NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX Gaming Case

Posted by on Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:00am

NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX Gaming CaseNZXT is at it again with a new smaller stature case, the Vulcan. Not made of aluminum like the Panzerbox, but made of steel.  The NZXT gives the end-user the same quality for less money and not give up an inch of space.  Standing fifteen inches tall and being sixteen long, the Vulcan allows you to have that ultimate LAN box. You cannot have the ultimate LAN box without having a high-end GPU? Well the Vulcan can accommodate video cards as long as the Radeon HD 5970.

Introduction to the NZXT Vulcan

NZXT has been a few big hits with cases since their introduction in 2004. Those hits would include the likes of the Beta, Rogue, Lexa, Panzerbox and a few others. The designers at NZXT have taken it upon themselves to put out some quality cases over the past six years. Not one to try and fill the market with crap. As mentioned above the Panzerbox was one of the latest breakthrough cases for NZXT. It gave the people wanting smaller cases just enough space to house all their components. And the quality was second to none. The case was made of aluminum and built like a tank. And at the same time looked good.

NZXT is at it again with a new smaller stature case in the Vulcan. Not made of aluminum like the Panzerbox but steel the NZXT gives the end-user the same quality more less dollars and not give up an inch of space.  Standing fifteen inches tall and being sixteen, the Vulcan allows you to have that ultimate LAN box. You cannot have the ultimate LAN box without having a high-end GPU. Well the Vulcan can accommodate video cards as long as the Radeon HD 5970.

NZXT Take on the Vulcan

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.


Specifications

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)

406mm (D) x 180mm (W) x 422.5mm (H) / 16” x 7” x 16.6”

Dimensions w/o Handle

406mm (D) x 180mm (W) x 380mm (H) / 16” x 7” x 14.9”

VGA Clearance

>350mm

CPU heatsink height support

165mm ( without side 200mm fan 0

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

POWER SUPPLY

ATX

WEIGHT

5.80 KGS (W/O Power)

MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT

MICRO-ATX, ITX

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
• Extra large mesh holes for optimal airflow
• Removable Hard drive cage
• Included thumbscrews for all drives


Closer look at the outside

Once removed from the external packaging, you can begin to see the attractive appearance of the Vulcan. The combination of mesh and fine lines will make the Vulcan ideal for not only those looking for a nice LAN rig, but anyone looking to conserve space. Meaning there is a chance your wife or girlfriend would get a kick out of the Vulcan. Like we stated, the Vulcan comes in one color, black. That is inside and outside. We will talk about the inside later. Standing fifteen inches tall and sit back another sixteen inches you do not have to suffice much needed territory.

We at Pro-Clockers can never get enough of the mesh style of today’s cases. This can be said for the rest of the world as we are seeing a multitude of them being produced. I don’t think there is one company that has not put out at least one. Sitting at the top front of the case are two knobs. Each knob is a 8 watt fan controller each would be the equivalent of two fans pure knob or channel. Below the fan controllers are two 5.25” mesh bay covers followed by two more 3.5” bay covers. Behind the bottom mesh panel is a single 120mm cooling fan. No specifications are giving on the fan.

Each side of the case has bulging side panels each of them serving two different purposes. The left side protrudes outwards in order to hold a single 200mm cooling fan that you did not get with the case. The rubber grommets are used to quiet the vibration made by the fan against the case panel. The right side panel has the lump in it in order to give the neatest cable organizer a place to hide any extra cabling.

Looking at the top of the Vulcan you see there is more mesh. In this instance, the mesh helps the two 120mm holes exhaust air but only one 120mm fan is included ere. A case would not be considered a LAN case without a handle of some sort. The Vulcan has optional handle that extends another couple of inches from the top surface of the case. NZXT gave the user the option to use the handle or not. That is what the holes in the top panel are used for. Good call, NZXT. Sailing to the front of the top side is the I/O area which includes two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and audio plugs. The power and reset are made of a shiny metal and sits beside the audio ports.

Turning the case onto its side and looking at the bottom of the Vulcan you see the single vent for the power supply. The vent does have a dust filter and can be easily removed from the outside.

At last we make it to the rear of the case. At the top of the case are two water-cooling inlets underneath lies a 120mm fan opening. The fan here is not included. Being a mATX we are limited to four PCI expansion slots.


Closer look at the inside

Being compact, we respect the room the Vulcan manages to offer. The entire layout is well organized, but pure delight came from seeing another entirely black interior, keeping with the current trend of dark insides. One feature that was nice to see was the extra large CPU cooler opening in the back of the motherboard tray. So often we see cases with this nice feature the opening is so small that it usually don’t line up with the motherboard socket itself.

Upfront you have enough room to house two 5.2”5 devices as well as four 3.5”. If one is going to bitch about the lack of drive support, remember this is a mATX case not a mid. If you are wondering what the gap is in between the two HDD cages well that is for support for the long graphic cards like the Radeon HD 5970. For intake a 120mm cooling with white blades are used. The case cables are angles off to the left of the drive bays to eliminate some cluster.

The rear of the case is not as impressive as the front for functional not the less. Sitting at the top of the rear end is a location for an 80/92mm cooling for exhaust functions but is not included. Granted sometimes 92mm fans are a little harder to find many elect to go the 92mm route due to the decrease in noise. Below the fan opening is four expansion slots which are secured using black thumbscrews. The slot protectors are ventilated for better circulation. The Vulcan is a bottom power supply mounted case.

Towering above all is a single 120mm orange LED front. The same location has enough to support two fans. Or better yet a water-cooling radiator.

Sitting at the bottom of the case is the power supply opening. Four rubber feet are located here for the PSU to sit on to eliminate vibrations made by the power supply.


Installation shoots

We took the time to place a few of the components needed to build a rig into the NZXT Vulcan to give you some idea of how much room is in the little case. The cables you see in the image below are the connections to the two knobs up front. Each of which can control two fans each.

Here we have the handle installed on the top of the case.

The only thing we found that was slightly different in putting together a rig with the Vulcan was the mounting of the HDD. The HDD requires these plastic black mounts to be placed on the drive first and then inserted into the bay as a whole.

After the motherboard is installed you see it is a tight fit. But this is a mATX case after all. Basically, any size power supply can be used in the Vulcan.


Conclusion

For those that never wanted to venture into the world of mATX computing may want to very it a look see now. The NZXT Vulcan combined with a nice overclocking motherboard like the ASUS Gene or MSI 890GX-65, you can have well made gaming rig. And it would be portable. The Vulcan is a sweet looking case. Even if you are not a fan of smaller form factor cases you cannot help but see the appeal here.

The simple lines joined by the mesh drive bays do say gaming but also say sleek. This is what we have come to see with many people that are producing small cases, they seems to put way too much flash and bling into them. Not in the case of NZXT and the new Vulcan. Even my wife though it was sweet looking.

The Vulcan has all the room needed to build an awesome gaming rig. There is even room for Radeon HD 5970.

This is something many SFF cases can not say. There is a ton of room for four hard drives as well as dual optical drives. You really can’t bitch about room in this case. And speaking of the inside you have to love the solid black interior paint job.

Large coolers can be used in the Vulcan but may have to be turned in which a way the fan will blow top to bottom and not front to back. This is due to the small amount of space between the top of the motherboard and the underside of the case’s top panel.

We found the NZXT Vulcan on a couple etailers’ sites going for just over $70. Not bad for a quality small form factor cases.

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