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ZALMAN Silver Aluminum HD160XT-S ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Aluminum
  • Front Display
  • 2 x 80mm rear fans
  • 1 x 80mm Bottom fan 1
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Learn more about the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd HD160XT-S

General

Brand
ZALMAN
Model
HD160XT-S

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Silver
Case Material
Aluminum
Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX, Micro ATX
Side Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
5
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0
Front FireWire Ports
Yes
Front Audio Ports
Yes
Front Display
7" Touch Screen TFT LCD

Cooling System

80mm Fans
2 x 80mm rear fans
1 x 80mm Bottom fan
90mm Fans
1
Side Air duct
No

Features

Features
Designed for High TDP Processors
Designed for High Performance Power Supplies
Designed for Optimal Graphic Card Performance
Designed to Maximize HDD and LCD Lifespan
Elegant Design

Dimensions&Weight

Height
6.3''
Width
17.2''
Depth
18.2''
Weight
15.2 lbs.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Charles S.
  • 1/18/2011 10:27:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Great, quality case. Really. Nice touch screen. Even though website drivers are old, the most recent version works just fine with Windows 7 Ultimate. M-play Zini touch screen interface rudimentary, unnecessary but works fine (it disappears from the touch screen when Windows Media Center is started).

Cons: Case fans a little loud, even when using the m-play zini software to lower the speeds to 40%. I'm thinking about turning one or both sets off and relying only on the cpu fan inside to push air around the inside of the case. I will keep an eye on the temps, though.

Other Thoughts: Only tried with DVI, not HDMI so unsure about previous post of HDMI handoff through a receiver.
Not using the included remote. I needed a usb IR receiver/blaster to work with my satellite box and use its MCE remote instead.

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  • Cassian N.
  • 12/17/2010 12:16:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWould not recommend

Pros: Materials are high quality and the fit and finish are excellent.
lots of fans
looks good

Cons: I have release 2.0 which Zalman tech support says cannot support windows 7. Would not buy a case that prevents you from using newer OS.
If the touchscreen doesn't work for most people including some hard core builders why buy this case
In 3 years Zalman have not addressed the issue so you know you can't rely on them to move with the times

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/31/2010 9:29:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome case but very labor intensive

Pros: Superb workmanship, roomy, cool, quiet. Ooozes quality. Touchscreen has an extreme WOW factor and is useful if you can ever get it working right. Great for systems with multi-zone speakers - can control music from touchscreen when main display (TV) is being used for other purposes. Works with Harmony remote (880) using M-Play drivers - PC has much better control from my remote now.

Cons: Pricey. Very large (taller, wider and deeper than my Onkyo 875 receiver). Nonexistant touchscreen support from Zalman. Zalman touchscreen drivers way out of date; buggy. Hours and hours of research and frustration trying to get the touchscreen, remote and front panel buttons to cooperate. Major HDMI handshake issues running PC through receiver with Zalman touchscreen drivers. Fan control on Zini software is very rudimentary.

Other Thoughts: There are three versions of this case: Rev 1.0 (screen mfg by Digitouch) and Rev 2.0 & 3.0 (screen mfg by eGalax). I got Rev 2.0 in the latest Newegg deal. Figuring out the right set of drivers & software was a serious challenge. Here's what's currently working for me: "eGalax Touch" drivers for the touchscreen (Google "eGalax") and "M-Play Zini" drivers (download from Zalman) for the remote and front panel buttons. Switching from Zalman to eGalax drivers solved a ton of problems with the touchscreen, but you still need the M-Play drivers for the remote. Running fine now on Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/6/2010 6:13:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWas a loyal supporter of Zalman

Pros: Sharp Looks, and great build quality

Cons: I had a Problem with the LCD not working. After filling out the RMA form on Zalmans web site 4 times and never recieving a response of anykind, I had to take to a shop who charged 150 to fix.

I got everything to work with vista except the Touchscreen. I had to upgrade to win 7 for touchscreen support.

Other Thoughts: I have always purchased Zalman products until now - never again and will never recommend them either

Never had a problem with anything I purchased from them until this case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/10/2009 4:05:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsBeautiful case!

