Cougar Conquer Essence is a smaller skeleton for microATX builds

Cougar's Conquer case was certainly one of the most distinctive enclosures released last year, and now the company is making the skeletal aluminum stylings of that case available to builders with smaller motherboards in mind. The Conquer Essence uses what Cougar describes as “CNC-milled aluminum-based panels” and two tempered-glass covers to show off the system inside.

The Conquer Essence is ready for microATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, dual-graphics-card setups with cards as long as 13.8″ (350 mm), as many as two 240-mm radiators, and air coolers up to 6.3″ (160 mm) tall. The case can also accept up to two 3.5″ devices or as many as five 2.5″ devices if the 3.5″ bays are dedicated to SSDs.

Cougar says the Conquer Essence will hit store shelves in late July with a sticker price of $229.

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    • tanker27
    • 1 year ago

    Uhhh…No. Please try again.

    • The Egg
    • 1 year ago

    That case is the metaphorical equivalent of having a half-tucked shirt with loose fitting boxers that rode up 6” above your waist, and your fly open.

      • cynan
      • 1 year ago

      Seems appropriate. Would’t you look a little disheveled after being conquered by a cougar?

    • K-L-Waster
    • 1 year ago

    Every time I see these “lookit me!!” angular cases with glass and openings and RGB lights out the wazoo, I’m put in mind of how Apple originally presented the first iPhones to tech reviewers.

    They would put the phone down on the table and ask the reviewer what they saw. The answer typically was something along the lines of “nothing”.

    To which the response was “exactly: the magic happens on the screen.”

    If you’re trying to get people to look at your case instead of your screen when you’re gaming, you’re doing it wrong, folks.

      • Voldenuit
      • 1 year ago

      Sounds anecdotal and apocryphal at best, hypocritical at worst.

      If all Apple cared about was the screen, why’d they sue Samsung over rounded edges?

        • brucethemoose
        • 1 year ago

        One could argue today’s Apple is different than the Apple that launched the original iPhone.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 1 year ago

          Yes, one can argue that with notches and gold chassis and courageously dropping connectors and what have you that Apple has lost sight of what made the iPhone successful in the first place.

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    Do you like noise? Because that case is how you get noise. Also, fingerprints.

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 1 year ago

      Also dust. You’d be better off with an open air chassis. At least then you can blow it out.

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 1 year ago

    I’ll admit it, I like it. Not for $230 though

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    Q: How do you make a micro-ATX motherboard take up more space than a full ATX motherboard?

    A: Rotate the motherboard tray 30 degrees but keep everything else orthogonal to the floor/desk.

    Bravo, you silly doodooheads.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 1 year ago

    I think it would work better as a terrarium.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 1 year ago

      With all those gaps? You’d have lizards all over the house in no time…

      • drfish
      • 1 year ago

      Nah, poor humidity control options.

    • enixenigma
    • 1 year ago

    Hard pass.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 1 year ago

    Wow, that is ugly.

      • poisonrain
      • 1 year ago

      It’s pretty and it’s ugly. So let’s just call it pretty ugly.

        • EzioAs
        • 1 year ago

        More or less

        • freebird
        • 1 year ago

        Fugly and not very functional… only a FX9590 needs air gaps like that in a case… bet it sounds as pretty as it looks.

          • BurntMyBacon
          • 1 year ago

          Sooo … Flunktional?

          I’ll see myself out.

            • cynan
            • 1 year ago

            I would. Because “Fugtional” is almost certainly the obvious portmanteau there.

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