NZXT keeps the new cases coming and they’re back today with their newest offering: The Panzerbox. The name alone conjures images of Germany’s elite Tiger tanks from the Second World War. Their imposing size and armor were a sight to behold on the battlefield as they dwarfed other tanks and effortlessly deflected seemingly lethal blows. At least, that’s how I envisioned it. My war experience is limited to the History Channel, tabletop gaming, and Battlefield 1942, so I might be mistaken.
But back to the Panzerbox. NZXT’s latest is an all-aluminum getup with dual 190mm fans and a perforated front and top panel to allow for a ridiculous amount of airflow. We’re big fans of the Antec Nine Hundred at Icrontic but the Panzerbox, just from our initial impressions, looks like it’ll give the incumbent Antec a run for the money. We aim to find out. Let’s start ze Panzer, Hans!
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, 190mm fan@1100RPM (150CFM);
rear, 120mm; top, 190mm fan@1100RPM (150CFM)
Drive Bays: 3 external 5.25″ drive bays and 4 internal 3.5″ drive bays
Expansion slots: 7
Power Supply: 500W ATX 12V 2.0 (Optional)
Weight: 6.3 KGs (W/O Power)
Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Baby AT
What’s in the box?
The Panzerbox comes packed in a nice glossy cardboard box depicting all its features. The chassis is sandwich between Styrofoam end caps and comes wrapped in a thick plastic bag. Our box was a bit battered in shipping, but the Panzerbox itself emerged in pristine condition.
When we unpacked the whole lot, the size of the case really becomes evident. It’s a fat daddy that should come with a Wide Load sticker. This bad boy is almost 9″ wide across the front panel. The front panel is perforated aluminum that curves over the top edge to form the top panel, ending at the back of the case. One 190mm fan sits low on the front panel of the case and ends under the three 5.25″ bays. The top panel features two USB connections, stereo jacks for a headphone and mic, and an external eSATA connection. The rest of the case’s top panel is dedicated to the second 190mm fan.
The aluminum side panels are vented near the bottom and present one of the case’s major style elements by extending past the edge of the chassis reminiscent of armor over a tank’s treads. They mount to the chassis by two thumbscrews per side.
The back of the case features an additional 120mm fan, vented slot covers, and two grommets near the top for water cooling tubing With a PSU mounted and the screws for the removable motherboard tray installed, the back side starts to look like a breeding ground for thumb screws.
Inside the case you’ll find a box containing all the screws, motherboard standoffs, and mounts to install a 2x120mm radiator in place of where the top 190mm fan sits at the top of the case. Despite coming with copious thumbscrews, the Panzerbox only comes with six motherboard standoffs. Six. Seriously? An ATX motherboard usually mounts at nine points; sometimes more. Motherboards need to be securely mounted and six standoffs aren’t enough.