|Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Black Mid-Tower Gaming Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 06 September 2007|
Page 2 of 6
Closer Look: GT-1000 Exterior
Unlike most typical cases which only incorporate a thin aluminum facade over the front cover, the entire Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Black High-End Gaming Mid-Tower ATX case incorporates firm (and equally heavy) 5mm thick anodized pure aluminum panels. This kind of heavy material prevents system vibration, reinforces system cooling by dissipating internal heat, and provides a high level of aesthetics.
There are a total of three silent fans included with the Zalman GT1000, and each is equipped with colored LED lights. As the fans RPM changes, the fan alters brightness, which adds to the special effect of the case. Zalman affixes a "Computer Noise Prevention System" (CNPS) badge to all components used for noiseless computers, and the fans inside the Z-Machine are part of this series.
The Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Black High-End Gaming Mid-Tower ATX Case is designed to maintain internal temperatures at their most optimum level at all times. This is achieved by incorporating two 92mm LED fans at the Front Intake and a single 120mm Rear Exhaust Fan. Together these fans create high volume airflow through the system, even at low fan RPM, which yields high performance cooling while maintaining quiet operation.
Zalman has included the ZM-MC1, which is a multi-connector fan controller, with the Zalman GT1000. Simply connect it to the power supply's output connector and simply attach the fans to the 3-pin connectors at the other end.
All sides of the Zalman GT1000 are comprised of aluminum material of approximately 4~5mm thickness, and Zalman has given the Z-Machine white glove treatment by having each piece assembled by an engineer to provide a firm enclosure with noise and vibration preventions.
Each panel is bolted to the frame using Allen head screws. The good news is that the Z-Machine won't fall apart on you, and the Z-Machine comes with an Allen key wrench, should you need to mod...ify anything.
More good news is that you can remove all eight Allen head screws from the right panel to access the motherboard (remove all expansion cards first). While the motherboard panel is not on hinges, the ODD panel is. Remove two more screws and it swings open for access.
From the back view of the Zalman Z-Machine, it would seem as though the GT1000 came with a 140mm exhaust fan. This would have made good sense, considering the two 92mm fan in the front, but in reality the case is deceiving to the eye. A single 120mm exhaust fan is mounted to the rear of the Z-Machine, but what if you are interested in running a liquid-cooling system?
Zalman doesn't seem concerned about liquid cooling, as evidenced by the lack of holes for tubing. This is more than unusual in my opinion, especially considering their product line includes twenty such products. Go figure, I guess if you're a Zalman fan boy you are stuck with the Reserator; or drilling very large holes in 5mm aluminum alloy.