COUGAR MX300 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Closer Look – Interior

MX300

 

As we take a look inside the left side cover, we notice that the entire case is painted black to match the exterior. You will see the cables from the front I\O board, reset and power switches. You will also see the cable management channel used to keep everything neat and tidy.

MX300

MX300 

Toward the front of the MX300 we can see the two different size hard drive caddies, as well as the locking system for the 5.25″ drive bays. I work with a multitude of different hard drive caddies every day, and this was by far the easiest to use. I really liked the way the caddy pulled apart in the center to allow for easy drive swaps.

MX300

Behind the right side cover we get a better view of the cable management channel, and the locations of the tie down anchors. There is not a lot of room in this mid tower for cable management, but the extruded side cover provides the extra room needed to keep things tidy.

MX300 

With the front cover removed you can see the expansion bays, as well as the great attempt Cougar made at keeping the airflow through the case as clean as possible. Behind the front cover you can see a cloth filter, and a removable filter screen in the actual case for easy clean up.

MX300

MX300

With a slight tug the top pops off of the MX300 to reveal a magnetic filter that is easily removed for cleaning. Under the filter is a place for added cooling. Here you can add 2 120 mm fans. I would hope that in the future design, this area would be big enough to allow for a big radiator as well as the fans. with the tight mid size design this was not possible with the current configuration, but would be a nice feature to add.

MX300

Taking a look at the bottom of the case we see the raised feet to ensure proper airflow. I removed the PSU filter so everyone can see the size of the air holes to let the PSU breath.

MX300

MX300 

Here is another look at the PSU case housing and the adequate space given for even the biggest power supplies. That wraps up the case itself, now let’s take a look at the build on the next page.

 



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