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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

Conclusion and Rating

Normally we would discuss value at the end of a conclusion but in this case we are switching round a bit as expectations need to be set. This case retails for $35/£30 which places it right on entry level for a gaming chassis and so goes some way to explaining the minimalist approach.

Minimalist doesn’t mean cheap though as the case actually feels pretty solid with all of the main sections held together strongly and no notable defects, including a nice painted finish inside and out. We like the inclusion of the PCIe screw cut-away, something which even Corsair missed on their expensive 900D and the tool free drive bay install is a bonus even if they are a little flimsy. We would have liked to see the PCIe slot covers be replaceable, maybe some mesh on the side vents and thumbscrews for cards. It would also have been good if the SSD installation location was on the bottom of the drive bays to save us dragging a wire down from top to bottom… which is another change we would have liked to see, our PSU moved to the base which then allows for a bottom intake vent. As a final change a cut-away on the motherboard tray for CPU backplate changes would have been appreciated and really wouldn’t have impacted cost too much, if at all.

So that brings us to performance where the Spike in its default configuration did ok but we do have the option of adding three more fans for additional airflow if needed. This means we have a reasonably flexible case which allows us to install a wide range of components for minimal cost and that really is the key strength to the Spike, value for money.

Cougar Spike Mini PC Case
Build Quality rating 7/10
Design rating 7/10
Performance rating 7/10
Value rating 10/10
Overall rating

7/10

Value Award

Where to buy…
UK Store Bournemouth Computers – £33.26
USA Store NewEgg.com – $29.99

About Author

Stuart Davidson

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