When I first received the Cougar MX300 Case I honestly was not all that impressed. It was smaller than most cases I’ve reviewed lately and did not seem to offer much more than other cases out there. But as I went through with the installation I was really surprised at how easy it all went. Normally with an entry-level case like that you run into a few snags or problems during installation, but there were none to be found here. Installation went without a hitch and there was amble room inside for long graphics cards and 2.5-inch solid state drives.
One thing that I immediately noticed when I opened the case up was that there was not a lot of room behind the motherboard tray. To my surprise I was still able to route most of my cables back there and keep them out of the way, with exception of the EPS connector. Inside of the case you are going to be able to fit a pretty impressive system. There is room for six hard drives, two optical drives and longer graphics cards.
One thing that I did notice about this case was that there was only a single fan included (120 mm exhaust). This is definitely not enough cooling as there is no intake fan at all. Adding an intake fan is easy, but it would have been nice to have one included. Also I did not like that I had to remove the front bezel of the case to install my optical drive.
When it comes down to it the MX300 from Cougar is a no-frills case that will most certainly get the job done and makes installation extremely easy. What it lacks in features it does make up for in price. Right now it is selling at my favorite online retailer for around $40. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Cougar MX300 Case an 8 out of 10 score.
– Easy installation
– Tool-less mechanisms
– Still able to hide cables on the backside of the case
– Only one fan included
– You have to remove to front bezel to install an optical drive