Cougar recently released their new mini-ITX gaming case – the Cougar QBX, which is said to be the most advanced compact gaming case according to the company. It features an ultra-compact design but allows support for up to 7 cooling fans. It can support full sized graphics card, and up to 4 SSD as well. Obviously it can only support mini-ITX motherboards, and it doesn’t have any front bay slots. But it supports a slim optical disc drive bay in the top front portion. Check out the rest of its features and specifications from the official release below.
Cougar QBX Features
The first of the Cougar QBX’s virtues is self-evident. Its 178mm x 260mm x 368mm dimension make QBX a highly compact case. With it, gamers no longer need enormous desks with lots of space to install high-end gaming components in order to enjoy new generation games. Whether on a desk or near the TV, QBX will fit in any gamer’s room and leave them space for a bigger screen or whatever they want to do with it.
The second of the Cougar QBX’s distinguishing features is what makes it a gaming case. A compact case with very good cooling is great, but virtually all of those are limited to smaller components with limited capabilities, which makes it impossible to enjoy the most demanding games. QBX shatters that limitation, allowing the user to enjoy high end graphics cards (up to 350mm long), up to five hard disks (both HDD and SSD), Slim ODD for different media formats, USB 3.0 and much more. All this is well powered, since QBX supports PS2-ATX PSUs (up to 140mm long), which can fuel even the most demanding system and can also be easily found anywhere, in contrast with the special PSUs required by other compact cases. In short, QBX allows gamers to fully enjoy the latest generation of games without worrying about hardware limitations.
Last but not least, all this power needs to be well cooled or all those components in a small space would simply burn themselves. QBX solves this problem with what is the best cooling on the market for a case of its class. Up to 7 fans with possibility of installing water cooling (up to 240mm long) will provide all the required airflow, including a dedicated independent PSU airflow that prevents the air from that particularly hot part of the computer to get to the rest of the components. The QBX’s pro-cooling design guarantees that this airflow gets to the right places through the right ways, optimizing cooling even further.
Cougar QBX mini-ITX Chassis Specifications
Mini ITX Case
7.01 x 10.24 x 14.49 (inch)
Optical Disk Drive (ODD) Type
Supports ONLY Slim ODD
3.5″ Internal Drive Bay (HDD)
2.5″ Drive Bay (HDD/SSD)
2 x USB3.0 / HD audio
Cool ing System
80mm Fan x 1 (optional)
120mm Fans x 2 (optional)
90mm Fan x 1 (pre-installed)
120mm Fans x 2 (optional)
120mm Fan x 1
Cable management system
Cable feedthrough on the motherboard tray for easily routing and hiding cables.
Fan Filter (Cleanable)
1 x Bottom Filter (pre-installed and removable)
Water cooling support
240mm radiator with a single 120mm fan
Max. Graphic card Length
Max. CPU cooler height
PS2 ATX Type (up to 140mm long)
As of today, the company hasn’t disclosed its manufacturer’s suggested retail price yet. But it will be available starting towards the end of April 2015.