So as to the assertion by NZXT that the case is LAN ready I’d say it’s about as ready as any other case out there. The case is indeed lightweight and although it’s not as small as some Mid towers it’s about as roomy inside as they come. Plus not to many have two large 190mm fans installed stock. Sure, there’s no handle but no case company has been able to pull one off that wasn’t horribly done. So, I’ll give NZXT kudos for a small lightweight case for sure.
In General my overall case temps were slightly higher using the Panzerbox compared to the HAF 932. The greatest difference was the 5C increase of my graphics card temps at idle and load. I found that the CPU didn’t really have as much as an increase in temperatures and only increased about 3 degrees Celsius. Even with the minor increase in temps stayed within the acceptable range. The CPU peaked using Prime95 at 65C and during constant gaming the GPU reached around 63C. A little high but still acceptable.
The last cooling observation I would like to mention is also in regards to the two large fans on the case. Not the cooling they produce but more to the noise that they produce. To most people this isn’t a factor and in truth this being a gaming case this won’t be an issue for most people purchasing it. This observation is truly just for the Audiophiles out there. So if fan noise doesn’t bother you please just skip to the next section.
For those who do care about such things it’s important to note that these fans make quite a bit of noise. It’s really not even the fans but the sound of the wind sucking and blowing through the small diameter round mesh that creates a “hum”. This is one of the first things that I noticed when I turned on the PC inside the Panzerbox. Honestly it came as a surprise that the fans would make as much noise as they do. The fans are enough of a distance away from the mesh that they shouldn’t directly pull and create the whine, but they do. I can’t find the exact dBA level on the NZXT website nor to I have a tool for recording the level of noise. If I had to guess though it would be in the range of 35-40 dBA’s.