Zalman Z3 Plus White Mid-Tower Case Review

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I have a bad habit of being swayed by beautiful things. Far too often in my life I have let a good thing slip by because I was looking at something a little bit prettier. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we should forgo aesthetic qualities in the hopes of getting something that is higher quality. What I am saying is we need to seek a balance. When it comes to PC components, and especially cases and such, it is sometimes easier to find a great balance because of the rule, form follows function. What that means to me is that when something looks like it is going to work great, it usually will, and when it is designed to work wonderfully, it will look just as cool.



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The Zalman Z3 PLUS White is a midtower case that measures 192(W) x465(H) x430(D)mm and weighs only 6Kg (13.22lb). The Z3 PLUS White by Zalman is made of plastic and steel and supports standard and micro ATX mother boards and PSUs. For a midtower case the graphics card support is huge, measuring up to 360mm (14.1 inches), so there is plenty of room for any GPU you have. There is also a bracket built in to assist in the support of those extra-long, and often heavier, GPUs. There are 2 x 5.25” drives on the front panel and an internal bay of 4 x 3.5” HDD. The Z3 PLUS comes preinstalled with 1 x 120mm LED fan in the front for intake, 1 x 120mm fan in the rear as exhaust and 2 x 120mm fans in the top, also for exhaust. The front I/O port comes with one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0, a standard 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack and the fan controller, which supports two fans simultaneously. There are seven PCIe expansion slots that are designed to break away, they cannot be replaced with a thumbscrew.