Wednesday, June 4th 2014

Cougar QBX Mini-ITX Tower Chassis Pictured

Here are the first pictures of Cougar's QBX mini-iTX tower-type chassis. Measuring 158 mm x 373.5 mm x 282 mm (WxDxH), the case can seat a standard mini-ITX motherboard, with 160 mm tall CPU coolers, and graphics cards as long as 35 cm. In the picture below, Cougar installed a Radeon HD 5970, which is among the longest DirectX 11 graphics cards ever made. The case can also seat a standard ATX power supply towards its front portion. Its cooling features include two 120 mm exhausts on the top, with provision for 240 mm x 120 mm radiators; an 80 mm rear exhaust, and a 120 mm intake on the side panel. Storage area includes one 5.25-inch drive bay, one 3.5-inch internal bay, and three 2.5-inch ones. Front panel connectivity includes USB 3.0 and HDA jacks.
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17 Comments on Cougar QBX Mini-ITX Tower Chassis Pictured

#2
Animalpak
Fourstaff said:
Inspired by M1?
Maybe, exept the biggest handicap of the M1, " you cant install long high end graphics card if you Mount ATX powersupply".


Now this is serious business !

Aluminium all around !

Hope they will release in europe soon !
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#3
The Quim Reaper
Meh!! to the case....what I want to know is what is that orange trimmed Mobo in it?

I didn't know there was a mini ITX mobo with orange trim available, would love to build a windowed mini PC with a orange & black theme.
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#4
micropage7
semi open case? looks nice but i prefer full case
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#5
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
I like how you can't plug in the GPU power pins. AT ALL. Good job Cougar.
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#6
lZKoce
RCoon said:
I like how you can't plug in the GPU power pins. AT ALL. Good job Cougar.
Of course you can, looks like inch and a half there. Worst case scenario, you wll be looking fo 90-degree ones :)
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#7
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
lZKoce said:
Of course you can, looks like inch and a half there. Worst case scenario, you wll be looking fo 90-degree ones :)
Look at the second picture, I sure as hell don't see an inch and a half there! I also find it concerning that even Cougar didn't bother plug in said cables to show just how it looks. Would have been easy for them to showcase one of their own PSU's.

It's perfectly forgivable however if they provide you with right angle adapters.
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#8
Animalpak
RCoon said:
I like how you can't plug in the GPU power pins. AT ALL. Good job Cougar.
The first pic is a little bit weird, but seems they not fixed the graphics card to the bracket.

Then in the second pic they do the job.

And you get the right clearence for the cables.
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#9
Live OR Die
Nice just what i wanted a hard version of the M1.
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#10
evilacg
The Quim Reaper said:
Meh!! to the case....what I want to know is what is that orange trimmed Mobo in it?

I didn't know there was a mini ITX mobo with orange trim available, would love to build a windowed mini PC with a orange & black theme.
I think it's Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix, it got Pulse LED on the back of the PCB.
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#11
bogami
Nice and compactly constructed and upgrading cooling possible.
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#12
The Quim Reaper
evilacg said:
I think it's Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix, it got Pulse LED on the back of the PCB.
Your right!!!...just googled your info and up it popped.

..doesn't seem to be available anywhere though :(

Thnx..I'll be keeping an eye out for it.
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#13
Sempron Guy
I like it :) and kudos for using the standard atx psu unlike the *cough* Hadron *cough*
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#14
Live OR Die
btarunr said:
Here are the first pictures of Cougar's QBX mini-iTX tower-type chassis. Measuring 158 mm x 373.5 mm x 282 mm (WxDxH), the case can seat a standard mini-ITX motherboard, with 160 mm tall CPU coolers, and graphics cards as long as 35 cm. In the picture below, Cougar installed a Radeon HD 5970, which is among the longest DirectX 11 graphics cards ever made. The case can also seat a standard ATX power supply towards its front portion. Its cooling features include two 120 mm exhausts on the top, with provision for 240 mm x 120 mm radiators; an 80 mm rear exhaust, and a 120 mm intake on the side panel. Storage area includes one 5.25-inch drive bay, one 3.5-inch internal bay, and three 2.5-inch ones. Front panel connectivity includes USB 3.0 and HDA jacks.
How does a 160mm CPU cooler fit into a case that's only 158mm wide O_O ????
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#15
H3LLSMAN
That looks pretty dam cool, after my main one is done a cheaper to run mini PC is next on my list, enough power to run 4K and multiple programs.
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#16
THE_EGG
I like it a lot. I might think about selling my prodigy for this. I too was concerned about the clearance for pcie connectors. But the third picture seems to show enough room so it should be ok. Looks like standard height GPUs will be required though. Not the extended height ones like some of those offered by Asus, MSI or EVGA.
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#17
alwayssts
Live OR Die said:
How does a 160mm CPU cooler fit into a case that's only 158mm wide O_O ????
You know, that's a really good question.

I really like the dimensions of this case, pretty much what I've been looking for...but how hard would it be to make one that is matx compatible?

*answers own question by using 'the google'*

Ok then. Well, I guess they did a pretty nice job, all things considered. Damn you, (form factor) physics. Still wish someone would make one that's essentially this on it's side, so could either be wider/'taller' to accommodate microatx. I like the depth, though....not enough designs like this (and the m1).
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