Inside the Zalman ZM-T3

Each panel is attached to the chassis using two black thumbscrews.

The motherboard tray has a huge cutout for you to access the backplate of the CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard from the case. Besides that, there are holes that allow to pass the cables behind it. There is a 0.6” (15 mm) clearance between the tray and the right panel.

The case supports microATX and Mini-ITX motherboards.

Zalman ZM-T3Figure 9: overall look

Figure 10 shows the case from behind the motherboard tray.

Zalman ZM-T3Figure 10: behind the motherboard tray

You can install CPU coolers up to 5.9” (150 mm) tall.

The ZM-T3 supports video cards up to 11.8” (300 mm) long if the internal 3.5” bays are not in use. If you are using them, you can fit video cards up to 9.8” (250 mm) long.

Expansion card are held using standard screws.

Zalman ZM-T3Figure 11: overall look

The power supply is installed at the bottom of the case. It may be installed with its fan facing up or down, pulling air from inside or outside the case. As shown before, there is an air filter for the power supply fan in the bottom panel.

You will be able to fit power supplies up to 11.8” (300 mm) deep if the bottom 2.5” bay is unused, and up to 6.3” (160 mm) if there is a drive installed here.

There is no support for additional fans at the bottom panel of the case.

Zalman ZM-T3Figure 12: power supply compartment

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.