Fractal Design Vector RS Blackout PC Case Review




/ 10 months ago

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Interior

whatever paint Fractal Design has used in this case, it’s incredibly stealthy to look at. I even have a spotlight on the case right now! That’s a good thing though, as it’ll hide all the cables and screws easily, but show off brighter coloured hardware and lighting easily.

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If I throw the light on top, you can see there’s a good size CPU cooler mounting cut-out behind the motherboard. Plus, we’ve got two cable grommets at the top, two huge ones on the right, and another on the PSU shroud. Overall, cable routing shouldn’t be difficult.

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There’s a huge blanking panel on the right too. Unlike most modern PC cases, this one does have slightly more traditional HDD bays. However, this panel is removable to allow easy access to the mounts. Plus, you can remove them all for radiator space, which we’ll see from the other side shortly.

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PSU Shroud

The PSU shroud is pretty massive too and offers up a fair bit of ventilation for any drive bays under it. Plus, there are mounts on there for cooling hardware, or whatever other mods you want to tinker with.

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Of course, you get the glass up in the top. However, there is that other top panel in the box for those who want a massive radiator or loads of fans up there instead.

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Around the Back

The rear panel is pretty hefty. However, I suspect a lot of that weight comes from the thick noise-dampening material that comes fitted to it.

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There’s a fair amount of cable cramming space back here, that’s for sure. Plus, with the PSU shroud and the HDD shroud, you can tuck and hide as many cables as you please.

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Towards the front, you can see there are two more 140mm fans giving us a huge amount of airflow. Plus, there are four HDD bays (which also support SSDs) suspended next to them. They can all be removed or height adjusted as required.

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Plus there are two more towards the bottom. Again, you can move any of the six trays out of the way, up, down, etc.

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Nexus+ Fan Hub

A simple enough bit of kit, the Nexus+ offers up nine fan headers, three of them are four-pin, and the rest are three-pin.

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Just remember to hook up the SATA cable to power the fans.

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Need more storage? There’s a couple of SSD mounts tucked behind the motherboard too, so you’re certainly not short on storage here.

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Front Panel

Lift the front panel out of the way, and you’ll find plenty of room for additional cooling, radiators etc. As I said before, they’re 140mm fans in the front, so that gives you some idea of the size of the case!

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