Cougar MX500 ATX Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis Review

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It has been over nine months since we last saw a Cougar chassis in the eTeknix office, the last one we took a look at was the very unique Cougar Spike Mini. Nine months is too long, so we’ve got our hands on something new from Cougar, the gaming focused mid-tower in the form of the new MX-500 which is packed full of features that make it a great choice for those looking for a mid-budget chassis, we can’t wait to pick it apart and see what it has to offer.

Cougar has a solid reputation when it comes to affordable, feature packed products and while they may not be the first name that springs to mind when building a system (at least not here in the UK), they’ve proven before that they have a lot to offer with their chassis products and power supplies. The PC component market is far from short of great chassis in this price range, but as a consumer it certainly doesn’t hurt to have plenty of choice. Often manufacturers try to implement something unique, be that a feature or a certain design that makes it stand out from the crowd, I’m hoping Cougar have done something similar with the MX500.

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As you can see from the specifications below the case will hold micro-ATX and ATX motherboards, which obviously allows room for up to 7 expansion slots. There is room for plenty of storage thanks to 7 x 3.5″ drive bays, and there are two pre-installed 120mm fans that add further value for money from the $75 / £50 retail price.

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The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a black and white photo of the chassis on the front and the full specifications (see above).


Around the back we have a detailed list of each of the major components, as well as a break down of GPU size compatibility.


Included in the box is a simple installation guide, screws, rubber grommets for the rear cable routing holes, a magnetic side panel dust filter and three 2.5″ drive trays.


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One Response to “Cougar MX500 ATX Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis Review”
  1. Matthew Humpherson says:

    I cant help but think these are just a Fractal Design Arc Midi made less attractive and with less features. The front in particular is very similar to the Arc Midi; almost an identical layout on the front IO.

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