Inside the Panzer G Continued
Here we see where most of your component will be mounted. The motherboard tray is big enough to fit everything from a diminutive mITX to mATX, ATX, and even CEB. Not sure why CEB but being its very close to ATX, I will let that one pass, I don't see many consumers using CEB in a gamer style system.
The standoffs for ATX are preinstalled but removable should you not need them. Instead of grommeted holes for cables to pass through, the Panzer G has an offset of depth between the HDD mounting vertical plate and the motherboard tray.
This does mean that any cables passing around this area needs to be extra tidy as there's no pass-through grommet to hide them. We can see seven total cable tie points on the main motherboard tray while the HDD mounting place has another four tie points.
Here we have the rear of the component area. This is where all the cable management magic happens and where the components go that you do not necessarily want to see. Here we have four drive mounts two of which being 3.5" which can also support 2.5" drives along the left.
Dedicated 2.5" drive trays are found on the rear of the motherboard tray directly beneath the CPU cooler backplate cutout. All of the trays require removal from the chassis to fasten the drives as it is not toolless and screws are used to affix drives to the sleds.
Here we can also see the previously mentioned tie-down points which are plentiful and should be more than enough to tie down the cables used for even a more extreme system build.
Here you can see the offset split between the left side plate and the motherboard tray I mentioned which unfortunately will show any cables coming across. This does mean you will have to be meticulous about your cable routing and tie down accuracy to ensure a nice clean build.
Also worth noting is the PSU area where you can see the motherboard tray ends. As you can see, there is not any way to squeeze a PSU in from the side with the shroud in place which is why Cougar made the Panzer G with the idea of sliding the unit in from the rear of the chassis. The section of the chassis has rubber feet below the PSU to support it and omit some vibration should there be any.
Here we have the Panzer G's front panel cables. It is a reasonably standard lot with HD Audio, 20 pin USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1, 3.2 Gen 1), USB 2.0, HDD LED, Power LED, Power Switch and Reset Switch. The switch and LED headers are all black, which, is a welcome sight.
The USB 2.0 and HD audio has the multi-color wires although I do wish they could do them all black, so they better disappear in a build. There is no special sleeving, and this overall is pretty standard fare for the level of chassis.
Last updated: Mar 6, 2020 at 02:54 am CST