Summary: Although the GS1000 Plus from Zalman doesn't have a removable motherboard tray (neither does the GS1000), there is still plenty of room to work inside this case. The layout of the case and drives is quite good and with the hard drives sliding in from the front, and the three bays are actually below the motherboard - there will not be any issues installing long cards in this case.
Pros: Sleek design with aluminum frame and side panels, Externally accessible HDDs, Three hot-swap SATA bays, Support for six HDDs, Ample room for installation and long graphics cards, Non-removable thumbscrews on side panels and ODD bays, Excellent cable management, Dust filters on intake HDD fans
Cons: It's a $200 case that many people will pass over for something cheaper
Summary: Zalman GS1000 SE is a full tower case targeted to the high-end user that liked Zalman’s GS1000 but never bought it because of its price. Here is a summary of what we found about this case.
In summary, this is a terrific case for users that want a high-end steel case and liked GS1000 design but never bought one because of the price.
Summary: The Zalman GS1000 Case is available in two color options and is made from aluminum, steel and plastic. The side panels are aluminum, inside is steel, but the remaining outside is plastic. At the front there are four 5.25" drive bays but two have a 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay adapters. Something unique to this case is the SATA Hot Swap HDD Cage system for the bottom three HDDs. The SATA data & SATA power connectors are inside the case.
Zalman GS1000 Professional Full-Tower Enclosure Review
7 November 2008
In the past Zalman has specialized in high end, all aluminum, mid-tower enclosures that were both elegant and expensive. While continuing to offer great styling and features, the new GS1000 professional full-tower enclosure breaks from this tradition and promises more expandability and convenience at a more affordable price ($179 USD).
Summary: Although the GS1000 from Zalman doesn't have a removable motherboard tray, there is plenty of room to work inside this case and it really isn't a problem. Because the hard drives slide in from the front and the optical drives are above the PCIe slots of the motherboard, installing long graphics cards won't be a problem. There is ample room between the motherboard and the front drive racks to support even the longest graphics cards available today.
Pros: Sleek design with aluminum frame and side panels, Externally accessible HDDs, Three hot-swap SATA bays, Support for six HDDs, Ample room for installation and long graphics cards, Non-removable thumbscrews on side panels and ODD bays, Excellent cable management ideas
Cons: No dust filters on intake fan areas, No active cooling on HDD area - could be an issue to 10,000rpm SATA drives
Summary: Zalman GS1000 is a full tower case targeted to the high-end user that wants a good quality case full of features but doesn’t want to pay a lot for an all-aluminum product. Here is a summary of what we found about this case.
In summary, this is a terrific case for users that want a high-end case with aluminum panels but don’t want to give an arm to buy a very high-end all-aluminum model.
Summary: But it does help round out the motif of this case, in that the GS1000 has a few things that are great about it, a few things that are average, and a few things that elicit a starry-eyed look or two. In short, this is an average to above-average chassis. We like some of its features, but its lackluster installation process and general design inconsistencies are enough to make us pause before putting this one under our desks.
Pros: Lots of internal room, lots of drive bay space in a hotswap design, parts kept in check and off the floor using spring-mounted screws.
Cons: Optical drive installation a formidable task, fan holes blocked by plastic grate, minimal front-panel connection options.