A Closer Look (Inside) cont’d
Each of the six bays here can hold a single 3.5″ hard drive – that should be enough for most users but maybe not all. By simply removing the thumb screw and pulling up on the release bar you can pull the entire drive bay out for installation reasons.
These drive bays are somewhat flimsy feeling but should be more than adequate for any kind of drive installation work you need to do. The blue rubber washers are on both the inside and out side of drive tray and keep metal from touching metal helping to shock proof and sound proof the components; another very nice touch from Cooler Master.
The connection cables are well bundles and well marked for easy installation; at least as easy as it can be. The USB, Firewire, sound and eSATA connections are pretty standardized now so those should be cake. The motherboard power, reset, lights, etc are still in individual jumpers as most motherboards are still completely different in their layout for those features.
Here you can see the two power cables hanging down from the 120mm fans used for exhausting the hot, rising air out of the enclosure.
The single fan at the bottom of the case is used for air intake and is actually angled slightly towards the motherboard and other components. You might remember that there were filters for TWO intake fans on the bottom of the case; the other is for the power supply fan to draw air in as it is mounted on the bottom here.
The back panel fan is seen along the top of this photo and the hole for the power supply is at the bottom. The back panel slots are all sealed up here and use sometimes hard to access thumb screws.
Looking at the other side of the Cosmos 1000 without the door reveals a subtle cable management system that helps hide a lot of the cable clutter that PCs typically have. We’ll show you some more on that in our installation page.