Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Titanium = Sweet - Z-Machine Outside - Tour the GT1000

Article Index
Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Titanium = Sweet
Z-Machine Outside - Tour the GT1000
Z-Machine Inside - Inside Improvements Galore!
Installing Gear in the Z-Machine GT1000
Z-Machine GT1000 Running and Conclusion

Introducing the Z-Machine Titanium:

If you like black, you may be more interested in the other Z-Machine GT1000 with Red LEDs, but I find the grey Titanium finish to appeal as black and red has been done by many other companies.  I know that blue LED fans are nothing new, but combined with the sleek aluminum styling of the GT1000, combined with a nice tinted window, the blue/grey scheme really looks nice in my opinion.  As you look below, take note of the new swing-away split side panel as well as the swing way front panel on the motherboard side of the case.

 Window Side Profile
Window Side Profile
 Motherboard Side Profile
Motherboard Side Profile

 

The FC-ZE1 Fatal1ty case was absolutely plastered with laser etched logos for Zalman, Fatal1ty as well as many other decals, warnings and instructions.  Thankfully, this has been toned down and the graphics are now much more subtle.  At times, I would still prefer a case void of logos - except for maybe something on a removable 5.25" bay cover.  Either way, the case is much sleeker looking than the FC-ZE1 billboard.

Front & Back Outside
Front & Back Outside

As you can see above, the front and back styling is very similar to the FC-ZE1 case, and that's not a bad thing.  The front and back were a couple ares that we had no issues with previously and that still stands.  Fresh air is provided inside the case by two 92mm fans at the bottom front, and these can be switched from 12v to 5v by using a provided "Y" adapter.  The power and reset buttons are aluminum and feel very solid.  The only beef I've got with this case at this point is the missing 5.25" bay cover on the top bay.  Most people who build a computer are going to install an optical drive, fan controller or some other 5.25" device, but the mission drive bay cover still irritates me a wee bit.  That being said, it doesn't reduce it's functionality or final appearance once you install a drive.

 

Close Up:

I mentioned that the GT1000 doesn't have as many logos as it's predecessor, but it still has a few, and if you are planning some custom modding of this case, you'll have to take care of a few.  These don't bother me though as they are tasteful and brag about what you've got.  If you drop the money on a case like this, you'll want people to know what you paid for.

 

 Zalman Logo
Zalman Logo
Z-Machine Logo
Z-Machine Logo

 

The front of the case has the standard Power and Reset buttons as well as headphone and microphone jacks.  You can also see in the far right that there are two USB2.0 ports and a 6-pin Firewire port to round out the connectivity choices.  You'll also notice the make and model of the case printed on the front as well.

 Front I/O & Buttons
Front I/O & Buttons

 

As we carry on and look at the back of the GT1000 we see that Zalman has once again used rubber washers to help prevent vibration from the 120mm rear exhaust fan and help silence your computer.  Also as we look down to the PCI slot expansion bays we notice that the whole are covered be removable and replaceable blanks!  In the FC-ZE1 case, these covers had to be snapped off and there were no replacements provided.  Thankfully the GT1000 has replaceable covers that don't have to be broken off.

 Rubber Fan Mount
Rubber Fan Mount
 Rear PCI Slots
Rear PCI Slots

 

On the next page we'll open up this case and take a closer look inside.