Tagan Aplus CS Monolize Full Tower Case ReviewTue, Aug 05, 2008 - 12:00 AM
Installing Parts and Conclusion
Tagan provides you with all the drive rails and mounting hardware you should need to mount your parts. They even provide a piezo speaker. Still can’t get past the color of the drive rails. . .
Installing the hard drive was easy. The drive rails snap into the mount holes on the drive and slide it into the case.
Same for mounting the optical drive, but here is where the color of the drive rails puts a little crimp in the feng shui of the case: nice sleek black lines, then bam, chunks of yellow. Granted it’s behind the door, but still.
Installing the rest of the system was easy. I found the space above the PSU was very handy for stuffing my unused cables. The video card had plenty of room to breathe.
Depending on how you look for the CS-Monolize will determine what you pay for it. Going through our shopping link and searching for CS-Monolize you will get 1 vendor selling the case for $99.99. Looking under the name Monolith (name listed on the instruction booklet cover) you will get 2 more vendors with pricing ranging from $95.99 to $129.99 plus shipping. At the $100 price point I think Tagan Aplus has a very nice case. The CS-Monolize has tons of room to handle the biggest hardware out there today.
Some may look at the cooling package of the CS-Monolize and think that it is not very elegant, but more along the lines of brute force. Well sometimes a hit with a big hammer is what gets the job done, and Tagan brought a really big hammer. They stuck two fans pushing 150 CFM each in a case that only takes up 2.4 cubic feet of space. So getting fresh air into the case is not an issue. Now venting it, Tagan did their best to help that as well with vents on pretty much all sides. With the fans on high you can hold your hand 2-3 inches from the case vents on the right side and feel the air coming out of the case. Even with the fans on low you can still feel air coming from the vents.
Bottom Line: The Tagan Aplus CS-Monolize is a well built case that will have no problem keeping your system cool.