It’s always interesting to see what kind of designs case manufacturers come up with when attempting the mATX form factor. There are a lot of things to consider that would otherwise be irrelevant, and gaming cases in particular have to take things into account like performance cooling, compatibility with high end video cards, etc.
Cougar has taken a stab at the mATX form factor for the first time with the Spike Mini Gaming Tower. It actually looks quite similar to the Cougar Challenger, which we reviewed a while ago.
The Cougar Spike supports up to 4 fans in multiple sizes up to 120mm, and video cards up to 330mm. Currently it’s only available in black, but I’m sure we’ll see some other colours soon.
|Case Type||Mini Gaming Tower|
|Motherboard Type||Micro ATX|
|External 5.25" Drive Bays||2|
|External 3.5" Drive Bay||1|
|Internal 3.5" Drive Bays||2|
|Internal 2.5" Drive Bay||1 (at bottom cover)|
|I/O Panel||USB3.0 x1 & USB2.0 x1, Mic x1, Audio x1|
|Cooling System||Front 80/90/120mm Fan x1pcs (optional)
Rear 80/120mm Fan x1pcs (optional)
Left Side 120mm Fans x2pcs (optional)
|COUGAR 120mm Fan (rear)||1 (pre-install)|
|Maximum Graphics Card Length||330mm|
|Power Supply||Standard ATX PS2 (optional)|
The best thing about the Spike is probably the price – it will carry a MSRP of $40 when it hits store shelves this week. Check out the Cougar Spike product page for full details and more pictures.