Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to cases, Cougar is not a brand that normally pops into our minds as a first instinct. This does not mean there is anything inherently wrong with them. Cougar is a company that has not gained the foothold some of the incumbents in the industry have gained.
The last Cougar case we looked at was 6+ years ago in 2012 with the Cougar Evolution Galaxy case, which was not bad for the time but was reminiscent of a HAF-X model chassis. With that being said, the Panzer G which we are looking at today shows some refinement and current trends with Tempered Glass and LED fans coming preinstalled. But I cannot shake the feeling that it has some definite similarities to others on the market once again in the HAF replacement the H500P. you can see the H500P review and make your own judgement. As you can see, the Panzer G shares a similar shape, surround tempered glass and even industrial styling as the H500P offers.
The Panzer G is made for those seeking a tempered glass chassis with plenty of cooling options and the ability to stuff it full of fans. With the primary fan mounting locations shrouded in tempered glass though, you do have to question if there will be any ill effects with airflow due to the inability of glass to allow air to pass through.
This means that the vents located around the tempered panels will be where the air must enter or exit, and for those who love fluid dynamics in the crowd, you know all too well what making a gas (air) turn up to 90 degrees can do for your airflow.
Some of the exciting things about the panzer G starts, of course with its surround of tempered glass. The Panzer G is visually closed off by tempered glass on both side panels along with top and front glass panes as well. Behind the front tempered glass panel, you can catch a glimpse of the three preinstalled 120mm next-generation Vortex LED fans.
These are airflow focused 120mm fans with an LED light ring circling the perimeter. The tempered glass is smoked, which makes it harder to see through and I assume many will celebrate as that will help hide the cable management side which we will look at later.
As you can see the Panzer G, as listed on the Cougar website's spec list, shows it to be a mid-tower chassis which I will accept although it has become common knowledge that 560mm height typically is full-tower range. The Panzer G is 565mm high, which means it comes in just as a full-tower if we follow the commonly understood sizing.
The Panzer G is 520mm deep and 208mm wide, so it's not nearly as thick as some chassis we have seen before which means liquid cooling fitment may be impacted. Usually thinner chassis will not fit radiators very well as memory and motherboard heat sinks can be found to be directly adjacent of where you would want to mount the radiator. We will be checking that out as we get to that section to install our AIO.
The Panzer G can fit everything from mITX, mATX, and ATX along with extended support for CEB, which is slightly wider than standard ATX. This is an interesting addition for motherboard fitment as CEB boards are for workstations or servers which generally we do not see in the consumer or gamer space.
The total drive options are up to 6 storage devices with two 3.5" mounts which also support 2.5" drives and four total 2.5" dedicated mounts. The PSU does not have a listed spec as far as maximum length, so we will dig into its mounting and any relevant space constraints as we get deeper into this new case.
Cooling fitment is abundant with eight total fan and radiator locations. If you opt for 140mm that number is reduced to 4 locations with two of the spots (rear and bottom) being 120mm only. CPU cooler height is limited to 160mm, which is relatively standard, and you should be able to fit most coolers on the market should you opt for an air cooler.
It is something to note though, as some of the more extreme coolers can enter the 160mm+ range which would not allow you to install your panel with the cooler in place. The Panzer G comes with 3x next-generation Vortex LED 120mm fans cascading the front of the chassis with no other installed fans listed.
The only fitment issues I could think of right out of the gate may come from the slimmer width of the chassis and installing radiators which have the potential to interfere with motherboard heat sinks or even taller memory.
We found the Panzer G presently available directly from Amazon for $94.58 and being Tariffs are active as of the time of writing, I am not sure if this chassis price has been impacted by it or if it may go up slightly in the future.
This is a good spot for the Panzer G, but we will have to wait and see if it has the feature set, appearance, and performance to match the other well-equipped cases that are on the market in the same $90 - $100 price range.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: Enermax Platimax DF 1050W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Mar 6, 2020 at 02:54 am CST