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Summary This seems to be a super popular case these days, for good reason. I've purchased a few of them myself for friends and other random people, and have been quite happy with them so far. They'll fit whatever components you'd like, offer decent cooling performance, and won't break the bank. I do hate MIRs though...
Pros For the price: +Good build quality +4 front USB +Simple but functional fan controller +Airflow +4 free fans (that are fairly quiet) +Front 5.25" bay mesh covers are remountable +Big, all graphics cards will fit +Good enough cable management +Back motherboard cutout
Cons +Back PCIe brackets are not reusable +No dust filter on top-panel/top-rear exhausts +Side panel is wide open, lets lots of dust through +HDD mounting mechanism allows for vibrations +Air passing through the mesh can make rattling sounds +Water cooling is apparently a pain in this thing +Power button feels cheap +Reset button poorly designed +No front USB3 +Front audio jacks have poor signal quality +It is EXTREMELY difficult to remove top panel +Front "Z" obfuscates airflow for front fan
Summary *Scroll down for a TL;DR.* Basically, this case would be perfect if not for a couple of issues. It offers for the price one of the best bangs-for-the-buck out there. The amount of sheer airflow options available in this case (up to 7 fans mountable), coupled with the fact that it comes with 4 free fans, alone make this case a great steal. Also of note is its roominess, allowing for both airflow and large graphics cards, and sufficient cable management.
And those are its strongest selling points: The fan controller is not really necessary; it is a single channel controller capable of only controlling a few fans at once. You're going to either replace it with a better fan controller that can control more fans at once (rendering the free fan controller a moot point), or if you don't, it probably doesn't matter much to you at all and you would have been just as happy if they didn't bundle a fan controller. Same with the thermostat. There is no practical use for it, and I personally have it disconnected. You are going to be monitoring core temperatures, as that is what matters. Case temp does not. Core temps fry CPUs/GPUs, case temps do not. Now, it's niffy, and if you want it for that sole reason, then by all means, fair enough.
Onto the problems. The back PCIe brackets are simply sheets of metal attached to the case, and once you twist them off, you have no way to reattach them, so you are left with a big gaping hole in the back. Which leads to dust. The top and top-rear fan slots, which are the most used, don't have fan filters, which is ironic considering that the other two fan slots, front, which has airflow obstructed by the "Z" and bottom, which doesn't even come with a fan, do. So more dust. The side panel is a massive entry-point for more dust. Lots of unnecessary meshing leading to the side being basically wide open; no fan filters there either.
The HDD mounting mechanism is also pretty bad. It would of been better, and probably cheaper, if they had opted for a regular, traditional drive bay. The problem is that the mounting mechanism present in this case leads to HDDs being able to vibrate. Vibration is bad. Vibration kills HDDs.
There is also no front USB3.
The reset button is poorly designed and the power button feels cheap. The power button slides around in its slot. The reset button is so narrow and has such a far travel distance that it becomes more difficult than necessary to use it. I have to use a single finger and press into it a *fair* bit of a ways. But those are minor grievances.
The top panel is EXTREMELY difficult to remove and poorly designed. The manual doesn't do a good enough job showing where the tabs are. Expect to break some of the tabs holding the top panel to the case if you take it off more than once or twice.
There is also some sort of a weird rattling noise if you have active fans installed where there is mesh. It is more evident in some slots than others. The top-mid slot seems to be the worst. It can be really annoying, especially if you are trying for a silent build.
The headphone/mic jacks have poor signal quality. I am not sure how to describe it, but it seems that they degrade the signal quality by producing static/interference. It feels lossy and sharp. I am a bit of an audiophile, so I notice it, but it is not incredibly evident and is easy to miss. I only realized several months in, noticing that I found music played from there to not sound as crisp as elsewhere, and then plugging my headphones into the backport on the motherboard and having it come out crisper. I have never experienced this elsewhere, not on cheap Dell school comps, nor any of my home comps. If you are not an audiophile, you probably won't care.
*TL;DR* All in all, this is a good case, especially performance wise (airflow), and has good build quality, all while looking good (subjective). The major drawbacks are the back PCIe brackets cannot be remounted, it's a veritable dust magnet, the HDD mounting system causes for HDD vibration, having only USB2 is outdated (although there is a USB3 version), and the mesh makes weird rattling noises if that kind of stuff is an issue for you. There is also an issue with the headphone jack signal quality.
Depending on who you are, this may be the best bang for the buck cases out there, depending on pricing.
This review was modfied by poster @ 08-23-14 04:13 PM
Pros Qualité de fabrication, espace, ventilation efficace, qualité visuelle, fan controller, afficheur de température
Cons manque d'information sur le démontage des panneaux suppérieurs et avant.
Summary C'est le meilleur boîtier de moins de 100$ que j'ai acheté à vie. Zalman nous offre une excellente facture et un beau travail d'ingénierie. Je le recommande à tous, même pour un premier montage, vous devrez par contre porter une attention particulière lors du démontage des panneaux suppérieur et avant pour éviter de briser les attaches en plastic. Boîtier solide, léger et visuellement très intéressant pour un prix très abordable même à plein prix.
Cons - Plastic knob screws in back to hold the side panels on feel cheap. Not a big deal.
