of storage.

And furthermore, the cooling system consists of a front 200mm fan and three 120mm fans on top (two are optional), a 140mm rear fan, two optional 120mm side fans, a 120mm HDD holder fan and two 120mm bottom HDD fans. The Cosmos II will be available in black, silver and gun metal (we preferred the gun metal look the best). There was also a 20th anniversary edition Cosmos II on display created by the team over at Smooth Creations which will be given away during CeBIT.

Next we ventured into another room and had a look at Cooler Master's CM Storm line of gaming peripherals. On the keyboard side, we were shown the Quickfire Pro and Trigger boards. The Quickfire Pro has all of the key switches that will be available (blue, brown, red and black). I preferred the blue switches as they offer the most tactical feedback and an audible clicking noise like what was found on older IBM style keyboards. This 104-key board features partial backlighting (the keys around the WASD cluster) and has an MSRP of $99.99. The Trigger has a full LED backlight with a removable wrist rest and macro keys on the side. There's 64kb of on-board memory that allows you to save macros and execute them from the board directly, bypassing any separate software.

The Recon is a fingertip, ambidextrous gaming mouse designed for FPS players with an optical 3500 DPI sensor and 1.2mm lift-off distance. The Sentinel Advanced version II mouse is a follow-up to the original. This new model features Japanese switches and encoder scroll wheel as well as a single eye laser engine with 8200 DPI. The lift-off distance is adjustable and can be displayed on the screen on top of the mouse.

The CM Storm Striker is available in a glossy white finish with a full side window and cooling vents on both sides. We've been told that there's better cable management on the motherboard side. There was a Swiftech-outfitted Striker on display that looked really slick. The Striker will be available in April for $199.99.

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