|Tagan CS-Monolith Mid Tower ATX Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Ronald Tibbetts - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 09 October 2007|
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Closer Look: Exterior
Upon arrival, I noted the package containing the Monolith had a sturdy plastic handle built right into the top of it. This in addition to the two handholds located at the top of either side make for easy transport of an otherwise awkwardly large and heavy box. Since it arrived unscathed, I am fairly certain the handles help cut down on shipping damage. A nice touch.
Inside the box you will find the CS-Monolith snugly tucked between two foam inserts, and wrapped in a poly bag. It definitely goes without saying how appreciated a well package item is.
The front doors' high gloss acrylic panel is protected in transit by a clear vinyl sheet. Upon removal, it's hard not to appreciate the mirrored finish hidden beneath. The rest of the front panel is made a high grade plastic coated in "Silk Rubber" material, giving the foremost of the case a distinct finish resistant to fingerprints, with a smooth feel to it. Unlike the rest of the case however, the high-gloss acrylic is very prone to finger prints, and dust.
It was difficult to capture shots with the front door that didn't include objects in the lab being reflected off the mirror-like panel.
The CS-Monolith has a lot of exhaust venting. Located near the top of each side panel, opposite the drive stack on the left panel, and on top of the case as well. Which could be used to isolate the PSU intake air (the PSU mounting plate allows installing the PSU either way).
The rear chassis fan mount supports 80mm, 90mm, and 120mm cooling fans for plenty of hot air exhaust venting. There is another optional fan mounting located beneath the front bezel that supports a single 120mm fan.
We'll take a close look at that latter on. The PSU mounting plate comes pre-installed in the PSU bay. One of only four things you'll need a screwdriver for.