NZXT PANZERBOX Reviewdamian - June 7, 2009
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Just like its exterior, the interior of the Panzerbox is very pleasing to the eye. It has black coated interior all around. There are a total of three included fans - two 190mm fans, and one 120mm fan. A handy feature of this case is its full expandability. By this I mean that the top 190mm fan can be replaced with a radiator for any water cooling enthusiasts. There is even enough room for large video cards to be used, 10.5" to be exact. The opposite side of the case is the most interesting. To help ease installation, NZXT decided to feature a removable motherboard tray. By removing a few thumbscrews at the back of the case the motherboard tray can be slid out with ease for easy motherboard, video card, and heatsink installation. The tray goes back in simply by placing the edges of the tray directly on top of the rails welded onto the case.
The removable motherboard tray is like any other. It's attached with with the seven expansion slots as well as the rear 120mm fan. The Panzerbox can be used with most motherboards available to the public ranging from ATX, MICRO-ATX, and BABY AT.
The case can accommodate up to three internal 5.25" drive bays, and four external 3.25" drive bays. At the very bottom of the case is a removable HDD cage.
Inside the case to the left is where the power and reset buttons and HDD and power LED's are located. It might be a slight annoyance but having them placed at the right side would be preferred just to tidy up a bit once everything is installed. Neatly hidden at the top of the case is the PCB to the front panel I/O, which can be removed if pleased. Along with the front panel connectors, you also have the standard audio and USB connection and an eSATA cable.
As noted before, there are a total of seven expansion slots, which are attached to the removable motherboard tray. At the bottom of the case are two ledges where the power supply would be installed in its unique manner.
Included with the case are three (two identical 190mm fans) fans. The front fan is a 190mm 12V sleeve bearing fan rated for 1100RPM at 150CFM. At the back of the case is an exhaust 120mm 12V fan. The top fan shares the same specifications as the front fan.
Installation was an easy process. Simply remove the motherboard tray, place the stand-offs in there appropriate holes, and install the motherboard. Installing the video card is like any other - remove the right number of coverings on the slots and screw in the video card.
Yikes! Me and this case do not mix when it comes to cable management. The power supply had cables running all over the bottom of the case and with not much room behind the case, I ended up stuffing most of the cables close to the one of the hard drive bays where there was still a good amount of space for airflow to pass from the front 190mm fan.
Now that we have looked over this fine piece of work, let's find out what it can do in terms of performance!