Pros: The workmanship on this case is exceptional. There is plenty of room inside for a full ATX board, video card (not much larger than an 8600gt), TV tuner and 4 drives + BD-rom. The fans do a great job cooling the unit at low dB. I have added a 4-ch fan controller since the software is horrible. The touchscreen (I have v3) works great in Vista. It fits in perfect with all of my A/V equipment. Worth the price for this well-built chassis.

Cons: The M.Play software is junk. Zalman has not updated in a very long time. I found that the software would keep my Vista 32-bit from entering sleep mode. I also found that my MS MCE remote would stop responding after a few hours of use (in Vista Media Center, ehmsas.exe process freezes). I have decided not to use the software and to clone my main display to the touchscreen (using a Gefen VGA to DVI scaler) for access to the PC without turning on the TV. I also use this feature when listening to music with VMC. The worthless software is my only reason for the 4 egg rating, otherwise it would be 5.

Other Thoughts: If Zalman got their act together and made a software suite that worked properly with Vista, they would have a true winner here. If you are willing to make accommodations to get around using the software like I did, you will be more than happy with this case. I use it everyday for watching TV, recording programs, playback of music, videos and DVDs from my WHS box. I <3 Vista Media Center and this case!

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/1/2008 4:16:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBest HTPC case IMHO

Pros: Small, well-engineered case that holds a LOT of hardware (Blu-Ray drive, SSD boot drive, four 1TB WD hard drives in mine)
Can hold large video cards like BFG 280.
Best use of IMON I've seen in a case.
Fully compatible out of the box with downloaded codes from Harmony 1000 remote.
Quiet with the use of Zalman CPU cooler and Zalman power supply (do not replace the case fans with something quieter - they won't be).

Cons: No reset button.
DVD cover takes some work to get perfect.
Expensive, but worth it.
Not as quiet as Zalman's TNN (zero-noise) cases, but about 1/3rd the price and you can put any hardware you want in this one.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great case. I was able to fit an nVidia 280 video card inside the case along with an SSD drive, a blu-ray drive, and four 1TB hard drives, all while keeping the case cool and quiet. I normally swap out all of the fans with quieter SilenX fans, but the built-in Zalmans were quieter! I would definitely advise a Zalman CPU cooler with a fan mate to control the fan speed along with a Zalman heat-pipe PDU.

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  • Mark K.
  • 8/22/2008 9:38:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDo NOT Expect Support from Zalman!

Pros: Looks pretty

Cons: The touch screen on the first revision model I bought did not work with Vista even though Zalman said it would. Also, the IR receiver that is built into the case doesn't work with Vista Media Center. I spent weeks trying to get someone from Zalman to respond but received nothing. Their forums were filled with irate customers who had the same issues and same lack of response or help. To this day they have still not supported their first revision of this hardware and I have all but given up on making the touch screen work.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to buy a $500+ case be sure to research the tech support first. Zalman should stick to cooling fans if they are not going to provide proper support for any of their other products. Hopefully this post will keep at least one person from making the same mistake that I did. Look elseware for a HTPC case.

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  • Howard L.
  • 7/10/2008 1:36:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsquality case

Pros: can someone tell me what's the maximum height tolerance for the CPU heatsink and length for the VGA card.

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: thinking about buying this case to replace my low quality thermaltake.

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  • Shibu V.
  • 5/27/2008 7:41:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWell done, Zalman

Pros: Nice look and feel, Touch Screen LCD, Vista Media center remote, sturdy aluminium case, lot of space incide, good cooling

Cons: No Power Supply

Other Thoughts: This works with Vista. I had no problem installing the Vista drivers and softwares. I didn't install the software from the included CD. I always download the drivers and softwares from the manufacturer website. The remote sensor even works with Logitech Harmony. Now I can press a button on my Harmony and it starts the PC, TV, Receiver and setup all inputs and I am ready to browse my media center library! Wow!

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  • John O.
  • 2/9/2008 9:30:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWatch Out

Pros: Sturdy design, good air flow, plenty of space for ATX MOBO, wonderful display.

Cons: I purchased the Zalman to work with Vista Premium. THe manufacturer stated that it would. The touch screen controler was never recognized and the software would error. I downloaded drivers, they too failed. I later read posts from others that were having the same problem until they downgraded to XP. I just so happen to have XP and decided to try; it worked. In addition, ATI only card that works correctly.

Other Thoughts: Once I got this together it turned out to be a nice system and really looks good. If you have alot of time, and Vista isn't a requirement, then this is the case for you.

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