We have just posted a new article here at HotHardware featuring the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 case, which Zalman labels a "High End Gaming Enclosure." This case is made from aluminum, but it bucks the lightweight trend of typical aluminum cases due to it being constructed of metal that is 4-5mm thick. In addition to its high quality, thick aluminum construction, the GT1000 offers plenty of cooling and innovative tool-less installation options.The GT1000 comes in two different colors: titanium and black. The case features two 92mm intake fans in the front and one 120mm rear exhaust fan. The titanium model features blue LED fans, and the black one sports red LED fans. We have the black model on our bench today, and a quick glance reveals that this case has a lot of potential. Click the link below and take a look...
Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 High End Gaming Enclosure
"Everyone always wants new things. Everybody likes new inventions, new technology. People will never be replaced by machines. In the end, life and business are about human connections. And computers are about trying to murder you in a lake. And to me, the choice is easy." - Michael Scott (The Office)
So many reviews of this case and most including this one overlook a most glaring fault. This is a case that aspires to be a premium gamer's chassis and the folks at hothardware have evaluated it on the basis of ". . . various areas of design, including cooling, tool-less installation, and style". Too bad long term functionality is not as heavily weighted.
To be fair, the reviewers at hothardware are not alone. Look anywhere and you will find the seemingly willful neglect to identify this design fault.
What am I talking about? Dust control. Simple air filters. For quite some time design considerations centered on a cases's "light show" characteristics have trumped the need for this protective measure. Where air enters a case a filter is required. Ignoring this leads to early component failure and if you think opening the case once a year for a thorough swiffering is a good back up plan, forget it. Damage is done. By that time dust has entered your optical drives and affected servos and optics. It has reduced the effiency of your expensive CPU and GPU coolers and increased heat has prematurely aged the components you're trying to protect.
All case designers know this and so should the good folks at hothardware etal. Use air filters. Keep them clean and replace them when necessary.
Any case that does not have air filters on their intakes cannot be recommended. Period.
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