Introduction (Cont’d)

The reviewed case comes with one 120 mm fan installed on the top panel (no word about specifications; this fan uses a regular peripheral power connector, so you can’t install it on your motherboard to monitor its speed) and a space for installing another 120 mm fan, which doesn’t come with the case. Both spaces also support 140 mm fans.

Zalman MS1000-HS2 caseFigure 5: Top panel.

On the top part of the case you can find a panel containing two USB ports (too close to each other), an eSATA port and mic in and headphone jacks.

Zalman MS1000-HS2 caseFigure 6: Connectors found on the top panel.

Finally we have the rear panel in Figure 7. On this case the power supply is installed on the bottom of the case. This case has a 120 mm fan on its rear panel (no word on speed, airflow or noise level; like the top fan it uses a regular peripheral power connector) and two holes for hoses from water cooling devices. These holes use a rubber cover, so you won’t need to break anything on your case to have them available.

Zalman MS1000-HS2 caseFigure 7: Rear panel.

This case has a very interesting feature: the expansion cards are screwed from outside the case, instead of being screwed from inside. It also has a plate for holding the cards attached to the rear side using a thumbscrew.

Zalman MS1000-HS2 caseFigure 8: Expansion cards are held from outside the case.

Let’s see how MS1000-HS2 looks like inside.


Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.