Tagan A+ CS-Monolize Reviewccokeman - July 9, 2008
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The Monolith is what is called a "Super Tower" case. This case will support ATX and extended ATX motherboards and is made from steel instead of aluminum. This gives the case a nice, sturdy base and does not have the beer can sounds you get with some aluminum cases. The most prominent feature, or features you might say, of the Monolith are the massive 250mm fans that provide the incoming airflow to the case. The front bezel is made of a rubbery type plastic that has plenty of "feel" to it. The shiny front panel is where the A+ logo is hidden; this lights up when the case is powered on. The right hand side panel, as well as the top, has several vents to allow the airflow from the fans to flow through the Monolith. The rear panel has room for a single 120mm fan, though one is not included with the case.
The front panel swings open to allow access to the seven external drive bays. The door hinges use a metal pin that should prove more reliable long term than many of the plastic hinges used market wide.
Under the door panel is where you will find the on/off switch, the reset switch and the power button for the A+ logo light on the front door. On the right side of the front bezel are the front panel connectivity options. Included are the audio and microphone ports, two USB 2.0 ports and one 1394 Firewire port. All of these connect to on-board headers if your motherboard has them available.
The left side panel houses the massive 250mm fans. These fans can be independently controlled. The front of the fan kick out has the main power switch, fan speed controls, individual power switches as well as the main power switch and an LED power indicator to tell you that power is being supplied to the fans.
On the bottom of the Monolith are the feet of the case. Instead of a fixed leg, Tagan has opted to use an adjustable design. There are several detentes that allow the leg to be fixed in that position. The leg can be opened 90 degrees so that it is perpendicular to the case, or folded up underneath and out of sight.