Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Titanium = Sweet - Installing Gear in the Z-Machine 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

System Installation:

For this review we threw in some spare parts we had laying around as our main systems are busy crunching data and are being used for other upcoming reviews.  We'll start off by showing the slick tool-less installation of hard drives in both the front and bottoms racks.

Drive installation in the front bays could not be simpler.  You can install a drive in any of the four bays by simply sliding it it and rolling the back rubber roller over the back.  There are thumbscrews available to put in a notch that secures the roller from sliding up and your drive sliding out during transportation to a LAN.  If you take your time, this should take no more than 30 seconds.

HDD Rack w/Drive
HDD Rack w/Drive

To install a drive in the bottom rack requires that you unscrew the four rubber drive mounts from the bottom of the case and screw them into each of the four corners of the HDD.  You can then release the rear clamp and drop the drive into place.  You will then secure the clips over top of the rear rubber mounts and you're done.  This will take a little longer and may take up to a minute . . . if you take your time.  Overall, this a great way to add a couple of drives to a system without sacrificing a 5.25" drive bay and provide a vibration free mount for a couple of drives.

 Bottom HDD Mounts
Bottom HDD Mounts
 HDD On Bottom
HDD On Bottom

 

Apparently there is not a lot of cases on the market that support 6 Hard Drives by default and if this is a big deal for you, welcome to the GT1000.

After the drive was installed securely to the bottom of the case, we removed the motherboard tray - which is actually most of the right side of the case, and proceeded with motherboard installation.  Motherboard tray removal requires using the provided hex-wrench and only takes a couple minutes.  Even with drives mounted on the bottom of the case, there is still plenty of room to mount the motherboard inside the case, without removing the tray, but I thought it would be handy for the sake of taking pictures to remove the tray.

Mobo On Tray
Mobo On Tray

 

At this point of the installation process I became nervous.  I took an optical drive and slid it in the empty space dreading the feeling of the drive bezel mashing against the front of the case.  I was very pleased to see that the drive slid into place - like a glove.  To secure the drive, we used the provided pre-installed screws and had it mounted very securely, very quickly.  The holes line up perfectly with the drive as it sits flush with the front of the case.  Measurements and engineering are 100% in terms of Optical drive installation.

 ODD In Bay
ODD In Bay
ODD Installation
ODD Installation

 

The wrap up is on the last page.