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Cougar CMX 1200

Cougar PSUs used to ship bundled with Ascot system cases, so you may be surprised to see this brand in the company of far more famous ones. However, we can really expect competitive solutions from a retail outlet of HEC/Compucase Group that owns the Cougar brand (and Ascot too, for that matter). HEC/Compucase Group is a large OEM maker of system cases and power supplies and now it takes a step onto the retail market.

The PSU comes in a flat cardboard box which is just barely wider than the PSU itself.

The back side of the box shows you a description of the product’s features in four languages, tables with specs and connectors for the 1000W and 1200W models in the series, and the benefits of its cooling system.

Exterior Design

Although not a first-tier brand, this Cougar looks quite eye-catching.

It’s colored a nice-looking combination of reddish-brown and black with silvery elements. The sleeved cables are multicolored as well. The punched-out vent grids are honeycomb mesh. The unusual coloring and clever design endow this product with individuality.

The CMX 1200 is a modular PSU. Unlike in most other PSUs of this kind, there is a vent grid even in the connectors panel.

Like the above-discussed Antec, this PSU is 180 millimeters long.

Circuit Design

This PSU is not as original in its component layout and circuit design as the two previous models.

It features a classic dual-transformer design. The heatsinks on the power components are rather large but not intricately shaped.

Like the previous models in this review, the Cougar CMX 1200 featured dedicated voltage regulation based on DC-DC converters.

There are Teapo capacitors on the PSU’s output and Panasonic ones at its input. The electrolytic capacitors are all rated for an operating temperature up to 105°C.

Cables and Connectors

The Cougar CMX 1200 is equipped with the following cables and connectors:

  • Mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (60 cm)
  • CPU cable with 8-pin, 4+4-pin and 4-pin connectors (62+30+30 cm)
  • CPU cable with an 8-pin connector (66 cm)
  • One graphics card cable with one 6+2-pin connector (52 cm)
  • One graphics card cable with one 6-pin connector (53 cm)
  • Four connectors for graphics card cables
  • Four connectors for peripheral power cables

Included with the PSU are:

  • Three graphics card cables with 6+2-pin connectors (50 cm)
  • One graphics card cable with one 6-pin connector (50 cm)
  • One cable with four PATA power connectors (50+15+15+15 cm)
  • One cable with three SATA and two PATA power connectors (50+15+15+15+15 cm)
  • One cable with four SATA and one PATA power connector (50+15+15+15+15 cm)
  • One cable with five SATA power connectors (50++15+15+15+15 cm)
  • One adapter from one PATA connector to one floppy-drive plug (15 cm)

Despite the lack of redundant modular cables that would give you more connection flexibility, this selection of cables and connectors is sufficient for nearly any PC configuration. Even if you spend the cable with three SATA connectors on your optical drive alone, the rest of the cables will be able to power up as many as nine disks. On the other hand, it is not always handy to have a lot of power connectors (even of different varieties) on the same cable.

The cables are long so you should be able to hide them behind the mainboard even in large system cases with a bottom PSU bay.

The only thing that looks odd to me is the second mainboard cable. It is long enough up to its first 8-pin connector but then it continues as a 30cm stretch to a 4+4-pin connector and another 30cm stretch to a 4-pin connector. So, this cable has a combined length of 122 centimeters and as many as three connectors, but most of its length and connectors are not going to be used. I guess it would be better if this cable were replaced with a shorter one with a single 4+4-pin connector, just like in most other PSUs.

I can also criticize the manufacturer for saving on 6+2-pin connectors for graphics card cables. Two out of the six connectors lack those additional 2 pins. Theoretically, the PSU should be able to power any graphics configuration: three single-GPU graphics cards (each of which does not need more than one 8-pin and one 6-pin power connector) or two dual-GPU ones (each with two 8-pin connectors). However, if you only use 8-pin graphics cards, the fixed 6-pin cable will not do anything but take up free space inside your computer.

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