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Closer Look at NZXT Vulcan

 

This system case doesn’t impress as much as the previous model. Although both belong to the gaming series Crafted, the Vulcan has a very modest exterior compared to the Phantom. The Vulcan has a handle and you can indeed easily carry it with you as it allows that with its size and weight.

The exterior design makes it clear that the Vulcan is a gaming system case. There are a lot of vent grids, straight lines and angular shapes, and a plastic trim. It is completely black.

To emphasize the gaming positioning of this product, its manufacturer shows us how good its ventilation system is, how it can accommodate long graphics cards and how smaller it is compared to standard full-size system cases.

  

In the front part of its top panel we can see (from left to right) two buttons (Reset and Power), two color-coded audio connectors, two USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA connector.

There are two fan controller knobs on the front panel labeled as I and II. The same labels can be seen on the fan connectors. Each controller channel can be connected to two fans but only one fan is connected to each channel by default.

The entire front panel is in fact a fine mesh with a dust filter, including the front-fan grid and the faceplates of the 5.25 and 3.5-inch bays. You can also see the front 120mm fan here. It is the same model as the fans preinstalled in the Phantom.

The straight lines to the right of the 3.5-inch faceplates are Power and HDD activity indicators.

A robust handle is attached to the top of the system case by means of four small screws. It is quite handy. Below the handle, there is a large vent grid where you can install two 120mm fans. The Vulcan comes with only one fan preinstalled there. It is the same model as the front-panel fan but features orange highlighting that can be turned off.

 

The left panel is mostly a vent grid, too. The grid is fitted into the panel and allows installing additional 200mm fans to blow at the computer's internals. Like with the Phantom, the manufacturer suggests that you install NZXT's own FN-200RB.

The right panel isn’t that interesting. You can only see the protruding part that provides some space for hiding cables behind the mainboard's mounting plate.

The side panels can be taken off by pulling them backwards. They are secured with two thumbscrews.

At the top of the back panel there are two rubberized openings for the pipes of a liquid cooling system. Right below them you can see a button that turns on the highlighting of the top fan. Lower yet, there is a place for an exhaust 80 or 92mm fan which is not included by default. The microATX form-factor limits the number of expansion slots to four. So, there are four removable meshed back-panel brackets which are fastened with handy thumbscrews. A power supply can be installed into the bottom compartment in two positions.

The Vulcan stands on four small plastic feet. There is a removable dust filter below the PSU bay, the single filter of this kind in this system case. Take note of the gap behind the front panel and below the intake fan.

 
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