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Cooling And Dust Protection

Cooler Master Cosmos SE Case Review
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Cooler Master's Cosmos SE sports an easily removable dust filter in the front. Behind it, two 12 cm fans (Cooler Master A12025-12CB-3DN-F1) pull air into the enclosure. The fans feature blue LEDs you can turn on or keep off. Rubber rings decoupling the fans from the chassis are glued into place at the factory.

Consequently, the fans are attached with custom-made, longer screws. Some of the cases that went out to reviewers had problems with threading, but Cooler Master assures us that those issues were fixed on all retail models. Of course, if you've experienced any different, let us know in the comments.

If you want even more airflow, two additional 12 cm fans can be fitted to the hard drive cage in a similar fashion. Again, the custom-length screws and decoupling rubber pieces come bundled with the case.

The top of the enclosure also sports a dust filter. It can be removed by unfastening a thumb screw on the back of the case and then pulling it out. A 14 cm fan (Cooler Master A14025-12CB-3BN-F1) is installed underneath. There’s space for up to two 12 or 14 cm fans, though a second fan makes the top 5.25-inch drive bay unusable for anything except components that don’t reach far into the case.

Another 12 cm fan (Cooler Master A12025-12CB-3JN-F1) rounds out the factory-installed complement of coolers. All of the bundled fans hum along at 1200 RPM, and only the two front ones are decoupled from the chassis. They're powered either in series through a four-pin Molex connector or separately with three-pin headers that attach to a fan controller or the motherboard. Unfortunately, the Cosmos SE doesn’t come with its own fan controller.

Two more dust filters are resident on the bottom of the Cosmos SE, mounted externally close to the power supply and hard drive cages. If you need to clean them, they can be pulled out toward the front and back. One more thing: the rubber feet that this chassis stands on are screwed, and not just glued into place.

The hard drive cages can be removed, but only at the cost of the fans that are installed on them. It’s simply not possible to get rid of the drive cage elements and retain the fans for a better overall airflow. An alternate option for installing the coolers, maybe attached to the rails for the radiator installation, would have been nice.

Water Cooling

As usual, a 12 cm radiator fits on the back of the case. In addition, there’s space for 28 and 36 cm radiators at the top and the front, respectively.

Additional fans with the usual frame depth of 2.5 cm can be screwed onto the case directly, and fit between the top part of its metal frame and top cover without any problems. There are also holes for the fans' power cables.

The screw holes for the radiator could have been a bit more toward the side of the case to avoid collisions between tall CPU coolers and thick radiators (or radiators with fans on both sides). Finally, we should point out that 24 cm radiators will block most of the top 5.25-inch drive bay.

Installing a radiator on the front of the case has its own drawbacks. If you use a 24 or 28 cm product, then you have to either forgo all of the hard drive bays, or unscrew and remove the 5.25-inch drive cage and retain use of the bottommost two bays.

Either way, the previously-mentioned retention rails are used for the installation. A push/pull configuration is possible if the radiator with its fans is screwed onto the front of the rails.

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    VVV850 , February 12, 2014 12:57 AM
    Why put "carrying handles" on a 10KG (when empty) case? IMHO they are useless and add to the total weight and from my experience, when you have finished assembling your new PC you add approximately 5KG to the weight of the case. 15Kgs with carrying handles...
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    SessouXFX , February 12, 2014 1:09 AM
    The handles, more or less adds to the look, and strangely enough, some guys take theirs to a Lan party. I once read a review where some guy complained about not having a way to carry his Corsair 800D around to Lan parties,and complained about the case feet breaking off. So there's some numbskulls out there that can't seem to figure it out for themselves...The way I see it, in the case you need to move your case around, at least you have them. You may not want to move it around all the time, but it's better to have them and not need them, than to need them and find your back thrown out of whack because of lifting it without them.
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    blackmagnum , February 12, 2014 1:13 AM
    $170 gaming god of a case. Nothing can beat it at this price. If only it would come in pink... for Valentine's...
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    JOSHSKORN , February 12, 2014 2:36 AM
    Was this case not available 3 months ago?
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    cypeq , February 12, 2014 2:58 AM
    Quote:
    Why put "carrying handles" on a 10KG (when empty) case? IMHO they are useless and add to the total weight and from my experience, when you have finished assembling your new PC you add approximately 5KG to the weight of the case. 15Kgs with carrying handles...
    No one is forcing you to get this one with carry handles... CM and others provide you with plenty of choice. I for one would prefer to have them on quality case. Even if I have to move it only few times a year ( I have CM Storm Scout ).I say bless that handle it's so much easier to pick up and move around, and I have one hand free to open doors grab cables whatever. I is just very convenient.

