NZXT Vulcan Case Review

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Things seem to get smaller every time I go to an electronics store.  I remember when I was a kid and would be at the electronics section of a supermarket, wishing I had one of those big, bulky portable black and white televisions that only picked up analog signals.  But the thought of actually getting to watch the Simpsons without being told to turn the channel was awesome.  And I eventually got one.  And at the time, it was awesome.  Not because I had a tube of my own, but because if I had enough batteries I could take it anywhere and watch it anytime.

I’m still a boobtube nut, only I watch stuff at home on a high-def and load up my PSP for on-the-go viewing.  Sometimes, and I emphasize that word, smaller is better.  So when I got a chance to review the NZXT Vulcan, I was excited.  I mean, it’s tiny.  It has a handle, so I should be able to just lug that thing anywhere I want it.  Here are a few details on this case before I get down and dirty:

Features

  • Durable Non-slip finished top handle for portability
  • Black Interior
  • Dual 5.25″ slots and four 3.5″ slots (internal and external)
  • Wire routing holes + extruded side panel provides extra space for cable management
  • Dual 8W channel fan control
  • Fits at least 350mm video cards like the ATI 5970
  • ATX PSU with removable filter + anti-vibration rubber support
  • Dual external watercooling cutouts
  • Dual top 120mm exhaust for optimal cooling
  • Top mounted (2x)USB, E SATA, External HD Audio + Mic
  • Fan LED on/off function: Turn off lights during night time use
  • CPU heatsink cut-out + 170mm heatsink support
  • Supports 200mm fan intake on side mesh (NZXT only guarantees fitment with NZXT’s FN-200)
  • Extra large mesh holes for optimal airflow
  • Removable Hard drive cage
  • Included thumbscrews for all drives

Introducing NZXT’s new VULCAN Micro ATX gaming case, the ideal bring-your-own-computer option for professional gaming LAN parties. The Vulcan maximizes power in a compact 16” x 7” x 16.6” body, which is approximately 40% smaller than the typical super full tower. Indulge in the ample space that includes advanced cooling capabilities with 2 x 120mm (one included), 1 x 200mm, 1 x 80mm, a front 120mm intake fan (included), and more space to fit up to two 350mm cards in SLI and Crossfire configurations. The durable non-slip top handle and anti-vibration rubber support idealizes portability, enabling you to easily transport your ultimate gaming machine anywhere.

MODEL
Vulcan Series
CASE TYPE
Gaming mATX Chassis
LED Color Orange
Front panel connectors 1 x HD Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL
Plastic / Steel Mesh
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D)
180mm (W) x 422.5mm (H) x 406mm (D) / 7” x 16.6” x 16”
Dimensions w/o Handle 180mm (W) x 380mm (H) x 406mm (D) / 7” x 14.9” x 16”
VGA Clearance Maximum 350mm
CPU heatsink height support 165mm (without 35mm thick side 200mm fan)
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 1 X 120mm (included)
REAR, 1 X 92/80mm
TOP, 2 x 120mm (1 x Orange LED fan included)
SIDE, 1 x 200mm
DRIVE BAYS 6 DRIVE BAYS
2 EXTERNAL 5.25″ DRIVE BAYS
2 EXTERNAL 3.5″ DRIVE BAYS
2 INTERNAL 3.5″ DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S)
Steel with powder black coating inside
EXPANSION SLOTS
4
WEIGHT
5.80 kg / 12.8 lbs
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT
MICRO-ATX, ITX

You can download the product pdf here.


On the next page we take a detailed look at the case.