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#1 Nemo

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:01 AM

You can find the review here - http://www.overclock...n_a_csmonolize/

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:27 PM

It seems like a really nice case, if I had the room I'd get me one of them thar...


Those side fans really seem ideal for GPU usage.
It would be awesome if you had a single or double GPU setup that had a huge heatsink with tightly packed fins and were able to use the airflow from even one of those fans..

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:23 PM

Hello review author,

re. the long email I sent earlier, the bit about the bushings - forget about it. My old eyes were playing tricks on me (seeing what I hoped to see, not what was actually there) - now I see no bushings in the HDD rails. Too bad, those would have been a nice bonus - perhaps owners could order some better rails with bushings from the Rosewill or Yeong Yang offices.

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Hello Frank,

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. I enjoyed your review of the Tagan/A Plus Monolith case which I've
been suggesting for about a year (my first message I could find on the
Anandtech forums w/ a quick search was Feb. 2007) for extreme systems
(gaming or otherwise) and for those who just want a roomy, solid (that
1.0 SECC should make it tanklike). It first appeared here in the States
under the XClio brand with Windtunnel as the model name. Here are the
links to the two versions:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811103011
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811103019
- the second one (called the "Advanced") includes a 120mm rear fan and a
200 mm top fan, which you now know would probably be totally
superfluous. They are now named WT (WTBK for black versions) as
Windtunnel was previously used as the name of a feature and model name
of other cases based on the same design as the Silverstone Temjin 6.
Both the XClio and Tagan seem to be OEMed by A Plus Case as their logo
is on the front of both.
. Like I said, I've been following and recommending this case for a
good while, but I hadn't known that the plastic HDD rails have rubber
bushings around their pins until it was revealed in the enlarged pic of
the rails (but NOT by your text). I suppose they should as the HDD rails in
the Rosewill R5600 series unit (aka the YeongYang YY-5600 series elsewhere) I had
(basically the same chassis design as the WT/Monolith) were mostly metal
rails and had the bushings. Others made on the same chassis came with
plastic rails and I couldn't see the bushings, so I guess the OEM buyer
can select the quality of rail they want to afford. The Thermaltake
SViking was also on the same chassis (shorter of course). I've reviewed
the R5600 series here:
http://www.techimo.c...php?product=431 - you might
find it interesting.
. Anyway, sorry to be so long-winded, but I really like the basic
chassis design (I usually don't keep a case as long as I did the 5604)
as well as what A Plus did off the basic design. Feel free to add any of the above
info to your review (wouldn't mind attribution, though) if you like. I'm
currently reviewing for Mad Shrimps, so you can use my common forum
name, zepper, for attribution.

Keep up the good work.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:11 AM

I think it's ugly. I'm pretty particular about cases in that way.
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:36 AM

Zepper, I was thinking the same thing when I saw the case. It reminded me of that Xclio case, but I had forgotten the name.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 11:03 AM

Why does the reviewer call it the "Monolith" instead of "Monolize"?
Is my Razer Diamondback retro yet?
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Posted 04 August 2008 - 11:22 AM

I just changed over to this case this weekend. I must say it helped cooling considerably. I dropped about 3C on the CPU idle and about 7C on my 2 4850s. Lots of room. Thermalright went in without an issue.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 08:48 PM

Why does the reviewer call it the "Monolith" instead of "Monolize"?


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Posted 04 August 2008 - 08:50 PM

I just changed over to this case this weekend. I must say it helped cooling considerably. I dropped about 3C on the CPU idle and about 7C on my 2 4850s. Lots of room. Thermalright went in without an issue.



You forgot the other benefit of this case. Its so quiet you can hear yourself think.
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Posted 05 August 2008 - 07:40 AM

You forgot the other benefit of this case. Its so quiet you can hear yourself think.



It is pretty quiet. I have some high speed Sythe fans in there at full blast. They are pretty audible. The 2 250mm fans really help my VGA cards.

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