Date: December 20th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: NZXT
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The power and reset buttons are metal faced and have a positive feel when in operation, but seem a bit loose and wobbly in the housing. Power and HDD activity lights are just below the buttons.
Turning the Panzerbox over, we see a stamped, raised “X” in the aluminum floor to add stiffness to the bottom panel. Four closed-cell foam feet prove to be a somewhat inelegant but very effective foundation solution for the chassis. Since these are all but invisible at any angle but this one, I'll give the case feet the nod for their toughness and utility.
With the side panel off we see that NZXT has wisely carried the black exterior finish inside the chassis as well. Because of the unusual interior design I'll be spending a little more time in here than I normally would.
As I mentioned above, the side panels are flat aluminum sheets. NZXT has come up with an innovative way of attaching them to the chassis. Aluminum strips are welded to the panel and steel clips are then fastened to the strips with screws, allowing the panels to mount with no visible means of support.
Up front, NZXT has a unique two-bay HDD rack (with noise and vibration dampening features) located in the prop wash of the front 190mm intake fan. The fan turns at a brisk (for its size) 1100 RPM and I'll be interested to see how much noise this fan, along with its two brothers, generate during their cooling chores.
Moving up, there are spots for two more hardies, also in the wash of the front fan, and the three big bays all with their own anti-vibration strips. Here's where the “welded construction” mentioned earlier comes in. Wiring and cables for the front panel I/O, switches and lighting are all visible here. If the Panzerbox had a side window, these would be difficult to hide, but without one it's not an issue. Note that the lower HDD cage is removable should the user wish to use only one or two drives and have unimpeded airflow from the front fan in the bargain. I think I like this arrangement, but I'll reserve final judgment until I finish with the installation.