Cougar Evolution Mid Case
Posted by: editor on: 01.03.2012 11:13:06 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Moving to the inside of the case, you can start to get a feel for how roomy it is. Support for full sized graphics cards (30cm) has that effect on a case.
The back 120mm fan is bright orange, but while the colour is loud, it looks like the fan is designed to be quiet, as it has notches cut out of the blades along with striations on their surface.
Above the fan on the top of the case is support for an optional two 120mm fans and to squeeze a radiator in there.
The front of the case supports a removable four bay tool-less hard drive caddy. You can see clearly in the photo that the individual bays are curved slightly, I’m not sure if this is intentional to provide more tension on holding the hard drives in place, or just poor engineering. Having installed a hard drive in them, I’m more inclined to believe the former though, even if it doesn’t look great on the empty rack, it does make sliding them out very easy.
The back of the case shows that there are plenty of access points and holes for tying cables to, which should allow for a relatively clean wiring run when a system is installed. There’s a very generous cutout for access to the back of the CPU mount when the motherboard is installed, which is always a massive benefit if you ever have to change your CPU cooler.
Removing the front of the case shows the preinstalled 120mm case fan, and the bay for installing a second one in front of the HDDs. I would have personally preferred the installed fan covered the HDD bay by default, but I anticipate this was done to focus the airflow towards the graphics card(s) keeping the overall system cool.
And just before we take a look at the case in use, the accessories included in the system are (left to right): 1 to 3 fan splitter cable (for use with the fan controller), anodized black screws, user manual, watercooling cutout grommets, cable ties and a front 5.25” bay to 3.5” adaptor (for use with card readers etc).
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