Is WorldExclusive a Coolermaster Rep? haha.
And after some long, hard looks at this case. I like it. But it wont get me away from my Black Pearl or 595 anytime soon.
Perception fools many, especially when cost is the main factor. I can't say myself that I will buy the case, but I was only pointing out the Cosmos II is a great case.
I remember when the 595 was listed for $400+, not to many people was fond of that case either, but you like it and that's what counts.
I remember that sale. The case was originally $399, then dropped to $299 then $160 and discontinued. The 695 was $500-550.I bought it for like $160 shipped. Sold the Cod Black Ops that came with it for $40. So $120 shipped is what i paid for it. Now if it was $400... I probably would of looked elsewhere.
595? Is that one of the custom manufactured cases?
notice the dunbells in the first pic of the silver version of the case lol
So far it's black and silver only that I've heard. Plus for all of Maximum PC's dream machines they always have the cases custom painted and/or modded(like the year they put an LCD in the 5.25" drive bays).Maximum PC featured the Cosmos II in their Dream Machine in yellow. I wonder if Cooler Master is gonna offer the case in various colors. I'm definitely gonna grab this. $350 is a steep price but I think this case will be good to use for a long time. Now I just have to sell my haf-x, which I haven't even used yet.
My current Lian Li was feather light out of the box, probably 15lbs max. For a 24x24 case it's super light.
I can see how the Cosmos can be shockingly heavy.
Well, after being forced to ditch the HAF X, I'm looking for a new case.
At least, I'd have gone with Silverstone or Lian Li, but now even in their high range bracket, I'm finding many flaws with their designs:
1) The FT02/RV02/TJ11 cannot easily fit a H100 without some modding... also FT02/RV02 is quite small for my needs. There's also no guarantee that the Accelero Xtreme Plus that I got for the GTX 580 will work correctly in the 90 degree orientation.
2) Outside of the FT02/RV02... there is no normal oriented tower that is full sized. The TJ11 is just too costly and even that doesn't seem to take the H100.
3) The Lian-Li cases are well constructed but not really the quietest cases. Sure, the aluminum material is great but I'd much prefer a mix of steel (for beams, chasis) and aluminum because steel can take vibration much more and is more suitable for noise dampening. Lian-Li's door panels are just too thin and too light, making them prone to resonations.
It is also true that Lian-Li is a bit behind in their design; cable management could be much improved even in their top end cases. I also don't like how they keep on stacking 120mm and 140mm fans in areas like the front panel when they should look at what other companies are doing by using 200mm to 230mm fans that does a good job but at much lower speed.
After evaluating all of this, Cosmos II seems like the only choice. It is heavy, it has all the features, and it can take a H100 without issues. But it is more or less still a "gamer" case to me but at least it is not as ugly as some of the other offerings out there.
I think Lian-Li cases are too light... unless you're going to be moving that thing around a lot, the thinness and lightness of the material will make whatever that is inside the case that much louder compared to a heavier steel case.
Did you watch the Newegg TV overview? The lady presenting the case looks small enough to fit inside it!