As if our testing lab wasn't crowded enough with full tower casings, like the Thermaltake SwordM we just reviewed, Cooler Master finally sent us its latest high-end flagship chassis, the Cosmos 1000. Like the Thermaltake SwordM, the Cosmos is not meant for the budget enthusiast. Even the so-called 'hardcore' enthusiasts may shirk away when they see the size of this new chassis. The Cosmos is as huge as its name suggests, with dimensions that exceed Cooler Master's well-known Stacker series of full tower chassis. It is also heavier than the aluminum based Stacker, weighing in at almost 17kg when empty thanks to its steel construction.
Naturally, this new chassis has made all the important 'guest' appearances at major IT exhibitions like CeBIT and Computex and has garnered much attention for its exciting features. Looking back at the images we took at Computex, it seems that for our review unit, there has been no visible changes from the demo unit we saw in Taipei. The exterior looks the same, with four aluminum tubes that act like handles and the black reflective front bezel door. Those interesting pull out hard drive compartments are still there, along with the 'one button' locking mechanism for the drive bays and the air duct containing the cooler fan for the graphics cards. So why the delay to deliver the chassis after more than half a year when it was first shown? According to Cooler Master, they have been busy tweaking and paying meticulous attention to deliver a polished and ready product.
From the amount of publicity that Cooler Master is lavishing on it (you can view its dedicated microsite here), we have no doubts that this is the premium chassis from the company now. More importantly, how do all those fancy looking internal bits work? We have all the answers on the next page but before that, here are the specifications for this chassis: