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COUGAR Volant Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, MIC x 1, Audio x 1 Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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The COUGAR Volant Mid Tower computer case provides a strong gaming-appearance design with multiple combination of rugged line, glossy surface and metallic mesh elements. It accommodates all sorts of high-end hardware with its spacious interior, and keeps them cool with maximum 8 fans. With a good list of features such as 320mm high-end graphics card support, screw-less design for 5.25”,3.5" & HDD devices, 2.5" HDD/SSD support, backside cable routing, water cooling ready and bottom placed PSU with air filter, this case is a great choice when you build your dream system.

  • newegg Superior Cooling The COUGAR Volant Mid Tower computer case provides efficient ventilation and effective system cooling. Besides one preinstalled 120mm rear fan, the COUGAR Volant supports another 7 fans and features metallic mesh elements design for unparalleled cooling performance.
  • newegg Large CPU retaining hole The huge retaining hole ensures easy access to the backplate of the CPU cooler.
  • newegg Easy Installation The screw-less mechanism of 5.25” ODD trays and 3.5” HDD trays ensures easy installation and upgrade. One 2.5’’ HDD/SSD is supported at the bottom.
  • newegg High-end graphics card support The COUGAR Volant supports long high-end graphics cards up to 320mm.
  • 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.

Learn more about the COUGAR Volant

Model

Brand
COUGAR
Model
Volant

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
3
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
6
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
1
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, MIC x 1, Audio x 1

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
7.8" x 16.73" x 19.06"
Weight
Package: 14 lbs.

Features

Features
A strong gaming-appearance design, with multiple combination of rugged line, glossy surface & metallic mesh elements.

Support for 8 fans: front 120mm fan x 2 or 140mm fan x 1; rear 120mm fan x 1; top 120mm fan x 2; bottom 120mm fan x 1; left-side panel 120mm fan x 2

Support for longer high-end graphics cards (up to 12.5" / 320 mm)

Top access external 3.5" & 2.5" HDD / SSD for easy mobile data transfer

Screw-less mechanisms on 5.25", 3.5" & HDD device

Support 2.5" HDD / SSD

Holes on the rear panel for water cooling solutions

Retaining holes in the MB tray for easy accessing the backplate of the CPU cooler

Cable routing holes on the MB tray for easy cable management

Vented slot covers for better cooling performance

Air filter on bottom cover to prevent dust from entering the enclosure

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Scott D.
  • 4/17/2014 8:28:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for Air and Water, Not Liquid

Pros: Light weight but solid build
lots of room for components and a large graphics card
easy to use drive bays (no tools required)
lots of places to put fans
installed fan runs quiet and solid
front usb 2.0 and 3.0
top e-SATA bay
Internal wiring for control panel plenty long
great design for cable routing/hiding
easy rear clamp design to lock down pci cards

I like the case. Despite being lightweight it feels solid and sturdy and with all my componants in it it still feels roomy and open enough to access everything without too much headache. I wasn't stumbling over components because the video card was overlapping the sata plugs or the dvd was too close to the memory modules or the power cord from the brick was right by the drive cables. I also like the large easy to use Power button and reset button (with one caveat, listed below)

Cons: As I listed in the title, this is a great case for Air cooling and for Water-block cooling. It has dual hose cut outs in the back and a lot of locations to slap fans on the case to keep it cool. What it is NOT well designed for is liquid cooling (self contained) where you have a radiator/fan mounted to one of the case fan grilles. If you try and install it to the top 2 ports (with my mobo at least) you end up blocking the power plugs for the cpu, or it overlaps the memory slots. We ended up getting it to work by using the rear fan but had to use a few pliers to "crush" part of the casing in that corner where it was riveted and sticking out or the grille couldn't line up proper with the holes. It worked, and when you look at it now it's barely noticeable.. but it made for an unnecessary hassle.

Other problem was the USB 3.0 connector was poorly molded and we had to use a pin to "clean" the holes so it would properly slip onto the pin assignments on the board (first time connecting the debris bent 2 pins). After bending the pins back and trying (very carefully) to replug it in it seems to work.

Small nit pick I hinted at above: the large power and reset buttons are nice, but placing them right by the USB jacks means if you try to anchor your fingers on the case to unplug something you're likely to push or nudge the power button, which I'm not crazy about.

