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NZXT Panzerbox review

  • NZXT Panzerbox
  • NZXT Panzerbox side off

Verdict:

It has an interesting interior layout, but the Panzerbox can’t match other cases for noise reduction.

Review Date: 1 May 2011

Price when reviewed: £80

Supplier: http://www.scan.co.uk

Reviewed By: Tom Morgan

Our Rating 3 stars out of 5

It’s not particularly tall, but NZXT’s Panzerbox still manages to squeeze in two huge 190mm cooling fans to keep your components cool without making a racket. A single 120mm fan is also included, but there aren’t any mounts for adding more. Thankfully, the sleek aluminium case has great airflow anyway due to the mesh front and roof panels. It also has two pre-drilled holes for a liquid cooling system. All these holes do let fan noise escape, though.

NZXT Panzerbox

Assembling a PC inside the Panzerbox was incredibly simple, mainly because the motherboard tray is removable. After removing a few thumbscrews, the entire tray slides out the back of the case so almost every component can be installed with ease. Unusually, the power supply mounts vertically, parallel to the motherboard rather than above or below it; there’s still enough space to install full-length expansion cards, but hot air from the PSU could blow directly onto any installed graphics cards. On our review sample, the majority of the interior edges had been smoothed down, but there were still a few sharp edges.

NZXT Panzerbox side off

There are only three external 5.25in drive bays, dropping to two if you want to install a 3.5in memory card reader or floppy disk drive using the provided adaptor. Four internal 3.5in drive bays provide enough room for several hard disks, even if you plan on installing a full-length graphics card.

The Panzerbox has very limited options for cable management, but can still cool components effectively. Even with the removable motherboard tray, it’s still easier to build a tidy system in a case with a standard layout. We prefer the Fractal Design Define R2.

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