Zalman GS1000 Plus Tower Case
|Zalman GS1000 Plus Tower Case|
|Case Features, Specs and Closer Look|
|Installation and Final Thoughts|
It's been a little over a year since we looked at a case from Zalman. In fact, the last case we looked at was the precursor to the case we have on the bench today - the GS1000 Plus. Last August we looked at the GS1000 case and found the overall design and layout to be quite good, but it did lack in a few areas. Today we are looking at the new and hopefully improved GS1000 Plus case. This case supports up to E-ATX motherboards, has nice aluminum side panels and can support some of the longest PCIe graphics cards available. It has pretty good ventilation, a bottom mounted PSU and supports six Hard Drives - 3 of which are hot-swap SATA. This case is also tool-less and you'll only need a screwdriver to strap your PSU onto the PSU bracket and install your motherboard. Once that is done, basic hardware swapping is easy as cake (pie is harder than you'd think).
First Look & Accessories:
Zalman is known first and foremost for their CPU coolers but also has a line of power supplies, water cooling products, cases as well as other accessories. One thing I appreciate about Zalman is that they don't seem to release new products for the sake of launching new products. Typically a new product addresses some lack in the previous product or a major enhancement that is worth doing. Hopefully the same is true with the GS1000 Plus.
Just as with the GS1000, the Plus version arrived in a very large box that looked like it required a two-man lift to load into my pickup. Thankfully, the box wasn't very heavy, but it certainly was bulky. Inside the box, surrounded by Styrofoam and shrouded in a protective bag, the GS1000 Plus arrived safe and sound. Inside the case in the PSU area was a white box with a few accessories as well as the case feet.
As you can see in the image above the GS1000 Plus includes a 3.5" to 5.25" drive bay adapter for the old floppy drive, card reader or other 3.5" bay device. Also pictured above is the standard bag of screws as well as an 8-pin to 4-pin x2 power cable. This seems more like a PSU or motherboard accessory, but it's included regardless. Also in the bag with the screws are a bunch of zip-ties for tying your cables out of the way.