I always say, if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing If I can't sell it, what else would I do with it? My other 2 options for my file server case are my original Cosmos 1000, which has terrible airflow (not to mention HDD temps) and it probably won't hold all my drives. The other option is an older Stacker, which is what I'm currently using; It has plenty of room/air flow for the drives but has NOOO wire management whatsoever. I also want to run a CPU loop, and the Stacker has no good options to mount a radiator.
Currently I have about 13-14TB total split up between 10-12 or so drives... Holding a lot of drives is really about the only thing I think the Cosmos II excels at TBPH. I'll list my personal Cosmos II gripes and I can hope someone from Corsair reads them :coughGeorgecough: Maybe he'll even decide to send me a 900D to review (if not a 900D, a white 600T would work too)
Chainesaw's list of things the Cosmos II failed at that I hope the 900D will address:
1). Not enough 5.25 bays - It really needs one more IMO. (it only has 3) I originally was running a double 5.25 bay reservoir, which left me with only one bay, and since their built-in fan controller is TERRIBLE, I ended up having to run an aftermarket 5.25 controller. That leaves me with 0 bays. My only choices were to either have my BluRay burner sit in a drawer, or swap out the reservoir and go to a cylinder style (which is what I did)
They could have fixed this issue one way or the other, either by adding a 4th bay, or designed a better fan controller that wasn't terrible. I would have been happy with either, though I think a 4th bay would be the better option.
2). The hot swap bay - It is a really cool feature, but they made it an odd-ball size. WHY.WHY.WHY??!!?? Had they made it the standard size as a double bay, I could have removed it entirely, and gained 2 more 5.25 bays, (That would have also resolved my first complaint.) But instead, it's not quite a double 5.25 - So if you take it out, you'll gain 1 bay, and be left with another odd ball sized empty space that you won't be able to do anything with. When you realize there's nothing you can really do with it, and how terrible it looks, you end up putting the hot swap bays back in....
ALSO, had they made it a standard size, I could have moved it anywhere I wanted it in the bays. I really REALLY don't understand their decision on this one at all.
3). The top radiator - Whiskey.Tango.Foxtrot.. There is so much vertical space in this case, the fact that it will only hold a thin rad is absolutely ridiculous. I mean seriously Coolermaster, what were you thinking?? They could have EASILY fit a full size rad and probably still have room for push/pull. This was one of the "features" that sold me on the case - "Native 360 radiator support" but I didn't know they designed it to only fit gimped-ass half thick rads. Again, another poor design decision they made that's just stupid.
4). STILL NO WINDOW. Really CoolerMaster? I'm trying really hard to GIVE YOU MY MONEY - Why do you refuse?? The Cosmos II is their "Flagship" case and arguably the most expensive "mainstream" case you can buy at $350. Not only does it not come with a window, you don't even OFFER a window. There was an official thread asking about possible options and "would you buy this" kind of informal poll.. That thread is damn near a YEAR OLD now. No updates, no info, NOTHING. I contacted their "Live Chat" last week to ask about it, and was told "There are no plans to offer a window for your case at this time" - Are you fcking serious CoolerMaster?
I've been DYING to grab a White 600T for a long time now and use that as my media server case, but now that the 900D is on the horizon, I can't quite justify/commit to the 600T knowing I will most likely be getting a 900D as soon as it's released (providing it can address at least 2/3 of my issues with my Cosmos II - which I think it will) Looking forward to some sneak-peeks at it George! Post 'em!
Edited by chainesaw - 12/11/12 at 1:23pm