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COUGAR Evolution-W White SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2

  • SECC ATX Full Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 2
  • USB 2.0 x 2
  • MIC x 1
  • HD Audio x 1 Front Ports
  • 6 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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COUGAR Evolution full tower, the latest enthusiast-geared rugged chassis with its spacious interior offering enough room for 8 PCI cards, providing sufficient flexibility for multiple graphics solutions and up to 7 fans equipped with a unique dual-fan-set management system. The COUGAR Evolution sports excellent cooling and ventilation characteristics that are the ideal foundation for a professional gaming system packed with high-end hardware.

  • newegg Superior Cooling Equipped with one 120mm front fan and one 120mm rear fan, the COUGAR Evolution Full Tower computer case provides efficient ventilation and effective system cooling. The COUGAR Evolution supports up to 7 fans for strong cooling performance and the bottom air filter keeps dust and dirt out for a clean inner system and better cooling performance over time. And an integrated fan speed controller offers convenient dual-way fan control.
  • newegg Top Access HDD Docking The top loaded easy-swap docking allows easy access to 3.5 & 2.5 HDD/SSD for convenient data transfer.
  • newegg Easy Installation The 5.25" screw-less mechanism and shockproof, 2.5"/3.5" compatible HDD tray design add extra convenience for your system maintenance and upgrade.
  • newegg Cable Management Cable routing holes on the motherboard tray allow easy routing and hiding cables behind the MB tray.
  • newegg Water Cooling Ready Retention holes are provided at the rear of the case for hassle-free water cooling setup and maintenance.
  • newegg Longer high end graphics support Up to 305mm space is offered to support longer high end graphics card.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Joseph T.
  • 8/20/2014 9:48:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: - Very well built
- Good cable management
- Nice speed dial for fans
- Lots of storage bays
- Plenty of room for big internal components

Cons: - None thus far, as I've had no complications

Other Thoughts: The side filter is a magnet attached to the side panel, I actually did not notice that until i saw the reflection of the filter.

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  • Marie C.
  • 7/11/2014 7:25:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFair to Partly Cloudy

Pros: Bang for the buck, front HDD dock, fan control, and appearance are its main pluses. I like the easy swap drive bays too. The interior also provides a good amount of space in which to work.

Cons: First and foremost, if you plan on using any sort of closed-system liquid-cooling, forget it. Was trying to use this with an Asus AM3+ board and there was just not enough clearance between the board and the top of the case. So if you're looking at using something like the Corsair H100i like I was, move along...nothing to see here. Try the Thermaltake Overseer.

Second, while the 3.5" trays are just fine for 3.5" HDDs, the screws didn't lend themselves well to mounting a 2.5" SSD.

Third, as someone stated in another review, I wish there were more anchor points for cable management. A few more strategically located points would make things a bit easier.

Other Thoughts: It's a nice case overall. For anyone looking to build an open-system liquid-cooled rig, it has good openings ready to receive the hoses. Perhaps not a good case for anyone looking to build with the latest and greatest motherboards due to the mounting locations, but for something a little bit more down the food chain, it should work out just fine.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/17/2014 12:05:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnice, but a mixed bag.

Pros: 1: Very good looking case, with a nice windowed side.
2. Solidly built, nice feel, case material rejects fingerprints.
3. Fan control, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, headphone/mic jacks, and an HDD dock all on top of the case, a placement that I like.

Cons: 1. The interior wiring from the aforementioned top panel area renders the uppermost drive bay completely unusable. This wasn't a problem for me but could be for some.
2: The top panel has pre-installed clips to hold case fans without the need for tools. Cool, right? They seemed great until I realized I couldn't fit my ATX motherboard into the case unless I removed them anyway. So I had to waste time first discovering that this was an issue, and then manually removing a component that was theoretically there to make the build easier.
3: Maybe I just got a faulty case, but that HDD dock I mentioned? It seems pretty unreliable so far. At first it wasn't recognizing my drives. Then it recognized them, but only after a reboot. Then, a drive I was trying to use with the dock failed a bit suspiciously out of the blue. I'm not positive that this was the dock's fault, but I've been finding the thing too flaky to rely on so far.
4: The instructions don't provide much guidance in general, which isn't unexpected, but this case has some odd quirks that would benefit from better instructions (see other thoughts).
5: The range of variation in speed offered by the fan controller is kind of disappointing.

Other Thoughts: I've always liked the aesthetic and presentation of this brand and was excited to try this case for my new build, but I've found the experience to be a mixed bag. I wanted to like the case, and I do in some ways, but various aspects of the design here are just kind of confusing, or flat-out flawed. The back panel, for example, has mounds to support the motherboard in place of the usual screw mounts -- but only on some of the points, not all. I didn't get that, and it took a bit of futzing around to intuit what the heck was going on and adjust accordingly. The top cage fan clips had to be manually removed to fit the motherboard in, which was an annoyance. The wiring from the top panel makes using the uppermost drive bay impossible, which is forgivable for my purposes, but seemed sort of silly. I found working with the wiring from the top panel a little confusing, too, and would've appreciated more guidance in the instructions, but your mileage may vary depending on your level of experience. Space overall was too cramped for what is supposed to be a full tower, and features that were a big selling point, like the HDD dock and the fan controller -- are proving a bit underwhelming so far.

Several other reviewers complained of poor ventilation, but I don't personally see that as an issue, at least so far. There's a lot of meshing, letting more air in and out than a solid case would. It's a fine meshing, and I'm sure there are cases with superior air flow, but ventilation seems sufficient to me. Do get good quality, quiet fans though. Poor quality fans along the top cage can be excruciatingly noisy, I've quickly learned.

