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Cougar Challenger

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Posted November 24, 2012 by ChrisC in Cases & PSU
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Price at time of Review: $85
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great build quality, good price for the feature set, reasonable size, good airflow
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

The styling could be a bit too aggressive for some tastes, LEDs are a bit over the top
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you are looking for a case that will stand out in both styling and build quality, then you may want to add this case to your short list.
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Intro

Cougar may be a brand familiar to Europeans but North American gamers may not have heard of this company and the products they offer. The new Cougar Challenger mid tower case definitely shows a distinct personality which makes it standout compared to other mid tower cases.

The case’s bold styling really makes it stand out, the front cover in particular has an aggressive design that would feel equally at home as the front of a starship or as a character in a Transformer movie. The materials, design and build quality are excellent and it is apparent that a lot of thought went into the design and manufacturing of this case.

This case is packed with all the features you would expect in a mid tower gaming case like great cooling with a built in 200mm fan, a top mounted SATA hot swap bay, top panel USB 3.0, a side window, good cable management and easy to use tool-less drive bays. The case itself is black with front panel detailing available in three different colors; black, grey and orange.

If you are looking for a quality case that will make your rig standout then the Cougar Challenger is something you might want to consider. Today we will review it to help you make that decision.

Let’s learn a little more about the manufacturer and see if this case has all the features you would want for your next build.

COUGAR is particularly targeting enthusiast gamers who not only demand state-of-the-art PC chassis and highly efficient power supplies, but also want to express their dynamic gaming life style with reliable quality products.

COUGAR therefore wants to provide these enthusiasts with best-in-class innovative and cutting-edge gaming products. COUGAR was founded in 2007 by a group of enthusiastic and professional people in Germany who felt PC hardware had changed very little over the past 20 years, most cases and PSU models remaining rectangular boxes, having the same boring looks and an internal layout with endlessly uncreative cosmetic variations and poor quality. Therefore, COUGAR wanted to provide gamers more stylish product concepts meeting strictest quality requirements. Now, COUGAR has developed into a global brand manufacturer bringing innovative, high-performance and high-quality components to the PC gaming market.

Let’s dive into the Specs and Packaging.

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One Comment


  1.  
    Andrew Brisco

    I have this case for my build, and everything worked excellently, except i have a few cons to point out from my experience:

    -Cable management is a bit tough
    -The bottom magnetic filter was bent slightly, so it was unable to attach all the way (a little disappointing, but ok).
    -I wished there was more color options. I opted for black, because orange and white just didn’t look attractive to me. After i bought the case, i ended up modifying it by covering the side panels and front panel (the colored “aggressive” sections) with blue carbon fiber vinyl. I also added blue fans and leds. Cant you tell i like blue?

    All in all its a great case, has great potential, and fits all my parts. Heres my build

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk
    Video Card: MSI Twin Frozr GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card
    Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter
    Case: Cougar Challenger-B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
    Case Fans: Apevia blue (3-Pack) 120mm Fans + 1 200mm same model
    Power Supply: Cooler Master V700 700W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)





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