Alright, let's examine the front panel and bezel. The front panel features a rather rich utility panel on the top that includes two USB 3.0 ports with standard motherboard headers, eSATA, USB 2.0 x 4, e-SATA x 1, Audio In and Out. It's personal I know, but the one thing that I dislike a tiny bit is that these connectors are so extremely exposed in a visible range. If Cooler Master had left out that white lining and made the USB 3.0 Connector black... it might have given it a better / different feel. That's just my opinion of course.
There's more though, the top latch can be pushed backwards after which you'll notice a variety of feather-touch buttons and LEDs. This actually is a fully fledged fan controller or, as Cooler Master call it, an Advanced Control Panel. It comes with 4 channel fan speed control, power and a fan LED on/off switch. This little panel can be used for up to 10 fans AND their respective LED lights. The panel is powered by a Molex connector and then feeds the fans from the fan controller. For a fan controller, it really is a gorgeous one.
We quickly move back to the top, as the back side can be removed. You loosen a thumbscrew, lift it up, and you can access the dust filter or the fans or whatever you'd like to do there. Quite handy.
Okay, back to the front side of the Cosmos II. If we move downwards a notch then we can see a sliding door covering some of the external drive bays, push it gently at the top and it will slide down slowly all by itself. Quite cool to see actually.
Once the door is down three 5.25" and two 3.5" bays are exposed, the bays have tool-free covers and dust filters. That might look a little on the skinny side, but on the inside you can house another massive eleven 3.5" devices.
So drives wise:
5.25" Drive Bay x 3
3.5" Drive Bay - 13 (2 from X-dock, Middle cage for 5 HDDs, Bottom cage for 6 HDDs)
2.5 Drive Bay - 11 (converted from 3.5" cages)
Each of the bays takes 3.5" drives, the tool-free drive trays can accommodate 2.5" drives such as SSDs too. The lower group of bays is compartmentalized with a lid that can hold two 120 mm fans, while the upper group relies on the front-intake fans.
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