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Cougar Spike Mini Gaming PC Case Review

Cougar Spike Mini Gaming PC Case Review

Cougar Spike Mini Gaming PC Case Review

The Spike Internal and Install

Cougar Spike inside Cougar Spike motherboard tray
Cougar Spike rear vent Cougar Spike drive bays

Inside we can see that the black paint continues and that there are a few design features which make our installation a little easier. For example tool free install on the 5.25 and 3.5 inch drives along with the edge cut-away where we will screw in our PCIe cards. Stand-offs are installed by the user and PCIe slot covers are not replaceable, they snap out. We do however get a 12cm fan pre installed.

Cougar Spike install

Installation of a system in the Spike is a relatively straight forward process. With this being a basic case we don’t need to worry about removable sections, routing wires behind the tray etc. What we highly recommend though is to use a modular PSU as it makes wiring without any place to hide it much tidier. So with the modular PSU installed we then slot in our motherboard and screw it in place. We can then install our CPU and memory along with graphics cards up to 330mm in length. As noted earlier an SSD can be installed at the base of the case and storage/optical drives via tool free bays above.

In our case we went with a Core i5-4660K CPU (Intel cooler), 2x 8GB of DDR3, Radeon 7970 GPU and 500GB SATA drive on an ASUS Maximus Gene board.

Benchmark

With its single factory installed fan and reasonably ventilation the Spike records some decent but not exceptional temperatures. Buying quiet components is a must though as this case has minimal noise dampening potential.

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Stuart Davidson

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