Date: November 12th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The Z-Machine GT1000 comes in either black (with red LED fans) or titanium (with blue fans,) but the design elements are exactly the same for both.
The specifications are exactly the same as well. While there's nothing special or unusual about the GT1000's size or shape, the build material is (mostly) 5mm aluminum plate. This is responsible for its rather hefty 12.5 kilo weight. One of my main complaints about the Falal1ty case was the meager HDD space. The GT1000 will accommodate six hardies as well as a floppy, or similar sized device. There are quite a number of tool-free features here, too. We'll look at them in more detail during installation. The Z-Machine also comes complete with a pair of 92mm front intake fans and a 120mm exhaust fan at the rear. Since we have a titanium-colored sample, the fans will have blue LEDs and Zalman includes a multi-connector, allowing the user to change fan speeds. We'll also discuss this feature in more detail later.
As I've come to expect from Zalman, the packaging is both attractive and sturdy. The box is heavy corrugated cardboard while the case itself is covered in a thick plastic bag and then sandwiched between two dense foam blocks. The user's manual will be the first thing one sees when opening the carton, and its large format and numerous illustrations should make installing a system in the GT1000 a breeze. We'll see.
With the packing materials removed, we get our first good look at the GT1000. The brushed finish is not silver, not gray, but something in between the two. Titanium is as good a name for the color as any, and it's very attractive. The graphic scheme of this case is more understated than what we saw on the Fatal1ty version, but that's not saying much, as that scheme was so over the top as to border on annoying.