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Zalman Z9 NEO Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 12:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Zalman

Case Build & Finished Product

 

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Since the Z9 NEO comes with a solid front door, had we installed an optical drive, bay reservoir, or a card reader, you would never know. The door stays shut until it needs to be opened, and with the sound absorbing material on the inside, noise emanating from the front is minimal.

 

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We had plenty of room for the AIO in the back of the chassis, and our aftermarket GTX 970 has plenty of room inside of this chassis. At the top of the motherboard, there is just enough room for a thin AIO to go there, but be sure to have all of your wiring there done before installing what will block access to them.

 

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The dust shield popped right into place, there were no issues returning the thumbscrews to secure the video card, and the PSU slides right into place as well. There is nothing out of the ordinary going on back here.

 

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With minimal wiring, we felt that using the hook and loop straps would be sufficient. We did run the fan leads from the top to the bottom to remove the Molex connections from behind the tray, and we found plenty of places to address keeping the wiring out of the way.

 

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To get here, the left side panel with the window slid right back onto the chassis. As for the right side, behind the tray, we did have a bit of a struggle since they are thin panels, but we did manage to get it aligned and installed.

 

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The view inside of the chassis is great through this large side window, and we can see the Corsair logo along with the Zotac one, and we also get a hint of blue lighting from the pair of fans at the top. The more we look at the Z9 NEO, the more it grows on us.

 

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A bit of a bonus to those who admire chassis lighting tricks of the trade, here you go. Not only can you see the fan LEDs through the black trim ring on the top of the chassis, and a similar effect around the power button. What is trick about this chassis is that Zalman continued that theme, and lit the USB ports as well.

 

As for noise levels, the back of the chassis is where the most noise is produced, and a foot away, the meter showed us 35 dB as a maximum.

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