Introduction, Specs & Features
As enthusiasts, we're always looking for the next great design in computer cases. We're eager to see companies innovate in various areas of design, including cooling, tool-less installation, and style. When we see a new case hit the market, we often hope that it is made of aluminum, includes quiet 120mm or larger fans, and is easy to work in. We like aluminum because it usually looks good and is typically lightweight. We prefer the convenience of tool-less installation features because we are frequently swapping out parts.
We happen to have a new case in the labs that meets some of these criteria, the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000, which Zalman labels a "High End Gaming Enclosure." This case is made from aluminum, but it bucks the lightweight trend of aluminum due to it being constructed of aluminum that is 4-5mm thick. That alone should make you realize we aren't dealing with an ordinary case here. In addition to its high quality, thick aluminum construction, the GT1000 offers plenty of cooling and innovative tool-less installation.
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, and a quick glance reveals that this case has a lot of potential.
|Enclosure Dimensions||480mm X 220mm X 450mm (18.9" X 8.7" X 17.7") (L*W*H)|
|Motherboard Compatibility||Standard ATX / microATX|
|PSU Compatibility||Standard ATX / ATX12V|
|PCI/AGP Card Compatibility||Full Size|
(Tool Free Kit provided)
|3.5" Bay x 7|
5.25" Bay x 4
|Cooling Components||Front Intake Fans : 92mm LED Fan x 2|
Rear Exhaust Fan : 120mm LED Fan x 1
|Expansion Card Slots
||7 Slots(Tool Free Bolts provided)|
|Front I/O Ports||USB Port x 2, IEEE1394(Firewire) Port x 1|
Headphones x 1, MIC x 1
|Color Options||Titanium / Black|