|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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Detailed Interior Features
The image below gives an excellent view of the interior working space of the GT1000. The Zalman Z-Machine may not have a slick motherboard tray system, but it certainly has room inside to move about without bumping into a delicate connection (such as the SATA connectors on hard disk drives).
Utilizing a unique design, the Zalman GT1000 HDD (Hard Disk Drive) mounting cage is made of rubber rollers and dampers, which serves to absorb the vibration and noise from escaping the Z-Machine.
Since the GT1000 has permanently affixed thumbscrews in the drive bays, the installation is very straight-forward, as explained below.
5.25" & 3.5" Drive Installation:
The Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 is designed for the latest high performance hard disk drives, which are playing their part to generate plenty of heat due to high RPM. The two 92mm LED front intake fans draw in cool air from outside the system and push it into the HDD cage. Since the hard drives are the first component to be cooled by this cool air, the drive life expectancy is extended and the occurrence of data errors caused by high heat are minimized.
There are four 5.25" drive bays and one single 3.5" bay exposed to the outside of the Z-Machine. Additionally, the installation of six 3.5" HDD's is possible with four in the HDD cage and two more on the floor of the GT1000. The newfangled rollers may confuse some old-school types, so I have included their instruction below (because there is more to it than simply pushing a drive in and calling it good).
Hard Disk Drive Installation into Roller Racks:
I am uncertain whether any case needs additional hard drive mounting space on the floor of the case, but the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 offers just exactly that. This area doesn't have enough clearance to mount reservoirs for a liquid cooling unit (not that the GT1000 could accommodate the tubes anyway), so if you absolutely must mount a fifth and sixth hard drive, the space is just barely there. Here are the instructions for utilizing this tool-free design.
HDD Installation and removal on the bottom panel