Specifications, Availability and Pricing
NZXT has built the Panzerbox completely of aluminum. During the process of assembly, all connections made to other pieces inside the case get welded together versus the standard rivets I am used to seeing. The Panzerbox measures up almost square, if not for the slight angle of the front top section. NZXT says the case is 244mm wide, or about 9.5" wide, and both the front to back and top to bottom measurements come in at 455mm or just under 18" tall or deep. The Panzerbox includes room for up to three 5.25" drives, all of which are external, nd can support up to four 3.5" Internal drives in two separate locations. Even as I lifted the Panzerbox off my porch, I realized this case was really light compared to most of the cases I have reviewed recently. NZXT ships the Panzerbox with an empty weight of 6.3 kilograms, or just under 14 pounds for those still on the Imperial system. With all this compact design and superior cooling, it can all be put to good use and still accept 10.5" graphics cards. Talk about the basic beginnings of a LAN sleeper rig!
The Cooling of the NZXT Panzerbox boasts over 300 CFM of airflow with just the top and front fans being added into that figure. Both the top fan and the front panel intake fans are 190mm each and both are rated to 150 CFM. All this wind power is accomplished with a relatively slow 100 RPM, which should help battle the roar I was accustomed to in my Antec 900. NZXT also supplies a 120mm rear exhaust fan, but does not sell them separately to check, nor do they provide any information for this fan. Going on a basic guess I would say it's about 80 CFM by feel, which makes this case a lot closer to 400 CFM of air circulation.
Availability at this time is still zero. The release to retailers was projected for late April. Well here we are and it still isn't on any shelves, last I checked. I can only assume these cases are in transit to your local retailers and hopefully to Newegg as well. As with other cases from NZXT, once they hit shelves stock is usually plentiful. I see no issues getting a Panzerbox from NZXT once they are ready to sell.
Pricing, last I saw, was projected in the $120 price range. At this price point there is pretty stiff competition in mid towers, as well as a select few full tower chassis'. For instance, the Cooler Master Storm Scout and HAF cases, Antec 900, Lian Li PC-60 series, as well as many other quality cases already have a strong foothold in this segment. While the Panzerbox takes concepts of a lot of other cases and rolls them all into one complete package, let's see if NZXT deserves the price that these other accomplished competitors are commanding.