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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 06 September 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Black Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Closer Look: GT-1000 Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: GT-1000 Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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).

Zalman GT1000 Black High-End Gaming Mid-Tower ATX Case

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.

Zalman GT1000 Black High-End Gaming Mid-Tower ATX Case

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:

  1. Remove the Bay Covers of the 5.25" Optical Disc Drive (ODD) and 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive (FDD) bays.
  2. Insert the ODD into a bay, and fix it in place with the Tool Free Bolts.
  3. ODD Slots No. 3 & 4 and the FDD Slot are designed for using the Fixing Bolts (Bolt, M3x5).

Zalman GT1000 Black High-End Gaming Mid-Tower ATX Case

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.

Zalman GT1000 Black High-End Gaming Mid-Tower ATX Case

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:

  1. Open (raise) the HDD Lock Bar of the HDD Chassis Bay where the HDD will be installed.
  2. Slide in the HDD into the Bay and close (lower) the HDD Lock Bar behind the HDD.
  3. To remove the HDD, open (roll up) the HDD Lock Bar above the HDD.

Zalman GT1000 Black High-End Gaming Mid-Tower ATX Case

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

  1. Remove the AVM (Anti Vibration Mount) installed on the Bottom Panel of the enclosure and install them on the left/right sides of the HDD.
  2. Check for an available slot on the Bottom Panel, open the AVM Clamps, and insert the HDD by gently pushing it.
  3. Once the HDD is completely lodged in place, close the lever to lock the HDD in place.


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