Cougar Gaming’s Cratus Open Air Case is a dream come true for hardcore gamers

When it comes to challenging conventional case design, Cougar is known for donning a honey badger hat and unveiling some rather outlandish proposals, regardless of the criticism. The result is often a unique fence that people tend to adore or loathe. The new Cougar Gaming Cratus is an open-air chassis with a spoiler with a straight flash beam to create a distinctive lighting atmosphere.

There’s a lot going on here. If you like spoilers, RGB lighting, tilted housings, open-air frames and unconventional looks, then this chassis might be the ideal choice. On the other hand, each of these features can be deal breakers based on who judges it.

The case is shaped like an inwardly curved roll cage and has a steel frame from which several key surfaces are suspended, including two tinted tempered glass panels. The motherboard tray is tilted so that the back faces up, which should favor most air or passively cooled components.

An open-air frame provides some natural cooling, but this is rarely sufficient if the air isn’t circulated, especially on more intricate designs. To complement the open-air layout, you can install as many as nine case fans, a CPU cooler as small as 190mm and as many as two 360mm liquid-cooling radiators.

The front I/O includes a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an RGB lighting button.

There is currently no information on the availability or price of the Cougar Gaming Cratus. When it comes to Cougar’s exceptional cases, some points of reference are the fact that the Conquer 2 sells for $340 on Amazon when bought from a marketplace seller (it can be found for a slightly lower price if you shop around). In contrast, the Blazer Essence can be purchased for $176.99 on Newegg.

Via Cougar Gaming

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