Case Build & Finished Product
Here we see the front of the Cougar Panzer G built and running. I was going to show it off, but it would look the same as we looked at earlier since there is not a visual change when built.
Here you can see the lighted fan rings which are red or orange depending on how you look at it; I shall call it reddish-orange because to me that's how it looks. The top of the front panel we see the LED light bar which flickers with drive activity and since we have an M.2 drive its almost impossible to catch it lit with the camera, but it's a white light when illuminated.
I think the style while being more of a gamer feel with the rings of the fans glaring back at you, I feel like in the right setting the Panzer G could fit into many gaming setups rather easily.
However, using it for something such as an office or home, their system may not fit in too well unless you happen to be working in a Silicon Valley incubator wearing a hoodie to work. I've got nothing against that honestly, just more of a reference to the fact that a system in the panzer G would not blend well in a serious drab office environment.
The Panzer G was rather easy to build in with even the CPU EPS connector being easy enough to connect, which in some tighter mid towers can be a real chore. The one major standout to me was the Corsair H100i Pro RGB used in the build had to be moved forward in the chassis to avoid contacting the CPU VRM cooler you can see with the word EDGE on it.
Even with the outwardly slotted holes, it would not fit without putting pressure on the heat sink, which is an abort situation in my book. This, to me, means you have to be very aware of your motherboard heat sink design to ensure it will not interfere with your intended cooling.
The GPU went in without an issue, and since each slot uses its own dedicated fastener, we did not need to worry about a cascade of falling slot covers. The RTX 2060 looks downright minuscule as we could easily fit any card length I know of at this time in the space allotted by the Panzer G. One last note; is that while I had to relocate the AIO it still operated as expected when moved one fan space toward the front, so if you are using a dual 120 cooler it should be no issue.
Here we see the Corsair H100i installed in the more forward facing fan mount locations. It fits with a few mm to spare here, which I had to show as Cougar states that 280mm radiators are supported in the top which takes the radiator 20mm closer to the motherboard which in my opinion is not possible unless you have a board with open VRMs or an extremely low profile cooler and DIMMs.
Another point of concern is the internal I/O wiring. All of the cables were able to be routed efficiently, out of sight, but, when routing the same way as the front panel cables, the HD audio was about 2cm too short. This means the only option to effectively reach the header was to run it under the lower edge of the motherboard and have the cable bridge the split between the vertical HDD tray and motherboard tray.
The rear of the chassis looks about the same as the out of the box appearance with just the opening being filled by the internal components I/O. There was no real issue installing anything, even sliding the PSU in was painless. The rear fan opening being empty feels wrong, but it would feel even worse pulling one of the front fans to the rear as the front rings make a good look and having a gap there would look odd. If any of you plan to buy this chassis plan at least one good fan into your budget to add into this location to give yourself a good exhaust push.
Here we have the rear cable management area, which is the part I hate the most. I don't like having to manage cables as it gets cumbersome very quickly. Much to my surprise, the area given worked well as I used the separation between the vertical HSDD tray and the motherboard tray as guidelines to run the cables.
Overall the cable tie down points are in good locations to get your cables well managed, and it even dealt with our custom sleeved Enermax cable bundles with ease. Due to the location of the USB 3.0 20 pin header, there was excess length which we looped in between the 3.5" bays which worked well and left them in a good state.
Even with a 1050W PSU the Panzer G had plenty of room in front of it to store excess cabling to keep it from becoming a mess back here. Addition of an array of storage drives in the rear would mean a few more cables, but overall it came out relatively clean without a considerable time investment.
Here we have the system assembled and ready to run. The smoked panels mean you need some light to get a good view of components. I imagine with some adequately placed LED strips the system chamber could pop, but with the lighting from the installed components, you can see that it can shine through it's just much darker which can be an excellent thing to hide less than stellar cable management. With the system off its all dark and you could think the case was empty until you go to pick it up and realize it's a bit heftier than it was at the onset.
Last updated: Mar 6, 2020 at 02:54 am CST