Introduction We always want the best case for the best components on our next build right? Well, let’s be a little realistic here, we always can’t afford the best of the best and sometimes we settle for something to make budget. The question is, do we cut our budget for hardware or the chassis? Introducing the MX300 from Cougar, a mid tower case that offers a wide variety of hardware configuration, cooling support and custom configurations. We recently had the opportunity to review the sister chassis called the MX500. Does the new MX300 live up to the expected reputation Cougar has built or does it need some help? Before we dig in further, let’s read up on Cougar. 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 develop...
In an ideal world, when you want to build your next PC, you want to get nothing but the best components for the money you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, life tends to sometimes get in the way, and some corners must be cut somewhere to make the build happen. This is why various price points exist for different ranges of products, though lately several manufacturers have taken to the notion that the ratio of paying less for getting less is too heavily skewed in favor of paying less for getting nowhere near enough for your money. Cougar figures it's their turn to toss another chip into the stack of afford-ably priced gamer cases with the introduction of the MX500 mid tower case. Said to be a sleek, modern designed gaming tower, does this offer gamers the features they crave without breaking the bank? Let's dig in and find out, but first here's a bit about Cougar:
The Cougar CMX V3 850W is an enthusiast-oriented mid-range power supply, and while this unit isn't a beast like some we've seen of late, it is 80PLUS Bronze certified and comes with a partly modular design, with the intent of providing value to consumers on a budget. Let's take a closer look.
Cougar, a leading German PC case, fan, and power supply manufacturer, has introduced a new Mini Gaming Tower case called the Cougar SPIKE. The SPIKE Mini-Tower was designed to deliver expansion capability in a micro-ATX space-saving design. The Cougar SPIKE case is a smaller but is designed to accept the longer high-end gaming graphics cards with up to 330 mm of clearance. With the usage of Mini and Micro ATX motherboards growing as they become more complete, many system builders feel that ATX motherboards can be replaced by Micro ATX motherboards. As such, COUGAR thinks that the Mini Gaming Tower is a future trend for space-saving PC gaming stations. They are also making it somewhat portable, as well as easier to carry to LAN partys. The Cougar SPIKE Mini-Tower sports a gaming themed style with a black interior to give it a professional and sleek look. Drive installation is quick and easy with the SPIKE due to COUGAR’s tool-less design technology for easy installation of 3.5” and 2.5” HDDs/SSDs. The case also supports the installing of a 2.5” HDD/SSD at the bottom of the chassis. With any PC case ventilation is crucial and Cougar’s SPIKE case comes with one rear 120mm fan pre-installed, and provisions for a total of up to four. One 80/90/120mm fan for the front (optional); one 80/120mm fan for the rear (pre-installed); and two side 120mm fans (optional). The Cougar SPIKE Mini Gaming Tower also supports USB3.0 for maximum data transfer speeds. The Cougar SPI...
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. 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.
Introduction The power requirements of enthusiast and gaming PCs have increased dramatically over the last few years, due to the development of ever more powerful and sophisticated CPUs and graphics processors. More power can often mean higher energy bills, and manufacturers have been working on improving power efficiency for their products in response. While the general trend has been higher energy consumption, there are many consumers that don’t need a high end kilowatt power supply. There is still a considerable market for mid-range units to power a single graphics card setup, something under 600W. The Cougar PowerX 550W is one such mid-range power supply, and while this unit isn’t a beast like some we’ve seen of late, the PowerX is 80PLUS Bronze certified and comes with a price of only $70. Seems pretty affordable, so let’s take a closer look at this Cougar unit and see how it fares. Let’s take a closer look at this Cougar unit and see how it fares.