COUGAR Challenger Case ReviewWaco - November 8, 2012
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How do I sum up this COUGAR case? The Challenger offers quite a lot of features for the less than $90 asking price. The integrated SATA dock, the 200mm intake fan, and the 3.5" / 2.5" drive trays are all great additions on an affordable case. The build quality is top-notch and feels like it will last through several upgrade cycles without becoming rickety or flimsy. Heat is no challenge for the Challenger either as it performs quite well even when really pushing high-wattage hardware to the limit and it manages to perform this cooling with quite reasonable noise levels.
Overall there's nothing really to dislike about this case in terms of function aside from the massive cable management holes in the motherboard tray. Without grommets or any way of hiding cabling it is a bit difficult to arrange wiring in such a way that keeps it entirely out of sight. This isn't a terrible concession on a somewhat less-expensive case but it does make a build take a bit longer since the side panel does include a large window to show off your wiring prowess (or lack thereof).
I think the one stumbling point of this case is the external styling. Personally, I don't like busy cases with bright colors and lots of edges. In my opinion, this case is the antithesis of style and I have the feeling that most will skip over it when browsing for a new case for that reason alone. However, if the styling does appeal to you, there's really nothing here to complain about! It is fully functional and loaded with features for a low price. So if you like the design, then your hardware will love its new home!
- Good cooling and noise output
- Good fit and finish
- Plenty of room for wire management
- Integrated SATA drive dock
- LOUD styling may not be for everyone
- Lack of grommets for wire management