Inside the Panzer G
The front panel comes off with a solid tug and cannot travel too far as it has two leads coming from the panel to the inside of the chassis HDD LED header. There are six total plastic press pins which retain the front panel via pressure fit.
This should be no issue unless you plan to remove your front panel every day for years. The area leading into the fans is unfiltered which I thought was odd until I noticed there is a filter within the case body itself after the fans so this means that your fans can accumulate dust and will need to be cleaned as the screen is after the fans in the airflow path.
Here you can also see the rear side of the front panel which has the elongated hexagonal pattern. The last thing worth mentioning is the triple 120mm fans covering the front of the Panzer G with their red rubber anti-vibration mounts and opaque white rings which are undoubtedly LED lit.
Removing the panel from the main chamber, we see that the opening is quite expansive. The CPU cooler backplate cutout is quite massive and should service any cooler I can remember seeing in my history of PC work. There are no HDD cages or 5.25" cages to contend with which makes this a relatively blank slate to do a more involved build within.
The PSU uses a PSU cover to ensure a nice clean aesthetic, but then Cougar slapped a large applique with a bright orange cougar logo on it to ensure you know who's case you are using. I'm not against branding, but I prefer something a bit more tasteful and not as much in your face. The only drive mounting we can see in sight would be the dual 2.5" mounts affixed to the PSU cover.
Moving to the front panel, we now see the rear of the area we just looked at before. Here we see the front triple 120mm fan setup flanked by the integrated fan filter. It's nice to see that with this filter they employed a magnetic perimeter.
One area Cougar took extra care was to even punch out holes for the fan screws which I thought was pretty cool so that it doesn't push the filter away from the chassis. I'm not quite sure yet if this will impact its ability to filter the air but if it did the spacing to the metal of the enclosure means it would be minimal.
Moving left toward the area where we would typically see HDD cages instead we have a mostly blank panel with some cutouts for the rear mounted drive sleds along with some other slotted holes. The slotted holes are an excellent addition as those could potentially be used for things such as cylindrical reservoir/pump mounting.
Here we pulled back the magnetic filter to show it's mounting and pass through holes for the fasteners. To answer the question, no, I am not a hand model, which is why I wear gloves. That and I don't want fingerprints on the case when you see it.
The top of the chassis offers once again a magnetic fan filter similar to the front. It has fitment for up to triple 120mm mounting or dual 140mm. The 120mm and 140mm mounts are slotted to allow adjustment away from or towards the motherboard.
This is usually a nice thing to see but with the chassis not being super wide means even at its furthest setting you can run into issues where the liquid cooling components or AIO may interfere with VRM heat sinks or memory. We will look at this a bit more in the building part of the review.
The top panel is affixed with six plastic pressure retention pins the same as the front panel we saw previously. Once again this is not a bad thing but does make for a very tight fitting panel, so you have to do a quite uncomfortable amount of tugging to get the panel off.
Last updated: Mar 6, 2020 at 02:54 am CST