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Cougar MX300 Review

hornybluecow    -   April 7, 2014
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Cougar MX300 Testing

Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3DMark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (°C).

Setup:

Compared Cases:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The motherboard is having difficulties giving correct readout and numbers may be incorrect.

Looking at the charts, you can see the MX300 is all around on the high side with the single included fan. I was starting to think maybe the Cooler Master Stacker was a fluke with its high load temps, but similar to that review, I removed the cooler and redid the test a few times to make sure it was accurate. In short, the MX300 simply does not do well with its included rear fan and could benefit with at least a second fan. Granted, it's not hard to add another fan, but just keep in mind you are looking at $7-15 for a good 120mm fan.




  1. Cougar MX300: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Cougar MX300: The Case
  3. Cougar MX300: Working Components
  4. Cougar MX300: Specifications & Features
  5. Cougar MX300 Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Cougar MX300: Conclusion
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