FC-ZE1 Fatal1ty Aluminum Case

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FC-ZE1 Fatal1ty Aluminum Case
Up Close and Personal - Outside
Up Close and Personal - Inside
System Installation and Issues
Airflow Performance and Conclusion

Product: Zalman FC-ZE1 Fatal1ty Case
Provided By: ZalmanUSA
Price: ~$380CDN Online

Introduction:

Zalman is much better known for their line of cooling products than their cases, but with their growing line of HTPC cases, they are starting to make a name for themselves in the case market as well.  Zalman also has a line of very expensive TNN (Totally No Noise) cases that really never caught on due to their expensive price tag, complicated install, and hardware compatibility.  Today, we are taking a look at a case that is designed to bridge the gap and bring a high-quality case to discerning gamers.  We are looking at the Fatal1ty branded FC-ZE1.

This case is individually serial numbered and offers amazing construction elements such as 5mm thick aluminum panels that prevent vibration as well as rubber mounted hard drive installation.  We'll get into this much more as we carry on.

The Package:

My good buddy Dwayne Dallmann gave me a call a few weeks back and said there was a rather large Zalman package taking up space at DallmannComputers, and I was out of town for Thanksgiving so my sister actually went and picked up this case for me.  She ought to have a medal and a back brace because this case is HEAVY!

The Box
 The Box

Big Box
 Big Box

Well Packed
 Well Packed

It came shipped in a box within a box and arrived in great shape, which is a little unusual for a UPS delivered package.  Inside the box it was protected by the standard issue styrofoam top and bottom and inside a plastic bag.

First Look:

After taking the bag off we start to get an idea as to why this case is so heavy.  It is built using incredibly thick aluminum panels that has a nice anodized black finish over brushed aluminum.  Take a look below at a few pictures of the case.

Front Side View
 Front Side View

Right Side
 Right Side

As you can see above, the case looks pretty flashy.  It has a nice square look, a nice sized window, and a bunch of laser etched logos.

Bundle
Bundle

On the next page we'll take a look at this case up close and see if it's as good as it looks at first glance.