    P.S. 15 kg one handed should not be a problem for you, bro do you even lift ? ;-D
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    pf12351 , February 12, 2014 3:50 AM
    I am actually quite glad this review is out, I bought this just last week. I got all my components in!
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    pf12351 , February 12, 2014 3:50 AM
    Also, it is 10.8 KG. The handles do help a tonne.
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    ubercake , February 12, 2014 4:46 AM
    I never really got the point of putting front fans in a case whose airflow is immediately blocked by HDD bays or mounts turned sideways (even those not occupied due to design). I understand turning the mounts saves space in the depth direction, but completely blocks the intake's airflow. This is why I think it is key for any advanced case to be designed to allow you to remove the HDD bays that aren't in use. Why even bother with fans whose output has to pass through a bunch of obstacles? This renders the intake of airflow virtually ineffective.
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    GoliathPtXs , February 12, 2014 5:37 AM
    This case needs a REV.2 with that 3rd optical issue solved. waiting for it. either that or the new fantastic corsair graphite 760T...decisions... decisions...
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    Au_equus , February 12, 2014 5:41 AM
    "The screw holes for the radiator could have been a bit more toward the side of the case to avoid collisions between tall CPU coolers and thick radiators (or radiators with fans on both sides)."

    Is it not the idea of using radiators is to avoid using tall CPU coolers? The biggest concern for watercooling in regards to the top radiator mount is clearing the tall memory heatsinks that some memory manufacturers use.
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    ubercake , February 12, 2014 5:47 AM
    Quote:
    "The screw holes for the radiator could have been a bit more toward the side of the case to avoid collisions between tall CPU coolers and thick radiators (or radiators with fans on both sides)."

    Is it not the idea of using radiators is to avoid using tall CPU coolers? The biggest concern for watercooling in regards to the top radiator mount is clearing the tall memory heatsinks that some memory manufacturers use.


    True. Also, the heatsinks over the power section of the motherboard need to be considered. This usually becomes an issue with a lot case designs. A case with a motherboard that mounts too close to the top of the case itself is definitely a design flaw in the age of radiators and low-cost self-contained liquid coolers.
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    VVV850 , February 12, 2014 7:08 AM
    The reason I wrote that I don't find the point in putting handles on a heavy case (15Kgs built PC is not by any chance LAN party material even if you lift bro :) ) is because I would love to see handles on quality cases made of aluminum (Lian Li for example) from which a full ATX case weighs about 5-6 Kgs empty. Believe me: a 10kg full ATX PC (that I drag around at the end of the week) is significantly light than a PC built using this case.Another thing, cases made of plastic and steel are not quality cases (my opinion) even if they are properly built and properly designed.In the end, I agree that the handles may help some.
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    ram1009 , February 12, 2014 7:33 AM
    I wish I could still buy an Enlight.
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    burkhartmj , February 12, 2014 7:37 AM
    I think the reason the handles don't necessarily make huge sense is because if you're looking to lug a desktop to LAN parties, it's becoming more and more feasible to get a mini-ITX or even micro-ATX case that is WAY smaller and WAY lighter than this. This is the route I'll be going for my next desktop build, either with a Cooler Master Elite 130 or a BitFenix Prodigy.

    On the other hand extra features don't hurt, especially when they're executed well, and we all have to transport our desktop at some point, even if it's only once in a blue moon or when moving. On top of that, while smaller computers are getting feature parity fast, they can't quite measure up to something like this yet, and will never have the expandability of something this size.
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    James Mason , February 12, 2014 7:38 AM
    From my experience with the original Cosmos S, the handles on the bottom actually make the case super easy to push around on a carpeted floor, which is nice because when you have 4 hard drives 4 graphics cards and a 1000W psu in the thing it gets pretty freaking heavy, and the handles on top do make carrying it around a bit easier, the Cosmos S was freaking huge for a computer case, carrying it by like you would a mid tower or mini tower is a bit unfeasible because it's so big it blocks your vision.
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    chumly , February 12, 2014 9:13 AM
    Ugly!
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    lp231 , February 12, 2014 9:43 AM
    Those who had this case says the motherboard tray isn't enough room to allow easy installation of SATA cables and other connectors that needs to be plugged along the edge.
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    jimmysmitty , February 12, 2014 10:12 AM
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    The handles, more or less adds to the look, and strangely enough, some guys take theirs to a Lan party. I once read a review where some guy complained about not having a way to carry his Corsair 800D around to Lan parties,and complained about the case feet breaking off. So there's some numbskulls out there that can't seem to figure it out for themselves...The way I see it, in the case you need to move your case around, at least you have them. You may not want to move it around all the time, but it's better to have them and not need them, than to need them and find your back thrown out of whack because of lifting it without them.
    In all honesty, I have lifted one of these filled with components and the handles do not help in lifting the case much in that case as it puts all the weight pulling down. It is still easier to properly lift it with your legs and arms around it. I honestly was never a fan of the Cosmos series, mainly as I don't know who would want to move such a large case around very often. If I got a case like this, or the Corsair 900D which I would over this, I wouldn't move that thing around much at all. Just too large and too heavy for that.
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    ZippyPinhead , February 12, 2014 4:46 PM
    Another cheap wannabe NERD case from CM, the king of the nerd case mfg's!
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    toddybody , February 12, 2014 6:28 PM
    170.00 for that? Oh gosh, its one ugly case. I hope the feature set provides value to folks though...
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