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Tagan El Diablo Advance

 

Cases have constantly evolved. What started out as a simple box to put your computer in has grown into a way to show off your computer. Today Tagan has given us this case to show that they have what it takes to be the case of your choice.

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INTRODUCTION

It has been awhile since the first designer cases showed up on the market, but the battle for the best continues. Manufacturers have always tried to make a design that looks very attractive, while having unsurpassed performance. Today, Tagan has supplied us with the El Diablo A+ case, which hopes to exceed in both fields. This case combines some cool elements, like LED lights, with unsurpassed cooling. If its 360mm fan isn’t big enough for you, then I am afraid your thinking way too big. That is not the only thing that is big in this case, just about every other part of this case is simply huge.

Tagan has put a lot of pride in this case, even calling it their flagship case. This, being Tagan’s best case, should be a huge case. That is why Tagan has made this case a Super Tower, a case design that has showed up in the last couple of years in the call for larger towers. You simply can’t buy a bigger case from Tagan. If you are looking for the best Tagan case you can buy, look no further because this is the best of the best.

About Tagan

The spirit and philosophy of TAGAN´s birth: To carry out state-of-art technologies for the best quality power supplies and to offer them to all users.

Our simple reason to give TAGAN’s birth: We are a group of professional technical guys living in different countries –Germany, Japan and Silicon Valley (USA). All of us have had a couple of negative experience implementing Power Supply (PS) into systems. It is frustrating, time consuming and risky! By a very valuable opportunity, 2001 in Taipei’s Computex show, all of us met each other at a dinner party, we occasionally sat together and discussed about the power supply problems.

Based on our professional background and know-how, we suddenly all decided to study more about power supply and conduct some testing for finding out the best one. After almost a years teamwork in discussion, design, and developing, our team of international experts have designed some of the best and reliable power supplies for the PC as well as all the various systems. Consequently, all of us have become the founders of TAGAN. We are more than happy to share these products and experiences with you.

TAGAN´s strongest foundation – The best international professionals • The best power supply thermal-cooling and low -noise professional from Germany • The best power supply design professional from Japan • The best system-level power supply technical advisor from Silicon Valley (USA) • The best power supply manufactures from Taiwan and China TAGAN offers – The power supplies state-of-art technologies • Quiet enough! To make you sometime forget a power supply is working in your system • Cool enough! Not only cool the power supply itself also cool your system • Durable enough! So we can grant 36 month of warranty without problems • Efficient enough! To save your cost and energy • Low radiation emission! To protect your health and environment. • Value for your money! EMI Shield, PCI-Express socket capacitor, and many extras.

FEATURES

 

 

Dark Knight – Front panel
 
The Diablo “Dark Knight” outlook with steel material presents the enormous design. 250mm fan with blue illumination at front, covered with mesh to absorb the most cool air in. Removable bottom stand ready for any position.

 

Diablo side panel

World’s largest 360mm fan at side to obtain air in purely, the purpose of this huge is to drawl great amount of air w/o noise concern. Jet intake looking design with sectional blue LED light to perform best outlook.

 

Huge internal space
Diablo provides great space for any kind of components, which supports the latest Motherboards (up to server size) and GPU as well.

 

Tool Less Installation
Backside with 7 expansion slots design as tool less clip system. The rounded edge to prevent injury while assembly.

Featured PSU spaces ready
This Diablo case designed to be ready for any size of dimension of PSU, supports up to 12inches included cables.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Type Super Tower
Color Fully Black High Gloss Finish + Titanium bezel
Case Material Chassis: 0.5mm SECC; Front Panel: 100% ABS Plastic + meshed grill
With Power Supply No
Motherboard Compatibility Micro ATX, Standard ATX, MP Dual CPU(12′x13′)
With Mesh Grill Side Panel Yes
With E-SATA No

Expansion

External 5.25″ Drive Bays 5
External 5.25″ Drive Bays 1
Internal 5.25″ Drive Bays 7 (Removable HDD trays)
Expansion Slots 7

Ports

 

Ports TOP: USB2.0*2 + IEEE 1394 firewire + Audio (AC97 + HD Audio)

Cooling System

 

Front Fan 25cm*1 (400~800RPM, 36.85dBa at 800RPM & 18.42dBa at 400RPM) with VR fan speed control & ON/OFF switch
Rear Fan 12cm*1 or 8cm*1 (Optional)
Side Fan 33cm*1 (300~700RPM, 32.24dBa at 700RPM & 13.82dBa at 300RPM) with VR fan speed control & ON/OFF switch
Top Fan N/A

