I found my short time with the Panzerbox to be enjoyable. The case is solid, yet very open and easy to use. I had no real issues assembling anything, or installing all the components. While I know I didn't install any monster heatsinks to see if they would slide in, I have to add I did lay a couple on the HIS and there is plenty of room for most of the coolers in the 120mm category. Don't let me mislead you in any way here, my Thor's Hammer or a V-10 is not going to happen prior to the tray being inside the case. Even with an unusual power supply mounting position, I still felt with all that equipment inside the Panzerbox, it has room for the optional radiator to be placed in the top and still have plenty of room to house a reservoir and pump. Allowing the removal of the bottom dual drive bays just adds more real estate to utilize with water if you don't need to house drives there.
I jokingly addressed the fact that once the case was on, you really don't need the power indicator light to remind you that the Panzerbox is still running. Housing two, 190mm 150 CFM fans, the case has a bit of a roar to it. While not as bad as my Antec 900 was for sound levels in use, it is still very noticeable to a guy whose case now is only as loud as my NVIDIA fan running at 40% idle speed. While the Panzerbox was running I did notice a bit of a issue in the CFM they claim to achieve. While the fans in open air may well be able to push 150CFM, once placed behind the small holed mesh cover the fans aren't pushing that anymore. Waving my hand around above the top exhaust, I was a bit surprised to feel that there is very little flow that actually passes through. Lighting a flame in front of the intake fan leads to similar results. I was within an inch of the intake fan with a lit lighter and the flame was bent over to the side, but I would have guessed if it was drawing 150 CFM I wouldn't be able to hold a flame burning in that.
My complaint list is very short with the Panzerbox. While I liked the overall package, I was disappointed to see only six risers and motherboard screws included. Not that I couldn't use some that I have lying around the house, but if you claim to support ATX with a minimum of nine screw holes, you should send nine risers and screws. Secondly are the power switches and wires. I don't mind that they are on the open side so much, but they could have added a bit more length to accommodate running the wires somewhere other than right across the front. I know that if I installed my Blood Iron, these wires wouldn't react to the connections with the wire going over the top to hide it a bit. My last issue is with the rated CFM of the fans. With a rating like 300 CFM combined inside the Panzerbox, I would expect the airflow to be greater than what is actually achieved once paired with the restrictive mesh.
These issues I have named are both personal opinion and things that can be overlooked or modded to remedy the situation. Back when I got the Antec900 I remember paying just over $150 to get it from a local box store. Taking that with what I feel is a better layout inside the Panzerbox, I wish NZXT had released this when I was looking for that. I really like the option for the addition of a radiator and room for the accompanying parts. First and foremost I like the sleek, black, sexy lines that the Panzerbox offers and I think the way the doors align is pretty "trick" as well. With NZXT asking a projected price of $120, you can get yourself one hell of a "sleeper" LAN box with room and options for everything you could want to do inside the Panzerbox, within reason. This solid, compact all aluminum case has made quite the impression in my mind. It just very well may make it into my personal circulation as a rig to travel with, versus toting my Raven over to Chris' house.
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