Introduction (Cont’d)

There is absolutely nothing fancy about Z7 Plus top panel, as you can see in Figure 4. The word "ZALMAN" glows in blue when the computer is turned on, acting as the "power LED". In Figure 5, you can see all connectors available on the top panel, which are protected with a lid: two USB ports, eSATA port, mic in jack and heaphones out jack.

Zalman Z7 Plus CaseFigure 4: Top panel.

Zalman Z7 Plus CaseFigure 5: Buttons and connectors.

The rear panel can be seen in Figure 6. On Z7 and Z7 Plus the power supply is installed on the top part of the case. A 120 mm fan comes installed here, and it uses a regular peripheral power connector, not allowing you to monitor its speed (1,100 rpm, 39.77 cfm, 22 dB). Two holes for liquid cooling solutions are available, protected by rubber covers, so you won’t need to break anything on your case in order to use this feature.

This new case uses vented slot covers, which can help improving the computer internal airflow. There is also a small mesh above the expansion slots with the same purpose.

Z7 Plus comes with a tab for you to install a padlock or a seal to the left panel.

As you can see, the rear panel isn’t painted black.

Zalman Z7 Plus CaseFigure 6: Rear panel.

Now let’s take a look inside Z7 Plus.


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.