Physical

Gross Dimension
(L x W x H, mm)
656 x 310 x 590
Net Dimension
(L x W x H, mm)
570 x 205 x 541
Gross Weight (lb)
32.85
Net Weight (lb)
29.76
RoHS Yes
UPC code 891881002029
Accessories

Tool-less Rail kit: 5.25″ CD/DVD ROM or Writer: 5 sets (10 PCS); 3.5″ FDD (Floppy Drive): 1 set (2 PCS); 3.5″ HDD (Hard Drive) Tray: 6 PCS

Other Accessories: Motherboard standoff; Motherboard Screw (Phillips-Head); Installation screws pack; Cable Tie; Buzzer

Warranty 1 Year

 

 

PACKAGING

Front and Side of Box
 
The Tagan El Diablo Advance, being a fairly large case, also has a very large box. It didn’t look the cleanest, but then again, it’s just a box, and it’s what’s inside of it that matters much more than the physical condition of the box. As with many other product boxes, the manufacturer, in this case Tagan, has put some pictures and basic statistics about this case on the box. I feel that Tagan has provided a good variety of pictures of the case on their box. This gives the buyer a good idea of what the case looks like. The stats are very crude, but you should already know what you’re buying before you read these.
 
Case Inside of the Box
 
Tagan did a good job at packaging this case. They include nice and sturdy styrofoam to keep the case from wiggling around, and potentially breaking something. They also wrapped the case in a plastic bag to prevent scratches. This is pretty standard packaging. Tagan could have done better, but what’s the point when this gives more than enough protection. This is also a little less expensive case, so I wouldn’t expect the greatest packaging in the world. For the price, this is exactly what you should be getting.

ACCESSORIES

 

Included Accessories
 
This case came with the bare minimum of included accessories. The lower price would be the most likely culprit of this. It does come with enough to get you going. There are ten motherboard risers. This is the general number of mounting holes that motherboards have, so you are fine on that front. They included more screws than risers, so if you happen to drop and lose one it’s no big deal. There is also a speaker. This will come in handy for anyone who does not have a speaker on their motherboard. Most higher end motherboards have speakers, but as this is more of a large main stream case, the buyers of it may or may not have a high end motherboard, thus the need for a speaker arises. There are also enough sliders for all of your disk drive bays, along with the one floppy drive bay. The sliders are easy to install. All you have to do is insert the little connectors into the screw holes for the disk drive or floppy drive and slide it in. It is a very sturdy setup, actually better than the one on my InWin B2 Bomber case, which was the previous best sliders that I had ever used.

OUTSIDE

 

 
Side of the Case
 
The fist thing that came to my attention upon receiving this case was the extremely large side fan. Coming in at 360mm, this is currently the biggest fan put in any case. I was quite impressed with its pure size. I, being used to a max of 120mm side intake fans, this was easily eight of them stacked together. With the ability to move up to 205.36 CFM of air, this is an extremely large amount of air for any case. This will surely help cool all of the components in the case, including the CPU and GPU. With this added air, you may be able to cool your GPU and CPU down just enough to squeeze out a slightly larger overclock.
 
Top of the Case
 
The twin 180mm fans are a nice feature that not many cases have. Many cases only have dual 120mm fans on top, if any. The top fans can help out a whole lot with cooling. It’s time for a basic lesson in science. Hot air rises, so where is the best place to put exhaust fans? That’s right, on top of the case. They also happen to be quite good fans. I can feel quite a bit of air blowing out from them, which means they will suck out all that hot air in your case to get your components as cool as they can be. This is great for overclockers, since it will expel all that hot air that can be keeping you from achieving more speed with your GPU or CPU.
 
Front Intake Fan

While not as big as the humongous side fan, the front intake fan is still quite large. I like the fan design, the slow curves of the blades, and the silver center give this case a really nice visual effect in the front. The only issue I have with this fan is the case doesn’t have very much room for the air pushed by the fan to enter the case. I can feel quite a bit air entering the HDD bay though, so at least it serves its main purpose of keeping the HDD bay cool. If you look to the right or left you will see a button. The manual says that they are supposed to control the LED lights, but they did not do anything for me. I am a little disappointed at this, since the construction of the case was very good up to this point.

