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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

Case MaterialAluminum Alloy + Tempered Glass
Case Form FactorMini Tower
Dimension (WxHxD)233 x 480 x 522 (mm)
9.17 x 18.89 x 20.55 (in)
Motherboard TypeMini ITX / Micro ATX
3.5″ Drive Bay2
2.5″ Drive Bay3+2 (Converted from 3.5″ Drive Bays)
I/O PanelUSB3.0 x 2 / Mic x 1 / Audio x 1
Cooling SystemFront120mm x 2
Top120mm x 2
Water Cooling SupportFront240mm
Cable ManagementYes
Expansion Slots5
Max. Graphics Card Length350 (mm) / 13.77 (in)
Max. CPU Cooler Height160 (mm) / 6.29 (in)
Maximum PSU Length200 (mm) / 7.87 (in)
Tempered Glass Side PanelBoth 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 15 years now. As a Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspects of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of the latest technologies.

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