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COUGAR Archon Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 3.0 x1 / USB 2.0 x1 / HD audio Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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A cutting-edge gaming case, the COUGAR Archon is a quality choice to build your powerhouse. Its minimalistic design features a fully-meshed front panel and a transparent side cover. Inside this mid tower chassis, you'll find ample room for a graphics card up to 310mm long, a CPU cooler up to 165mm in height, seven expansion cards, three 3.5 HDDs, and three 2.5" HDDs/SSDs. Other features include cable management design, screw-less design for ODDs, motherboard tray cutout for easy CPU cooler replacement, two tube holes on the rear panel, and detachable air filters.

 

 

  • newegg Efficient Cooling One 120mm rear fan, with meshed front panel, delivers efficient cooling. Four extra fan mounts are provided for future cooling upgrades. Two retention holes on the rear allow easy water cooling setup.
  • newegg Cable Management Cable feedthrough on motherboard helps you route and hide cables to achieve a neater look and smoother airflow.
  • newegg Easy Installation Screw-less mechanism on two 5.25" devices enables easy ODD installation. Three 2.5" HDD trays and three 3.5" HDD trays make HDD or SSD installation a breeze.
  • newegg Detachable Air Filters Removable air filters, on the bottom and front covers, keep dirt out and are easy to clean.
  • newegg Bottom-Mounted PSU For better case stability and independent PSU cooling.
  • newegg USB 3.0 I/O Panel One USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and two audio ports provide easy access to peripherals.

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


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  • Brady C.
  • 3/12/2015 9:51:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsVery solid

Pros: It is made of steel, comes with an air filter and a fan, the PSU mount is on the bottom, and it is very open inside.

Cons: Don't unclip the air filter on accident, you won't be getting it back on.

Other Thoughts: You don't need to have a case very long to make a first impression.

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  • Jeremy H.
  • 3/2/2015 6:24:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStyle on the Cheap

Pros: Great looking case for the price. The interior paint is done well and offers a unique orange backdrop for your components to sit on, as well as orange accents on the drive bays. tons of screwless mounting options, USB 3.0 on the front. Lots of fan mounting points and replaceable filters on nearly all intake points.

Cons: all drive mounting is done with various plastic parts. The plastic doesn't feel cheap, and the mounts slide instead of stretch or bend for tool-less mounting...even so, it is all plastic. Drive cages are not moveable/removeable (not a surprise at this price point). limited space behind the mobo tray, even with the bump out in the cover. Mine didn't line up the depth on the io very well and I had to make some minor adjustments. Not the strongest case, but should be fine unless final pc assembly will be performed by He-Man.

Permanent knockouts on the expansion slots and 5 1/4 bays....mixed with mediocre metal makes for potential disaster and limits reuse of the case for another system.

Other Thoughts: I would have loved to see just a bit more room to be able to better route some of the cables. The 8pin cpu power cable cannot route behind the mobo as there is no gap at the top of the case to allow the power cable to come back out.

Modular power supplies will have much less problem with cable management than I did. The case does look very nice without looking like it belongs in a teenagers bedroom. There are lots of options and most everything can be mounted without screws (including the optional 2 front fans that clip directly into the front filter). I would definitely recommend this for budget builds or for builds in orange black color scheme. SP fans can overcome the lack of removable drive cages, and modular power supplies can mitigate some of the issues with cable management. All in all I am happy

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  • Cole J.
  • 2/21/2015 1:51:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOverpowered Case

Pros: As far the cases go, this case stacks up against some $75-$100 cases quite nicely. It includes 3 2.5" removable drive trays and 3 3.5" removable drive trays . Color scheme is quite nice, front panel is easy to remove. Includes two dust filters, one in the front of the case and one below the PSU. Cable management on this case is not a nightmare and is definitely manageable with a little bit of patience. The 120 mm fan on the back of the case is PWM, not Molex (4-pin), which I prefer at this point. They included more than enough screws to install hardware into all of the drive bays/trays.

Cons: Nothing I can really be honestly be dissatisfied about, especially when I do research on a case for quite sometime before actually purchasing one.

