On the heels of announcing its entry into the SSD market, South Korean manufacturer Zalman revealed its new Z9 series mid-tower chassis arriving next month.
The new line will be offered in two models-- the Z9 and the Z9 Plus. Both will sport a steel construction with front and top steel mesh panels, a rugged black coated interior, and measure 207-mm (w) x 464-mm (h) x 504-mm (d). They'll also have three external 5.25-inch drive bays, five internal 3.5-inch bays, an external 3.5-inch bay and an internal 2.5-inch bay. Other notable features include a bottom-mounted PSU design, tool-free installation of HDDs and SSDs, and a front-mounted I/O panel with four USB 2.0 ports.
On the cooling front, the line will come with a standard 120-mm fan at the rear and a 120-mm Blue LED fan in the front by default. There will also be room for two optional 120-mm fans at the top, two 120-mm fans on the side, and a 120-mm fan at the bottom.. For the Z9 Plus model, Blue LED 120-mm fans can be mounted in the top and side, replacing one of the optional standard fans.
Outside the fan configurations, the only difference with the Z9 Plus is that it will provide side acrylic tuning and add a two channel fan controller and temperature sensor display located on its I/O panel. Zalman designed both models with low cost in mind, offering the Z9 Plus for $74.99 and the basic Z9 model for $64.99.
Look for these two slick PC cases next month.