|Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Black Mid-Tower Gaming Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 06 September 2007|
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Closer Look: GT-1000 Interior
Now we shall start to take our close look of the interior; a section of the Z-Machine which Zalman decided to give special attention. The GT1000 Black High-End Gaming Mid-Tower ATX Case may not seem like much from the outside, and this is loosely the truth, but we have only just begun the journey.
Those aren't Heavens pearly gates you see above, no, those are the bolt holes securing the doors of the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 High-End Gaming case closed. As I mentioned in a previous section, even though thumbscrews secure the service side doors at the top and bottom, it wouldn't hurt anything if the screws are removed. They aren't exactly necessary, since there are magnetic connections behind the doors, and they can be a hassle if you are constantly getting inside the case to change components.
The image above is the motherboard-side doors to the case. Although I personally think that four screws would have worked perfectly with the 5mm panel, Zalman uses eight to keep you from your motherboard.
On a side note, I suppose that you could always replace the collection of exterior Allen head screws with chrome versions, which would really pronounce the feature and trick-out the appearance to a notable degree.
The Zalman GT1000 features a one-touch opening door "side panel" system. Zalman likes to call it a side panel, but I insist it is a door. We shall agree that the door is a panel of aluminum alloy. At any rate...
The door system is designed to be opened with a single touch, but only if you remove the heavy-duty Allen head screws and know the secret spy handshake. The side doors can then be opened without the use of any special tools, which makes it convenient for anyone who will have frequent component changes; like a hardware review analyst for example.
Something else that's new to the scene and makes it's debut in the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000, is the slick tool-free hard disk drive installation. This new system utilizes anchored spinning bars with cylindrical rubber wheels to allow the user to easily install and remove the HDD, simply by rolling it in and out of the chassis (and without having to use any tools). Furthermore, there is sufficient space in the lower section of the enclosure where two more HDD's can be installed in a different (tool-free) manner.
Tool-free 5.25" device installation for the larger components use thumb screws (which Zalman calls "hand bolts") which are fixed onto the sides pf the 5.25" drive bay at all times. Tool-free Expansion Card installation also utilizes thumb screws (not standard bolts), and are used for installing and removing the expansion cards. Now let's dig even deeper into this project...