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COUGAR QBX Mini-ITX Computer Case Standard ATX PSU Compatibility Power Supply

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  • Mini-ITX
  • 2 x USB 3.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • Standard ATX PSU Compatibility Power Supply
  • 1 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Size Does Matter

Don’t let your eyes deceive you. As one of the most advanced compact cases of today’s market, the COUGAR QBX is engineered to conquer the world with three big weapons within its compact body – superior hardware compatibility, maximum expandability and unrivaled cooling capability. To build your own powerhouse, build with the COUGAR QBX.

COMPACT

QBX's dimensions of 178 x 291 x 384 mm / 7.01 x 11.46 x 15.12 (inch) make it a highly compact case. Gamers no longer need enormous desks with lots of space to install high-end gaming components in order to enjoy new generation games.

Expandable: Powerful Graphics

The newest FPS?

Sure.

New generation 4K video games?

Of course.

With QBX, you gain access to new generation games in all their glory.

1.Support for graphics cards of up to 350mm in length

2.Support for PS2 ATX Power Supply units

Expandable: Massive Storage + ODD
Up to 5 Storage Drives (1 x 3.5" HDD + 4 x 2.5" SSD/HDD)

Easily access CD, DVD, Blu-ray and other disk formats. Nobody likes those situations in which you need to uninstall a game to be able to install another one. To prevent this, QBX supports enormous amounts of storage so that you can put all your games, music, movies and whatever you want inside it.

The Best Cooling of Its Class

QBX comes with the best cooling of any case of its class. With a maximum of 7 fans (from 80mm to 120mm) and compatibility with up to 240mm radiators for water cooling solutions, QBX's pro-cooling design (including an independent power supply air flow) provides the best defense against overheating.

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Optimum ventilation solution

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Independent power supply cooling solution

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Support for 2x 120mm fans on the top


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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Nice case with plenty of expandability 7/16/2019 3:50:40 PM

Pros: Nice, sturdy case, with lots of drive bays. Brushed plastic exterior built over sturdy black steel frame. Very attractive aesthetic in a world full of dumb looking gamer bling cases.

Cons: The case’s shell is plastic, not a big deal for me but some would count that against the QBX.
No real documentation, the only manual you get with this is a diagram of the different screws and what they are supposed to be used for.
Not enough screws to fully secure and populate all hdd/ssd bays with 4 screws each.

***PLEASE READ*** Unfortunately I couldn’t use this case. My x570 i Aorus Pro WIFI motherboard’s backplate rendered it incompatible with this case, I don’t count this as a con against the QBX, however. It seems to be essentially an unfortunate design flaw.

Overall Review: Very nice case for the price, bearing in mind that you get what you pay for as such a low price means corners were cut somewhere.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Small case with great airflow, but no fan holes for top and front fans 2/28/2019 1:18:39 PM

Pros: -Compact, but still roomy interior.
-Very space efficient.
-Mesh side panels means greater airflow. More cases nowadays need to abandon stupid glass side panels and embrace the mesh.
-Removable Cougar logo on front.
-Removable top is a godsend for easy accessibility of motherboard top accessibility. This makes it easier to see as you are plugging in motherboard 4-pin EPS power as well as fans into motherboard top fan headers.
-Space for tons of fans. Aside from cpu cooler fans you can fit a total of 8 chassis fans if you want to (1 back, 1 front, 2 bottom, 2 top, 2 side). This is an insane amount of fans for a miniITX case.
-Bottom fans are very easy to install. If you are using thin fans on bottom (recommended), you can install them without even taking out the GPU. There are holes in the leg area of the case to insert screws into.
-Decent amount of space in the back for cables

Cons: Most of the cons are building complains. I have no complains about the case's performance after build is already complete.

