Summary: Having purchased several cougar turbine fans for many different builds, i thought I'd give the case a go to see how the workmanship measured up to established case manufacturers.
Pros: Full tower size with a mid tower look (i.e. not overbearing or ridiculous). Lots of routing options inside. Plenty of removable fan filters to fight the war on dust. Full mesh front for maximal airflow. Front panel USB3. Built-in fan control separated into 2 groups. 7 fan slots (the more you give me, the more fans I will install... within reason)! The self-hiding SATA dock on top is great for recoveries and drive wipes. Spacious interior. Cougar design aesthetics.
Cons: (Mostly) everything is laid out well, but it's all a little flimsy. The drive trays are plastic (come on). The sides of my case are warped when not attached. Not a problem since they're attached, but still feels like they should be solid and square. Top 5.25" bay is unusable for optical drives because of the many cables going to the front panel array. You could fit shorter equipment up there though.
Summary: Overall a freaking cool case for a decent price. Solid construction and plenty of room.
Pros: *Big case, plenty of room for even the biggest GPUs. *Cable management space behind the mobo tray is nice *German made, very well constructed. *Looks pretty sick *Tool-less design *Bottom mounted PSU *Hot swappable SATA drive on top of case *Tons of USB including USB 3.0
Cons: *Tool-less bay hardware is kinda flimsy, drives move around somewhat. Ended up using screws anyway. *Top 5.25" bay is basically unuseable due to FPANEL wires *FPANEL fan control didn't work at all, had to connect fans to the MOBO *Bottom fan slot wasn't thought out very well. All PSUs have a giant bundle of thick cables which will sit right where that fan is supposed to mount. A simple cage would have solved the problem of the wires getting into your blades.
Summary: It's a nice case overall. For anyone looking to build an open-system liquid-cooled rig, it has good openings ready to receive the hoses. Perhaps not a good case for anyone looking to build with the latest and greatest motherboards due to the mounting locations, but for something a little bit more down the food chain, it should work out just fine.
Pros: Bang for the buck, front HDD dock, fan control, and appearance are its main pluses. I like the easy swap drive bays too. The interior also provides a good amount of space in which to work.
Cons: First and foremost, if you plan on using any sort of closed-system liquid-cooling, forget it. Was trying to use this with an Asus AM3+ board and there was just not enough clearance between the board and the top of the case. So if you're looking at using something like the Corsair H100i like I was, move along...nothing to see here. Try the Thermaltake Overseer. Second, while the 3.5" trays are just fine for 3.5" HDDs, the screws didn't lend themselves well to mounting ...
Summary: I've always liked the aesthetic and presentation of this brand and was excited to try this case for my new build, but I've found the experience to be a mixed bag. I wanted to like the case, and I do in some ways, but various aspects of the design here are just kind of confusing, or flat-out flawed. The back panel, for example, has mounds to support the motherboard in place of the usual screw mounts -- but only on some of the points, not all.
Pros: 1: Very good looking case, with a nice windowed side. 2. Solidly built, nice feel, case material rejects fingerprints. 3. Fan control, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, headphone/mic jacks, and an HDD dock all on top of the case, a placement that I like.
Cons: 1. The interior wiring from the aforementioned top panel area renders the uppermost drive bay completely unusable. This wasn't a problem for me but could be for some. 2: The top panel has pre-installed clips to hold case fans without the need for tools. Cool, right? They seemed great until I realized I couldn't fit my ATX motherboard into the case unless I removed them anyway. So I had to waste time first discovering that this was an issue, and then manually removing ...
Pros: Great case. I bought it specifically for Litecoin Mining and there are tons of fan options. I especially love the fact that you can remove the metal fan grills to improve airflow, on both the front of the case and top. Seriously an amazing case, and you should definitely consider if you are looking for 8 PCI Express Slots and a tall case.
Cons: Really none. It is a little difficult to take of the top cover off if both top fans are installed, but you can unscrew the fans through the grills in you take out the metal grates off.
Pros: * Nice looking * Big case to fit all the components you want
Cons: * If you want to use the top 5.25 bay, it will take a lot, I have to split all the cables coming from the top of the case in half and zip tie them to the roof, even with that there was almost no clearance because of the hard drive dock on the top of the case, I was able to fit my DVD drive in the top bay but it is way too tight because of pressing against the hard drive bay. Took more effort than any sane person should really put into trying to use just one 5.25 bay. ...
Summary: lots of space bad layout in the case for ware you can put fans and that stuff
Pros: good case fits all that I need it to on hardware had the extra usb 3 ports i needed
Cons: It has a great amount of pace but how it is is setup on the mounts for fans makes it vary hard / unable to setup closed loop liquid cooling open loop fits fine closed loop mount will not fit in side of case... vary large con for cpu cooler
Summary: over all an excellent case and is perfectly designed for air flow. cant be beat as it will accept any motherboard and handle a triple or quad gpu setup no problem
Pros: excellent case with plenty of space. fan controller works great!!!! love this case and prefer it over any other!!!!
Cons: space on backside of motherboard mounting plate is lacking for cable management. needs to be a little more accommodating. the fan to be used in 5.25" drive bay area is great unless using a beefy liquid cooling unit that uses the 5.25" drive bay to house pump, radiator, fan and reserve tank
Summary: Like the Wire cut outs , keeps the wiring away from the front of the mb as much as possible. I took my time building this rig, from sheer joy.
Pros: Love the look, the Filters on Slide outs are brilliant. Whats the #1 computer killer? Virus? no, DUST. These make it easy to clean and keep more dust OUT. Also like the Hd slot outs, so many times having to remove a mb to get to the HD, not with this unit! Like the Top buttons, and usb connections (and an sata PORT on the top too! I am going to get another one. Like the sidefan connector ...idea.
Cons: Side fan (huge!) turns a bit slow, if at all. Maybe the connection idea isnt quite right. (ill have to mess with that a bit)