Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Reviewgotdamojo06 - November 29, 2007
I know that I was excited to put everything in this case because I was wondering how quiet the case was actually going to be, as well as how cool the case was going to be with the radically different fan placement.
- Intel E6600
- Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6
- 2x 1GB G.Skill DDR800
- ATI X1950Pro
- Lite-On DVD-RW
- Western Digital 320GB 16MB Cache SATA Hard Drive
- OCZ 700W GameXStream Power Supply
I started out by putting the motherboard riser screws in the correct holes and noticed the inside of the case is smooth and very shiny. Unlike most cases, this case does not have the riser screw holes labeled on the actual motherboard tray, which in my opinion makes the tray look nicer. However, Cooler Master included a piece of cardboard that can be placed down on the tray that labels the holes so you know where to put the risers for your style of motherboard.
Next I began to install the hard drive. Like I had mentioned before, the hard drive rack is unlike any other that I had seen before. To remove the "drawer" that houses the hard drive, you unscrew a thump screw that is above the "drawer" you wish to use and then pull it out.
Once you have the "drawer" removed you can begin to install the hard drive. To do this, you will need to place the hard drive inside the "drawer" then flip it over and screw it in with the four screws.
The next step in the installation will be the power supply. This is another first for me; I have always had a case that has the power supply mounted in the top-rear of the case, however this one has it mounted on the bottom.
The other cool feature about the placement of the power supply is that there is a hole in the bottom of the case below the power supply which allows the power supply to suck in fresh air from the outside of the case, not using up the limited amount of cool air already in the case. There is always the fear of sucking up any dust that is lurking below your case, which Cooler Master already thought about, as they put a filter screen over the hole.
The installation of the motherboard into the case is the standard way; lining up the screw holes on the motherboard with the motherboard riser screws I previously installed, then tightening down the motherboard with the motherboard screws.
With all those components installed, the next step would be to install the DVD burner into one of the external 5.25" drive bay slots. Like the side panels of the case, the 5.25" drive bays have tool-less installation features. To install an optical drive, you slide it into the bay and press the button on the side of the bay to lock it into place.
Once everything is in place and secure, the next logical step would be to plug in all the wires. The Cosmos 1000 offers a lot of places to hide the wires in this large case.
There is also an air flow directer that you are able to place, which helps to direct some of the air coming into the case to the expansion slots.