Cougar Spike Mini-ATX Case review

Now that we've completed our tour of the Spike's exterior, it's time to remove the case's thumbscrews to take a closer look at its interior. The first thing we come across when opening the case is a plastic bag that contains all the accessories. Besides a brief manual and a bag with screws and standoffs, you also get a case speaker. As you can see, not a lot of accessories are included but that's normal for a budget case.

Cougar Spike accessories

The interior has an all-black design, this not only includes the case itself but also all plastic components and most of the wiring. Spike is designed for Micro-ATX motherboards and will accommodate graphics cards as long as 330mm. Like the exterior, the interior has a pretty basic design, there are no special cut-outs for cable management and there's no cut-out in the motherboard plate to make it easier to swap a CPU cooler.

Cougar Spike interior

Cougar Spike 
motherboard area

Here's a closeup of all the cables that are used by the front's I/O panel. It includes the usual connectors for power/reset and LEDs, one USB 2.0 motherboard connector, one USB 3.0 motherboard connector and a HD audio motherboard connector.

Cougar Spike connectors

The front offers two 5.25" drive bays, one drive bay for an external 3.5" device and two 3.5" storage bays. There's also room for an optional 80/90/120mm fan.

Cougar Spike front bays

The 5.25" devices and the HDDs can be installed tool-free but the plastic mechanism doesn't really look solid. Fortunately, the tool-free system can easily be removed to secure your devices with screws.

Cougar Spike tool-free 

Added: July 30th 2013
Product reviewed: Cougar Spike Mini-ATX Case
Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck
Score: 8/10
Page: 2/4

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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