NZXT Panzerbox Case

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Published: August 14, 2009
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: NZXT

First look at NZXT Panzerbox

Most computer cases nowadays are suffering from a size problem; they seem to be getting bigger and bigger as people find more stuff to put inside them. But what if you’re looking for a case that is mid-sized yet still provides high performance cooling? NZXT, makers of a wide range of computer products, offers a case that promises to deliver just that, the NZXT Panzerbox Computer Case. Will this case offer the best of both worlds? Read on to find out.
About NZXT:
Check out their website-http://www.nzxt.com
NZXT, a company built upon gamer’s dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. Our objective is to provide every gamer with a case that they can identify with. Combining unique design and case performance, consumers will finally be able to find a quality case that will represent their own style and personality.
In the future, NZXT wishes all gamers who desire a personalized case to find it at NZXT. With the unveiling of every product, NZXT improves upon on weaknesses and strives for excellence. Achieving perfection is not an easy task, however, NZXT is determined to meet and surpass consumer expectations.
Main Features:
  • Mid Sized, Extreme Performance : Fitted with dual high performance 150CFM controllable 190cm fans and a dual radiator bracket to provide the best performance, the Panzerbox offers high performance for a mid sized case due to its unique layout.
  • Removable Motherboard Tray: A removable motherboard tray makes upgrading easy and painless.
  • Pure Aluminum: Build in all aluminum, the Panzerbox is light and luxurious, perfect for traveling and showing off at LAN parties. Compared to similar products with high airflow and ATX expandability, the Panzerbox is almost 25% smaller and 50% lighter.
  • Full Expandability: Room for high performance 10.5″ cards, over sized heatsinks, even larger dual radiator solutions.
  • Top mounted USB/Audio/ESATA Ports
Specifications:
Model:             Panzerbox SERIES
Case Type:      MID TOWER Welded Aluminum
Front Panel Material: Aluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D): 244 X 455 X 455 mm
Cooling System Front: 1 X 190mm fan@1100RPM, 150CFM (included)
Rear, 1 X 120 mm (included)
TOP, 1 x 190mm fan@1100RPM,150CFM (included)
Drive Bays:     3 Drive Bays (3 External 5.25″, 4 Internal 3.5″ )
Materials:        Aluminum Construction
Expansion Slots:         4
Power Supply 500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 (Optional )
Weight: 6.3 KGS (W/O Power)
Motherboards: ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT
The product:
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The NZXT Panzerbox Computer case arrived in a sturdy NZXT-labeled box, with a picture of the case on the front and a list of specifications/features on the back. The case itself could be found nestled inside, surrounded by custom styrofoam inserts. The case arrived from its long trip intact and undamaged.
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Looking at the exterior, the first thing you obviously notice is how much shorter it is than a normal ATX case. The case isn’t quite as small as some of the HTPC cases we’ve seen, but it does have a smaller footprint. The case is almost a cross between a tower and a flat/horizontal case; something that NZXT does pretty well. The exterior of the case has a nice black matte finish. The case isn’t very heavy, thanks to its all aluminum construction

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Looking at the front of the Panzerbox, we find three 5.25” drive bays, which are fewer than many cases, and a larger 190mm fan. However, most of my computers only use one or two bays at most, so this likely won’t be a problem for the average user.  Along with the power and reset button on the left, the top of the case contains two USB ports, and eSATA port, and a microphone/headphone jack. The top also houses another 190mm fan to provide even more cooling power. These fans are larger than most cases, thanks to the extra width of the case it can accommodate them. However, one thing I noticed about the fans that I didn’t like was the absence of any dust filters; with that much air moving around, the case will collect a lot of dust and there’s little to prevent it from entering into the case.
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Turning the case to the sides, we find a couple of additional exhaust ports but otherwise no added cooling features.

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