Zalman MS1000-HS2 Case - Closer Look Inside

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

Closer Look - Inside:

While it is certainly important that the outside of the case has some appeal, it is also very important that the inside of the case is well laid out and functional.  As we take a closer look inside the MS1000-HS2, I think you'll find that Zalman did a lot of stuff right inside this case.

The case doesn't have a removable motherboard tray, but as you can see with the side panel off - there is a lot of room inside this chassis.  One thing that I have really come to like and expect on every case is a hole in the motherboard tray for CPU back plate installation.  Zalman doesn't disappoint and they've included this on their MS1000 series as well.



 Side Off Empty
Side Off Empty
 Hole in Mobo Tray
Hole in Mobo Tray
   
 Near-side Panel
Near-side Panel
 Off-side Panel
Off-side Panel

 

The side panels correspond with the images directly above them.  The side panel that sites on the "outside" side of the case has noise dampening material on it and this should help vibration and noise transfer outside of the case.  Strangely enough, the motherboard side doesn't have the same treatment.  I guess they believe that there is not much sound on the motherboard side of the case, but I would have liked to see some consistency - if only to make the consumer feel better.

 

 

As we take a closer look inside, we find that the layout is clean with no sharp edges to be found.  The top and rear of the case is where the majority of the exhaust ventilation is taken care of as fresh air is draw in through the front HDD bays.  Although Zalman has included a pair of hot-swap HDD modules for a total of six hot-swap drives, they only include a fan on one of these modules.  This is about the only real drawback in the system that I see.  If you use more than three drives, the drives in the top rack will get hot as they sit in plastic HDD racks.  Also, this limits the amount of fresh air pulled into the case - as it now relies heavily on negative air pressure.

 Top & Rear Fans
Top & Rear Fans
 Front Empty
Front Empty
Rear Empty
Rear Empty

 

The PCI slot screws sit outside the chassis and are protected by a metal plate that is secured with a thumbscrew.  This makes card installation easy and although the design is a little different, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with it.  The PCI cards are held in place by standard screws (not thumbscrews) making motherboard and expansion card installation require a screwdriver.

On the next page we'll go over installation and wrap things up with some final thoughts.