Other Thoughts: To mount the 120mm fans in the front of the case, all you have to do is snap them on to 4 plastic standoffs (per fan) then the cables are easily ran to the back side of the case. I would also like to point out that upon further inspection of the motherboard tray, you will notice that standoffs are not or do not at least seem to be required. This being because the case has included only three traditional style standoffs and there are three holes you can put them into on the motherboard tray for a different form factor. The only thing I wish they would have done is included two additional 120mm fans onto the front of the case; that would have made this case prime competition for the CFI 311 Prime which was very similar to this case at the same price point. Even then, this is one of the best cases for the money that I have seen since the 311.It would also be nice if one of the mainstream, English YouTube channels would do an unboxing video on this case so customers can know exactly how well the case is laid out.

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  • John B.
  • 5/2/2014 7:45:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Easy to install parts, nice cabling support, easy to remove panels

Cons: Front plate is a pain to get off if you need to put an optical drive in, no top slots for fans

Other Thoughts: Overall, this case surprised me. I'd never heard of the brand, but it had decent reviews and was a good price. There's a nice "hollow" section for you to run cables through so they're organized. The motherboard was easy to install in the case.

I'd buy another one if I needed to build another computer.

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  • Darrell L.
  • 4/25/2014 5:56:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig bang for the buck

Pros: Just the biggest bang for the buck here. USB 3.0 front port WITH internal header, looks good, no sharp edges, window is fine, HDD easy to mount, bottom mounted PSU.

Cons: Not a single thing for the price.

Other Thoughts: I snagged it free shipping and rebate, so win win win.

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  • Terry M.
  • 4/7/2014 6:21:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsModest, but handsome - great cooling!

Pros: - Professional look.
- Cable-routing simple.
- Cool black interior with usual Cougar orange highlights.
- Space for five 120mm fans.

Cons: - Metal a bit thin, but WAY better than any case I've seen in this price range - solid once assembled.

Other Thoughts: This is an EXCELLENT case for this price! I had another Cougar case, but I was getting tired of the exterior orange highlights and GIANT size. I have seen reviews that state the metal is too thin, I have no problem with it since it is rock-solid once built, and way lighter than any case I've ever had. I love the quality of Cougar cases for the excellent prices! This is my favorite case to date!

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  • Robert H.
  • 3/24/2014 12:43:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMiddle of the Road

Pros: The biggest pros for this case in my opinion were the look and price. It's actually a really nice looking case for what you pay.

Solid build quality, not a lot of flex in the case as a whole. The front panel pops off easily, but is firmly held in place.

Two included dust filters. Front panel and PSU. The front panel filter has a bit of an odd design, you actually attach the 120MM fans to the filter itself, and then the whole assembly snaps into place. It works, and it does not rattle or fall out, it's held nice and snug.

Plenty of room for long GPU's. I am using an XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition with a Gelid Icy Vision-A cooler in this specific build.

You can easily fit a full ATX build in the case, though I do recommend a modular PSU to make your life easier.

The HDD/SSD mounting trays work well, they are not the type that simply fit over your drive and are held in place by pins. These do require screws to hold the drives in place on the trays.

The 5 1/4 bay quick releases do work, but they are only included on one side. They will hold an optical drive in place pretty easily. However in my case, I had to use screws, since this build has no optical drive, but it does have a fan controller.

Cons: Cable management, this is something the case is lacking. I knew this going into the build, but was still somewhat surprised at how little space you actually have to work with. So this is something to keep in mind. A modular PSU can save you a lot of time and effort.

I ended up using a standard Cougar PSU in this case since it fit the theme of the build, so I had to get really creative with my cable management. So it can be done, and it can be made to look nice, but it's going to take time and patience, and perhaps a bit of out-of-box thinking.

The expansion bay covers on the back of the case are the old style punch out kind. You basically wiggle it back and froth until it breaks off. It only comes with a single replaceable cover, however most any covers will fit. This is also something I knew in advance, but it may be a con to some people.

