COUGAR GX-S 750 POWER SUPPLY
Our power supply is Cougar’s GX-S 750, which is 80-plus gold rated, meaning that it is capable of up to 91% efficiency. Its 14cm length makes it compatible to use in nearly any PC chassis, and the single +12V rail delivers ultra-stable voltage.
This non-modular power supply, in addition to the standard 24-pin main power connection and an 8-pin CPU power connector, offers 2 x 6+2 PCIe power connections, 1 x 4-pin (with 4 connections) Molex connector, and 2 x SATA (with 4 connections each) power connector. For more information, you can check out the Cougar GX-S power supply product page here.
COUGAR CFD120 LED CASE FANS
Cougar has supplied us with six of their CFD120 LED case fans, 3 with red LEDs and 3 with blue LEDs. We will use these to replace the 3 x 120mm stock fans that come preinstalled in the Panzer Max, as well as adding two more to the top of the case for exhaust, and an additional one to the bottom for intake.
These hydraulic bearing fans are capable of up to 1200 rpm, and can move air to the tune of up to 64.37 CFM, yet at a quiet 16.6 DbA sound level. For more information, you can view the Cougar CFD120 LED case fan product page here.
OCZ RD400 PCIE NVME SSD
The operating system drive in the new test system will be OCZ’s RD400 PCIe NVMe 256GB SSD with MLC NAND, which was previously reviewed here. This M.2 2280 form factor SSD in the 256GB capacity is rated for sequential read speeds of up to 2600MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 1150MB/s. Random 4K read speeds are stated as up to 210,000 IOPS, with random 4K write speeds of up to 140,000 IOPS.
Endurance is stated as up to 148TB total bytes written (TBW), and OCZ backs the RD400 with a five-year limited warranty. Also included is a free download of OCZ’s SSD Utility drive management software. Check out pricing for the OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe 256GB SSD on Amazon.
INTEL SSD DC 3700 SATA SSD
What better drive to use for storage than an enterprise data center SSD such as Intel’s SSD DC S3700 800GB? This 2.5″ form factor, 6Gb/s SSD features MLC NAND that is capable of sequential read speeds of up to 500MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 460MB/s. Random 4K read speeds are stated as up to 75,000 IOPS, with random 4K write speeds of up to 36,000 IOPS. Endurance-wise, the DC S3700 is rated for up to 10 drive writes per day (D.W.P.D.) for five years.
Mean time between failures (MTBF) is stated as 2,000,000 hours, and Intel backs the DC S3700 with a five-year limited warranty. It also features AES 256-bit encryption for data security. To learn more, you can view the Intel SSD DC S3700 800GB product page here.
COUGAR ATTACK X3 RGB GAMING KEYBOARD
Our keyboard and mouse have been supplied by Cougar. What we have are their top-of-the-line Attack X3 RGB keyboard and their Revenger mouse. The Attack X3 RGB keyboard features a brushed-aluminum faceplate combined with full RGB LED lighting and Cherry MX mechanical switches.
Featuring its own on-board memory, the Attack X3 offers 9 x preset lighting effects and up to 30 macros, or you can utilize the included Cougar UIX software system that allows for full customization. The Attack X3’s 1000Hz polling rate allows for 1ms response times. Check out pricing for Cougar’s Attack X3 RGB LED keyboard on Amazon.
COUGAR REVENGER GAMING MOUSE
Cougar’s Revenger mouse is their ultimate optical gaming mouse, with multi-color back-lighting for added visual effect. The state-of-the-art PMW 3600 optical sensor is fine-tunable up to 12,000 DPI for absolutely amazing accuracy.
The Revenger features 6 buttons, which can be programmed for up to 21 functions, again using Cougar’s UIX software system for customization. As with the Attack X3 keyboard, a 1000Hz polling rate allows for 1ms response times. Check out pricing for Cougar’s Revenger gaming mouse on Amazon.
ASUS DRW24B1ST OPTICAL DRIVE
We will also be installing an optical drive, which is Asus’ model DRW24B1ST. This SATA optical drive reads and writes data on DVD±R/±RW, and offers write speeds of up to 24X, and read speeds of up to 16X. It also features AVRS – auto vibration reducing system, which also reduces spindle noise, as well as a 2MB cache. Check out pricing for ASUS’ DRW24B1ST optical drive on Amazon.