Fan Speed Adjustment

This slider controls the fan speed of either the front fan, or the side fan. There are two, one on each side. I noticed a difference in the fan speed, by watching the fan. These fans are impossible to hear over the top 180mm fans on full. I like that these are hidden a bit. It would really take away from the overall look of the case if these fan speed controllers were easily seen, and would hurt it more if they looked ugly.

 

Front I/O Panel
 
I feel that Tagan made a good move here in having the front panel on the top. This makes it much easier to plug in things. With some of my older cases I would stumble around trying to stick in my USB thumb drive, but not anymore with the USB, audio, and eSATA ports all on the top. There is also a knob to control the speed of the top fans. This is well worked into the design and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. I especially like the finish on it. The only issue I have with it is that it seems a little fragile if you turn it. This can be overlooked since there isn’t a need to change the fan speed every few minutes.
 
Temp LED

This is a feature that I thought was very nice of Tagan to include. I am sure that one time or another we have all wanted to know what the temperature of our case was. Maybe it was to see if that extra fan helped, or maybe to see if another fan was needed. There will be no more guess work with this handy tool. The best part about it, is that you can move the probe around anywhere in your case. So if you wanted to see how hot your RAM heat sinks were getting, or if that drive bay is getting enough airflow, you can monitor the temps in real time. I use this feature quite often to monitor the air coming out of my PSU to ensure that it isn’t getting too hot.

Front Panel

The front panel is an interesting design. It has a silver stripe in the middle, and an A+ near the bottom of the silver stripe. The A+, along with the area right below it, get lit up with blue LED’s. The A+ also doubles as an HDD activity light. I have never found much use for an HDD activity light, but sometimes it serves a purpose. I, at least, thank Tagan for having it cut out to show that the HDD is doing something. I like the effect the light has when it’s on, and if it was off most of the time I feel the case would be less visually appealing.

Disk Drive Bay

As you can see, here there are five disk drive bays, and one floppy disk drive bay. The included covers all line up at the seams nicely. This shows that Tagan has their quality control down pat. I chose to not use the very top disk drive bay because this blocks one of the top 180mm fans. Doing this will help airflow in the case dramatically, especially in the disk drive bays. The front door is kept closed by magnets. I like this system a lot. It is very easy to open, and leaves no ugly holes for plastic clips to clip together. Tagan even thought ahead, and included plastic bumpers so you don’t scratch up your door.

Disk Drives

Tagan has really one upped themselves by including tool less drives. I very much love tool less drives. To me, those screws are a waste of time, and are especially a pain if you screw in both sides, thereby requiring you to take off both side panels. Using Tool less drives are much quicker and easier to get to if you have an issue, or are just performing a simple upgrade. The sliders attach in the screw holes of the drive via little metal probes. They surprisingly fit quite well, and hold, unlike some other systems that I have had to half insert the drive into the bay so the slider doesn’t fall out. The sliders also slid in very easily, without much effort on my part. A nice plus is the locking, which makes it fit nice and snug. Even if you accidentally hit the drive, it will not come out of place. This is very good construction on behalf of Tagan. Overall, the construction, and looks in this area of the case are far above standards.

INSIDE

The inside is where it all matters. You need to have enough space to put in all of your accessories, but some people don’t want so much space that they’re lost at where everything goes. Cable management also plays a key factor here. Pre-cut holes and ways to hide all of that cable clutter are definitely a plus to any case’s attributes.

HDD Bay
 
Similar to the disk drive bay, the HDD bay uses a tool less system. This system is a bit harder to set up. You have to pull on the plastic to bend it into the screw holes on the HDD. This takes a decent amount of pull to get it in and it’s almost enough to make me worry a little about breaking the HDD. There is room in here for seven HDD’s. This should be plenty enough for even the extreme user. The HDD sliders fit nice and snug into the HDD bay. You can be rest assured that the HDD’s won’t fall down and break.
 
PSU Area
 
The PSU area is very large and spacious. My Corsair HX1000W fit in there with more than enough room to spare. It is standard size, so you won’t have to worry about your PSU screw holes not lining up. The HX1000W is a fairly large PSU and not many PSU’s are larger. The bars for the PSU to rest on are much nicer than the ones in many other cases. There should be no worry that the PSU will break. Once again, Tagan excels in this area as with other areas of the case.
 
120mm Exhaust
 
Tagan has included a spot for a 120mm exhaust fan. They do not include a fan but this fan is one that I already had. The extra 120mm fan isn’t really needed, but it helps get rid of heat from the CPU cooler before it can reach the PSU. If you are using a CPU cooler that expels a lot of heat, such as my Chilltec, then I recommend putting a fan here. I wish Tagan would have at least thrown in a low CFM fan. It’s not too big of a problem, since I have a lot of extra fans laying around, but many people don’t have extra fans.
 
