Cougar MX300 Midtower Gaming Case Review – Full Functionality Without Busting Your Budget


The first components we will install into the MX300 are the front case fans.  As we referred to earlier, Cougar utilizes a unique method of mounting the front fan(s).  We will be populating both front fan positions with a 120mm fan each.  We simply lay the fan filter down flat with the backside facing up, and align each fan over the four side clips for each position.  We want to make sure that they are facing the correct direction for intake, rather than exhaust, and that the connectors are oriented to be at  the right side of the chassis.  Pressing them down firmly onto the front filter, they will snap firmly into place (a bit of force is required).  In this next image we see the filter assembly with the two fans installed.  They are latched very securely to the filter, so vibration should not be an issue.  The filter and fans as an assembly snap right into the fan recess, and latch firmly into place.

MX300-43 front filter with fans installed 4-1

Next we see the top of the chassis with a single 120mm fan installed.  Again, we have oriented the connector cable to exit toward the right side of the chassis to keep our wiring concealed as much as possible.

MX300 image 44 top fan installed 4-6

In our next image, we see the optical drive installed.  With Cougar’s tool-less latching mechanism, the entire operation took about 15 seconds.

MX300 image 45 - optical drive installed 4-4

Here we see the front of the MX300 with the front fans and optical drive installed

MX300 image 46 optical drive and front fans isntalled 4-6

Do-it-yourself PC chassis manufacturers continue to bring new products to market at a steady pace.  While many such manufacturers gear the bulk of their offerings to the mid-level and enthusiast market, some companies have recognized the need for more budget-builder-friendly versions, especially for gamers. Cougar was founded in 2007, and their "Passion X Innovation" philosophy has produced many functional, user-oriented quality products geared towards the gaming community.  They brought a number of innovative technologies and refinements to their PC component offerings.  Whether it be case fans, power supplies or chassis, Cougar strives to create high-performance and high-quality products. Today's review…

Review Overview

Design & Features
Ease Of System Assembly
Product Quality

Great Value!

The Cougar MX300 is surprisingly built with good quality materials and features for a budget-level case. It is a very easy chassis to build a system into.

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