Tagan A+ CS-Monolize Reviewccokeman - July 9, 2008
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Choosing a case for that next build is usually a tad bit frustrating and is a highly personal choice. With the many manufacturers and styles, the possibilities are almost endless. Some items that impact your choice of a case are style, size, color, features and of course, cost. If you are a gamer, a concern is whether that newest generation, monster size video card will actually fit in the case. With some cards approaching a foot in length, this is a real concern. Whether you need a full tower, mid tower, HTPC or just a bargain basement beige box, the one thing that is true is that you will need a case for that next build.
Many of you know Tagan for its power supplies, but may not have known the company makes cases as well. The CS-Monolize (Monolith) is one of Tagan's A+ series of cases. The Monolith has a feature that Tagan states is a world record; not just one, but two independently controlled 250mm fans on the side of the case. Yes, that's right, I said two 250mm fans. With room for up to 13 drives, the Monolith should be able to meet the storage requirements for the masses. Other features include tool less drive mounting and what is called Easy Flip for the expansion slots, making the installation almost tool free. Will the two massive fans move enough air to cool the installed components or just be all for show? Let's find out.
The box the Monolith comes in is a simple white box with a profile shot of the case on the front and rear panels; each is identical. The sides list the features in several different languages. The look is understated and gives the all business type of vibe.
The Monolith is held in place by two foam blocks and is covered with a plastic bag to provide an increased measure of protection during shipping.
The Monolith comes with all of the accessories you will need to get your hardware installed. Motherboard standoffs, wire ties, screws and drive bay rails are included. If there are any unanswered questions, the manual is where you can find the answer.
No sense in postponing the inevitable, let's take a look at the Monolith!