COUGAR’s new mid-size tower is marketed as high-end, but can accomodate both small and large gaming needs.
The Challenger comes with just about every feature one would expect of a mid-size gaming case – cooling considerations, plenty of PCI slots, and enough space to cram it full of gaming power. However, COUGAR’s unique 3-mode drive cage concept is geared towards the idea of long-term upgrade capability. The drive bays all sit on an adjustable track mechanism. The case in its default configuration can accomodate graphics cards up to 300mm long. By relocating the cage assembly, an extra 30mm of room can be gained, or by completely removing the middle cage section the case can fit graphics cards up to 410mm in length.
Aggressively styled, the case comes standard in black with accents in COUGAR’s signature high-contrast hunter orange, or with white or black accents. It has porting and venting just about everywhere to make sure the case gets optimum airflow, a hot-swap drive bay on top, seven PCI slots, and an acrylic side panel to keep an eye on what’s going on inside. The case includes a 200mm COUGAR red LED fan in front and a 120mm COUGAR Turbine fan in the rear, and was designed with liquid cooling needs in mind – three rubber-coated ports on the back of the case allow for liquid delivery tubing to be inserted safely, and room for up to seven fans ensure the case keeps nice and cool. It also has removable and washable air filters on the side and bottom covers to keep dust out of the enclosure.
Room has also been included for seven 3.5″ bays (that will accomodate 2.5″ drives) and three 2.5″ bays, all interchangeable depending on graphics card length requirements. One of the highlight features of the COUGAR Challenger is something that could be easily overlooked: a cover mechanism that must be lifted up before the system can be powered up, similar to the safety mechanisms on the missile controls of a fighter jet. First impressions may be imply this is simply a novelty feature, but COUGAR has applied the concept as a safety feature, to ensure there is no accidental pressing of the power button during heated gaming sessions.
|Case Type||Middle Tower|
|Motherboard Type||Micro ATX / ATX|
|5.25″ Drive Bay||3 Exposed|
|3.5″ Drive Bay||1 Exposed & 7 Hidden|
|2.5″ Drive Bay||3 Hidden ( converted from 3.5′ ‘drive bays )|
|External 3.5′ ‘ & 2.5′ ‘ HDD/SSD Hot-swap||1|
|Maximum 3.5′ ‘ HDDs Instal led Quantity||9|
|Maximum 2.5′ ‘ HDDs / SSDs Instal led Quantity||8|
|I/O Panel||USB3.0 x 2 ( internal ), Mic x 1, Audio x 1|
|Cool ing System||Max Instal led : 7pcs Fans|
|Front||120mm Fans x 2 / 140mm Fans x 2 / 200mm Fan x 1|
|Top||120mm Fans x 2 / 140mm Fans x 2 / 180mm Fan x 1 / 200mm Fan x 1|
|Rear||120mm Fan x 1|
|Bottom||120mm Fan x 1 / 140mm Fan x 1|
|Left Side||120mm Fan x 1 / 140mm Fan x 1|
|COUGAR 200mm Red LED Fan (front)||1 ( pre-instal led )|
|COUGAR 120mm Turbine Fan (rear)||1 ( pre-instal led )|
|Maximum Graphics Cards Length||410mm|
|Power Supply||Standard ATX PS2 ( optional )|
More information on the COUGAR Challenger can be found at the Challenger product page: http://www.cougar-world.com/products/pc_case/challenger.html