-Front panel is extremely difficult to take off! Two clips in the bottom have to pushed out but front is so tight that it's extremely difficult to push out. Then reinstalling the front is even more difficult. You have to apply a great deal of pressure. I actually bent the frame slightly trying to put the front back in.
-This is my biggest complain of all: The front panel fan location and the top fan locations do not have screw holes. I have no idea why they wouldn't put screw holes for these fans. You have to ziptie or twist tie these fans in place, an extremely difficult process. Not only this, the holes are so small that only tiny zip ties can go through. Only two small zipties are included in the box...
-The positioning of the power cable router next to the motherboard is very awkward because it interferes with larger heatsinks. Furthermore, the positioning of it makes it very difficult to screw in the motherboard. Luckily it is very sturdy and can be bent without breaking.
-No modern case should have an optical disk drive bay, ESPECIALLY considering usb disk drives are available for the rare instance that you might ever need a disk drive. You might ask why is the option of having an ODD a con? The answer is this: There is a rail system on the top panel that allows the plastic to be moved and allows the ODD to be accessible. The rail system takes up space making fan installation on the top more difficult that it needs to be. Also, the rail positioning makes it impossible to install seperate fan filters on the top.

Overall Review: The space available for cooler height is exactly 140mm without side bracket. Phanteks PH-TC14CS cooler fits perfectly, the outside fan's plastic border touches the mesh side panel, but fan spins fine.

The Phanteks PH-TC14CS is probably the perfect air cooler for this case. The heatsink is positioned in such a way that the back case fan will blow directly into the heatsink. With ASRock Z390 PHANTOM GAMING-ITX/AC motherboard in particular, the only acceptable orientation for the heatsink was with heat pipes going up and then making a u-turn downwards. In this position one of the heat pipes will slightly press against the power cable.

I recommend thin fans for the bottom. With regular width fans there will be no room between the fans and the GPU, thus limiting airflow.

Even though the case allows ATX power supply, I recommend using SFX power supply for extra cable routing space and more room for airflow. To use an SFX power supply you will need a SFX -> ATX adapter bracket like this: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999361

Eventhough there is room for a second 120mm fan on the top panel right above the psu, I recommend using this space for cables/fan controller. Furthermore, due to the power plug coming out of PSU taking up some space, you might only be able to fit a slim fan in this area.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Really nice afordable alterative to the expensive ITX options. 2/16/2019 7:09:36 PM

Pros: Really glad I went for the Cougar QBX. Not as smaller and more premium feeling aluminum ITX cases, for the price I'm more than happy. I like to build high end high performance PC and not usually value PCs, but am not made of money so spending it on the core components and not just looks is how I operate.

This case a priced very attractively to the Dans cases, Ncase, Streacom and Ghost S1.Might not be as premium looking and feeling but I like it look a good bit. It a bigger than those other cases, but that has it's advantages.

I was able to mod the side panel to mount a 280mm AIO (the EVGA CLC 280) and with a good 9900K chip, I'm running 5GHz at 1.25V and temps are in the 80s, similar to my open loop cooled 9900k running at 1.3V.

Really happy with this case and am likely to use it to build a second ITX PC towards the end of the year (Ryzen 3000 maybe?).

My GTX 1080 runs about 10 degrees cooler then is did in my original mid tower case, but still it usually maxes out at about 75C.

Recommendations:
Go with an SFX PSU - If using a full length card spend a little more and go with an SFX PSU. a 140mm long non-modular (modular is more likely to interfere with full length PSUs. I was advised this and tried to make an ATX PSU work, but ended up just getting the SFX PSU and it well worth the extra cost.

Choose your GPU wisely - My Asus STRIX GTX 1080 fits but the power connectors just barely allow the case to close after shushing them as much as I could. That car is 5.28" wide so anything longer will likely not work. My other GPU is a MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio that 5.51" wide and I didn't eve bother trying. I'm planning on upgrading t a 2080 Ti and am being careful finding one.

