Excerpt: NZXT’s Panzerbox is akin to a Mini Cooper. It might look diminutive, but it has a surprising amount of space and is feature-packed, to boot. The Panzerbox is smaller than a mid-tower yet it has a slide-out motherboard tray, is made entirely of aluminum, and includes support for 12.2-inch videocards and even water cooling. At $120, it’s even affordable. On paper, the NZXT Panzerbox seems like the perfect case to house your LAN gaming rig. But is there a catch?
Pros: Water-cooling support; fits giant GPUs; good stock cooling; small and lightweight.
Cons: Inconvenient PSU placement; toolless HDD/ODD bays would be nice.
The NZXT Panzerbox is a very nice case for someone looking to build a liquid cooled computer or a user simply wanting a case that looks different from the others on the market. The Panzerbox is well built and is one of the nicer PC cases on the market.
Pros: Good looking, Supports water cooling, Removable motherboard tray
Cons: Width of case needs more space, No cut out for CPU cooling solutions
Excerpt: NZXT's Panzerbox has proven itself to be worthy of both its name and NZXT's motto. It is armored not only against the prying eyes, and hands of your lanparty adversaries, but against the heat produced by modern high-watt hardware. The Panzerbox also displays the fine workmanship and attention to detail worthy of NZXT's “Crafted Gaming Armor” motto.
Summary: NZXT Panzerbox Case is a perfect option for anyone looking for a small mid-tower ATX case. It's great for gaming LAN party use or or any application where an all aluminum, well craft strong small ATX case is required. It looks great, has a fair number of drive bays, excellent air circulation, removable motherboard tray and much more. This is one of the best small mid-tower cases on the market! Watch the video to find out more...
Conclusion: The NZXT Panzerbox is a well built and designed case, it might be small but it offers up lots of room and it’s big on features. I really like this case actually, I’m going to be using it for another system actually, a gaming system that will be connected to my 47” HDTV via HDMI. It’s going to sit next to my entertainment center, which is black in color also so it should fit right in.
Conclusion: The main impression I had after reviewing the case was, that it sure is nice to see something out of ordinary every now and then. NZXT took a bold step by revamping the internal layout, and the layout of the Panzerbox sure has some merits. It also did well in our temperature tests. Unfortunately, though, the good temperature results came due to the extremely powerful and noisy fans. A built-in fan controller would add real value to the package.
Pros: Build quality, Easy radiator mounting, (Nice to see something out of ordinary for a change)
Cons: Few drive bays for a case this size, Noisy, No dust filters
Summary: The NZXT Panzerbox is a pretty decent case overall. Like most cases, it has a few excellent features but also some areas that could use a bit of work. I was able to quickly install a system in this case thanks to the removable motherboard tray that had a big enough opening for a large HSF as well. The system consisted of a pair of 500GB Seagate drives, a Samsung SATA DVDRW, ASRock P45X3 Deluxe motherboard, Core 2 Quad 9400 Processor and a Palit HD4850 GPU.
Pros: Nice aggressive design, All aluminum = light + strong, Wide body give a lot of internal room, Good airflow with huge fans, Removable motherboard tray, Compatible with large heatsinks/water cooling kits
Cons: No dust filters, Not a quiet case, Only two anti-vibration bays
Summary: NZXT Panzerbox is a mid-tower case targeted to the user that wants a high-quality all-aluminum mid-tower case and doesn’t want to sell a kidney to buy one. Here is a summary of what we found about this product.
In summary, we think Panzerbox presents an unbeatable cost/benefit ratio for users looking for an aluminum case with strong airflow. It couldn’t be better priced and even mainstream users can enjoy having their first high-quality all-aluminum case.
Summary: The NZXT Panzerbox is a great case. The company has had the guts to design a completely new case, while trying to be able to stuff the same amount of parts into much less overall space. That mission has succeeded beautifully, with a full size ATX mainboard tray, four hard drives and three optical drive bays. NZXT even goes the extra mile and includes all the parts needed to install your own dual 120 mm radiator.
Pros: Extremely compact case, Light weight, Can be stuffed with full sized hardware, Very well constructed frame, Water cooling ready, Removable mainboard tray, Removable hard drive cage, Hard drive cage is rubber mounted, Plenty of air flow: 2 x 190 mm & 1 x 120 mm, Lots of space for large PSUs and CPU coolers, Can fit four hard drives, Nice, green power LED, Good packaging
Cons: Fans are extremely loud, No dust filters on large intake fan, PSU may block graphics cards with large, non-reference cooling solutions, No external 3.5 inch bay, No hole for easy CPU cooler removal on mainboard tray, ODDs will cover part of the mainboard connectivity - plan your installation steps!, Separate fan controller would have been nice, You will have to get creative to avoid a cable mess