Cooler View
 
Here is one area were this case really does badly. The 360mm fan is very thick. If you are using any aftermarket cooler, watch out. My TRUE Black 120 was far too tall, so I decided to cut the standoffs on the fan a bit. Even trying every possible way to make the fan thinner, I could not get it thin enough to fit. The same is true with my Chilltec. The good news is that this fan can easily be taken off. If you plan on using a tall aftermarket cooler then you will definitely have to take it off. So far, this is the only major flaw that I have seen in this case.
 
Fan/LED Panel
 

This is the Fan/LED panel. This is where the LED and fans are controlled. It is a relatively simple circuit board, but for the job it does, there is no need for it to be anymore than it is. In the name of cable management, I have moved it from its terrible placement on the bottom of the case, to back behind the disk drive bay. Make sure to use something to insulate it from the metal if you decide to move it. I used two strips of thick double sided tape to insulate the other side. Pictured below is the original placement of the circuit board.

Original Panel Placement
 
Behind the Back Panel
 
This is the only other area were this case really isn’t very good. For my cable management I like to use the area behind the backplate to place extra slack in cables. Though this case allows a little bit of this, there isn’t a whole lot of extra space. I was able to route the 8-pin motherboard connector, and the floppy connector for extra power for graphics behind the back panel. The side of the disk drive was where I routed most of my cables. The only problem is that after I put in al the cables, there is very little extra space for more cables. If I wanted to hook something else up and needed another cable, I could not route it this way. I feel that holes for the 24-pin main motherboard power connector would have also been nice. This would be a good area for Tagan to focus their next efforts on. Other than this and a few other minor issues, the layout of this case was exceptional.
 
Inside of My Case
 
As you can see, I went a little mad with customizing the case. I threw in a couple of cold cathode ray lights. Please don’t wonder why there are none when you buy the case, this case DOES NOT come with the lights. I had to purchase them separately. I really like the way that it came out, and even with its cable management downfalls, I was able to clean the case up quite a bit. There is plenty of room for more cold cathode ray lights, just in case you like your case to stand out more than normal. It is also worth of noting how much extra space I have for a graphics card. This case will easily fit any size card, even two HD 4870X2′s.

CONCLUSION

The Tagan El Diablo Advance has a lot going for it. The layout is very good. I only had a few complaints, and most of those lie with the back of the motherboard tray. I feel that if Tagan had made the back panel a little more cable management friendly it would have been a better case overall. This one issue certainly isn’t enough to mark the whole case down completely though, especially for the price.

The price is very low and I was completely surprised when I saw it. The case retails around $189 USD. This is a quite low amount considering the price for the other cases in this size range. The plastic shell is not of the best quality, but it is certainly not of the worst quality. The case also has a lot of features that I am quite surprised didn’t cost Tagan very much to implement.

The extra features in the El Diablo are simply amazing for a case of this price. The included temperature monitor is a very helpful tool, that I am sure many purchasers of this case will use very frequently. The fan controllers are also nice. I know of many people who hate to have a very loud computer. With the fan controllers in this case, you can choose to crank it when you go into a gaming session, or just have them on idle when you’re watching a nice relaxing movie.

Space is also another nice part of this case. There is plenty of room for the largest of graphics cards. Heck, why stop at just one graphics card when you can easily fit three dual slot cards in this case with no issues. There is only one place were space is an issue, and that is with the 360mm fan. It is just too thick to fit in a CPU tall cooler, but with the price range of this case that may not be a huge issue. I would like to seen Tagan make that big fan stick more on the outside of the case to maximize space inside the case for a taller CPU cooler.

Tagan also has great tech support. When my controller board, fried they provided a quick response and sent out a replacement right away. They have a pretty standard term of warranty. These include things that really don’t happen unless you’re not paying attention, or are just are too rough. Their year warranty is quite a nice inclusion to wrap up the whole package that is the Tagan El Diablo Advance. All together the Tagan El Diablo Advance case exceeded my expectations, excelling in almost everything, and being full of great features.

 

Pros:

+  Space
+  Quality build
+  High CFM fans
+  Fan controllers
+  Temp monitor
+  Biggest fan in a case

 

Cons:

-  Behind mobo tray
-  360mm fan too thick

 

With a final score of 9 of 10 the Tagan El Diablo A+ receives the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.

 

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