|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: Interior
Made of 1.0mm thick (SECC), the multi-functional chassis supports ATX, Micro ATX, and 12" or 13" server motherboards. Roomy is an understatement here. The interior offers a large clean work space. Though made entirely of steel, every edge is either rolled or ground down to equal zero sharp points. As a personal preference, I would have liked to see the black finish extended to the interior.
One of the interior features is the screw-less 7 PCI port clip. Designed to allow for quick installation of add in cards. The tab swings opens on a hinge releasing the I/O shields to easily slide out. When closed the clip locks tightly shut on a metal flange holding your PCI cards.
It's a good thing there's an included utility compartment for spare accessories. With so many pieces needed to make this case tool-less, it would be hard to keep track of them without it. Not only can you keep spare drive brackets and extra parts in the box, but the 5.25" and 3.5" drive bay covers fit too. The storage box can be removed, but unfortunately not installed anywhere else. There are also two wire harnesses to help manage the cabling from the front of the case. Included in the extras is another harness to be used with cable ties.
The twin 250mm fans connect with a single Molex connector and run on 12 volts. They have seven blades, and from what I can tell, move a lot of air. Targeted directly at the HDD's, Video Card, Chipset, and RAM they should move a lot of heat too. Despite their size, even on their highest setting they quietly hummed, barely audible above the ambient noise. I removed one to see that the fans are made by XClio, but I could find no other information about them. Being concerned about finding a replacement fan should one fail, I searched and quickly found several aftermarket options available.
The front fan mounting bracket is cleverly hidden behind the front bezel. You will have to undo three plastic clips on either side for it to swing open (the bezel does not come off all the way because of the various cables).
The bracket supports a single 120mm intake fan. Featuring quick release tabs the bracket comes out, and allows for easy installation in a tight spot.