|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Cougar Case QBX
|Motherboard Compatability||Mini ITX|
|Item Weight||850 Grams|
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- Case Type: Mini ITX Case. A full, pro-level computer, including support for high-end graphic cards, up to 4 SSD, 7 fans with water cooling and much more, all in a compact case. QBX can fit almost anywhere you could want to put a computer in.
- M/B Type: Mini ITX
- Internal: 1x 3.5", 4x 2.5"
- Expansion Slots: 1
- Front I/O Panel: 2x USB 3.0 Ports, HD Audio
- Side Windows: No
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QBX Size Does Matter
The most advanced compact case of the market is here.
COUGAR QBX comes here to conquer the world with three big weapons within its compact body: Its dimensions, its expansion potential and its unrivaled cooling.
QBX's 178 x 291 x 384 mm/7.01 x 11.46 x 15.12 (in) 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 Kaze, you gain access to new generation games in all their glory.
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Some things to note that some people may find useful:
The Cougar logo on the front of the case is actually a sticker with a strong adhesive. It is removable. For those you that find it horrendous to the look of the case itself, feel free to remove it. To make it easier, take a paper towel and rinse it in warm/hot water, squeeze excess water out, place it right over the logo for a few seconds then peel.
The standard atx power supply is 150mm>. Disregard the 'it fits standard atx PSUs' mantra. 150mm or a smaller PSU will make your life easier. Get a fully/semi modular one while you are at it. An SFX PSU will do just fine.
It is not aluminum but plastic. It does not take away the look and feel of the case at all. It is not a fingerprint magnet unlike aluminum cases.
Cougar really stuck by their product and actually boxed the case in a full color black box with images of the QBX. This is unlike their normal boxing methods of plain cardboard and an outlined drawing of the case.
The overall feel of the case is solid. It does not feel cheap. As with most mitx cases it is not easy to work on. You really need to plan ahead, but was much easier to work on than other cases I've built within the same form factor.
Throughout building I constantly thought about the quality and intuitiveness that went into building the QBX. I was glad that I gave the Cougar brand another chance.
If you are looking for a sleek, solid, and budget friendly mini itx case then the Cougar QBX is definitely worth looking into.
It's been a few months but the case still looks brand new. Just did some light dust cleaning with a dust cloth and compressed air. Temps are still good, could be better but that's just the nature of the case. There is a meshed version of this case with the name Cougar KAZE for those of you who want more airflow. Aside from some minor adjustments from the QBX version, the dimensions and overall look is exactly the same except looking like swiss cheese. I prefer this version because of it's low profile status. After having removed the sticker and focusing on a quiet build, I couldn't ask for more. Note: For the Cougar KAZE, the front emblem is removeable, however, you will be left with a small indented surface which is just unsightly.
I made a few small minor adjustments to this case.
Made a custom loop for the cpu with an 80mm rear radiator.
The screw holes for the top fans were inadequately sized for regular fan screws as they come sized for the long radiator screws. I made them a bit larger to accommodate two 120mm fans. I am thinking a slim 240mm radiator + slim 120mm fans might fit on top with some effort, or a 240mm radiator with regular thickness.
The front top fan would not fit with the psu adapter cable going toward the back of the case being in the way so I used spacers for the SFXL psu to create more depth (making the psu hang lower than previously) so that the fan would fit appropriately.
I would hope an updated version of this would include changes for a more friendly watercooling/custom loop option. I also would like the front panel connectors be made on top of the case instead of on the side to make room for 2x 120mm fans/radiator.
I can't honestly bring myself to downgrade this to four stars simply because it did not meet my expectations in certain areas, but I will say that as of right now it is simply sitting at 4.5 stars with me simply because of the amount of effort and planning that I had to do to fix some 'errors' that may have been overlooked on the design end. It certainly is up there on my list as one of the most frustrating cases I have worked on now. I had a lot of question marks and frustrating moments when I came across these issues.
However nonsensical some of the design was to me, it still is a very low profile and handsome case. I couldn't bring myself to keep it on the floor, honestly there is no reason to with how small the footprint of it is.
I would hope that Cougar is listening to these reviews and will bring an upgraded version of the QBX with real aluminum panels and a better build quality (the front audio jacks are stiff, the case metal seems mediocre quality compared to other brands). I would expect a premium price for those changes and I would happily give Cougar my money.
**Update summer 2017
I've purchased two of these cases so far just because they're so beautiful to look at and I've gotten quite accustomed to working on them. I still hold all of my opinions about this case. Since owning these I've purchased numerous cases including the rvz02b, caselabs bullet, caselabs nova x2m, fractal design nano s, bit fenix pandora, and so on and so forth. This is by far my favorite one in terms of aesthetics and footprint. I really would like a premium version of this case (without the gaudy sticker or logo- just straight minimalist style, we get enough exposure to branding as it is) with better and more premium materials.
