Moneual MonCaso 301 Desktop HTPC Case

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For testing we slowed the Nexus fan mounted on the Zalman CNPS7700 cooler to 80% (according to SpeedFan) resulting in a fan speed of approximately 930 RPM. The system fan, a Nexus 80mm model was set to 8V (1020 RPM) — enough to make it run at a reasonable speed without a major impact on the overall system noise.

The noise level with our test configuration was impressive. The Nexus power supply and WD Green Power drives are two of the best models in their class in terms of acoustics. The only truly audible noise sources, the Nexus fans, run smoothly and sound innocuous even at higher fan speeds. Silence is not inherent in the case's design — the fan and power supply vents are more or less flush with the fans and there is no soft-mounting option for the hard drive. However, if the selected components are quiet enough, these limitations simply aren't an an issue.

System Measurements
Fan Speeds
CPU: 930 RPM
SYS: Off
CPU: 930 RPM
SYS: 1020 RPM
Noise Level
17 dBA
20 dBA
CPU Temp
SB Temp
HD Temp
Ambient temperature: 22°C
Ambient noise level: 11 dBA

Our system measured 17 [email protected] with only the CPU fan running and 20 [email protected] with the system fan turned on as well. Users typically sit at a distance of 8 feet or more from their home theater equipment and have a good level of sound pumping out of their speakers so this particular system should be completely inaudible in your average media room whether the system fan is turned on or not.

Thermal performance was also fairly good with the CPU temperature topping out at only 55°C at full load with the system fan off. An Intel 45nm dual core chip is easily cooled even with an outdated heatsink like the Zalman CNPS7700. The addition of the system fan did improve temperatures, cooling the CPU and hard drive by an additional 2-3°C and the southbridge by an extra 6°C when idle.


The included remote is capable of performing a variety of tasks, it's range is superb — it continued to function even from a distance of 45 feet in our lab. Also, as the receiver is internal, there is no USB dongle protruding from the case. The remote is powered by 2 x AAA batteries.

The top of the iMon remote has a directional pad for controlling the mouse and left/right mouse buttons. There's also a toggle to flip between mouse and keyboard control, buttons for going "back," looking at system or file properties, switching tasks, and exiting the selected application.

The remote has buttons for thumbnails, changing the aspect ratio, turning on captions, or switching languages.

Configuring the remote with the iMon software opens up a world of possibilities.
Users can assign any keyboard command or shortcut to any button on the remote. It even supports macros.


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