NZXT Panzerbox Mid-Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-04-2009
Provided by: NZXT

After removing five thumbscrews on the rear of the case, the motherboard tray slides out of the chassis, making installation much easier than working inside the relatively cramped interior. I'm installing an AMD 690G micro-ATX board with the GlacialTech Igloo tower cooler, and unfortunately due to the socket orientation and size of the heatsink, the fan screws interfered with reinstallation of the motherboard tray. Luckily it was close enough that I was able to shift the cooler around the edge of the chassis without having to remove the heatsink or fan.

Following the motherboard installation, the rest of the components went fairly smoothly, as long as you completed them in the proper order. For example, you'll want to get any expansion cards installed, like this 9600GSO video card, before mounting the power supply in place. Otherwise you'll either be pulling the PSU back out or taking the motherboard tray out of the chassis again. Likewise for the hard drive, if you elect to use the upper slots rather than the lower bay, you'll likely have to slide the video card, memory or CPU cooler out of the way. I elected to mount the power supply fan facing in, although the bracket will also allow it to face the other way, and the side panel is vented for this reason.

With everything assembled and the Panzerbox fired up, there's very little to look at of special note. There are no LED fans used in the case, so the only thing that lights up is the blue power LED on the front, and a green one when there's hard drive access. Other than that the case is very plain, which fits into NZXT's Classic Series lineup very well.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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