I wanted to be able to see my hardware so I cut out some plexiglass to fit in the side panel. It looked great but my temps rose too high so I swapped it out for the mesh that it came with. This turned out perfect however because if you have LEDs in you case(and you take out the removable swinging bracket) you can see everything in your case through the stock mesh.
The one thing you have to consider when getting this case is your power supply. I just grabbed one because I thought all atx power supplys were the same size. They are not. The first PSU I got was too big and I could not fit my graphics card in. I would suggest the EVGA B3 line of power supplys. They provide ample room for the graphics card. You could also get a SFX power supply, however be sure to get the atx conversion bracket. It appears like I have enough room to fit a full sized 240mm AIO in the front of the power supply if you remove the hard drive mounts from the metal frame. I will probably do this in the future and update this review if it fits. *update* I was able to fit a coolermaster master liquid 240mm AIO. I mounted it to the aio to the metal mesh side by drilling holes in them for the screws. the fans are mounted in the pull configuration exhausting heat out the side. Temperatures dropped down dramatically for both the cpu and the gpu. if you get this case I would highly recommend doing this. I was thermal throttling after a few mins of games with the stock cooler.
You can fit full size 120mm fans underneath the graphics card (as seen in my pictures). But after running several benchmarks it actually will starve the GPU for air and your GPU will thermal throttle. In the future I will probably put some slim fans in to see if that provides better cooling.
I also bought an 80 mm fan for the front, but after testing I would not suggest getting it. Because all the cables from the PSU are right in front of i blocking airflow.
An exhaust fan on the top is a must. Due to the size this case gets hot. Additional fans will help get the hot air out of the case.
Because I got rid of the swinging bracket I needed to find a place to put my mechanical drives. A while ago I bought a 3tb external hhd from Seagate. I took off the plastic case it was in to make it an internal drive. This drive was too big to fit in the laptop mount on the back of the case. However I found that you can fit it in front of the power supply if you remove the optical drive mount it has perfect screw hole placement for a hard drive. (See included picture)
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It's a whole other story to work with, I found out after. Cramped spaces... and not-so-easy-to-get-to features. By the time I'm done building this rig, I will have built it several times over.
It's a challenge to work with, but... all things considered, I still like it, as it's perfect for the build I have in mind.
Plus, I've never shied away from a challenge. I know the frustrations will be worth the effort in the end.
Working with this case has taught me a thing or two about planning and executing ideas.
-tiene gran capacidad (fuente atx, hdd de 3.5, GPU de las largas)
-se ve muy bien
-la posicion de la fuente impide estar bajando el breaker
-no le cabe GPU de las gruesas que cubren tres slot (mi rtx 2060 no cupo)
-el boton de encendido y los usb quedan por atras (comparado a como tradicionalmente acomodamos un pc, supongo que si lo acomodas con los puertos de la tarjeta madre hacia atras no tendras mayor problema)
he visto reviews donde se quejan de las temperaturas, yo la verdad no he tenido problemas, vivo en un lugar muy calido de México pero la tengo en el cuarto con aire, solo tiene el exhaust fan que ya trae incluido, y con las perforaciones que tiene tipo malla, con eso ha bastado. tambien dicen que el materia se siente barato, la verdad si se siente frajil solo el plastico de arriba que se desliza para mostrar la lectora (si le pones una), y el plastico de enfrente que se siente menos debil que el de arriba, pero sabes que no aguantara un golpe. pero la carcasa en si es de metal y se siente muy firme, y no esta filosa.
First: This case is BAD. To begin, it couldnt be anything else than the revamp of some old garbage.
Pros, it is cheap, but honestly an option only for people who must get this size (w/e your case maybe) beyond any other reasons.
Lets start: 80mm in front... wtf? There is room for 2x 92mm but they were clearly too lazy to redesign an old blueprint for this.
2x 120mm bottom... REALLY? its not... you can install 120mm but you will have half that airflow because they have put so muxh material in the airflow way that you arent getting the potential for 240mm.
Top fans? Same thing but even more shameful, there is not the foot of the case system to justify the airflow obstruction. Once again, it is 2x120mm slots, but jesus! There is SOOOOOO much airflow restriction cuz by simple lazyness from the designer to make proper hole, that id classe those 2 holes 120mm with 80mm potential.
The side bracket is a joke, the inside-side panel is about 10mm away from the mesh side panel, that gap is ridiculous. It makes your side fan to recycle air from inside your case rather than sucking fresh air.
The psu cable is complete garbage, the 2 ends connectors are HUGE, they might easily gets in the way of your plan (like a CH-14 cooler) the cable sleeve is so uneccesarly stiff, its crazy.
Conclusion, this case does the basic work. But the ventilation is so SO bad that you should NEVER consider this for a mid-range or high-end build.
Despite what the manual says about the plug orientation, you can use the incorrect format. The PSU cable will end up blocking the use of the optical drive slot. Not that it matters to me.
Can fit ATX power supplies but make sure it's at most 140mm in length. Corsair CX series for instance fits like a glove.