Inside the NZXT Panzerbox Aluminum Mid Tower Case - Continued
Looking a little closer to see what is actually going to be connected, you can see NZXT includes all the basics. From the left to right, there are the HD and AC' 97 audio, followed by the USB 2.0, and E-SATA connections. As far as the switches and lighting goes, there is a power, reset, HDD LED, and power LED connections to deal with there.
Getting all the wiring and the hardware box out of the way gives you a much better look at the interior of the Panzerbox. There are the three 5.25" bays, with two 3.5" bays welded to the top part of the assembly. While thumb screwed to the rear support rail is a second rack to hold two more 3.5" drives at the floor if needed. You can also now tell that the motherboard tray is stamped for easy placement of the risers for your specific form factor. Overall, NZXT has left a very open layout to maximize the flow of the top and front fans.
Oh did I forget to mention that stamped motherboard tray is removable? Just remove five thumb screws from the rear of the case, and give it a gentle pull. The tray slides easily with no hidden surprises while removing it. One thing to watch out for, make sure you are careful with the fans wiring, it likes to grab onto the inside of the case when you pull out the tray.
Here we have the removable motherboard tray completely removed. This piece, while only really bent in the corner for any sort of structure, isn't as flimsy as I would have expected, in fact it is quite rigid,
With the motherboard tray removed I thought I'd get a look inside the front of the case. You can get a much better view here of just how well the 190mm fan covers most of the area below the drive bays, and still offers cooling for the HDD's as well. On the floor to the left is the space NZXT has utilized to add an optional 3.5 drive, two bay bracket. The thumb screw at the top, once removed, allows for complete removal for installation or just to get it out of the way.
Getting a lot closer to the optional drive bay, shows it is isolated with rubber grommets to keep HDD vibration silent inside the Panzerbox. Once the thumb screw is removed, there is a key way that you loft the bracket till you align the bigger hole with the grommets, and it lifts right out..
I wanted to lay the case down and get a good look at the inside of the top of the Panzerbox. Reasoning behind this, is that NZXT has mounted a 190mm fan to the brackets already mounted to the case. However, they also send brackets that you will see in a bit, that can be used in this area to internally mount a radiator as seen here and here. Lastly this and the front fan are both powered by 3-pin motherboard fan header style plugs. If you motherboard doesn't support two or three extra fan headers, make sure you have the right adapters.