- Affordable (more money to spend on other components)
- Mod friendly
- fits high end powerful components
- I like the Looks
- I have 6 case fans running plus the 2 radiator fans

Cons: - Have to choose PSU carefully (just get a Corsair SFX PSU)
- Have to choose your GPU carefully (nothing wider than 5.28"). 2.5 slots cards might work with bottom installed. 2.7 slot cards might work, but likely not with bottom fans installed (might have to get creative to keep bottom fans).

Overall Review: I think this is an underrated case especially as, like me, you can get a 280 AIO installed to build a real small powerhouse.

-someone cas complaining about PSU co,compatibility, but Cougar site spells out the requirements. 140mm length Max, non-modular and power plug configuration.

-Someone complained about the DVD/Blu-Ray not being accessible, but the top slides back to give access.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Very Versatile Little Case 12/18/2018 8:22:54 PM

Pros: -Two 2.5' drive bays and a 3.5" bay and a spot for a thin optical drive
-120mm radiator mount allows for great cpu cooling.
-Ventilated sides and bottom allow GPU to breathe without choking on its sweat.
-Included mini exhaust fan is a nice touch
- ATX Power Supplies up to 140mm are supported (fit my 650w Seasonic Prime with almost no issue)
-Full length GPU support (fits my EVGA 1080 SC with almost no issue)
-Frame feels sturdy even with side panels removed

Cons: -Longer graphics cards in combination with a 140mm PSU really squeeze up against each other. I don't know if it would be better to use a non-modular PSU as all the cables would be coming out of one spot instead of the entire back, but I almost couldn't fit my GPU in as the cables coming from my modular power supply come out just enough to make you work for it.

-Can be difficult to work inside if you try putting 2 SSD's, an HDD, and a 120mm AIO, but I only bring that up as a warning. It's impressive that it can fit all of that

-not a lot of space to hide extra cable if you use a slim optical drive

Overall Review: This case is exceptional at its price point. If you want a relatively portable powerhouse then it has everything you need. I was able to cram an i7-7700k cooled by a 120mm AIO, 2 SSD's, a 3.5" HDD, a full sized ATX PSU, and a full-sized GTX 1080.
None of the parts were made specifically for mini ITX systems, with the exception of the motherboard obviously, and they all fit together really well while operating at decent temps and relatively quiet. I'm super impressed that this case does all that while staying so small and being so affordable.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great ITX case 11/20/2018 12:03:29 PM

Pros: Compact, ease of access. AIO might be an issue depending on what you get.

Cons: Does require some thought on layout and components

Overall Review: Highly recommend. I even got my corsair 240mm rad with both fans in it.

This what is required in my opinion to get the most out of the case. If your lucky enough to have an SFX powersupply with the power plug in the proper orientation then great but don't forget to purchase the SilverStone Technology Universal ATX to SFX Power Supply Adapter Bracket. This will grant you additional room in the unit for the AIO cables if you do a 240 like I did. Don't get me wrong its still tight but it works.

If you have the corsair sf 600 which has the incorrect power out let I would recommend getting the SF Cable, 8" IEC C14 to C13 Power Extension Cord 10Amp 250V 18/3 AWG Right Angle extension. This will resolve that issue.

I'm also using only m.2 drives to eliminate extra cabling from the power supply. I have a 128gb for the OS and a 1tb for data.

I have two Noctua slim 15mm fan intakes on the bottom providing air to the video card and one Noctua slim outake at the top with the fans for the AIO as outakes as well.

I'm running the EVGA GTX 1070 SC and it runs cool even under full load. CPU with prime 95 at full load on my Ryzen 1700x peaks at 54C

Cable management if done in this configuration give plenty of room to tie up cables.

The AIO cables I did have to tie up just under the lip where the rad is mounted. (this part was a serious pain but was able to get it tied up and out of the way) otherwise it will put all the weight of the AIO cables on the vid card. Also and very important you need to buy Fan grills (they are cheap) this prevents the AIO cables from pushing on the fan blades.

