A Closer Look: Interior
The black finish on the exterior is mimicked on the interior of the Vanguard RGB. The interior features support for full ATX motherboards and 3 SSD mounts to the right of the motherboard. If you choose to forgo installing SSDs, it does have the option to install a 240mm radiator/AIO. If you did go this route, airflow might be a little bit of a problem since the back side of the case consists of a full tempered glass panel. Looks like the Vanguard has plenty of cable management routing options with various rubber grommets around the motherboard tray and two more on the PSU shroud. At first glance, the grommet to the right of the motherboard does seem to be a little small, so we will have to see if this is an issue when it comes to our build. It is nice that DIYPC has included a PSU shroud which will help hide the PSU cables and keep the front side the case looking tidy. On the second portion of the shroud, there is also a mounting point for a pump if you are running a custom water loop to your system.
Looking towards the front of the case, DIYPC has pre-installed three of their RGB fans and if you wished to install a radiator in the front, you have 60mm of clearance from the PSU shroud to the front of the case. If you did require more room, you could remove the second section of the PSU shroud which currently hides the back HDD cage.
The back of the case includes another pre-installed 120mm RGB fan.
Taking a closer look at the installed fans, it consists of black translucent blades with a LED strip attached to the interior. Personally, I would like to see DIYPC cover up this strip somehow to make it a little more visually pleasing when powered down.
Flipping the case around to the backside, it’s nice to see plenty of tiedown points and some Velcro straps to keep your cables looking neat. Another nice addition included with the Vanguard RGB is a pre-installed fan hub.
A closer look at the fan hub reveals that it is powered by a single Molex connector and the four installed RGB case fans are already hooked up. If you wish to install more PWM fans to the chassis you have room for up to 3 more on the hub.
Looking to the bottom, there is a removable HHD cage with room for two 3.5” / 2.5” drives. The HDD cage can be detached by removing the 4 screws on the bottom of the case as well as a single screw attaching it to the motherboard tray. Once this has been done, you also must remove the second portion of the PSU shroud to be able to remove the tray from the case. It’s a little more work than I think it needs to be and if DIYPC makes a revision of the case in the future I’d like to see an easier way to remove the drive cage.
I also noticed that when we removed the bottom screws, some of the paint peeled off of the case. Even though the blemish is on the bottom of the case, it was still disappointing to have that happen.