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.
And 7 places to put fans, seriously? Can anyone say leafblower? I rather have a few of those places covered up so less dust would have the opportunity to get inside my case. If someone used all 7 slots for fans, I wonder how many of the intakes are going to be unfiltered air.
7 fans is not as loud as you might think. I have a old PC my fiance uses in a Thermaltake Xaser III which has 7 80mm fans. Added with the 2 PSU fans, CPU fan and GPU fan thats 11 total and its quieter than some single fan setups I have seen.
Its all about the fans you put in it as well as the material its made of. If the material is sturdy then the sound wont be so bad. If its flimsy then the sounds will push out.
Not a bad look. I actually went to their site and found that they have a new HSF that looks pretty nice and will look good in that case. The 9900Max.
If the material is sturdy then the sound wont be so bad.
All 7 are 120mm in this case. Bigger fans generally move more air (at least i thought that was the point of bigger fans), which means more air collides with objects inside of case and produce noise.
I thought the material would have to be sound dampening and more enclosure of the case(very little openings) for a quiet case. Not sure I understand how sturdiness keeps noise in since I don't see cases being moved by the fans inside it.