Hardware Installation & Test Configuration
Included accessories for the Cosmos C700M are various screws, zip ties, an extra hard drive rack, a 4-pin RGB lighting connector and a 400mm GPU riser cable. The box also contains a printed manual and alternative back panel.
The interior of this chassis is where things get really interesting. The Cosmos C700M is designed in such a way that the chassis can be configured in one of three different layouts. In addition to the traditional layout we are all accustomed to, the internals of this chassis can be rotated 90 degrees for a chimney effect or inverted for those that like your cases positioned to your left.
The interior of the chassis is painted black and has three large cable pass-through holes with rubber grommets to the right of the motherboard area. There are two slots, one at the top of the motherboard tray and one at the bottom for cable management as well. Also, regardless of orientation, this chassis can be outfitted with CPU air coolers up to 198mm in height.
The slot at the upper edge of the motherboard tray is specifically designed for routing fan cables and the ATX12V/EPS12V power cable. A large hole in the motherboard mounting plate, behind the CPU socket area, facilitates heat sink changes without removing the motherboard.
In standard and inverted modes, the eight expansion slots will accommodate long graphics cards, up to 320mm (490mm with hard drive racks removed/repositioned), even in multi-GPU configurations. If the Cosmos C700M is configured with the motherboard in the "chimney" orientation, video cards installed directly into the motherboard's PCI-e slots are limited to 305mm in length without removing the PSU shroud.
The adjustable GPU bracket allows end users to show off their GPUs by mounting it vertically, or at an angle between 0 and 90 degrees, on the PSU shroud. You can also mount the GPU bracket so that your video card is orientated top to bottom in the front of the chassis closest to the 140mm intake fans. Cooler Master includes a 400mm PCIe x16 riser cable.
With all of that out of the way, let's talk about the process of switching the layout in this chassis because, to be frank, it is not a task to be taken lightly. It is time-consuming, labor-intensive and there are a lot of screws. So, so many screws. The good thing is that, after you've done it once, it's fairly easy to do it again.
We highly recommend taking your time and weighing your choices carefully before tearing into this case. Enthusiast and experienced modders shouldn't have any issues with the swap, but novice users could find the task daunting. That said, regardless of your choice of layout, the Cosmos C700M's cavernous interior gives end users the freedom to build until their heart’s content.
There are mounting locations for a total of five 3.5-inch hard drives and nine 2.5-inch drives (five converted from 3.5-inch). Two drive racks are mounted under the PSU tunnel and two in the main compartment of the case. There is also an extra drive rack included in the accessories box. These removable drive racks can be relocated to any of the several open slots in the main compartment of this chassis or removed completely.
Two of the four 2.5-inch drive caddies are attached to the motherboard tray in the main compartment, one is attached to the top of the PSU tunnel and one behind the motherboard tray. All drive caddies, with the exception of the stamped steel unit behind the motherboard tray, are made of metal and come with rubber grommets for vibration dampening. These 2.5-inch mounting pads also double as mounting locations for water pumps and reservoirs.
The cable management area directly behind the motherboard tray can accommodate just about any system you can throw at it, from mild to wild. Cooler Master says the cable management design was inspired by server racks. Regardless of inspiration, the overall design is a breath of fresh air. The plastic cable strips organize the cable by using channels, and the Velcro retention straps keep everything in their place. The case also includes a convenient cable cover made of stamped steel that keeps unsightly wires hidden from view.
The Cosmos C700M supports up to nine 120/140mm fans in total. It ships with three PWM 140mm intake fans in front and a single PWM 140mm exhaust fan. Fan speeds can be set to low (600rpm), medium (900rpm) and high (1,200rpm) via the fan speed switch on the front of the case.
The main compartment can easily accommodate one or more custom cooling loops, multiple reservoirs and pumps, all-in-one coolers or a mixture. Radiators and AIO coolers up to 420mm can be installed in the front and top of the chassis simultaneously with the optical drive bay removed.
As with many large full-tower ATX chassis, even though you can physically mount most AIO coolers in the front of this case because of the fixed length of the tubing, some coolers might not be able to reach the CPU socket. Despite that limitation, these locations are ideal for mounting radiators for water-cooled graphics cards.
The exhaust fan mounting location can be fitted with 120/140mm coolers in single and dual-fan configurations. You can also mount coolers and radiators up to 240mm in the bottom of the chassis.
And with the case's large size, every power supply we tested, regardless of layout, from the smaller EVGA 450 BT all the way up to larger units like the Corsair HX1200i, fit without a problem.
Drivers & Settings
|Chipset||Intel INF 10.1.1.42|
|CPU||4GHz (40x 100MHz) @ 1.1V core|
|Motherboard||Firmware 1.10 3/2/2018|
|Graphics||Maximum Fan for Thermal Tests | NVIDIA GeForce 398.36 WHQL Game Ready Driver|
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