Summary: Overall for the price and my first case, I would say that it did it's job! I only had the case for a month or two and then bought the NZXT H440. There are a few things that I enjoyed about the case in terms of overall airflow and how cool my rig actually stayed under load.
Pros: Sweet looking case for a gaming rig. Good price point. Really enjoyed the air flow, which kept my system cool while under a heavy gaming load. Comes with a total of 5 fans stock, 2 of which are installed in the side panels, unfortunately you can't take them out without damaging them.
Cons: Really could have used without the optical bays and all the HDD cages (personal preference). Not a lot of room for "clean" cable management. Not so user friendly with bigger GPU's, almost couldn't fit my MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozor becase of the HDD cages..
Summary: I think the Cooler Master HAF mid tower series might be a better option than this one. Panels bow out to give room for cables and probably have more room for expansion while keeping the cables neat. The airflow in both cases are similar if not more air flow in the Cooler Master.
Pros: Case has great air flow and looks awesome too.
Cons: Cable management is not exactly easy with this case. The USB 3.0 header is really stiff and is a pain to get it connected to the mobo. Trying to hid wires or fit them between the case and the outside panel is not exactly easy. I can't really see how I would be able to expand with this case with o...
Summary: I purchased it "in stock". NCIX for some reason takes quite a few days to even process your order. Turns out it was back-ordered and they had 1 left sitting in a retail store somewhere. I was lucky that I only had to wait 2 weeks instead of 4.
Pros: Nice case with lots of fans. Price is good with MIR (not sure when I will get it. If at all). USB 3.0 is updated on this case so you now dont have to pass though the back of your case anymore.
Cons: Back of case is narrow (hard for cable management) compare to some other cases. Front and top panels hard to take off.
Summary: Very Good Design. Good Fans installed. It was harder to take out the front panel. The ssd on the back of the motherboard will take a longer cable to reach. With the popularity of ssds, we will need more 2.5 bays.
Pros: Good Ventolation, Good Design
Cons: SSD at back of motherboard is hard to reach. Need more internal 2.5 space
Nice case but what's up with the front panel USB 3.0's?
kevin g., Newegg
17 November 2012
Summary: It really is a very nice case I just hope that Zalman corrects the USB 3.0 issue I described in my cons because it really does look dumb with USB wires coming out of the case to plug back into the mobo on the outside and completely ruins the sleekness of the case.
Pros: Beautiful sleek looking case, fans and fan mounts everywhere, mostly quiet, nice subdued LED's, good cable management, good dust covers, and lots of room.
Cons: Okay so two cons of this case: 1.) The USB 3.0's for the front panel are just two USB cables, I had to go through an opening in the back to connect them to the USB 3.0 in the back on the I/O panel, most cases have a USB 3.0 plug that plugs directly into the mobo on the inside of the case, not the...
Summary: I like this case when i got it, but now it's been about a year and a half and I'm being forced to upgrade for better cooling. I use a corsair H-80i and with it mounted the radiator takes up one of the top exhaust fan mounts.
Pros: Solid design, looks good, lost of cable management tie-downs.
Cons: Very little interior space, very difficult to mount a radiator if you want to do any liquid cooling. front and top panels are very difficult to remove
Summary: The Zalman case is great, but this is a modified case. I was concerned when this item arrived, because the case lists the fans as being blue. However, when I asked about this I was told that ADMI (the seller) have changed the fans for unbranded red fans.
Excerpt: I just bought one of these for my new build and it initially looks the 'job'. However, during my build process, I found several issues. Firstly, one of the two wires connecting the power switch with the main-box was hanging loose. I got my soldering iron out and sorted that.
this case does a pretty good job of doing what it was designed for
Jason L, Amazon
15 July 2012
Summary: Once set-up properly (see below), this case does a pretty good job of doing what it was designed for. Airflow is good, fans are quiet even at full speed and it looks great inside and out. Love the red LED's. I gave it 3 stars because of a couple of issues.