Following the ongoing boom in the do-it-yourself PC community, full-tower chassis continue to to rise in popularity. A few years ago there were only a handful of choices, most designed for server platforms. Fast forwarding to the present, we have dozens of companies constantly releasing new behemoths, each laden with unique features or gimmicks to stand out amongst the crowd. While not necessarily the first name to come to mind in the enclosure market, we were very impressed with Tagan's high-end Black-Pearl chassis. Today we look at our second Tagan full-tower, another seemingly movie-inspired, chassis, the Monolize... or Monolith. We're not really certain which name is correct, as documentation, both on and offline refers to both names.
Straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we find a large, simple and imposing black chassis. The main feature of the Monolith is undoubtedly the dual adjustable 250mm side-intake fans. Though current generation processors are more efficient than ever, the increasing popularity of dual, triple, or even quad GPUs, have left enthusiasts scrambling to keep heat in check. Will the Monolith provide inspiration in the evolution of the chassis market? Will it drive us all mad? Will HAL succeed in stopping Bowman? Are we getting off track? Read on for the answers!
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The included bundle can be found tucked neatly inside the included toolbox (more on this later). In addition to the necessary drive rails and hardware, Tagan has included a number of zip ties, a motherboard speaker, and a set of fan screws, as well as the aforementioned toolbox. We liked that the hardware was bagged separately, as it helps keep us organized while building the system. Overall we find this bundle to be a bit slim, it would have been nice to see a cleaning cloth, exhaust fan, or a users guide that wasn't completely useless.