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Zalman HD160 HTPC Enclosure and 460W Power Supply Review

Manufacturer: Zalman

Features and Specifications

The Zalman HD160 Home Theater PC enclosure is specifically designed to quietly blend in with the other audio-video gear you may have in your family room or AV rack.  The HD160 is available in either silver or black and can accommodate a full size ATX mother board and power supply.  It has room for one externally accessible 5.25' drive and up to four internal HDDs to support your music and movie playback and storage needs.  The HD160 comes with two quiet 80mm fans on the backside and multiple case vents for excellent cooling.  Zalman also sent along one of their new ZM460B-APS power supplies for us to use during this review!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />




The HD160 HTPC enclosure comes equipped with a front panel VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display), integrated 17-in-1 card reader, and a Windows MCE compatible IR remote control.  Unlike Zalman's previous two HTPC enclosures (TNN 500AF and the TNN 300), the HD160 is a desktop style enclosure squarely targeted towards HTPC enthusiasts.  You can read my previous review of the awesome Zalman TNN 500AF enclosure here.


HD160 HTPC Enclosure Key Features


·         Elegant audiophile styling — silver or black, brushed-aluminum finish

·         Optimized Ventilation and Cooling:

o        Two ultra-quiet 80mm fans

o        Adjustable top vent for CPU cooling

o        Two side vents for video card and PSU cooling

o        Bottom vents for HDD cooling

·         Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6") or Full Size ATX (12"x 9.6") motherboards

·         Standard ATX power supply support

·         Excellent expandability:

o        (1) 5.25' and (1) 3.5' drive bay, exposed

o        (4) 3.5' HDD bays, internal

·         Integrated VFD and 17-in-1 card reader

·         Front-mounted ports for easy multimedia connections

o        2 x USB 2.0

o        1 x IEEE 1394

o        Audio In and Out

·         IR remote control included


Specifications (from the Zalman website)




ZM460B-APS Power Supply Key Features


·         Ultra-quiet CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System)

·         NMB-Matsushita 120mm temperature controlled 120mm fan

·         ATX Ver2.03, ATX12V Ver2.2 compliant

·         High Efficiency (exceeds 80%)

·         Dual +12V outputs (34A combined)

·         Dual PCI-Express video card connectors

·         Universal Input (100 — 240 VAC) with Active PFC

·         Easy cable management with sleeved cables and EZ Grip connectors



Specifications (from the Zalman website)



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