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Cougar-evolution.33719267
8.9 out of 10

Cougar Evolution

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Overall 6
6.0

Fair to Partly Cloudy

Marie C., Newegg
11 July 2014
  • 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 ...
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Overall 6
6.0

nice, but a mixed bag.

Anonymous, Newegg
17 May 2014
  • 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 ...
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Overall 6
6.0

good case

jacob w., Newegg
18 March 2014
  • 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
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Overall 6
6.0

Good case for smaller motherboards

Michael U., Newegg
19 March 2013
  • Summary: Cougar support has been supportive, although there isn't much that can be done about the problem with oversize ATX motherboards. I'm not sure what my options for other cases will be now. Perhaps ASUS should list approved cases for a motherboard in addition to CPUs and RAM.
  • Pros: This is an attractive, nicely built case. I've found it fairly easy to work with while installing and uninstalling a motherboard a half dozen times to research problems.
  • Cons: None of the three ASUS motherboards I have can be used with this case. The back of the motherboard tray is raised up to the level of the standoffs around the cutoffs for cable routing. Unfortunately, my oversized ATX motherboards overlap this area by about 1/4 inch, shorting out. I was able to get around this temporarily by putting electrical tape over the area on which the end of the motherboard was sitting, but now the board is refusing to turn on again.
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Overall 6
6.0

First computer I built, okay case.

Andrew B., Newegg
18 March 2013
  • Summary: Overall, I'm satisfied with my case, but it will be the first thing I replace once I get a new job.
  • Pros: I like the top bay for hard drives, made the transfer of my laptop files rather easy. I was able to figure out all of the little connectors pretty easily, and it just seems to fit my idea of how my first computer should look. My next will be a bit flashier though.
  • Cons: The top fan loaders were in the way of installing my mobo, they were easy to remove though, but it wasn't obvious to me at first. The next problem I encountered was that the motherboard wouldn't fit properly onto the pegs, (seethrough side facing from bottom up) top left peg made the mobo bend a bit to actually fit. I abandoned it and only used 3 screws in the end, it still works, but the accessory panel doesn't line up with the dust keeper-outer that they provided fo...
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Overall 6
6.0

Good case, except...

Shawn S., Newegg
14 January 2013
  • Summary: The case is listed on Newegg as a full tower, but the instructions actually have it listed as a mid tower. It's not as big as other full towers but it's a pretty big mid tower. Just check the measurements on the specs to see if it's the size you want. I personally am fine with the size, it's roomy enough without being gigantic. Not a whole lot of room for cable management, but could also be my own ineptitude.
  • Pros: Overall it's a nice case. Fairly roomy, fan controller on top, hard drive docking bay on top. Mostly tool-less design. Lots of bays for drives. USB 3.0. Lots of air flow with a mesh design to help keep dust out. Comes with only two fans but plenty of room for others.
  • Cons: I would have given this case 4 to 5 stars except for one thing; the front panel doesn't fit tight because it's held on with clips and vibrates against the front of the case. Normally that would be a plus for easy removal, but because it doesn't screw in, the front panel can make a buzzing/vibrating noise. I tried to pin-point exactly what causes it. I've triple checked the fans to make sure there's no obstructions (even to the point of disconnecting them). Checked to ...
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Overall 6
6.0

Okay case, some issues

Shawn S., Newegg
14 January 2013
  • Summary: Case is advertized as a full tower, but the reading material that came with it actually lists it as a mid tower. It's still pretty big, just not quite as big as a typical full tower. Big enough for my needs though. I actually prefer this, I didn't want a mid tower, but I didn't want a giant monstrosity either. I thought long about whether to give the case 4 stars or 3, but the buzzing noise was so annoying I had to give it a 3.
  • Pros: Fairly roomy. USB 3.0, fan controller, and hard drive docking bay on top. Honeycomb mesh allows for good airflow and helps keep dust out while doing it. Plenty of bays for hard drives. Front panel pops off easily, held on with clips.
  • Cons: I get a lot of vibrating noise in this case. I'm trying to narrow it down and from what I can tell it's the front panel vibrating against the metal (vibration caused by the moving parts in the case). It's mostly made of metal so not really much of anything to dampen the vibration and sound. After you remove the front panel a couple of times I guess it doesn't go on quite as tight as it originally was since it's using clips. It also might be due to the hard drive bay b...
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Overall 6
6.0

Cheap Full Tower

Eric C., Newegg
22 June 2012
  • Summary: a good quality case, just wish the hard drive trey was designed better. The drives can only go in one way.
  • Pros: This case has all the room you will need. Nice build, pretty good quality fans, fan controller is nice touch.
  • Cons: Only 2 fans. The hard drive trey is kind of a pain, i have all 4 mechanical drives loaded on there and the cables are smooshed on the right side of the case. Barely any clearance over there. My stupidity that this thing only holds four 3 1/2" drives, some mid towers hold the same amount. Bought to be able to hold more, Not sure if I'm a fan of the plastic clips that hold the drives in, almost seems fragile, but hasn't broken on me yet. I was leaning on the plastic mes...
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent budget case.

Chandler R., Newegg
12 June 2012
  • Summary: This case is not terrible, but I would say definitely go for a higher end full tower. The longest part of building my new rig was honestly taking apart this case! The top and front panels are a nightmare to remove and the top panel has too confusing connections and the case manual does not show anything. This was my fifth PC that I have built but if you are buying this case as a first time builder, I do NOT recommend this case at all.
  • Pros: - Looks good - Motherboard guide - Well built - Transparent side panel - Great toolless HDD bays
  • Cons: - Cheap power button - Confusing and irritating control panel connections - Only two stock fans, front fan does not push much air (definitely need to add additional fans!) - No LEDS - Small for a full tower, not that much room
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Overall 6
6.0

Updated review

Patrick W., Newegg
23 March 2012
  • Summary: All in all, despite the case's good features and price point, I can't give it 4 eggs anymore as I did initially. I was kind of wowed at first by the pics and the branding, but this faded when using the case for some months. I think I will demote this case from being my main desktop case to a case sitting in another room.
  • Pros: After having owned this case for several months, I still like the general branding of their product. The springloaded drive mount on the top of the case is very nice, this is definitely a design plus. The case is very roomy (big would be another word lol) and there is good airflow.
  • Cons: After having owned this case for a while, things have really started to irritate me to the point that I regret purchasing this case. The proportion of the case is just not right. It is too tall for its width. Further, the plastic front continually makes popping/cracking sounds when you move around, or when the heater comes on lol. It really is annoying to have an old creaking case sitting next to you. I've generally fallen 'out of love' with the looks of this case, ev...
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