Other Thoughts: I wasn't able to use the rubber gasket that came with my 850 watt psu due to the tight nature of the bottom case design, but that's not a big deal, it fit fine without it and runs cool and quiet. This case is not as flashy and showy as many, but it is generally well built. The turn and snap design for the drives works great and takes seconds to install. They sit fairly firm and so long as you don't whack or jam into them, should be fine (held in place by thick plastic plugs). I love the cable routing design, space, and overall build. I currently have an asus ATX board with an 8350 cpu, corsair liquid cooling, Evga 760 4gb card, LG bluray drive/burner and 2 SATA drives (one hybrid seagate, the other western digital) and a 850 watt PSU. With this board I can easily slap in a second graphics card for SLI and the case means I have plenty of room to do it. I put a fan in the front of the case, one on the top and the rear fan blows across the liquid cooling radiator. There are 2 ports on the bottom of the case, one used by the PSU the other open. I don't think the second bottom grille could be easily used as it'd impede on the wiring for the psu, but I think it may be possible (my psu is modular so I could work around it if I had to). So technically I COULD add a second fan to the front, bottom, and even possibly bolt one to the mesh holes on the side panel or the other top slot. That's pretty handy, especially if you planned to overclock.

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  • Michael D.
  • 3/21/2014 10:12:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCOUGAR Volant Black Steel Case

Pros: Large but small. Large enough to fit some powerful hardware into but limited airflow space.

Cons: My front USBs do not work, even after checking and reconnecting multiple times. This thing holds dust like a grudge. Have to open up the case somewhat often to clean it out. I have an ASUS mobo with an EVGA GeForce GTX 770 and the room is so cramped that there is always dust.

Other Thoughts: Overall a decent case for the money but if you have some heavy duty hardware then you might want to bump up the price a bit to something larger.

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  • Brendan T.
  • 3/9/2014 2:59:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2 Year update

Pros: (from first review) Well designed case with features matching cases twice the price. Front side USB 3.0, External SATA drive dock, Tool-less entry & drive mounts and mounting points for a water innercooler to name a few. About as easy to setup as any mid tower case. The supplied fan and second fan I ordered are of high quality, move plenty of air, and are nice and quiet. The manufacturer advertises the life of them at 300,000 hours

Cons: (from first review) Advertised as tons of room for fans, yet only comes with one. As a minimum I ordered another matching Cougar 120mm fan for the front of the case bringing the price to about the same as other similar cases. (+15 for fan) I'm not deducting an egg for this because the price balances out to about average.

Other Thoughts: Update: So after owning this case for 2 years I must say it is still going strong. The Cougar fans I installed are still functioning flawlessly as well as all the buttons and plugs. However there are new things to consider:
1. The filters built in to the front of the case had to go. These filters were collecting tons of dust and were a pain to clean as they are not meant to be removed and re-installed frequently. It is easier to just blow out the entire case on occasion. After removing the front a few times it isn't quite sitting flush anymore and the power LED is shining from around it.
2. I upgraded my front fan to a 140mm and moved the 120mm to the top. I am running two large HD6850s and a large CPU air cooler and the air flow seems to be adequate for them. Add 4 HDDs and an optical and this case is pretty much maxed out on space.I highly recommend this fan setup for this case.
3. I find the two USBs on the front to be too few for my needs. I'm constantly having to reach around the case to connect devices.
4. Though it has two places to mount a water cooler, I doubt one would fit very well. Just my opinion based on clearances from the motherboard or video cards.

As more hardware/ upgrades progress I am now planning to move to a full tower case. This cougar has served me well the last few years and will no doubt stay in the closet for a less intensive build down the road..

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  • Mark S.
  • 3/8/2014 9:10:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsfront panel wiring sucked, otherwise OK

Pros: Awesome look. Awesome ventalation, also love the easy of adding hard drives and things. Better than my last Compaq made case.

did I mention I love the design.

Cons: New to this so I didn't know the front panel wiring wasn't universal. still having trouble getting everything working. Took awhile to find some kind of customer service, then the email sent to me from them didn't help at all. Bad customer service

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  • Michael C.
  • 12/21/2013 9:07:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate Review

Pros: The Volant is a good looking pc case.

