Zalman Z-Machine GT-1000
Zalman is best know for their coolers and fans. But they also offer high-end cases, perhaps the most famous of which is the Z-Machine GT-1000. If the Stacker is a heavyweight wrestler, the Z-Machine is a heavy tank. Although built out of aluminum, the panels are incredibly thick. This gives the impression that the Z-Machine could double as an infant's bomb shelter, but it also makes the Z-Machine a bulky, heavy computer to work with. But even so, the heft may be worth impressing friends - one look at this, and you'll realize why it costs around $400 dollars.
Despite its bulk, the Z-Machine isn't hard to work with. This is thanks to a very unique split-door design which allows the user to access the motherboard area or the drive bays without opening the entire case. The feature itself is thoughtful, but the solid, well-built doors make it truly helpful. Need to upgrade a hard drive? No problem at all - simply open the door, put the hard drive in, and close, without sliding off the entire side panel of the PC.
The Z-Machine is also showy, which some users will surely enjoy. The two 92mm fans in the front, when fitted with LED fans, look very attractive or very menacing, depending on the color you choose, while the rear fan offers the same effect for the motherboard area, which is shown to the world through a high-quality side panel. If the Stacker and the Silverstone are too plain for your tastes, then the Z-Machine should fit the bill.
There is one problem. In comparison to other cases in this size and price category, it doesn't have that many drive bays and it doesn't fit anything larger than an ATX motherboard. The 6 3.5" internal bays is fine, but 4 5.25" external bays is rather skimpy. There are fewer fans, too, as the Z-Machine only fits one 120mm fan in the rear and two 92mm fans in the front. For a case with such a high price-tag, these are odd over-sights, but they likely represent the compromise needed to create a case that will probably outlast human civilization.