Tagan A+ CS-Monolize Reviewccokeman -
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To verify the cooling capabilities of this case, I will be subjecting it to several tests to see how well it performs in a real world environment. Temperatures that will be checked are the CPU, GPU, Chipset, and hard drive. To put as much heat into the case as possible, I will load test the CPU and memory with OCCT, the GPU with 3DMark06 looped at a 1920x1200 resolution, and put the hard drive to work with a disk defrag, all simultaneously. In addition, I will be using my Kestral 4100 airflow meter to measure the airflow through the case, Low and High speed settings will be tested.
- Processor: Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad 333x8
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DQ6
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB 5-5-5-12
- Video Card: Asus 8800GT
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Opticals: BenQ DW 1655
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Ambient Temperature: 22 degrees Celsius
Lower temperatures across the board was the expectation with 300 C.F.M. worth of air blowing over the motherboard and components. The Tagan Monolith delivered on all counts. A drop of 7 degrees Celsius on the CPU with the fans on high is a pretty substantial improvement.