Cons: After upgrading my motherboard, video card, etc... Cannot use two 120mm side fans with 2 high end graphics cards in crossfire mode. You can only put one 120mm fan in the front. One 120mm in the back fits. Two 120mm fans fit at the top fit. If you're using a long high power psu then you cannot fit one 120mm fan, that is all you can put in the botton anyway is one. There is no room for two there. All I'm running is 2 120mm fans. This case is horrible for for air flow for a high end gaming pc. Stay away from this case! It sucks!

Other Thoughts: I have one front and one rear fan in my case. No point in putting two fans blowing air out of the top because there is no air coming up from below and no air coming in from the sides. I wish I could get my money back. Cougar Volant is a rip off! Functionality is terrible. If you want this look in a case and you're only building a cheap pc, micro atx, low end psu, onboard graphics or low end graphics, using no 6 pin connectors, then this case would be able to house 7 120mm fans.

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  • Whitney G.
  • 12/9/2013 5:53:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Case & Inexpensive

Pros: I purchased this case for a new build specifically because I was looking for a small ATX box with five or six drive bays. For the price I was expected much less than what I got. This is a very nice case. It is a great looking, understated box with very well thought out design features. Excellent ventilation. decent wire management options for it's small size. Everything fits and works great.

Cons: They could have used a little heavier gauge steel in it, but, it is not flimsy or cheaply made.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this case.

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  • Taylor T.
  • 11/23/2013 12:07:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsperfect for me

Pros: Alright so first off the case is cheap and mostly made from plastic but it feels sturdy enough to not be worried about it. i love how the doors are easy to put on. cable management could be better but for the size i give it a pass. the cables for the front usbs are not attracted to the front plate but the actual case which i like. this case is more then good enough for a gaming rig.

Cons: a few issues which i didn't believe were great enough to take off an egg. first, there are no instructions with the case for how to install a motherboard but installation is the same as any other case. the connector for the usb 2.0 is labeled weird, +5v d- d+ ground, because the motherboard uses a different label. the case could use some more fans. the top optional fan for the front is humorous since it is more then half way covered by plastic so it cant breath well. the front audio port is sometimes temperamental.

Other Thoughts: for the price point this an exceptional casw. fans are cheap and i happen to have some older one that work perfectly well. figuring out where the weirdly labeled one went was a little confusing. keep in mind that the standoff are built in. i used this case for my gaming rig which i put four extra fans in to keep the whole system cool. i have speaker plugged in the back so i dont even worry about the front audio port. i personal think the case looks awesome especially with two blue led fans in the front.

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  • Suzanne S.
  • 11/3/2013 1:13:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case, awesome price

Pros: Pretty sturdy
Sweet price
Plenty of fans
Great airflow
eSATA
USB 3.0
Has plenty of space to run wires under the motherboard

Cons: USB ports are a bit fragile. I feel like I'll rip them out when I unplug something.
Dust filters could be easier to clean out.
eSATA plastic is a bit cheap, too. Doesn't bother me much, though.

Other Thoughts: 5 stars because of the price.

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  • James J.
  • 9/30/2013 5:30:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for me

Pros: Good size
Fair cable management
Good fan options
USB 3.0

Cons: Included fan is pretty measly. at times it can't get going without a heat load to increase it's RPM's

Other Thoughts: This case has filled my every need. I still need to open her up though to plug in the USB 2.0 slot which i missed when I first assembled my build. But that's on me. It's a great low cost case

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  • Bill H.
  • 8/11/2013 2:59:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Case For Price

Pros: Good wire channels up the back side of the case. All front panel wires were long enough for my MoBo.

Cons: Only 1 USB 3.0, molex power connector for the external SATA mount point, front panel USB 2.0 connector markings were confusing, ie 4 pins labeled Power, D+, D-, and Gnd. My MoBo has a 4 pin header labeled identically but for a case speaker. According to my MoBo USB 2.0 should be labeled Power, P+, P-, and GND. Rotating drives need better mounting.

Other Thoughts: Documentation should provide a list of front panel cables and pinouts.
USB 2.0 cable should be labeled USB 2.0.
These are basically minor problems and overall this is a very good case.

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