The motherboard tray does not use traditional standoffs, but instead has raised "bumps" that act as the standoffs. Again, something else I also knew in advance, but it can scare some people. This mounting system works just fine, and it's safe. They do not come in contact with any part of the MB they are not supposed to. I am using an ATX motherboard in this build.

The CPU cooler access cutout on the MB tray does not line up well with the older board I am using in this specific build. The ASUS M4A77TD Pro and Noctua NH-C12P cooler. Not really a big deal, just pointing it out. In my situation, if I ever decide to replace the cooler, I will have to pull the board.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am in the middle of the road with this case. I like how the build turned out, but it was a lot more work than I had initially thought, even though I did my research ahead of time.

The only reason I am docking an egg is becasue this case is really not for everyone, the cons can overshadow the pros. For more skilled builders, or those willing to take the time with it, it's a pretty nice case, looks nice, and works well. For everyone else, it could easily turn out to be a very frustrating experience.

Would I recommend this case to your average Joe looking to do a build, probably not.

Would I recommend it to an experience builder, or to a customer that I was doing a build for? Sure. Like I said, it does work, and it looks nice when you're all done.

This is what I have crammed into the case.

ASUS M4A77TD Pro
8GB DDR3 1600
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8GHz
Noctua NH-C12P
XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition w/Gelid Vision-A
Cougar PowerX 700W PSU
3x 120mm case fans.
Side panel Cougar CFD120 Red LED.
Fan controller in the top 5 1/4 bay.
2x HDD's

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/23/2014 6:29:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWell rounded!

Pros: This case is really nice, the orange bits make it stand out. An all black interior is awesome, who wants a matte grey finish? Plenty of cooling options, along with dust filters!

Cons: The front panel connects to the case via 6 prongs, mine arrived with the two middle prongs snapped. This does not affect the case any, just is annoying. The front panel is not flush with the top of the case, has a little lip.

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  • Elijah P.
  • 12/27/2013 1:23:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible

Pros: It's orange inside.

Cons: The case didn't come with enough standoffs for the motherboard, not that it even mattered because if I had used them the motherboard wouldn't have even reached the I/O shield.

The expansion slot brackets on the back of the case were too far away from the expansion slots on the motherboard so I couldn't even put my graphics card into the case.

The top bracket on the back of the case isn't even there.

I couldn't fit my motherboard into the case without removing the fan that came with it.

The hard drive mounting system is terrible. It comes with 2.5" mounts which is actually a good thing, but you have to screw the drives in which isn't. Also the 3.5" mount is stupid because you have to mount the drive backwards to even make it fit.

Other Thoughts: I seem to be the only one having problems with this case so take this review with a grain of salt.

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  • Vandana P.
  • 12/14/2013 5:41:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case for the money

Pros: I have used a lot of cases over the past 22 years of building PCs. I had the need to find and use a inexpensive yet quality case and this one seemed to fit the bill. I had no trouble using this case for a friend's build. The major pros are the extremely easy to work with tool-less hard disk caddies (simply pull it apart to allow insertion of the drive and then slide it back together to lock the drive in), the tool-less ODD brackets, a LOT of ventilation, two removable dust filters (for the front of the case and the bottom PSU fan), solid construction once the system is put together, and the degree of cable management such as a channel, cable holes for the motherboard, and space behind the motherboard at this price point. There is a USB 3.0 port on the front, in addition to a legacy USB 2.0 port. A few black cable ties are included, but not enough to complete a build. I might just be using too many ties...

Finally, this case is supplied with plenty of screws.

A very nice touch is they did include exactly one reusable PCI slot cover. The others are all break-away (and throw away) types, but at least Cougar had the foresight to include one! Other cases at this price point don't include any reusable ones.

Cons: The two LED lights are bright, and the same color. I would have made the HDD LED red.

Other Thoughts: I added a Cooler Master Sickle Flow 2000 RPM silent fan up front to increase air flow and to make this a positive pressure case. If you have fan filters, then this is the way to go since there is more air going in then out and this minimizes dust build-up.

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