A Closer Look – Inside

 

 

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Opening both of the left side doors provides a good look inside the Z-Machine GT1000 enclosure.  Notice that all of the interior components have the same gorgeous anodized finish as the outside.

 

The Z-Machine enclosure is slightly taller than the Fatal1ty case, which ultimately makes room for three additional HDDs and provides a little extra clearance below the motherboard.  And like most other Zalman enclosures, the Z-Machine uses high quality threaded brass standoffs for mounting a full size ATX or microATX motherboard.  BTX support is not offered.

 

Another minor complaint we had with the Fatal1ty case was the use of cheap,  break-away style PCI slot covers, which can not be reinstalled once removed.  This time around however, Zalman elected to use replaceable slot covers with thumb screws (much better choice IMHO for a premium case).

 

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One of the more unique features of the Z-Machine GT1000 enclosure is the internal HDD cage.  It now holds up to four 3.5″ HDDs and is located right behind the two front intake fans for optimal HDD cooling.  This is one of the features we loved about the Fatal1ty case and it has been carried over and expanded upon for the Z-Machine.

 

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Each HDD is held between apposing pairs of rubber rollers, which help isolate vibration and minimize noise.  To install a drive, you simply insert it into an open slot and then gently push it back against the foam block in the rear to let the rubber roller in front fall down and securely hold the drive in position.  Small locking screws are provided on each of the front roller assemblies to lock them in place if desired.

 

 

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The drive cage is mounted pretty close to the front fans, which might appear to block the incoming airflow, but as we will see later, the overall case cooling is very good. 

 

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New to the Z-Machine GT1000 enclosure is the addition of two more HDD mounts on the floor of the enclosure below the motherboard area.  Both of these HDD locations also incorporate anti vibration mounts (AVM) and are easy to use; no tools required.  Small, rubber AVM bushings screw into the HDD side mountings holes and then the entire HDD assembly sits down into a cradle and is secured with clamps.  

 

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Two more HDDs mounted on the floor of the Z-Machine enclosure.  I wish I had a pair of WD Raptor X HDDs with the clear windows to show off here behind the big side panel display window! 🙂

 

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Another unique feature that Zalman introduced with the Z-Machine GT1000 enclosure is the captive thumb screws used to secure 5.25″ drives.  These are really slick and are so easy to use it makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of this years ago!  More on this feature later in the Installation section.

 

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Moving around to the other side of the case and opening the right side door provides access to the backside of the upper drive bays and lower HDD cage. 

 

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