Specifications, Availability and Pricing
This all steel chassis body is painted inside and out in a textured black finish. The front bezel, front I/O area and top fan shroud are all made of a black plastic base. The front of the case is covered with sections of mesh; some for removal for drives and other sections that provide intake ventilation. In the front bezel there is room for two optical drives and two floppy drives to show through with removable covers. The hard drives can both sit hidden on the inside. On the top it is just a plastic housing with a large mesh panel that will allow for two fans to push air out and through this mesh. In front of and behind this shroud there are two holes. These four holes are to attach the carrying handle, which I will show later, making the m-ATX chassis easily portable.
Fitting the "sleeper" aspect, this Vulcan shows up at about sixteen inches square, with the handle added, and weighs in at just over thirteen pounds empty. So we have small stature and portability, now here comes the trick! While NZXT only allows m-ATX for compatibility, they did design the interior with long cards in mind. Internally there is a gap between the optical and floppy drive bays at the top and the hard drive bays at the bottom. This allows for cards greater than 350mm in length to be able to fit; that is thirteen and three quarters of an inch of room for VGA's! The rear of the chassis has four expansion slots, so even SLI or Crossfire inside here is still an option.
Cooling is handled out of the box with two supplied fans. One white bladed, 120mm fan is used for the lower front as intake. The other included fan is set in the top, and has orange LED's. This fan is also a 120mm and has room for a second fan next to it. NZXT did leave the rear exhaust fan optional as well as the side panel. If you want fans to cool your components here, you are going to have to plan ahead and buy a couple extras. In the rear of the chassis and in the front I/O you will find connections to control the two fans shipped inside. The front has two separate fan controllers that can both control two fans for a total of four. In the back, the push-button is to control the LEDs on the supplied top fan and I assume the front panel of the case. This makes it easy to tone down the noise of the fan if it isn't in hard use, but also allows the end user to set up the fans in "zones" with separate control.
Finding one of the NXZT Vulcans at this point is a little tough to do. I only see one place to get one currently via Google. Online at that retailer I saw an asking price of about $75, but to be honest, I have never heard of the shop itself. Don't worry, though, as the Vulcan has just been released and I'm sure it will hit all the major e-tailers. If you have to have one right now, you can still get it direct from NZXT for $69.99 and of course a little bit extra to ship. I think it's time to get out the camera and get a real close look at what NZXT is offering for $70 in this m-ATX chassis they call the Vulcan.