Introduction

Introducing the Yuel Beast Motif Monument, an open-air small form factor ITX chassis, which is the first ITX “case” that we’re reviewing here at The FPS Review. The Motif Monument is designed to be as much of an artistic piece as a functional desktop system and is currently available in black, however, our sample comes in white. Construction is 3/16” steel, cut and bent into the final frame as one piece with a second 3/16” steel plate that mounts behind the motherboard.

The Motif Monument has an MSRP of US$199 and was ordered directly from Yuel Beast.

Yuel Beast Motif Monument loaded up front

What’s the point of a case that isn’t a “case”?

To look cool!

And possibly to be cool with unrestricted airflow. But overall, the Yuel Beast Motif Monument is just that – a monument. By arranging components in what otherwise would be a typical tower configuration, Yuel Beast has created a work of art. Whether it’s a sight to behold is up to the viewer, of course, and the open chassis approach does have its limitations.

The main limitation we see is that being open, all of the parts are exposed. Fans that would otherwise be protected from curious fingers are within reach and power leads that, while posing no real risk of shock, could definitely cause problems if pulled out of their receptacles. Dust, obviously, is going to be a primary concern as well.

After protection, cases also provide a measure of noise reduction, airflow ducting, and when included dust filtering. Depending on the components chosen, noise reduction and ducted airflow may not be real concerns, but the lack of filtering will impose the need for more frequent deep cleaning versus an enclosure with positive airflow pressure and proper filters.

However, having all parts exposed does provide the benefit of needing fewer overall fans as there are no ‘case’ fans involved. For tinkerers, there’s also the added bonus of easy access to components, and for our future ITX case reviews, this will make Yuel Beast’s Motif Monument the home for the Mini Case Review Rig.

The Yuel Beast Motif Monument Chassis

The Motif Monument is delivered with its rear panel separate from the main chassis and with the motherboard and rear panel standoffs installed. Screws, adhesive cable clips, and the power button assembly are placed in a bag.

Yuel Beast Motif Monument unboxed

And in terms of functionality, aside from being a ‘frame’ to which an ITX system may be mounted, that power button is it. Other common front-panel headers such as power indicator, reset, or HDD activity are unrepresented, and there’s no front I/O such as USB ports or audio to be found.

Yuel Beast Motif Monument additional shot with accessories

On balance, with minimalism as a goal, even the included power button is a convenience. With the motherboard exposed, the pins representing power and reset are accessible, and either power on/off or system reset can be triggered by bridging the pins with any conductive metal. Many boards, though perhaps not many ITX boards have included these functions on the board as well. 

Finally, though at additional cost and wiring complexity, any of the above may be added if needed.

Yuel Beast Motif Monument Specifications

ColorAvailable in black and white
Materials3/16” steel
Dimensions L x W x H (mm)181.5mm x 201.3mm x 321.8mm
Maximum CPU Cooler HeightLimited by imagination*
Maximum GPU LengthLimited by imagination*
Total Expansion Slots2 slot width, only second slot secured**
Motherboard Size SupportMini-ITX
Input / Output PanelN/A
Power Supply SupportSFX, length limited by imagination*
Internal 3.5″ / 2.5” MountsN/A
Internal 2.5″ MountsN/A
Included FansN/A
Front Fan PositionsN/A
Top Fan PositionsN/A
Radiator SupportNot recommended, no provision for radiator mounting is included
FiltersNone
Warranty30 days from shipping date
*As an open chassis, length and height of most components is not limited, however the Motif Monument is generally an ITX-sized chassis
**While a GPU slightly wider than two slots will fit, airflow clearance below the GPU will be obstructed

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John Tharp

Long-time follower of computer gaming and computer assembly from the days of the i386, photographer, husband, and lover of gaming peripherals

15 comments

  1. I kinda like it. But yeah, $200 is steep for such a minimalist case. Also a bit worried about fan noise since there are no panels to attenuate it, but I guess with an open case that is always gonna be what it's gonna be.

    Also, great photography there - especially the one of how it was shipped, don't see that often and it's appreciated.
  2. Thanks for the great review. I kind of like it as well. I'm still looking for that 'perfect' case but such an ask is wildly open to interpretation and the needs of the user. I feel we're lucky that in the last 10 years, or so, so many have come up with their own take on changing it up. I'm always curious about doing an ITX build and something along these lines also leaves options for those that want to bend the rules with a much longer GPU that normally couldn't fit in a standard ITX case.
  3. Let me know when the ATX version is out. :)

    Looks good.

    I am currently using an open air case - though not as open.

    I have 2 fans in my AIO, my 2 m.2's each have a heatsink and mini fan hooked up to the mobo as a case fan, and I have the 3 fans in my GPU.

    My worst noise situations are: 1) On boot the AIO whines a bit as it is powering up. Once going there is only a faint humm in a perfectly quite room. 2) My GPU has 3 fans and can get a bit loud - though in a white noise kinda way not a whine or super annoying way, not every game stresses the GPU enough for the fans to turn on or to go to max speed. When using the speakers for sound I just turn it up slightly and when using my Corsair Headset I cant hear the gpu at all.

    I just looked up my order date for this case, 9.7.21, so about 8 months and no sign of dust, easy enough to blow it off if/when it happens.

    I'm wondering what kind of ITX system I could build now and how to justify needing a second computer to myself. :) Aside from my i7 Laptop, work computer, ipad, etc.

    The one thing that seems to get my attention the most is my external 12gb HD. That makes the most annoying type/level of noise in my system and it really isnt all that bad. I could always put it in the case.

