Strong, sturdy design of pewter finish handles adds that little
sparkle to the top of this all black case. And it's a nice touch.
The fact that there are two handles suggests that the case never
really was designed for a single person to lift. However, it
doesn't take an Arnold Schwarzenegger to get the case off the
ground and on to a table. A reasonably fit adult could probably do
it. Having two handles rather than one does make it easier.
Heat transfer pipes connect the graphics card and CPU heat sinks
to the blue heat sink blocks that are screwed down at various
locations on the inside of the case. There are several sets of
holes for you to screw these blocks into. The advantage in being
able to move these blocks around is that you can use pretty much
any motherboard in the TNN500A. The location of the processor
varies widely from one make and model of motherboard to another
and, irrespective of where on the motherboard your CPU is you
should be able to find a location on the case body where you can
position the blue heat sink blocks so that the neat transfer pipes
can connect properly from the CPU heat sink to the heat sink
hinges and clasps:
clasps that hold the doors shut have a nice "clunk" to
them and they even have some limited adjustment to
increase/decrease the holder wheel play. The hinges are solid and
more than capable of taking the weight of the two side plates -
Zalman calls them the left and right heat sink plates. (Left heat
sink plate is open in the below image with the PC resting on it's
right heat sink plate).
the best features are the ones that do not add much to the look of this
case but are the most important components for a completely fan free
pipes that transfer heat away from the CPU and AGP card
clever design of heat sink blocks to help in that transfer
innovative use of heat pipes to transfer heat to the heat sink
amazing body of the case, with it's radiator fins, ventilation
holes and thick aluminium construction that work together to
dissipate all the heat transferred to it.
first image shows a heat sink on the processor with five heat
pipes coming out of it and screwed into the heat sink blocks on
the case body.
lower picture shows the heat pipes from the graphics card
connected to a different set of heat sink blocks on the case body
which together provide 50 watts of heat dissipation.
Note that the two heat pipes here (which are included as standard)
won't provide adequate cooling for anything above a GeForce 5700
Ultra 128/256 MB or a Radeon 9600XT. For any cards above these you
need an optional extra two heat pipes which can be ordered
from your case supplier. Zalman do however provide a range of
different sized heat sink blocks to fit onto the GPUs of most
standard AGP graphics cards.
you are using a Matrox Parhelia card, workstation graphics card
like the Quadro, FireGL, Oxygen, Wildcat and similar note that the
processor on the graphics card (GPU) could be substantially larger
than the ones on most GeForce FX and ATI Radeon cards. It will be
up to you to ensure that whatever heat sink block you fit to the
GPU completely covers the GPU itself or you will risk burning it
The cooling fins on either side of the case
to dissipate that heat (see image
we don't like about the case