Zalman MS1000-HS2 Pro mid-tower chassis review [Guru3D]

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  1. Guru3D News

    Guru3D News Ancient Guru

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    Zalman MS1000-HS2 Professional Chassis review Zalman recently released a new chassis onto the market called MS1000-HS2 a chassis targeted at the somewhat high-end professional end-user with a grasp...

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  2. Cybermancer

    Cybermancer Don Quixote

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    Looks to be a nice mid-size tower.

    I know, I'm a bit picky by mentioning this but one of the Zalman imprints (instead of three) would have been enough though, imo.
     
  3. proFits

    proFits Ancient Guru

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    HH gave it:

    [​IMG]

    But fails on the ''looking good'' criteria which is the most important part in my opinion
     
  4. Omagana

    Omagana Ancient Guru

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    Looks awesome, shame it's not all black inside but then again, theres no side window so doesn't really matter.
     

  5. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Yeah that's the problem with chassis design. Personally I like this design very much, then again taste is a very subjective thing. Some will love, others will like and some will hate it.

    I like the simplicity in style this chassis offers.
     
  6. Duke Nil

    Duke Nil Maha Guru

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    Agreed.

    Otherwise I quite like it
     
  7. JohnMaclane

    JohnMaclane Ancient Guru

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    What bugged me is the fragility of the hot swap drives.

    Thats one of the features ill be looking any any future case, hot swap cuz its just plain awesome.

    A quick question do the fans behind the drives make lots of noise? seems like they are prone to some turbulence.
     
  8. NeoElNino

    NeoElNino Master Guru

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    mmmmm not my thing really.

    Although i love the front Drive Slot Bay, id still prefer my current CoolerMaster H922 which has a cooler design

    [​IMG]
     
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    I like the hot swappable hard drive bay,s
    no more fiddling with cables to change drives,but as the review said the design is quite brittle and needs to be worked on.
     
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    chris Ancient Guru

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    Another question regarding the fans behind the hard drives,do they blow air over the drives towards the front of the case,what is used as intake then?
     

  11. vbetts

    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    I love the way it looks!

    I don't love the way the price is more than $150 for a mid tower case...=[
     
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    inklimited Ancient Guru

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    I reckon it looks awesome. Some great features as well. My only negative is that it doesn't have a billion fans. It would have been nice to see an intake fan on the front, possibly hidden. :(

    Other than that little thing, it looks top notch. :)
     
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    Doug Ancient Guru

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    Agreed, black internals and it would be poifect!
     
  14. TheSarge

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    Only 2 front USBs? No front firewire?
    FAIL!
     
  15. darrenj

    darrenj Ancient Guru

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    Has everything I need except a bling bling side window!!!!
    I could consider buying this and cutting out one
     

  16. martguru3d

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    This case has a fundamental design flaw if noise is a concern for you. The plastic side panels resonate with hard disk vibration and amplify it into a hum. The tiny silicone rings do virtually nothing to prevent the vibration being transmitted to the case. If you only have one hard disk the hum from the side panels is tolerable, but if you have two hard disks then the slight speed difference between them makes the hum beat louder and softer as the vibrations go in and out of phase, so you end up with a fairly loud droning hum every second or two (depending on the speed difference of the hard disks). I tested this with 3 different hard disks, all 7200RPM. Removing the side panels or pressing against them makes the noise stop. Even the panel with the noise dampening material on it vibrates.

    This may not be an issue if you have only a single HDD, but considering the case has bays for 6 drives I'm sure others will run into this problem as well.

    I replaced the zalman with an antec solo which is far quieter even without the resonance issue. The silicone damping rings in the antec case are many times thicker than in the zalman, but I use the suspension mounts just to make sure. Unfortunately no more hot swap and the case older and uglier, but at least it is silent.
     

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