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The New Year brings a new build... The Zalman ZMachine LQ1000, to me is an iconic case; it’s certainly one I’ve always wanted from back in the day when I first saw it. The case itself was released in late 2008 and features a pre-installed watercooling setup; the pump, reservoir, radiator and control gauges all fitted before you even open the box. The idea behind it was all you would be left to do is mount the CPU water block, fit a pair of hoses, fill the reservoir and hey presto you had a fully fledged water-cooling setup without any of the mess and fuss of crimped hoses, leaks or lengthy build time. The LQ1000 was intended to make watercooling, dare I say it, easy. Exterior The LQ1000 oozes class, as soon as you lay your hands upon its black aluminium surface you get a feeling for the quality of the materials used, a slight texturing to the 4mm aluminium plate used for all the exterior panelling draws your hands to it - you just can't stop touching it and trust me it’s a fingerprint magnet. 4mm aluminium plate – the exterior panelling of the LQ1000 could probably be used as a makeshift body armour and the side panels and fascia panel are even thicker, 7mm and 5mm respectively. The LQ1000 weighs in at 15kg (33lbs), no low quality plastics or pop rivets on this baby, every panel fits together perfectly, every edge is beautifully machined – the build quality is simply sublime. Design wise, both sides of the case use a dual door system, with identical smaller doors at the front of the case for accessing the HDD and 5.25” bays and larger specialised door/panels providing access to the motherboard and the rest of the case interior. The right hand side “door” is more a combination of side panel and removable motherboard tray (way ahead of it’s time) and after removing eight Allen key screws, drops completely out to allow easy motherboard and water block installation. The left hand door, which is mounted on some very well balanced hinges, houses the watercooling loop’s radiator (220mm x 220mm x 25mm 15 FPI), flow meter and reservoir, and as with the right hand panel, is ribbed on the exterior. Originally the LQ1000 was to be a completely passively cooled system enclosure, with the small fins increasing surface area for improved cooling, but now they’re here for purely cosmetic reasons as the radiator's cooling is handled by an enormous 240mm blowhole cut into the side panel. However, the quality of the build materials and the precision of the grill cutting means that it’s difficult to notice the blow hole unless you’re looking at it square on. There’s a ton of attention to detail too, with all the hinged doors fitted with fairly strong magnets to keep them closed when not screwed shut, and a blue back lit flow meter recessed into the door itself. The front panel houses a pretty extensive fan control and temperature monitoring system (very similar to the Zalman’s Reserator XT's), it utilizes dual dial displays for fan speed and water flow rate and a red LCD readout with two temperature probe displays, available in °C and °F. The bizarrely named volume control knob operates as a speed control for both the LQ1000’s cooling fans and the water cooling loop’s pump; it affords you direct control over just how noisy you want your case to be. The dial has a good resistance when turned, and controls the fans between 12V and 5V and the stock pump between 0.6 and 1.5 litres per minute (with the default loop setup). There’s also an automatic setting if you’d rather the case set its own noise levels, dependent on system temperature, additionally it features a button to switch off the red back lighting of the front displays entirely. There are the usual contingent of front panel connectivity with dual USB 2.0 (no USB 3 but that’s easily remedied), microphone, headphone and Firewire. Additionally, there's also power and two HDD activity LEDs, two nicely tactile power and reset buttons cap off the front fascia array. External drive bay wise, The LQ1000 has four 5.25” drive bays and a single 3.5”, although Zalman only ship the LQ1000 with three 5.25” blanking plates. The blanking plates that are included are (no great surprise) of the highest quality, and made of the same 5mm aluminium as the rest of case.
Hey everyone, I'm new here but this forum is awesome and have awesome members who create realy nice stuff. I'm sorry for my english but hope u can understand me enought to help me. PS: I'm German :P This is my rigg : So here is my question have u guys any idea how to make it looking better ? And maybe cooler ? Do you need information about the pc-hardware i could use which isnt in that system ?
BackDraft Evo... BackDraft is a concept I’ve been toying with for some time (12 months plus), the basic brief is for a high air flow water/hybrid cooled rig for general use, video encoding, gaming and to satisfy my passion for overclocking and benchmarking; as both the CPU and GPU will be overclocked a heavy emphasis will be on cooling but I also want for it to be nigh on silent and energy efficient. As the name suggests it will be a project that evolves in stages. 2 of the principle components - An EVGA Z68 FTW Motherboard :wub: My performance lapped 2600K :D And here is some more of the pre build stockpile just after Christmas
Looking for a flash new case with some stand out features? Zalman's Z15 has air slates that open on the roof depending on case temp. I didn't see it mentioned, but I wish the front flap on the face would open/close as well in conjuncture with the roof. Tying into the roof slat circuit would be pretty easy I imagine and a cool way to have some transformer stuff go on with your case. Here's a video of the Z15 in action, as well as a prototype Mi-3 mITX case along the lines of the Prodigy. Links about Zalman at CES: http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2014_zalman_suite_tour_video http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ces-2014-cpu-cases-zalman-z15-mi3-zm1000gvm,25712.html