    Not as open as the reviewed one, but close:
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  4. Let me know when the ATX version is out. :)
    They just finished selling out their Atlas II run - these cases are built in batches, and the company hit a rough patch due every imaginable thing going wrong (pandemic, hurricane, etc.).

    They have been responsive over email though, for those interested, and have a Discord up. In the last six months they've gone from 'we're getting out of the business' to 'we'll see!', given the amount of interest.

    On a side note, I showed the title shot to one of the clerks at Microcenter while checking out earlier today, and he instantly knew who Yuel Beast was.

    I'm wondering what kind of ITX system I could build now and how to justify needing a second computer to myself. :) Aside from my i7 Laptop, work computer, ipad, etc.
    Well, my wife's is an ITX, i5 9400 with 1050Ti, and runs like a dream in a Fractal Design Nano.

    My 'Linux desktop' which I'm putting together now will be an R7 5700G, in a Cryorig Taku - the case has basically zero provision for advanced CPU cooling, so the 8700k that's thermally limited and 1660 Super that are in there now will be getting swapped to something else, while the AMD setup will be running onboard graphics and a 10Gbit NIC.

    (side note: there is exactly one AM4 ITX board that has Thunderbolt, the ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING-ITX/TB3, and it would not work with the 5700G, or any CPU / memory combo that Microcenter had on hand - they charge $30 for ~30 minute BIOS upgrades by the way! - so the ASRock is going back to Newegg; I've had good luck with them in the past, but I'm going with ASUS for this setup as it really does just need to work)

    8700K parts will be going in a Hyte Revolt 3 - if the case isn't a disaster. Has provisions for a 280mm AIO, and I have a spare ~5yr old H115i with new Arctic fans to give it a shot in. This build will be waiting until I whittle down the case review log, before Brent yells at me... :D

    All in all, ITX is what you make of it. Part of the draw for me is understanding that modern computing does not require the 'biggest' and 'baddest' for most computing needs, including gaming and content creation workloads. You almost never need more than two memory slots, for example, one to two M.2 slots is plenty, and a single x16 PCIe slot is also plenty for a high-performance GPU, NIC, or SAS controller as the case may be.

    In general, if you don't need an external card at all, you can go real small, while possibly keeping all the features you need.

    On the other hand, ITX can still go big, and when it comes to more adventurous layouts like the Yuel Beast Motif Monument, or NZXT H1 v2 (non-self-combusting-edition), and a slew of others, one can get massive amounts of performance into a small package!

    The one thing that seems to get my attention the most is my external 12gb HD. That makes the most annoying type/level of noise in my system and it really isnt all that bad. I could always put it in the case.
    NAS. This is the main reason that I use 10Gbit networking, and just picked up a switch with 10Gbit and 2.5Gbit ports - to be able to throw high-capacity spinners at a box somewhere else. I did unfortunately wind up putting a pair of 8TB drives in my desktop, and I'm... contemplating picking up some large SATA SSDs to replace them, just due to the shear noise and all of the initialization delays (booting, opening File Explorer) that they bring.


    As for dust: I've historically been a 'positive pressure, filter all intakes' builder, and I don't really like straying from that where possible. For case reviews, I did wind up getting a handheld blower instead of buying crates of canned air, but what I'd really like to pick up is one of those vacuums that grounds out static electricity buildup. Also lots and lots and lots of Zeiss wipes!
  5. I am currently using an open air case - though not as open.
    An open case directly on a carpeted floor. You, sir, are a very brave elf.

    It does look great though.
  6. An open case directly on a carpeted floor. You, sir, are a very brave elf.

    It does look great though.
    Its hard to tell from the photo - the feet have it 2" off the floor, with only the AIO Radiator and Power supply being that low. Mobo has more the 6' clearance.

    I have considered putting something under it just because the way the carpet is its at a slight angle. I'd need something 12"*18" to put under it.
  7. So this would do the job: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076G1797P/?tag=thefpsreview-20
    That would be big enough. I would think static would be the biggest fear there - and I have had a computer die because it was sitting on a carpet before -- I didn't even touch it, but people walking across a carpeted floor can build up a charge in the carpet.

    With static the fear, I don't know that a plastic board would be the best bet - plastic builds up static fairly easily (that's why carpet does, it's often made of plastic fiber). Short of a grounded metal plate., maybe a bamboo cutting board of the same dimensions? Or a pine shelf slab from Home Depot or something.

    I suppose you've had it for however long now though, if it isn't an issue, it isn't. And the computer I toasted was years ago, so maybe I'm just chasing ghosts.
  8. That would be big enough. I would think static would be the biggest fear there - and I have had a computer die because it was sitting on a carpet before -- I didn't even touch it, but people walking across a carpeted floor can build up a charge in the carpet.

    With static the fear, I don't know that a plastic board would be the best bet - plastic builds up static fairly easily (that's why carpet does, it's often made of plastic fiber). Short of a grounded metal plate., maybe a bamboo cutting board of the same dimensions? Or a pine shelf slab from Home Depot or something.

    I suppose you've had it for however long now though, if it isn't an issue, it isn't. And the computer I toasted was years ago, so maybe I'm just chasing ghosts.

    Honestly it sounds like your case was not properly grounded. Maybe a bad socket? Could be worth while to have checked. Any kind of static discharge should go through the case and be harmlessly dissipated through the ground.
  9. Honestly it sounds like your case was not properly grounded. Maybe a bad socket? Could be worth while to have checked. Any kind of static discharge should go through the case and be harmlessly dissipated through the ground.
    Could be - that was 3 houses and 3 apartments ago, so someone else’s headache now

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