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Cooler Master shows concept case design

Cooler Master shows concept case design

The Cosmos case incorporates some neat features, but we're going to have to reserve judgement until the case is released

While we were crawling around the show, we spotted a new concept case that Cooler Master is working on.

Cooler Master claims that the design reduces vibrations (and the resultant noise) caused by components inside the chassis and has also incorporated some neat features too.

Instead of screwing your hard drives into a drive cage, Cooler Master has included six detachable aluminium hard drive modules (or enclosures) complete with thermal pads to optimise the cooling capabilities. In addition, the company has used a patented quick-release 5.25” drive securing mechanism that requires nothing more than a push of a button to release the optical drive installed. It seems an interesting idea, but we’ll have to wait and see how that one works in practice.

Finally, the company’s designers have incorporated a cable management system that will allow users to hide cables behind the motherboard and also in a neoprene ‘gutter’ that should help to reduce cable mess considerably. Again though, we’re going to have to wait and see it in action before we make any final judgement on the usefulness of the system.

We’re told that the company doesn’t expect to release the case until later this year (probably not until after Computex in June, so says Cooler Master) and, because of that, there’s no estimated pricing at the moment.

We've attached some pictures of the case below. Share your thoughts on some of these ideas in the forums.


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Koradhil 15th March 2007, 20:05 Quote
Any more pics from CeBIT? I'd like to see how my casemod looks over there at the Cooler Master stand :D
PA!N 15th March 2007, 20:20 Quote
That case looks pretty *futurish*, I think I like it :)
TomH 15th March 2007, 20:23 Quote
Over-engineered much? I'll wait and see what the retail versions are like, but that doesn't appear to show the same quality we're used to seeing from Coolermaster (eg. ATC201/210, Wavemaster). :(
Hiren 15th March 2007, 20:28 Quote
^ agree ever since the split with ATC CM cases have been lacking. Although this doesn't look that bad, if they got rid of the hand rails it would look quite funky.
Bluephoenix 15th March 2007, 21:26 Quote
hopefully it'll have most of the things that makes the 830 such a wonderful case to use. (removable tray, easy changeover to other configurations)


the 'gutter' will probably be ripped out by most, and the drive cages are a bit of a disappointment to those of us that prefer to use removable 5.25" modules. the bottom mounted PSU is nice to see, hopefully they can do like the Antec P180 and put a vibration damping cage around it.

Personally I think that the use of only 5.25" slots with a moveable cage was the best thing to happen to the full-tower cases.
Mankz 15th March 2007, 21:28 Quote
Where o' where is our original Wavemaster with 120mm fans Coolermaster??

That would deffo be case for everyone.
Koradhil 15th March 2007, 21:41 Quote
The Mystique has 120mm fans also.. I got a yellow wavemaster right here and I got a Mystique 631 as well :)
Skill3d 15th March 2007, 21:53 Quote
I like their quality, but personally I don't like the design...
Crazyglue 15th March 2007, 22:29 Quote
wow that case looks awful, it way too complex, and the side handles look a bit funny... ah well, guess not everything is perfect
Tyinsar 15th March 2007, 22:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bluephoenix
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Personally I think that the use of only 5.25" slots with a moveable cage was the best thing to happen to the full-tower cases.
Me too

This case looks interesting, I like the handles but not the door (it looks nice but I don't like doors on cases) or window (don't have a window above my car's engine, don't need a window above my CPU).
ou7blaze 15th March 2007, 23:25 Quote
I like the case it looks quite good except for those rather funky looking handlebars :/
Cobalt 15th March 2007, 23:32 Quote
Looks like the perfect base for a mod I had in mind (saves me a lot of acrylic cutting) but most of it would disappear, including those handles. Its not a bad idea to put them on the base but why on top as well?
HandMadeAndroid 16th March 2007, 00:21 Quote
Mutton dressed as lamb
ralph.pickering 16th March 2007, 01:14 Quote
Looks a bit like a mini-van with those roof rack bars. I wonder if Thule will bring out a compatible luggage box or bike carrier.
Tyinsar 16th March 2007, 05:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cobalt
... those handles. Its not a bad idea to put them on the base but why on top as well?
maybe to carry it with? - they are handles :D
Quote:
Originally Posted by HandMadeAndroid
Mutton dressed as lamb
:) sounds like something the user "nature" would say (though I'm usually more perplexed by his posts) (which used to be followed by a request for Bindi to change his avatar)
Woodstock 16th March 2007, 06:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyinsar
maybe to carry it with? - they are handles :D

had to laugh at that reply. dont think ill be lining up to purchase one anytime soon (or later for that matter)
Tyinsar 16th March 2007, 06:57 Quote
Thanks, I'm here until Friday :D . Try the veal, (or should that be lamb? :? )
Paradigm Shifter 16th March 2007, 11:33 Quote
Looks like they've borrowed some ideas from the Mac Pro case... (the HDD caddy/bay efforts...)

If it's well built, it could be a good case. If they use too much plastic, however... it's gonna be flimsy as hell and more of a liability than an asset. (Hopefully something like the two-material three-ply Antec used for the P180?)

Not really sure I like those rails on the top and bottom, though...
Iago 16th March 2007, 12:32 Quote
I'm officially sick of window panels. The case looks fine, but the sooner the side windows goes the way of the dodo, the better.
Da_Rude_Baboon 16th March 2007, 13:17 Quote
It looks like acres of cheap plastic to me. :|
Tyinsar 16th March 2007, 16:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Iago
I'm officially sick of window panels. The case looks fine, but the sooner the side windows goes the way of the dodo, the better.
;) The only thing I like about them is that they're easier to cut when adding a fan above the CPU or GPU
buchans 16th March 2007, 17:02 Quote
nice, I like the look of the bottom drive bays
dragontail 16th March 2007, 20:42 Quote
Eugh, not my type of case anyway. Looks too much like a cheap fridge to me.
Tyinsar 16th March 2007, 21:05 Quote
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@ dragontail: is your avatar a teddy bear in the clouds?
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misterkholl 17th March 2007, 23:00 Quote
Hmm...really looks nice to me! more pics?
Cobalt 25th March 2007, 20:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyinsar
maybe to carry it with? - they are handles :D
I think I may have pwned myself there :D
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