Cougar MX300 Reviewhornybluecow - April 7, 2014
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Cougar MX300 Introduction:
Today we take a look at the Cougar MX300, which is part of the MX series gaming towers. Cougar is a company founded in 2007 by a group in Germany that wished to push the market towards a more stylish approach rather than the same "boring approach". In doing so, Cougar has made a name for itself while breaking into various other markets, which makes it a relatively new company compared to the competition. With a wide range of power supplies, fans, and accessories, Cougar is doing well for itself with a few great reviews already on OCC. Cougar has been on my radar for a while, so i hoped to get my hands on one of its chassis and today is my lucky day. So without delay, let's see what the MX300 has to offer.
Cougar MX300 Closer Look:
Looking at the pictures below, Cougar takes a different approach to the ever growing problem of the generic standard chassis, by going with a bee-hive front design to stand out. The front itself has two exposed 5.25" bays behind the grated bee-hive design, with a Cougar logo near the bottom and the chassis O/I ports at the top. The back comes with a silent 120mm rear fan, seven expansion slots, and a bottom mount for a power supply. On top of that, the chassis itself is slightly more compact than usual, making it necessary to have the expansion cards stick out when installed. Cougar also included a plastic cover that hides the thumb screws for the slots.
The left side panel includes an extruded section, both a window on the right, over the hard drive bays, and a vented section on the right for up to two 120mm fans. The right panel continues the design with a slightly extruded middle to complete the look and effetely adds more space behind the motherboard tray.
Taking a look at the top of the chassis, Cougar has its logo facing the front with the companies name below it. Further back is a vented section for up to two 120mm fans, but it's unlikely that a 240mm radiator will be able to fit because there is a possible issue with the clearing of the motherboard VRM heatsinks. On the bottom is a removable dust filter for the power supply and not much else. Being a compact mid-tower, it isn't much of a missed opportunity, because a front or side fan would be much more effective in moving air.