NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX Case

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Product(s): NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX Case
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Introduction: 

Today we've got a new case on the bench from the fine folks at NZXT. We're taking a close look at the new Micro ATX Vulcan case from NZXT which comes from their "Crafted" series of cases which also features the Hades case (which we reviewed here) and the Guardian 921 (which we reviewed here) as well as a whole bunch of other cases (you can take a look at the entire "Crafted" series from NZXT here).

The Vulcan case appears to be aimed at the Gamer/Enthusiast market that wants to be able to haul their computer around every once and while and thanks to the handy handle that is on the top of this case that shouldn't be a problem. This case also is the only Micro ATX case from NZXT in their "Crafted" series and thanks to the smaller motherboard the entire case is able to be quite a bit smaller and that makes it a bit more portable.

While the NZXT Vulcan might be a smaller case aimed at portability it still has the features that you'd get with larger NZXT cases and features like a built-in fan controller, LED lighting controls, and water-cooling cutouts make this case a very interesting choice. Let's take a closer look at what the NZXT Vulcan is all about.

 

First Impressions:

At first glance you'll see that the NZXT Vulcan has a bit of a unique styling to it. The styling isn't as crazy as some of the others we've seen, but I think it's a nice design and isn't just a square box with a handle on top. Overall I like the design and think it's unique but not too over the top.

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NZXT Vulcan - Front View
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NZXT Vulcan - Side View

The handle on the top is a nice touch for this case, especially if you plan on packing your system around once and a while. The handle is very sturdy and even with the case loaded up with gear you won't have to worry about it breaking or anything.

Also you can see the top mounted 120mm fan that comes included as well as you've got room for a 2nd 120mm fan if you need a bit more circulation.

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NZXT Vulcan - Top View
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NZXT Vulcan - Side View

As you can see in the picture below the power supply in this case is bottom mounted. You've also got slots for water cooling if you choose to go that route as well a button on the back of the case that can turn LED lighting on and off.

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NZXT Vulcan - Rear View
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NZXT Vulcan - Rear View

The controls on the top of the case are pretty standard. You've got your power on and reset, mic, headphones, 2 USB and 1 eSATA connection which are easily accessible.

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NZXT Vulcan - Top Controls
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NZXT Vulcan - Bottom View

In the next set of pictures (pictured right) you can see the front of the case as well as the two dials at the top. These two dials control the fans inside the case and you've got two separate dials so you can control the top fans independently from the front and side fans or however you choose to hook up your fans. The fan control is a nice touch and can help make your system super quiet.

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NZXT Vulcan - Inside View
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NZXT Vulcan - Front View

Inside the case is pretty standard, you've got a 120mm fan in the front of the case which provides airflow to the hard drive rack (which has room for 2 hard drives in the bottom of the case). You've also got enough room for 2 5.25" devices and just below those slots you've got another 2 3.5" slots where you could stick another couple hard drives if you really wanted to. If you wanted to load this case up totally you could easily install 2 full length video cards, 4 hard drives, 2 optical drives and a full sized power supply...... not bad for a "small" case.

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NZXT Vulcan - Inside View
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NZXT Vulcan - Inside View

There we go, that's what the NZXT Vulcan case is all about, let's move onto the next section.


NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX Case Specifications:

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All specifications taken from NZXT.com

  

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

 


 



Detailed 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

 

 

Installation and Testing:

Sometimes with smaller cases installation can be kind of a pain, however the opposite is true with this case, installation is easy and painless. As you can see in the pictures below we've used full sized components and haven't had to sacrifice any performance (or parts) in order to get our test rig to fit into this case.

For cooling I've used the Thermaltake V1 CPU cooler, which is a full sized cooler and I had no issues with installation or making it fit (our full review of the Thermaltake V1 cooler can be found here). You might run into space issues if you want to go with some super huge CPU fan but a good majority of coolers are going to fit into this case and you won't be forced to go with a low profile cooler.


For the power supply we used a full size Zalman ZM600-HP 600 Watt power supply (our full review of the 750 Watt version of this power supply can be found here). In some smaller cases you might be forced to go with a smaller power supply which usually limits the amount of video cards you can install, however with this case you could quite easily fit a 1000 Watt power supply into this case with no issues.

For the Video card we used an ATI Radeon HD 3870 Dual-Slot video card to show how easily this case can handle a big video card (or two!). The 3870 might not be the latest card out there, but it's just as big and shows how the Vulcan case is able to handle a SLI or Crossfire setup (which is something most Micro ATX cases can't).

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NZXT Vulcan - Inside View
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NZXT Vulcan - Full Size Cooler Installed

 
As you can see in the picture below, the Video card fit very nicely thanks to the extra room left for longer video cards. I've seen a few smaller cases in the past that haven't had the room for long video cards (which most higher-end cards are now) and you've had to go with something lower-end to get it to fit inside your case.


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NZXT Vulcan - Inside View

So there we go, installation was a breeze, let's move onto the final section where we go over our final thoughts about this case.

 

 

NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX Case Final Thoughts:

Throughout this review I was trying to come up with things that I didn't like about the NZXT Vulcan case, however here we are at the end of the review and I still haven't been able to come up with anything I didn't like which speaks to how solid of a case the Vulcan is. I've seen a ton of "smaller" cases over the years and the Vulcan is definitely one of the best I've ever seen.

The design of the Vulcan case is really great and I give NZXT full marks for all the features they were able to jam into this small case. The ability to handle 2 full-size video cards really make this case a gamers dream and you've got enough room to build quite a gaming computer, yet still be able to go with a small and portable case.


The value of this case is also really great, at time of publishing we were able to find this case online for about $69.99 USD which is a great value for a high quality case like this.

This is the section where I would point out the flaws that I found with the NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX case... Sorry, but there is really nothing major that needs to be pointed out about this case, overall this case is a great pick.

At the end of the day it was a pretty easy choice to award the NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX case our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award. The design of this case is great, the quality is very good, and the features are excellent. If you're looking for a smaller case that is still able to handle high-end gear then the NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX case deserves you consideration.

 

Pros:

  • High Quality Construction
  • Great Design
  • Plenty of Airflow
  • Good Value

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

BCCRating

Gold

I'd like to thank NZXT for sending us the Vulcan Micro ATX Case.
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