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ZALMAN Black Aluminum HD160XT-B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

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  • Aluminum
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  • 2 x 80mm rear fans 1 x 80mm Bottom fan 1

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5
Awesome for home entertainment!

Pros: I ordered this case to run my media center set up. The case is very nicely constructed, and has an excellent finish and look to it. I installed an Asus P5K Deluxe board, 8800GTX, Antec 950 watt power supply, five 1TB hitachi's, and a blueray player with little difficulty.

Cons: The big 950 watt power supply required I remove the lower 80mm case fan, but I still have good airflow with the two in the rear, plus the two in the power supply. If you know what you're doing on builds, you can pretty easily figure out where to plug all the wiring the case comes with (there's a LOT). However, on a maxed out build, finding room for all the cables to keep airflow even and the build clean was a REAL chore. If you plan on running this case with a third party media center, DO NOT install the media OS version of windows, because you will lose your ability to use the remote control w/ your third party software. Windows intercepts it from the case's supplied drivers, and launches mediacenter - not allowing you to use the remote if you run a different media center / DVR software package. I'm rebuilding with Pro and ditching Mediacenter, because the remote works nice and I want to use it with third party software. :-)

Other Thoughts: My DVD cage screw was frozen with corrosion (this happens from exposure to different metals and high humidity - aluminum and steel, for instance). If you get a stuck screw, before putting in any components, fit a screwdriver on the screw, and tap the back of the screwdriver a few times gently with a hammer to break the threads free before attempting to unscrew it. I don't know if this is a common problem with these cases, but if you live in an area with high humidity it certainly may happen to you due to the different metals in the chassis. Having to reach for a dremel to cut off a stuck screw can really ruin your day when you're wanting to get a case built.

Otherwise, this is an awesome media center case, and it certainly impresses every guest who walks in to the livingroom!

Total build time on all the hardware was about 3 hours.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
well engineered case

Pros: The HD160XT is very well engineered throught out, no other HTPC case are better than this, period!

Cons: I have to custom made all wires by cut to exact lenght with new connectors, and also remove stand by power connector and connect it to PS by split connector, now it is so neat.

Other Thoughts: The D sud connector for LCD should be made in 90.0 angle, if you use DVI to D-sud adapter to your Video card, wich make the connector too long

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
good stuff

Pros: lots of big size cooling fans, all aluminium to cool it better, great remote control easy to work in it,

Cons: no HDD light , wish the touch on screen had more tools

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Home Theater Case

Pros: Beautiful finish, well layed out component design and placement. Excellent cooling. Great inovative software when used with the right hardware ATI graphics.

Cons: Must use a good graphics card with drivers that support using non-DDC info for resolutions on the 7 inch screen. You must display native resolution as scaling on a small screen makes it unreadable. This is basic computing 101, so it's not the fault of the screen, but rather the windows operating system display options/3rd party graphics cards and drivers. Use and ATI card and this becomes a pro rather than a con.

Other Thoughts: To use this case with Windows Vista and use the software as intended, you must run ATI graphics cards. Nvidia cards do not support full screen video overlay on second monitor under VISTA. With an ATI card, you can set up the built in touchscreen with the media center view at its native resolution, and have the HD TV connected via HDMI at it's native resolution and play video full screen on the TV. Nvidia cannot support this under VISTA. Nvidia only does cloning at the lower screens resolution. In ATI it's called theater mode, and Nvidia no longer supports it. Thank the movie industry as this is due to HDCP. Do a google search on theater mode and see what I'm talking about.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
4/ 5
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Pros: see above

Cons: see above

Other Thoughts: They both intefrace via a usb header. They require specific drivers to work (don't act as a standard usb keyboard). Remote is not IR compatible with windows media remotes, so if you want a better one, you'll need a second dongle.

The case has a slot for a dvd drive, and a metal cover you can replace the one on your drive tray with. Its stick on with double-sided tape, and can be fiddly to get aligned right.

Case includes 4 fans, 2 on the back, 1 on the side, and 1 underneath. There is a built in controller which again interfaces via a usb header and custom software/drivers. (not great).

Overall: The case is great, its the individual components that should be understood before purchasing. See the zalman site for manuals / software for more details.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
4/ 5
Pretty, but has gotcha's

Pros: Great looks - possibly one of the best HC cases I have seen
Great build quality
Space for lots of drives
Great looks
4 fans with controller

Cons: The screen only really does 800x600
Remote is tacky
Software is low quality

Other Thoughts: This case is one of the most attractive HTPC cases I have ever seen (which is why I bought it). Its very well constructed, and has to be seen in person to admire the build quality. It looks like a hifi component from a boutique manufacturer.

The screen is a great concept, but fails due to the following reasons:
It has the pixels for 800x600, so while its widescreen, it doesn't seem to do widescreen resolutions. It will do 1024x768 but looks fuzzy. It has a vga conector to attach to your card - so its analog. It then has a usb connector for the touchscreen support, the drivers for which are a bit funky/fiddly.
The problem is media center - its not designed for use on more than 1 screen, so while it will work on the built-in lcd, you get the video there, rather than your TV. Most screens you'd want to use use a higher resolution than 800x600, so you can't mirror the displays.

Front panel has cursor keys, a volume/select button and a back key.
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