Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Case
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-05-2008
Provided by: Cooler Master

The Cosmos 1000 arrived in a large, heavy box: 45 pounds on the bathroom scale, to be exact. Features and specifications decorate the outside, while thick Styrofoam and a plastic bag for protection keep the case cozy during shipping. Cooler Master took the liberty of wrapping various extremities of the case in protective foam and covering up all finished surfaces with plastic to ensure that the case arrives absolutely undamaged.

The included IO panel has all of the interfaces you want to see on a case these days, including an eSATA port. It sits on top of the case, which is good for providing access from either side of the desk, especially if the case is on the floor. All of the drive bays are meshed with air filters on the inside. To remove a bay cover, simply push the tab at its side and swing it open. Though there is apparently mesh in front of the hard-drive cages, that facade is actually backed by a metal sheet, providing no airflow to the bottom of the case from the front. Masking these bays is a black reflective door with a very sturdy feel. The screws holding the door together are protected with rubber stoppers, and the door stays shut with magnets. The front panel is not removable.

Moving to the rear of the case, there are holes for water-cooling, the two handles for opening the side panels, a 120mm exhaust fan, an included IO panel and the screw which holds the top facade in place. There are seven expansion slots, neighbored by a filtered grill. As you can see, the PSU is bottom mounted. There are two bottom intakes for the case, one directly to the PSU and the other below the hard-drive cages. These filters can easily be slid out for cleaning and maintenance.

The side panels are very sleek and have no sign of a handle or opening mechanism unless viewing the rear of the case. They swing open from the top, and then can be pulled upwards for removal and access to the case. Both side panels are lined with sound dampening foam on the inside, and their housing is outlined in rubber to dampen vibrations. Continue as we take a look at the inside of this monstrous chassis.

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