Introduction to the Zalman MS1000-HS2
Whenever you are in the market for a high end case there are usually a few characteristics the case needs to have. A few that come to mind would be quality, sturdy, good looking and have the necessary room to house all the components in which you intend to use. There are many cases out there that will fit these needs and it is all comes down to a matter of personal taste. However, what if a friend came to you and asked for some advice on what manufacturers to look at? A few companies will come to mind and one of those companies should be Zalman, if that friend was asking me.
Zalman is a company that is known for putting out quality equipment. Their coolers are top notch, their front panel fan controllers are attractive and the GT1000 case was absolutely one of the strongest cases put out by any company. The GS1000 was not too shabby of a case either. It was one of the first gamer/enthusiast cases to offer a SATA backpane for hard drive installation. Zalman is at it again. Zalman is hoping to wow its supporters with a new case with smooth lines and little curves. All the while offering the same functionality of the GS1000. This new case is labeled MS1000. The MS1000 comes in two versions as well as two different colors. The two versions are the HS1 and the HS2, which we will be reviewing today. The colors that are offered are black and white.
The differences between the HS1 and HS2 come down to hard drive support. The HS2 we will be looking at has a two SATA hot-swap back pane, while the HS1 has just one but is able to support more 5.25" devices. Definitely, which is better is up to your needs. In my case, I would like to have more hard drive support than extra 5.25" bays. To each his own. It is time to get deep and dirty with the MS1000, so read along as I take you on a tour of Zalman's newest case.