To sum up, it's not that this is a bad case, exactly -- I'm happy with the look and feel of it and the placement of the USB and headphone ports -- but it's probably not a case I would select to work with again. It needs to be thought out a little better and improved by the manufacturer. If you love the look of this case and the cons I mention don't sound like dealbreakers to you, you might give it a try.

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  • Gary K.
  • 1/2/2014 9:16:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSweet looking+ Easily removed filters

Pros: Love the look, the Filters on Slide outs are brilliant.
Whats the #1 computer killer? Virus? no, DUST. These make it easy to clean and keep more dust OUT.

Also like the Hd slot outs, so many times having to remove a mb to get to the HD, not with this unit!

Like the Top buttons, and usb connections (and an sata PORT on the top too! I am going to get another one.

Like the sidefan connector ...idea.

Cons: Side fan (huge!) turns a bit slow, if at all. Maybe the connection idea isnt quite right. (ill have to mess with that a bit)

Other Thoughts: Like the Wire cut outs , keeps the wiring away from the front of the mb as much as possible.
I took my time building this rig, from sheer joy.

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  • Christopher P.
  • 11/26/2013 7:37:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSexy Case

Pros: Case is gorgeous, has lots of slots for hard drives and optical drives, and has plenty of room for a good gaming case. The 4-way fan controller is nice, not to mention the slot for external drives to be straight connected to the computer. I got it for a very good price and I recommend it.

Cons: Not as large as some other full tower cases, I think. An H100 liquid cooler will fit, but anything larger than that won't. But that's it really.

Other Thoughts: I would use this case for extreme liquid cooling, but that's just me. I haven't had it long enough yet to try

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  • Thomas C.
  • 11/20/2013 12:57:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasiest build I've ever done

Pros: Very spacious case
VERY smart cable management layout
Cool, useful features (The top has an SATA port for quick transfers)
Looks cool in both design and color choices
A lot of helpful things for expansion and additions of fans
Screwless design is awesome and works very well.

Cons: The other reviewer said that the top fan expansion things block the mobo. This is true, but they are easily removed.

Another reviewer said that the cords coming down from the top block use of the top expansion slot on the front. This is true but it doesnt bother me. I just used the third slot.

I don't care for the look of the power button. Kinda looks cheap. This hardly bothers me though.

Other Thoughts: This is the easiest build I've ever done and it's thanks to this case. It's spacious and smartly organized. I like cougar as a brand but if this case was trash that opinion would have changed. I'm glad it isn!

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  • Benjamin B.
  • 11/13/2013 4:06:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome case!

Pros: This a very sturdy case with plenty of drive bays and room! Ample fan ports and screens to prevent dust from entering. Expansion slot blanks are extremely durable, not the cheap aluminum ones that bend.

Cons: Missing two holes for an ATX motherboard but enough to hold the board in place securely. Couldn't get the fan controls to adjust the speed, not sure why.

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  • Joseph C.
  • 4/19/2013 2:02:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLots of Room

Pros: Nice case, well constructed, room for expansion of peripherals.

Cons: Front audio and USB on top of unit, same with external drive socket. Dilemma is if you have a desk, the top connections are a problem. Flexibility of built in cables is limited, puts pressure on MB USB Connection.

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  • Kevin C.
  • 3/26/2013 9:11:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMixed Feelings

Pros: The case looks great.
USB 3.0 with the internal connecter
(sadly my 600T corsair cases do not have this)
My girlfriend loves it (it is her case and she picked it out)
Plenty of spots for 120mm fans (6 or 5+1 140mm)
Filters nearly everywhere.
A lot of features for the money.
Most of the fan spots have snap-in adapters for the fans.
Whole front of the case comes off ( I really like this for cleaning and it provides easy access to the filters.
The filter on the window side is magnetic. (easy cleaning!)

Cons: OK... here we go.
Cable management:
The mass of cables that comes in the case is insane. It was very difficult to clean up the cables. The back panel does allow a good bit of space but it lacks areas to zip-tie or velcro strap cables down.

Features:
The fan controller works okay.
The Tool-Less design is terrible. (for the 5.25" bays)
The front connections/features are great but cost you the top 5.25"
The stock fans a not as quiet as I would like.

Now the big issue.
The fan spots on the top are realistically to close to the motherboard. I had to completely remove the adapter to be able to plug in the 8pin power cable to my ASUS M5A99FX.
Now the top does come off but it isn't very easy and I could see someone breaking things trying to do so. (luckily I didn't)

Other Thoughts: I don't think I could go as far to say this is a bad case.
It looks great.
It has great features and quality for the money.
It just has some flaws.

Probably my biggest issues are:
#1 5.25" tool-less is terrible
#2 The fans on the top are too close to the motherboard

In all honesty I would probably not but it again but I don't really regret buying it this one time.

Side note: Get a LED illuminated 140mm fan for the window side. (it looks great)

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  • Michael U.
  • 3/19/2013 3:43:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood case for smaller motherboards

Pros: This is an attractive, nicely built case. I've found it fairly easy to work with while installing and uninstalling a motherboard a half dozen times to research problems.

Cons: None of the three ASUS motherboards I have can be used with this case. The back of the motherboard tray is raised up to the level of the standoffs around the cutoffs for cable routing. Unfortunately, my oversized ATX motherboards overlap this area by about 1/4 inch, shorting out. I was able to get around this temporarily by putting electrical tape over the area on which the end of the motherboard was sitting, but now the board is refusing to turn on again.

Other Thoughts: Cougar support has been supportive, although there isn't much that can be done about the problem with oversize ATX motherboards.

I'm not sure what my options for other cases will be now. Perhaps ASUS should list approved cases for a motherboard in addition to CPUs and RAM.

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