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Zalman Z3 Plus White Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 7, 2014 2:05 am
TweakTown Rating: 74%Manufacturer: Zalman

Case Build and Finished Product




We had to really fight to remove the front bezel. It required us to have to bang against the clips to get it to come off. We see the clear blue LED fan on the front of the chassis, and we see that to clean the foam dust filter, the mesh tabs need to be unbent to allow it to come out.




With the build completed, and even when we added the DVD drive, we find the look to be much the same as when we started.




We knew CPU clearance was limited, so we went with a 150mm cooler, but were able to use the HD 7950 without issue since the top section of HDD rack is not in the way. There may be issues with some cards in multi-GPU setups, but reference cards and coolers should not cause issues.




In the back, the dust shield snapped in easy enough, and breaking out the expansion slots was easy as well. When we added the card, we did have to force the back of the chassis inward to screw it in, but the PSU went in without incident.




We limited what we ran behind the tray due to the limited room offered, but we were still able to get most of it hidden. The panel did require a bit of pushing to get it back onto the chassis, but we managed it without damaging anything in the process.




Stepping back to take it all in, we do like the smaller, even if oddly shaped, window that offers a view of the CPU cooler and video cards, but keeps all the mess of a chassis out of view. Now, let's add some power and see what happens.




Along with a slight view of blue LEDs through the front mesh that we used for the introduction image, the top of the chassis offers the power button backlit by a blue LED when powered. While we did miss the HDD activity light, it is also blue.

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