Cougar GX-S 600W
OverviewHardware: Cases & PSU
WHAT WE LIKED:Stealthy black finish, solid performance, affordable, quiet, varying cable lengths
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Interpretation of "Japanese" capacitors
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While premium kilowatt power supplies may garner much of the attention and buzz in the marketplace, it is the more affordable, mid-range units that quietly bring in the profits. After all, most consumers aren’t well-heeled enough to consistently spend hundreds of dollars on components for a system that can cost thousands. You don’t really need the most leet gaming rig out there to play Call of Duty, let’s face it.
We’ve also noted a general trend for improved power efficiency, to offer better power supplies to consumers that are more frugal, saving money and better for the environment at the same time. 80PLUS Bronze used to the be the standard, but that’s now the minimum we can expect from modern power supplies. 80PLUS Gold is certainly preferred, but we don’t want to spend a fortune in the process. And that’s where the Cougar GX-S 600W might offer a solution.
While this unit isn’t a behemoth like some we’ve seen of late, the GX-S 600W is 80PLUS Gold certified and comes with a price of $119. Seems pretty good so far, so let’s take a closer look at this Cougar power supply and see how it fares.