Coolermaster Cosmos 1000
Coolermaster has been in the business of making mid-to-high-end cases for awhile now, and in comparison to Antec, which appears to be best at making products around the $100 dollar mark, Coolermaster has been successful in creating numerous more expensive cases, including such products as the Coolermaster Stacker and this product, the Cosmos 1000.
It should be noted that Coolermaster sells numerous special-edition versions of its higher-end products, and so you may, when searching for deals on a Cosmos, run into many Cosmos-series cases which run well over $200 or even $400 dollars. But this case, the Cosmos 1000, can be found at many retailers for just under the $200 dollar mark, and can be found on sale for closer to $180. This makes it the most expensive of the these three cases, but you do get return on your investment.
For starters, the Cosmos 1000 is a real looker. Its massive silver-and-black shell gives the impression that a piece of alien hardware has found its way into your living room. Yet the Cosmos doesn't feature LED lighting or transparent side-panels, which keeps the case from becoming distraction. The Cosmos 1000 also has plenty of room inside of it - fill it to the brim, and you'll have it crammed with five 5.25" external drives, six 3.5" internal drives, and an extended ATX motherboard. The Cosmos also can fit numerous 120mm fans, and like the Antec 900, the Cosmos has an array of USB, Firewire, and Audio ports at the top of the case. The Cosmos actually outdoes the Antec 900 on this point, as the Cosmos has twice as many USB ports and an ESATA port.
Unfortunately, the price is high for this range, so the Cosmos needs to offer these enhanced features to remain competitive. More frustrating, however, is the massive size and weight of the Cosmos. At nearly forty pounds, the Cosmos weighs over twice as much as the Antec 900 and three times as much as the Lian-Li. This can make the Cosmos hard to work with when installing upgrades. The Cosmos is also approximately four inches larger in height and length than the Lian-Li or Antec options, and is two inches wider. This makes it too large to fit in or under some desks, as desks tend to be made to fit a medium-sized mid-tower.