Cougar A-Series 560 W Power Supply Review

Introduction

Cougar is a brand that belongs to HEC/Compucase, originally targeted to the European market. Recently, they started expanding to the North American market as well. The A-Series is comprised of models from 300 W to 760 W, all featuring the 80 Plus Bronze certification. Let’s see how the 560 W model fared in our tests.

The reviewed power supply uses the same printed circuit board as the Cougar RS 650 W.

Cougar A-Series 560 W power supplyFigure 1: Cougar A-Series 560 W power supply

Cougar A-Series 560 W power supplyFigure 2: Cougar A-Series 560 W power supply

The Cougar A-Series 560 W is 5.5” (140 mm) deep, using a 120 mm sleeve bearing fan on its bottom (Young Lin Tech DFS122512M).

This unit doesn’t have a modular cabling system, and all cables are protected with nylon sleeves. This power supply comes with the following cables:

  • Main motherboard cable with a 20/24-pin connector, 22” (56 cm) long
  • One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form an EPS12V connector, 22.4” (57 cm) long
  • One cable with two six/eight-pin connectors for video cards, 20.5” (52 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors
  • One cable with two SATA and two standard peripheral power connectors, 20.5” (52 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors
  • One cable with two SATA and one standard peripheral power connectors, 20.5” (52 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors
  • One cable with two SATA, one standard peripheral, and one floppy disk drive power connectors, 20.5” (52 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors

All wires are 18 AWG, which is the correct gauge to be used.

The cable configuration is compatible with a 560 W product, as it only has two video card power connectors, installed on the same cable. The number of SATA power connectors and their distribution across three cables is excellent for a mainstream power supply.

Cougar A-Series 560 W power supplyFigure 3: Cables

Let’s now take an in-depth look inside this power supply.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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