Zalman MS1000-HS2 Case - Case Features, Specs and Outside Look

Article Index
Zalman MS1000-HS2 Case
Case Features, Specs and Outside Look
Closer Look Inside
System Installation and Conclusion


After looking at a lot of cases lately that hit well below the $100 price tag, it is nice to look at a high-end case that has a lot of features and design elements that less expensive cases often lack.  That doesn't mean that expensive cases are always better - in fact many times you're paying for brand name or some gimmick.  As we look at the list of features and specifications below, you can decide if this case is gimmicky or if it all about quality.


  • Sleek Design
    The modular front bay design differentiates this case, and smooth edges of the chassis add to it’s quality.
  • Cooling Optimized Top and Bottom Vents
    The Internal cooling is designed for hot air inside the system to be expelled as quickly as possible to maintain optimum temperature for stable system operation.
  • Sound Absorbing Pad on the Side Panel
    The sound absorbing pad on the side panel minimizes noise.
  • Tool-Free HDD Installation
    The HDD trays are designed similar to tool-free HDD trays on servers for easy installation and maintenance.
  • Modular Front HDD/ODD Bays
    The 3-In-1 modular front HDD/ODD Bay can be raised or lowered according to the user’s preference.
  • Spacious 300mm Front to Back Interior for Convenient System Installation
    Large internal case interior provides ample working space for easy installation and maintenance.
  • Cable Compartment for Neat Cable Management
    The dedicated cable compartment enables neat and easy cable routing without obstructing the airflow within the enclosure for stable system operation.
  • Dust Filter Prevents Dust Entering the Case
    The intake vent under the enclosure is fitted with a removable, washable dust filter that helps in maintaining preferable conditions within the system.
  • Hot-Swap Enabled HDD Bays
    HDD Hot-Swap is supported, for convenient installation/ removal/ maintenance, and vibration is minimized by vibration damping silicone rings.
  • Multi-Bay Device Installation Support
    Two or three multi-bay device installation is supported including other manufacturers’ multi-bay components.
  • SSD (Solid State Drive ) Support
    The included SSD mounting bracket accommodates two 2.5” SSDs. ※ The SSD mounting bracket installs in the 5.25” bay.
  • One Touch HDD Bay Cover
    The HDD Bay Cover opens with one press for convenient access and maintenance of HDDs.
  • Convenient Peripheral Connection I/O Ports
    Convenient I/O Ports with 2 USB/ 1 e-SATA/ 1 Headphones/ 1 Mic accommodate a variety of peripheral components.
  • Tube Holes for Liquid Cooling Systems
    For water cooling users, tube holes are provided at the rear of the case for convenient water cooling set-up and maintenance.
  • Nickel Coated PCI Card Holder
    The PCI Card Holder is nickel-plated for corrosion-free long-term use.
  • Vibration Absorbing Base
    The Chassis is raised on rubber mounted ‘feet’ that prevent resonant vibration and protect the system from possible liquid spills.




Closer Look:

As we start looking at this case closer, we can see that Zalman did a pretty good job paying attention to detail.  I only find one major issue with this case as we take a look around the inside.  First up, a few pictures of the outside:

Top Ports
Top Ports
Top View
Top View
 HDD Rack
HDD Rack
 Bottom Intake Filter
Bottom Intake Filter


On the next page we'll take a closer look at the inside of the case before we drop our test system inside and see how installation goes.