Overall excellent case, gave it four stars because there are some places the case could be improved for better overall compatibility.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Amazing ITX case for the price! 10/29/2018 6:40:06 AM

Pros: - Suprisiingly easy to install in
- ATX PSU support
- Looks great
- AIO support
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Cons: - Plastic sections, but you get what you pay for
- Side panels are wobbly when off

Overall Review: - ATX PSU support is 140mm, so if you have something bigger, you will need to bend the bottom section of the PSU area to allow it to fit. It will prevent you from installing larger GPUs though, so be mindful of that.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Small, Sleak, Great, but misleading 10/8/2018 6:29:07 AM

Pros: A stylish look for your gaming rig
has a DVD drive in a compact model
great thermals with proper ventilation
Easy to carry and move, fits into small spaces under stools and tables

Cons: Functionality wise, i have no real complaints over this product, my 1 egg review is over the advertising of this product. Here is my story

I picked this case out, seeing that it supports ATX PSU, but compact, so i bought the smallest i could find (EVGA Supernova G3 750) , and bought 3 120mm fans that it said it could support both by specs and display, cost me $150 in all. I bought the parts in advance to make sure everything works while i wait until the next month (after bills) to spend another 100 on this case. But when i got this case in, the PSU does not fit, it was to long. I spent hours afterwards trying to find an ATX that would fit the measured space it supports (that wasnt not listed on site, i physically measured it) and only like 3 ATX PSU's existed that would fit, but they were 450W or less (i desired 750 for efficiency) . I ended up getting a SILVERSTONE SFX Series SST-SX800-LTI and a adapter to fit ATX mounts (cost me another 200) to have a PSU that fits (BARELY, like the cables are pushing on the 2080Ti)

I dont see how any ATX could fit in here to be honest, but what ever, moving on. Upon assembly, i find that the front top fan does not actually fit, it fits the mount for it, but you can no close it, because the cable that runs to the PSU pushes into it, with the risk of breaking fan blade (i could not attach the top, it was that tight of fit) so it lied about fitting a fan that it displayed in its own advertisement, it did not specify that it has to be a ultra thin 120mm fans.

Because of this, i am stuck with an extra PSU and a extra 120mm fan because this case is advertised to fit product that it can not fit out side of maybe the 1% of product in that category that i cant return for a full refund being past my 30 day mark, and having opened the product :/

If your product can only fit 1% of a standard, then you dont really support it, especially if you dont specify that exact dimensions of those standards it supports

Overall Review: PSU i originally bought was 3.35" x 5.91" x 5.91" basically the L and W of a 120mm fan, but the size it supports is 3.39" x 5.51" x 5.91" though it does not display that specification anywhere on the product description at the time of typing this

You might have to get a non-modular PSU, as even with a 2.50" x 4.92" x 5.12" PSU, a full 1" shorter than suggested, im bending the cables to fit next to GPU on my modular PSU, so perhaps if you get non modular that have all the cables in one spot it would work better.

My fans are the 25mm standard, if you want a fan there you might have to look into 15mm or thinner

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Patrick,

Thank you for choosing Cougar Gaming.
The QBX is indeed a stylish ITX case with extremely compact design and yet fits all the powerful components.
Specifications for suitable power supply is one of the most important aspect for this case and has been repeatedly shown throughout the official site, online sales portals, as well as the exterior packaging of the case. Various models of our own Cougar Gaming power supplies such as the GXS series will work wonders with the QBX.
Fitting for the cooling fans will also face the same compact issue. It will be harder than normal ATX chassis to install the cooling fans, nevertheless it can be done.

We highly suggest reading through all the product description as well as checking out some of our system builders' video on how to build in a QBX prior to the hands-on experience.
Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Good looking but terrible quality 10/7/2018 12:30:56 AM

Pros: Looks good and lots of features

Cons: The holes on the case are not properly drilled, lots of them are misaligned. the ODD on the top is blocked by the front cover and won't open.

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