|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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Detailed Interior Features
In the built in storage compartment you will find a brief, but illustrated, Manuel in English, German and French. Along with, six sets of blue Hard drive (HDD) mounting brackets, five sets of green 5.25" Optical Drive brackets, and two sets of green 3.5" floppy drive brackets. Everything thats needed for drive installation. Also included are sixteen motherboard standoffs/screws, four case screws, four PSU mounting screws, and five cable ties. Thoughtfully included is also an optional Piezo Speaker.
The tool-less mounting system allows for quick and secure drive installation. Each bracket has two steel rivets that slide easily into the drives existing screw mount holes. The brackets have a universal design, and should fit any drives currently on the market. I tested them without a problem on a Western Digital WD740ADFD Raptor. The brackets are as easily removed from the drive as well.
To install the drive you simply slide the whole unit into the drive cage getting a resounding snap as the brackets lock securely into place. Once installed the drives are just as anchored, as if they were screwed in. For removal press in the plastic tabs on either side, and pull out the unit. It couldn't have been any easier. My only concern is if you lose the brackets there is no option of using screws for the HDD.
The 5.25" drive installation is identical to that of the HDD's. Only with bigger brackets. I did have to use excess force installing the CD-Rom drive in the top bay. And the same for removing it. The remaining bays were fine though. And it was a delight not having to remove the left panel, or have to screw anything in place. The drive bay covers are easily removed for drive installation, being held in-place by plastic clips on either side. The drive covers were very secure, and I did not have a problem with them staying in place.
There is no removable motherboard tray. However, installation will not be hampered by space constraints; there is plenty of room to spare here.
I installed an Asus P5K Deluxe without problem. In fact this was the easiest motherboard install I have ever done, thanks entirely to the large work space provided by the CS-Monolith.