The Cooler Master Cosmos C700P has so much going for it. On one hand, it is the brand's modern take on the legendary Cosmos line. On the other hand, the chassis represents the first new high-end case from Cooler Master in a very long time. This means the C700P has some enormous shoes to fill, and it mostly manages to do so.
This time Cooler Master offers an all new Cosmos C700P. It has that distinctively look and feel with subtle LED elements, a completely customizable design (innards can even be inverted) and Cooler Master went for improved looks with tinted curved tempered glass, while on the inside shielding and covering up everything you do not want to see. The new Cosmos C700P can house the biggest XL-ATX motherboards and comes with a combination of plastic and aluminum inserts. You may unlock and swing the side panel open like regular doors. Despite all the changes the Cosmos C700P retains its original look and feel a combination of a aluminum and dark element design. On the top and bottom sides you'll spot massive aluminum handlebars. Then there is proper cable management, space, and good airflow. Covered up behind the front side panel are the drive bays and fan placements, as well as the space for many kinds of liquid cooling. An all black interior offers enough space for an oversized motherboard with multiple graphics cards. At the top there is control panel, here you can manage up to fan RPM and the respective LED lighting system that comes with its own controller, yet also can be connected towards MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards to line up with software based RGB control.
Given the quality of materials so far, it’s pretty unfortunate to see plastic used for the front door; it should really be aluminium at this price. The door gives the case a mostly solid look here, although there are gaps around the sides for airflow. It can also tilt forward on its lower hinge for optical drive access, or you can remove it completely and go with the mesh look instead.
The “Front Panel” port section is angled forward at the front of the top panel, and it contains a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (Type-C, 10Gb/s), four USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks, power and reset buttons, and fan speed and RGB mode selectors. RGB mode selections include color cycling, static color, motherboard-controlled (via an RGB header), or “off.” Yes, “Off” can be an important setting.
Motherboard support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX.
Expansion slots: 8.
Included fans: 2x 140mm front intake, 1x 140mm rear exhaust.
Fan mounts: 3x 120mm/140mm front, 3x 120/140mm roof, 1x 120/140mm rear, 2x 120/140mm bottom.
120mm radiator mounts: 120mm/240mm/360mm front, 120mm/240mm/360mm roof, 120mm rear, 120mm/240mm bottom.
140mm radiator mounts: 140mm/280mm/420mm front, 140mm/280mm roof, 140mm rear, 140mm bottom.
5.25″ drive bays: 1
Internal drive bays: 2x 3.5”/2.5”, 2×2.5″.
Dimensions: 651mm H x 639mm D x 306mm W.
The side panels aren’t latched but instead use special springs to make the panels snap tight when approaching the closed position. Lifting those panels off the brackets gives us a better look at the decorative panels that cover the power supply, 3.5” trays, and any front-panel radiator. The fascia also lifts off after being swung out, and users who frequently access drive bays will better appreciate the face’s ability to stay in a partially swung-down position.
Inside, the default configuration is a standard full-tower layout, and Cooler Master has added PSU and storage covers to the main space and a cable routing cover to the area behind the motherboard tray. These could be stronger, to be honest – they’re all made of plastic – but they do their jobs well and each one can be independently removed. This is a theme that’s continued throughout the C700P, as a key feature of this case is its modularity and consequentially its flexibility with regards to layout. And we don’t just mean an ability to house lots of drives or radiators, though that applies as well. The combination of the modular frame and removable motherboard tray lets you invert the layout completely (the side panels can be swapped around to support this) or even switch to a chimney-style rotation with top-to-bottom airflow. The former is a 28-step process, as it’s a full inversion including all the hard drive and PSU brackets, but the manual walks you through it very well.
All three fans and each of the RGB sections come pre-connected to the single-PCB controller. This is powered by a single SATA connection on the board itself, and outputs to six fan channels and three RGB channels, with three and one free for use respectively out of the box. There is also a final RGB connection, but this is an input and is what you connect to your motherboard header in order to activate the M/B RGB control on the front panel. Each channel is capable of outputting up to 1.5A by itself, but the total output across all nine channels cannot exceed 4.5A.
The cable management bracket will take care of your messy cables for the most part, but the motherboard tray is littered with grommet-covered routing holes, and there's one specifically for PCIe power cables in the PSU bracket. In short, there's no excuse for an untidy rig here.
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