Conclusion: The Zalman Z9 Plus is a good choice for mainstream and enthusiast users alike. It has good features, and performs well during stress testing, and high temperatures. The case’s easy installation features make this a contender in the market.
Summary: The Z9 Plus mid-tower case is exactly what we expect from a Zalman product. It is well built, with a sleek design that has a flawless finish. Almost every desired feature is taken into account; there is a hole in the motherboard tray to accommodate CPU cooler installations, as well as anti-vibration...
Pros: » Built in fan controller and temperature display, » Accepts large video cards, » Great cooling options, » Dedicated SSD mount, » Anti-vibration mounts for hard drives, » Large hole to access CPU cooler back-plate, » Painted inside and out, » Silent
Cons: » No USB 3.0, » No replaceable expansion slot covers, » Not tool-less
Summary: The Z9 Plus is a foray by Zalman into the budget gaming case market and from that perspective we consider it to be a success. It is definitely middle-of-the-road for thermal performance and build quality, but for its asking price no one expects any miracles.
Pros: Support for up to seven fans (four included), Independent fan speed controller and temperature sensor, Damped hard drive bays, 29 cm graphics card clearance, Low price
Cons: Side intake makes fans sound terrible, Restrictive PSU vent, Questionable aesthetics
Summary: The Z9 Plus is a terrific option if you are looking for a case full of nice features at a very attractive price. We can’t really complain about the “weak points” listed below because of its price. For its terrific cost/benefit ratio, we are giving it our Golden Award.
Conclusion: Performance on this case is well within acceptable levels. The 4 included fans provided excellent air flow in and out of the case. The temperature on the LCD stays in the low 30s Celsius when it is put right at the base of the CPU. The fans are not loud at all.
Pros: Great Looking, Great Price, Good Cable Management, 4 Included Zalman 120mm Fans, Feature Packed Front I/O Panel, Room for up to 7 fans
Summary: Installing all components in the Z9 Plus is easy. The supplied mounting hardware makes finding the right fasteners a breeze. The Z9 Plus comes with rubber insulators for mounting the HDD to keep any vibration to a minimum.
Pros: Great Price - Affordable MSRP, Cable Management System, Astically Pleasing, Built-in Fan Controller, Excellent Airflow
Excerpt: After examining the Z9 Plus chassis, I was very pleased to see that Zalman has addressed the vast majority of the issues I had with the Z7 series. Not only has Zalman improved cooling performance while still keeping noise in the acceptable range, they've given the interior a matching black finish...