Summary: It is an excellent case for the price, many fans, a thermometer, easy to install hard drives. For those who were griping about the disconnected power switch, read the manual. It is in there. For those whining about "cheap metal", What do you expect for the price point? Military grade armor plating? Same thing for the strip and trash back plane covers.
Pros: Excellent case. Everything works well. Had no problems, even with the power plug gripe I have read in the other reviews.
Cons: Don't like the strip and trash parts on the back plane
My New Low-Medium Budget Build Case, It's Awesome.
Maksim R., Newegg
26 April 2013
Summary: I used to use the cooler master elite cases for low end- med build budget builds. Now they are all build on the z9 cases. My customers couldn't be happier and the case handles everything I throw at from long vid cards in SLI/Crossfire, to oddly build boards. And gives me enough room to customize anything. Def. bang for the buck.
Summary: I/O wires are plenty long, although with the wiring already being tied to the back panel, I'm sure a full ATX board would have to cut the ties and re-route the power button and led wires, they were just long enough as it was for my micro ATX board. USB cables are more than long enough for any port location.
Pros: Installed a Micro ATX ASRock mb in it, along with the Cooler Master 212 cooler. Enough clearance for the cooler, and it is visible in the window.
Cons: The blue LED fans really don't move much air at all. They are pretty quiet. Not the quietest case over all, but still quiet non the less. The rear fan puts out quite a bit of air, not sure if it is the fan or that it is in line with the cooler master cooler which really moves the air as well.
Summary: I only mark my Tech level as 3 because "No matter how smart you think you are...there is always someone smarter"(I've been working on PC's for 20 years)Before buying this case I read all the reviews and after receiving the case I had to scratch my head at some of the bad reviews from people who say they are 5 star Tech's.
Pros: For a "Budget" case you can't ask for more..Has a lot of nice features.
Cons: Except for some of the bad reviews I read.I really don't see any real Cons for what you are paying for this case.
Summary: Could use USB 3.0 ports on the front control panel.
Pros: Price, I have several cases and for the price this one leads its price range. I have never found a case under $70 that has this quality of construction or offers as many features, such as 4 120mm fans (and room to upgrade too 7 140mm fans, Great cable management behind the motherboard, Space (every thing fits nice and easy plenty of room to work on it), style and the inside is coated and finished. I like the Hdd mounting system my ssd drives went right in no problems....
Cons: The windows in the front panel could be fasten better to the frame. Mine were a bit loose but I was able to snug them up. Pci slots in the back are break away and non re-usable but again in this price rang most cases are the same I did find my "Silverstone Vented PCI Slot Covers" fit the case just fine so no points were deducted.
Summary: This case blew me away. I have used several quality cases for my builds, but this case is my favorite so far! My Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus fits with no problem. It has great cable management options. The air flow inside the case lowered my CPU temp 4 degrees from when the system was in open air sitting on my bench (I added a second fan at the top). I can't say enough good things about this case.
Pros: All four fans are quiet.
Cons: I can't find the Zalman blue led fans for sale in the USA.
Pros: The room , the installation book is easy to use , plenty of accessories , Looks awesome . fan controller on front , fans are quite . size is just rite not to big not to small . My xfx 6950 fit with no problems . No door in the way on the front lol .power supply mounts in btm . I like it so much i got another one to replace wifes case .
Cons: well its not bad but i used a card reader and it mounts were the ssd was meant to be , so only 2 screws will work to hold the card reader. My ssd came with an adapter to use it in a normal hard drive area .
Summary: This is the first Zalman purchase I have made for myself. I am very happy with the case and I am BLOWN away by Zalman's service. As noted in cons, I was put in the position to contact Zalman about my non-working power switch. I spoke with a receptionist (I assume) at Zalman USA who quickly and politely forwarded my call to Howard in the RMA department. He was super helpful and seemed genuinely concerned that I had received a failed component.
Pros: Very light out of the box, but heavy and sturdy once built out. Lots of room for plenty of components, wire management, etc. I love the big led fans (and have not experienced the loud whine noted in the previous rating). I am more than pleased with this case and not only would I recommend it...I have to several friends already.
Cons: My power button came defective. Used a jumper for a few days and a quick call to Zalman and I'm up and running.
Summary: excellent product. Comes with several case fans fitted as standard. Mounting of hard drives excellent, cushioned be rubber grommets against vibration. Easy access to all parts of the case, and no huge wiring loom obstructing the 5.25 inch loading slots. Some reviews mentioned that they thought the case material was flimsy, I think it is just right, if you want heavyweight, pay a heavy weight price for it. Unable to fault the product.