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Zalman Z11 Neo Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 2:25 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Zalman

Inside the Z11 Neo

 

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At the bottom front corner of either side panel, we see that the duct work is backed with an 80mm fan to force more air in since the front is mainly blocked off. We also see that these fans require a Molex power lead to power them.

 

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After removing the thumbscrews and side panels, we get a view inside. The wiring has been tied up and has hung itself on the expansion slots, and the paperwork and hardware are resting on the floor of the chassis up against the HDD rack.

 

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With only one door on the front bezel, only the top bay is 5.25" drive or device capable. Since the lower pair do not exit the bezel, Zalman has supplied bay adapters in here to install storage drives if need be.

 

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The lower section of the front of the case is then taken up with the HDD rack. There are three thumbscrews on the face to allow users to remove the top or bottom sections of three trays, or they can also come out entirely.

 

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To open the front of the chassis up for water cooling or longer video cards, remove the thumbscrews and slide the cages out. Then removing the screws in the floor, you can get the base removed, and one end of the support bar. The other end of that bar has a screw in the bottom of the ODD bays.

 

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To get the next image, we found the front bezel had to come off, so we figured we would show it now. You can see the springs in the bezel for the door that lowers, and that the HDD LED wire is permanently attached. This is also how you add fans to the front, but the slip in dust cover has to come off first.

 

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The top of the case is not completely wire free either. The green wires at the back are clipped to the top and are for the power button and power LED. While the I/O panel stays on the chassis, behind it, we see how to add or replace the fans here in the steel side rails.

 

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The motherboard tray has a large access hole, and four larger wire management holes around it, sans any rubber grommets. It will house either ATX or Micro-ATX, and we also see there are plenty of wire tie points stamped into it as well.

 

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The floor of the chassis offers the optional fan location just behind the HDD cage, but use of longer PSUs set on the louvers and rubber pads at the back may interfere with the use of it.

 

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The back of the chassis offers a black framed and white bladed fan as the exhaust, but we would have liked another LED fan here. We also see that the expansion slot covers are break away style and screws for these slots are in with the rest of the hardware.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray there is plenty of room for wire management, and below the access hole, we can see a spot to place an SSD. To the left, there is a support rail to cross with wiring, but to wire the HDD cages, there is plenty of room to tuck away SATA cables and PSU wiring.

 

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While we do wish all of the wiring was black, at the same time, there are no complaints with the length. The front panel wiring are the thin colored ones at the left, and the HD Audio is the longest, and the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 leads are long enough to get anywhere on the motherboard.

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