Page 2: Exterior
The first thing we noticed about this case is that it's chubby. It comes in a little wider than most towers. That shouldn't be too much of an issue except for the few people that stuff their computer in the thing little compartment under their desk. Plus, if you tuck this under a desk, doesn't that just make it a pain to get to your front ports?
NZXT included what we think is pretty much the bare minimum these days for front ports, 2 USB, headphone and mic jacks, and an eSATA port. This front port bracket came mounted upside down, we think it was a just a minor oversight and it only took two screws and two minutes for us to fix it. The ports are on the top, front of the case, at a slight angle, which did prove to be convenient.
The side panel is a thin aluminum, not plastic. There is no bling to it, but it does have small mesh grill in the bottom corner. This is to get fresh air to PSU, which is mounted on it's side in that corner of the case. We'll see why a little bit later, but for now let's take a look at backside of this chunkster.
So, at first glance, the rear doesn't look too spectacular. There's the common 7 expansion slots, an irregular vertical PSU slot and a 120mm fan. NZXT did enthusiasts a favor and tossed in two liquid cooling holes. But the best thing of all was only noticed by the observant type. There are a few thumbscrews on the back. As we'll see a little bit later, this Panzerbox has a removable motheroard tray. This is the reason for the tilted PSU design. But before we get to how the removable tray works, let's take a peek inside.
The big bling here is of course the two 190mm fans that rest at the front and top of the case. These are in addition to the 120mm rear fan. The least of our worries was air flow with this beast. The optical and hard drives slots don't have any type of toolless installation, so that's a bummer. There is, however, a HDD bracket mounted right behind the front fan, adding to the two permanent slots just below the optical bays. There is room to work during installation but no intuitive way to route wires unless you are a guru at cable management (we are not). Now that we've seen what we're working with, let's actually get our hands dirty.