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.
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.