Summary This case is a great value. It's my second time using it for a budget build for friends, and it does the job every time. For a case in this pricepoint, its got a cool design, a useful front panel with temp display, fan speed (if you use it), 4 USB ports and your audio. Hard drive installation is nice and quick once you've screwed in the rubber noise dampeners. There are some nice spots to mount an SSD (2 that I noted). This case is very breathable, while not looking like it obviously is just full of holes like some cases. Having four fans included is a bonus, and creates ambient blue lighting. All in all, you can't go wrong with this case. It has great cable management and can honestly compete with some of the higher priced cases.
Overall this case is a great bang for your buck. It has all of the components needed for a quality case and even gives you some extra benefits that you’d find in higher priced cases. Think Computers would like to award the Zalman Z9 Plus Mid Tower Case a 9 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Awa
Overall, however, we feel that this case would make a good addition to any system. It is well designed, sturdy, and does a good job of keeping the system cool. Priced at USD 70, it is very affordable, and would also be good for those who are on a budget, but do not want to sacrifice temperatures or
The Z9 Plus is a terrific option if you are looking for a case full of nice features at a very attractive price. We can’t really complain about the “weak points” listed below because of its price. For its terrific cost/benefit ratio, we are giving it our Golden Award.
"It is definitely middle-of-the-road for thermal performance and build quality, but for its asking price no one expects any miracles. Fortunately, it has a few nifty features that make it standout amongst the rabble."
The front mesh bay cover provides cool air into the system while dust filters prevent dust from entering.
Supports up to 7 System Fans
Up to 7 system fans are installed to expel hot air effectively from the case.
Supports Bottom PSU Installation and Aperture for Cable Management
Z9 Plus supports bottom PSU installation and provides an aperture for cable management to make better use of interior space.
Black Interior Coating
The interior of chassis is coated black to provide a sense of unity and elegant design.
Tool Free HDD Installation with Anti-Vibration Rubber
The server-type Tool-Free HDD Mount Trays allow easy HDD installation/removal and maintenance.
Spacious Interior for Installing 290mm Card
The interior has been designed to be spacious for easy installation and maintenance of various components.
Front I/O module for Easy Component Change
Front I/O module enables the location of DVD-ROM and other components to be changed easily according to user preference.
2-Channel Fan Controller and Temperature Display
2-Channel Fan controller for adjusting the system temperature and external LED temperature display are provided. By controlling noise and interior temperature with the fan speed, system can be operated at the most optimal condition.
Side Acryl Tuning
Side Acryl Tuning is provided for users to view the interior of gaming system.
Supports 4 USB 2.0
Front I/O module provides 4 USB 2.0 ports for user convenience and expandability.
Supports Front, Top, Side 120mm Blue LED fan and Rear 120mm Fan
Four 120mm fans deliver maximum cooling, and 3 Blue LED fan emphasizes cool aesthetics.
? For Z9, 1 front 120mm Blue LED and 1 rear 120mm White Impeller fan are provided.
Front and Bottom Dust Filters
Dust filters in the front and bottom mesh covers prevent dust from entering the system and keep the internal components dust-free.
Supports Solid State Drive (SSD)
Space is provided on the back of M/B plate for installing 2.5" HDD/SSD.
Separate Apertures for Convenient CPU Cooler Installation
Separate apertures for CPU cooler are provided for convenient CPU cooler installation without having to remove motherboard from case.
3IN1 Adapter Tray Provided
3IN1 Adapter Tray is provided for installing FDD / 3.5" HDD / 2.5" HDD/SSD.
Tube Apertures for Liquid Cooling Systems
Tube apertures are provided at the rear of the case for convenient water cooling set-up and maintenance.
- Main Unit - Stand-off - A Bolts (BH 6-32*6) [PSU/PCI Slot Installation] - B Bolts (PWH M3*5) [M/B, FDD, SSD Installation] - C Bolts (M3*6) [5.25" Bay ODD Installation] - D Bolts (#6-32*4) [3.5" Bay HDD Installation] - E-Bolts (#6-32*6) [3.5" HDD Installation] - HDD Dust Proof Rubber [3.5" Bay HDD Installation] - Cable Ties - CPU 12V Extension Cable - User’s Manual
ATX Mid Tower
207(W) x 464(H) x 504(D)mm
Standard ATX / m-ATX
Power Supply Compatibility
Standard ATX / ATX12V
Full Size (290mm)
120? /140? fan x 1 (120? Blue LED fan x 1 standard)
120? /140? fan x 2 (120? Blue LED fan x 1 standard)
120? /140? fan x 1 (option)
120? fan x 1 (standard)
120? fan x 2 (120? Blue LED fan x 1 standard)
Front I/O Ports
Mic x 1, Headphones x 1, USB 2.0 x 4, Fan Controller, Temperature Display
Please read this manual thoroughly prior to installation.
Before installing, check the components and condition of the product, and if any problem is found, contact the retailer.
Avoid inserting objects or hands into the system while it is in operation to prevent product damage and injuries.
Check the manual when connecting cables. Incorrect connections may cause short circuits leading to fire hazards.
Do not block the front intake vent or the rear exhaust vent.
Keep this unit away from heat sources, direct sunlight, water, oil, and humid environments, and place the unit on a flat, stable, vibration-free, and well-ventilated area.
Do not clean the product surface with chemicals or wet cloth. (chemicals: industrial brightener, wax, benzene, alcohol, paint thinner, mosquito repellent, aromatics, lubricant, detergent etc.)
Please wear gloves while handling this product to prevent injuries.
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