Cougar Panzer G Mid-Tower Chassis
The front of the Panzer G is dim and subdued with the smoked panels once all of the film is removed. Without any lights illuminating the internals or fans, you almost cannot even tell there are fans behind the glass.
Here you can also make out that the 90-degree corners of plastic for some reason are a lighter gray or silver hue which is an interesting contrast compared to the straight panel plastic edges which are much more dark gray. The gold color of the Cougar badge jumps out at you and while I understand that seems to be Cougars brand ID the inclusion of a Gold glossy badge and decorative allen head fasteners it just feels a bit garish.
Here we have the top of the chassis where you can see it's married again to a tempered glass panel. Here you can also see the elongated hexagonal plastic mesh which allows optimal airflow and is backed by a finer mesh to avoid larger debris from getting into your PC.
Also note the side facing vents as this may be an essential point once we get to testing since the front of the chassis employs these but by and large the pass-through of airflow is majorly limited, of course, we will test to see to what extent this impacts performance.
The front I/O is in a reasonably standard location on the top of the front panel. Keep that in mind if you are building in the Panzer G as you will need to hang the front panel carefully to the side unless you want to pull all of the internal wiring out to remove it entirely.
The front I/O retain a reasonably standard yet stout layout with dual USB 2.0 ports, adjacent to microphone and headphone 3.5mm ports and leading to the far edge with dual USB 3.0 (or USB 3.1 Gen 1; or USB 3.2 Gen 1) depending on which new standard you decide to follow.
Let's say it supports up to 5Gb/s. Above these or more appropriately toward the rear of the chassis you have a large main button for power, and it is illuminated white when the system is powered. To the left of the main power button is a flush mounted reset button to help avoid mistaken actuations.
Lastly, of course, we were wondering where the HDD led was located and it was located directly below the cougar logo and name at the far edge angling toward the front panel. The entire little light bar flickers white when HDD activity is detected.
The main side or left side depending on how you look at it is where we will be installing our components for our test system. This side is concealed by yet another smoked tempered glass panel which as you can see does an excellent job of making a clean look as you cannot get a clear view of components without some inner light. You can see the panel itself is held on by four fasteners which are designed to be toolless and do a rather good job of affixing the panel with just hand tightening.
QC could be better in this area as the fasteners do not always want to thread in cleanly, leaving you to choose to wrench on it harder than the other three or to leave it with a 1-2mm gap between the panel on that one mounting point.
Now to the elephant in the room, the decal at the top center of both sides panels. This is the instruction to make sure you lean the panel far enough to remove it as there are lips to avoid the panel just falling downward. This is good to know, especially during reinstallation otherwise you can break the panel glass at the thinner part surrounding the fastener hole.
The last thing to note on this one, I promise. The plastic that makes up the bottom, front, and top panels you can see here and will notice it is quite symmetrical. It has the pass-through ventilation style slots in it even on the edges.
And of course, the gold aesthetic allen headed screws which serve no purpose beyond appearance. I do feel like a matte or glossy silver would have been a better choice to pull this aesthetic together but let's face it aesthetics are always a matter of preference and opinion.
The rear or I/O side of the chassis is pretty standard fare. Starting at the top, you can see an opening area where we can grasp the top panel to release it as its plastic clips are quite stiff. It requires a significant amount of force to remove below that we have the rear fan opening which is unoccupied as the Panzer G only has three 120mm fans at the front of the chassis.
The seven expansion slot covers are fairly standard quantity for most mid and full-tower sized cases. The exterior access is used to give you a little more interior room by allowing the motherboard to rest closer to the far rear of the chassis.
This exterior access can be a significant hindrance as some cases use the dust cover to hold the slot covers, which means you need some severe hand yoga to get them all back into place and closed.
Luckily Cougar still uses individual screws per slot to ensure optimal fastening force for the slot covers independently but also for installed components. The PSU installation is left wide open for a PSU to slide in which I appreciate vs. some solutions where you have to try to slide it in from the side. The bracket is included for the PSU and is in the accessory box which we will see soon.
Here we see the cable management side, which once again is smoked tempered glass. This side carried the same film covering and also the same panel sticker warning of the need to angle the panel. There is nothing else to say here that has not already been said on the other side.
The bottom of the chassis we see the bottom plastic framework which raises the case well above the floor or surface it will sit on. You will see it has four rubber feet which should help it from sliding on the surface, but the adhesive on these feet are not excellent as they can peel up with some movement of a full system on a flat surface.
This is more common than most people know which is why you do not want to slide your system around but rather pick it up to move it even if just a few inches. Better adhesive will promote better adhesion and less likely to tear away, but something like this is not a deal breaker, in my opinion.
The lower dust filters are removable but not like some we have seen which are simple and slide out without moving the chassis around. This style of dust filter while useful are one of my least favorite as it requires bending the medium to remove it from the metal tabs of the chassis. Also, the ID sticker for the chassis is found here where it's less likely to be damaged or removed as it not within sight unless you decide your PC should lay on its side for some reason.
Last updated: Mar 6, 2020 at 02:54 am CST