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Cougar Conquer Essence Mini Tower Case Review

Micro ATX Open Air Case Design With Style

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I love open design cases. Cases like Core P1-3-5-7 (Thermaltake) and Paean (Raijintek) offer a lot of customizable options for anyone who is trying to put together a custom rig. Unfortunately there aren’t many manufacturers out there who has open style cases. Our friends at Cougar has just released a smaller version of their flagship Conquer case, Conquer Essence. The Cougar Conquer Essence is a Micro ATX based case with a sturdy aluminum frame, tempered glass and of course killer looks. This little Mini Tower is what you want from style and performance perspective. If you planning to work with an open design case like Conquer Essence you almost have to pimp it out with a full water cooling loop and RGB lights.

Review Sample Provided by: Cougar
Product Name: Conquer Essence
Price at time of review$ 219 USD
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Technical Specifications

Model Name

CONQUER ESSENCE
Case Material Aluminum Alloy + Tempered Glass
Case Form Factor Mini Tower
Dimension (WxHxD) 233 x 480 x 522 (mm)
9.17 x 18.89 x 20.55 (in)
Motherboard Type Mini ITX / Micro ATX
3.5″ Drive Bay 2
2.5″ Drive Bay 3+2 (Converted from 3.5″ Drive Bays)
I/O Panel USB3.0 x 2 / Mic x 1 / Audio x 1
Cooling System Front 120mm x 2
Top 120mm x 2
Water Cooling Support Front 240mm
Top 240mm
Cable Management Yes
Expansion Slots 5
Max. Graphics Card Length 350 (mm) / 13.77 (in)
Max. CPU Cooler Height 160 (mm) / 6.29 (in)
Maximum PSU Length 200 (mm) / 7.87 (in)
Tempered Glass Side Panel Both Sides 5mm Thick

 

The Cougar Conquer Essence comes in a large box. Must larger than I expected for Mini ATX system. As always color scheme of Cougar cases is black and orange with plenty of information of the contents inside. On both sides of the case I learned a great deal about Conquer Essence and its features just by looking at the images.

To open the box you need to lay it down on the flat surface and open it from the middle of the case. Internal components such as the case it self and tempered glass are separated by sheets of protective foam. I feel that Cougar took extra caution with packaging of this case.

Cougar Conquer Essence Glass

Conquer Essence comes with a small bag of zip ties, screws and miscellaneous mounting hardware as well as a short user guide.

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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 10 years now. He has formed and operated a nonprofit review company "UMLan" and after its recent closure has joined Modders-Inc. An Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspect of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of latest technologies.

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