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Zalman MS1000-HS2 Mid-Tower ATX Case Review

Author: Steve Grever
Manufacturer: Zalman

Features and Packaging


Sleek Design

The modular front bay design differentiates this case, and smooth edges of the chassis add to it’s quality.         

Cooling Optimized Top and Bottom Vents

The Internal cooling is designed for hot air inside the system to be expelled as quickly as possible to maintain optimum temperature for stable system operation.


Sound Absorbing Pad on the Side Panel

The sound absorbing pad on the side panel minimizes noise.         

Tool-Free HDD Installation

The HDD trays are designed similar to tool-free HDD trays on servers for easy installation and maintenance.


Modular Front HDD/ODD Bays

The 3-In-1 modular front HDD/ODD Bay can be raised or lowered according to the user’s preference.        

Spacious 300mm Front to Back Interior for Convenient
System Installation

Large internal case interior provides ample working space for easy installation and maintenance.


Cable Compartment for Neat Cable Management

The dedicated cable compartment enables neat and easy cable routing without obstructing the airflow within the enclosure for stable system operation.         

Dust Filter Prevents Dust Entering the Case

The intake vent under the enclosure is fitted with a removable, washable dust filter that helps in maintaining preferable conditions within the system.


Hot-Swap Enabled HDD Bays

HDD Hot-Swap is supported, for convenient installation/ removal/ maintenance, and vibration is minimized by vibration damping silicone rings. The fan controller enables the fan speed to be set according to user preference (High/Low fan speed modes).


Multi-Bay Device Installation Support

Two or three multi-bay device installation is supported including other manufacturers’ multi-bay components.


SSD (Solid State Drive ) Support

The included SSD mounting bracket accommodates two 2.5” SSDs. The SSD mounting bracket installs in the 5.25” bay.

One Touch HDD Bay Cover

The HDD Bay Cover opens with one press for convenient access and maintenance of HDDs.


Convenient Peripheral Connection I/O Ports

Convenient I/O Ports with 2 USB/ 1 e-SATA/ 1 Headphones/ 1 Mic accommodate a variety of peripheral components.

Tube Holes for Liquid Cooling Systems

For water cooling users, tube holes are provided at the rear of the case for convenient water cooling set-up and maintenance.


Nickel Coated PCI Card Holder

The PCI Card Holder is nickel-plated for corrosion-free long-term use.         

Vibration Absorbing Base

The Chassis is raised on rubber mounted ‘feet’ that prevent resonant vibration and protect the system from possible liquid spills.



Zalman MS1000-HS2 arrived on my doorstep in this massive cardboard enclosure with a couple studio photos of both versions of this case that consumers can purchase. We received the black version for our review.


The back panel of the retail packaging showcased the case's "aerodynamic design" properties through a detailed illustration. It also showed off many of the case's other features that should entice consumers to drop $175 on this case in a heartbeat.


As we opened the top panel of the retail box, we were greeted with an extremely large accessory box that included the MS1000-HS2's rubber feet, a 3.5" FDD cover, micro ATX motherboard standoffs, power supply and motherboard screws, cable hooks and ties, a 12v extension cable, and a detailed user manual.

Here's a quick shot of the overall packing job Zalman did with the MS1000-HS2. I like the thick foam wrapper that kept the case from getting any scratches or blemishes during shipping. I also liked the molded foam on the top and bottom of the case which kept it from getting dented when the mailman throws it into the back of his truck.


December 2, 2011 | 02:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I love this case. It's sleek and elegant. Building my Beast Machine in the Zalman was a great choice for me!!!

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