Machine GT1000 High End Gaming Case
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.
Designed for Low Noise Optimal Cooling
Noise Vibration Preventive Structure: All sides of the GT1000 are comprised of aluminum material of 45mm thickness and have each been assembled by an engineer to provide a firm enclosure with noise and vibration preventions. Furthermore, the connection part for the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is made of rubber rollers and dampers, which serve to capture the vibration and noise from escaping.
Optimal Airflow: The GT1000 enclosure is designed to maintain optimum internal temperature at all times, incorporating two 92mm LED Front Intake Fans and a 120mm Rear Exhaust Fan for high volume airflow through the system at low fan RPM for high performance cooling with quiet operation, and accommodates even the hottest CPUs that generate over 130watts of heat.
Designed for HDD with High TDP: The latest high performance HDDs have high generation of heat due to high RPM. The two 92mm LED Front Intake Fans draw in cool air from the outside into the system. As HDD is the first component to be cooled by this cool air, the decrease in the product’s life expectancy and the occurrence of data error caused by high heat are minimized.
Control of Noise System Cooling: mi adidas The ZM MC1 is provided with the GT1000, which allows the control of fan RPM according to the ambient environment (temperature, humidity, etc.). Thus, the side panel can be opened without the use of any special tools, which makes it convenient for users who have frequent component changes.
Convenient Front Input/Output Ports: The Front I/O Port includes sockets for speakers (headphones), microphone, 2 USB devices, and a 1394 (Firewire) device for convenient system access. Furthermore, there is sufficient space in the lower section of the enclosure where two HDDs can be installed in a tool free manner.
Tool free 5.25″ installation: The hand bolts are fixed onto the 5.25″ bay at all times, which allows the installation and removing of the 5.25″ driver in a tool free manner.
The three LED fans with altering brightness depending on the fan’s RPM provide greater aesthetic quality.
A transparent window has been installed on the side panel to provide excellent aesthetics as well as to allow the user to be able to view the diverse components installed inside the system.
Zalman uses the typical packing technique to protect the GT1000 during shipping: a plastic bag around the case and styrofoam surrounding the top and bottom. Our test sample arrived with mi adidas out a single scratch or dent. As you can see, the box shows you what can be found inside, and it lists some of the case’s main features.
In addition to the case itself, Zalman includes a somewhat useful manual and a small white box full of accessories. Inside the box, we found two cable tie downs, drive bay screws, motherboard screws, power supply screws, spare Allen bolts, motherboard stand offs, an Allen wrench, and a Zalman ZM MC1 (which can be used to control fan speed). The ZM MC1 is the cable you see on the far left of the right image above. On one end, it has a 4 pin Molex style connector, and on the other end, there are four three pin fan connectors. The two black connectors supply 12V while the white connectors supply 5V. You can use the 5V white connectors to slow down a couple fans to make them quieter.
What Does a High End Gaming Enclosure Look Like?
Soon after taking the GT1000 out of its box, we could tell that the case looked as good as the pictures on the box and on Zalman’s web site. Immediately, you can tell that Zalman took a different approach with the GT1000’s design. While most cases feature one piece, removable panels on each side of the case, the GT1000 sports two mi adidas piece panels that remind us of hinged doors. The right panel doors are secured by screws that have hexagonal sockets in the heads (hence the inclusion of the Allen wrench, or hex key). The left panel doors are secured by thumbscrews, and the bigger side features a window. Each side of the case is also adorned with a couple Zalman logos and an arrow with “Open” written inside of it.
Each part of each side is held on by two screws that are at the top and bottom of the sides. We appreciate Zalman’s choice of thumbscrews for the left side. They make it very easy and convenient to get into the case. After removing the screws, each part of the panel can be swung open, but the panels aren’t designed to be removed. mi adidas
When we turn the GT1000 to look at its front, you can see its four external 5.25″ bays and one external 3.5″ bay. One of the 5.25″ bay covers sports a Z Machine logo. Beneath the external bays, you will notice the power button, power LED, hard drive activity LEDs, reset button, microphone jack, headphone jack, two USB ports, and a IEEE1394 (FireWire) port. Finally, at the bottom of the case’s front, you can see the grill in front of the two 92mm fans.
Once we turn the case around to check out the back, it looks fairly typical. At the top, you see the empty area where the PSU goes, and beneath that, there is the empty rear I/O panel, a 120mm fan with a metal fan grill, and the expansion card slots. Interestingly, Zalman even included some logos back here. That’s not all, though. There’s even a warning below the fan to be cautious of ESD (electrostatic discharge) when handling expansion cards.