Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Tower Case

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Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Tower Case

March 3, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Zalman Z9 Plus
ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$60~$70

The Zalman Z9 Plus is a budget ATX tower case targeting the enthusiast/gamer market. These types of cases emphasize cooling with plenty of ventilation and multiple large fans which appeal to users with hot, high-end hardware. There is also a seemingly unabated need to catch the eye of users with fanciful designs, blinding lights, and what have you. The Z Plus has all of these standard trappings along bonus features that might actually be useful, like a temperature sensor with LCD display and a two channel fan controller. Zalman informed us that it is their first case to be produced in China, which explains the lower price compared to previous Zalman cases, which were all made in Korea.


The Z9 Plus box.

The Z9 Plus.

The first thing we noticed about the Z9 Plus is the gaudy looking side panel. A diagonal area of mesh book-ended with small acrylic windows were used in an ill-fated attempt to form the letter "Z". The end result is less than flattering though some points may be awarded for originality/audacity. The rest of the case is thankfully more reserved, though the molded "Z" at the front of the case seems to decrease airflow for the front fan.

The Z9 Plus stands just over 18" tall, which is modest for an enthusiast tower. It is fairly deep at almost 20", which suggests it can accommodate most of the longer graphics cards on the market today. The case supports seven fans in total, with four 120 mm models included, one standard, and three of the blue LED variety positioned at the rear, top, side, and front. There is space for 3 x 5.25", 6 x 3.5" (one internal), and 1 x 2.5" drives.


Accessories.

The accessories are contained in a re-sealable plastic bag. Included are the necessary screws and standoffs, a few zip-ties, a manual, an EPS12V extension cable.

Specifications: Zalman Z9 Plus
(from the product web page)
Enclosure Type ATX Mid Tower
Dimensions 207(W) x 464(H) x 504(D)mm; 48.4 L
Weight 7.2kg
Material Plastic, Steel
Motherboard Compatibility Standard ATX / m-ATX
Power Supply Compatibility Standard ATX / ATX12V
VGA Compatibility Full Size (290mm)
Expansion Slot 7
Drive Bay External 5.25" x 3
Internal 3.5" x 5
External 3.5" x 1
Internal 2.5" x 1
Cooling Component Front: 120mm /140mm fan x 1 (120mm Blue LED fan x 1 standard)
Top: 120mm /140mm fan x 2 (120mm Blue LED fan x 1 standard)
Bottom: 120mm /140mm fan x 1 (option)
Rear: (L) 120mm fan x 1 (standard)
Side: 120mm fan x 2 (120mm Blue LED fan x 1 standard)
Front I/O Ports Mic x 1, Headphones x 1, USB 2.0 x 4, Fan Controller, Temperature Display
Color Black


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