A+ Case Monolize ATX Full Tower Case

Test Setup and Installation

Test Setup

Before I move on to the installation lets see what I put into the case.

CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6700 @ 3.33Ghz
Motherboard: XFX 650i Ultra
GFX Card: Sapphire X1600Pro with Arctic Cooling Accelero X2
RAM: 2gb Mushkin XP2-6400 4-4-4-12
HDD: OS - 160gb Hitachi Deskstar SATA II
Power: Zippy 500w
Cooling: Scythe Infinity

I have used the Silverstone TJ09 to compare results with.

Idle temperatures were taken after 30 minutes of "rest" time on the PC.

Load temperature for the CPU was Dual [email protected] after 30 minutes.

Load Temperatures on the GPU were taken after 30 minutes of RTHDRIBL.

This should be a nice test of the cases thermal properties.


Installation was a simple and pretty quick process. I have performed a small amount of cable tidying but in fairness the case does a lot for you with a nice range of cubby-holes in which to route and hide those ugly spare cables. Here's the result:

cable tidying

As you can see the case gives a nice clean install even with the little effort I put into it.The only problem I encountered was that I put the PSU in before the motherboard which meant I had restricted access to get the fan on the cooler.

gfx card holder

gfx card holder 2

Another feature of the case was the clip to hold in the graphics card. This does make installation of graphics cards easier and I tried a few of the ones I have to test this without any problems. However, I am not convinced that the clip would not wear down with use, and could become loose. Ease of use here is a 10/10 but I personally would still like screws or thumbscrews, mainly as I swap out GPU's all of the time and some of them cost rather a lot!

Minor gripes aside the case was incredibly easy to install into and the features like the drive bar clips and the PCI slot clip, as well as the ample cable-routing options made it a pleasure to work in. I also have to say that there was not one sharp surface or edge in the case and I was pleasently surprised that my fingers didn't have the usual plethora of cuts that you usually get from cheaper cases.
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Most Recent Comments

11-09-2007, 20:18:12

Very well written review, Kemp.. As always!

Looks as though it is a nice case.

Loving the Monster fans!Quote

11-09-2007, 20:31:40

Meh, not a case for me. Not on the external looks either.

But I`m over 35, so I have an excuse.

In all seriousness tho, the internals of the case closely resemble the Thermaltake XaserII I have laying empty next to me. The lower drive area has been rotated and rejigged, but even looking at the front - it has the same pinching insertion things u stick to u`r devices. (the XaserII comes with a temp and fan control that fits into the top 5.25 bay, which I removed cos I never got it working >.< )

Those pci blank plate things are a pita without the top piece thing, good to see the inclusion of that to the spec.

Looks like a copy to me. Pretty darn heavy solid metally case ?Quote

11-09-2007, 21:25:44

Would you like some case with your fans Quote

12-09-2007, 12:09:12

Would you class it as heavy? If adding front and rear fans brought cpu coolingness up to scratch I would deffo consider this as a tj05 replacement Quote

12-09-2007, 17:11:06

Yes it is heavyQuote

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