HEC Compucase Cougar 1000CM Modular PSU

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
HEC get straight down to business on the front of the Cougar 1000CM box with a picture of the unit in all its orange glory accompanied by a large image of a robotic feline in a bounding pose. Several certification stickers are lined up toward the bottom with features such as 87.5% efficiency,  1000w output and six +12v rails all being clearly visible. Flipping the box over reveals a specification list similar to the one on their website in a total of six languages.
Cougar 100CM Box Front Cougar 1000CM Box Back
Cougar 1000CM Box Side Cougar 100CM Box Side
No matter which side of the box you look at HEC have printed something there for you to read. At one end of the box you will find yet another specifications list, only this time with several images to represent each of the main features, while at the other end of the box HEC have printed rail distribution charts for both the Cougar 1000CM and 1200CM models.
Cougar 1000CM Box Open Cougar 1000CM Contents
Opening the box reveals three cardboard compartments that house the PSU, modular cables and other accessories such as the case screws and manual. The PSU itself is placed inside a black canvas drawstring bag that should protect the unit from any minor marks or scratches caused by contact with the cardboard packaging during shipping. Although there's no moulded polystyrene inserts like we've been seeing more and more recently from companies such as Corsair and OCZ, the thick cardboard ribbing around the PSU area of the box should be enough to protect the unit from most knocks, dents and drops.
Cougar 1000CM Top-down Cougar 1000CM Side
Cougar 1000CM Side View Cougar 1000CM Shiny
They say that first impressions count and HEC certainly seem to have taken this to heart with an extremely striking metallic orange paintjob contrasted with a black fan grill and screws. Although the paint job certainly isn't up to automotive standards when it comes to glossiness and shine, viewing the PSU from different angles gives an almost colour-shift effect from dark orange, to light orange, to gold. Anybody building a PC based on an orange and black theme is going to absolutely love the look of this unit. The only down-side of course is that it's not quite as robust as a powder-coat finish and will scratch/chip if mishandled.
Cougar 1000CM Rear Cougar 1000CM Switch
At the back of the unit is the usual honeycomb grill accompanied by a power switch and kettle lead style plug socket. Bling fans are going to be pleased to hear that the switch does indeed light up when the PSU is powered on, but unfortunately HEC missed a trick here by making it green rather than orange.
Cougar 1000CM Side Cougar 1000CM Top
Finally at the side of the unit we have the specifications sticker along with the Cougar logo embossed on the right-hand side at a vertical angle. As per usual the specification sticker is printed with a rail layout chart for the unit along with various other global safety certifications and warnings about how you'll get zapped if you open the PSU casing.
Now lets move on to the next page and take a look at those modular cables and internal components...
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Most Recent Comments

23-10-2009, 02:27:38

shame he didnt destroy it... Horrible results for such a costly piece of hardware...Quote

23-10-2009, 03:03:09

It's a shame that peformance wasn't better. I would definately have bought one of these units for my rig otherwise. Maybe if they sort out some issues I might get one when I get around to painting my case orange.Quote

23-10-2009, 03:14:45

Originally Posted by name='Socks'
shame he didnt destroy it... Horrible results for such a costly piece of hardware...
As Tom will attest, when I was doing the Max load testing on this unit I was positively bricking myself. It got up to 1400w before powering off the first time and I had my eyes practically closed the entire time (still a bit tender from the XFX ordeal)

Luckily the OCP/OPP kicked in before anything went "POP" every time. So at least the safety is there.Quote

23-10-2009, 04:08:44

still... no match for corsair or cm psus.. especially for the money...its like buying thermal take watercooling kit cos it "looks nice"....

looks over performance = FAIL!Quote

23-10-2009, 09:37:39

Compucase have responded to the review with the following statement:

Dear James,

Firstly I would like to thank you and Overclock3d for reviewing our Cougar power supply posted 23rd October 2009. Admittedly it was not the kind of review that we were hoping for nor expecting.

Action had to be taken by Compucase HEC, this industry relies heavily on reviews and word of mouth, for us to not do anything was unthinkable, therefore the review went directly to our R&D department and the product manager in Taiwan where they took the review apart paragraph by paragraph.

The good news is a revised version will be going into production next week of the 1000w, that will address the ripple issue that you highlighted as well as some other smaller points you brought to our attention.

I firmly believe this has been a worthwhile exercise that has allowed us to revisit, review and correct the issues you highlighted, we wanted to demonstrate the level of support you could expect from Compucase HEC, being the “new kid on the block” (excuse the pun) we have to work that little bit harder to prove ourselves.

Mark Szachno

Compucase UK Ltd.

Furthermore, Compucase have also agreed to send us a revised unit when they are available.Quote

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