I do wish I could have gotten some of the orange glow captured on film for you all to see, but the lighting was just too dim to show in normal lighting conditions. Literally I had to shut the lights off to get what I would consider a "glow" of lighting. The front right side of the Vulcan has, what I assumed to be, a strip of lights, indicating power and a separate one for the HDD activity. When I booted this Vulcan, I got the spare light for the HDD to flash, but as far as the lower strip was concerned, I only got one LED at the bottom to light the whole six inches or so. The front fan adds no lighting as it isn't LED equipped, the top however did seem reasonably bright. Note that even with the switch for the LEDs in the back being on, as you use the dial control on the front for fan speed the lighting will dim as well.
Even though the Vulcan only ships with two of the five that can go inside, I was pleased with the air flow as shipped. Temperatures did rise, as the case is small and could benefit from an exhaust fan at the very least. The flow the two fans generate kept everything at acceptable levels. With the addition of the optional three fans, there is no reason things should get toasty in here. I mentioned the dials on the front, and these work very well. Once it was all wired I setup the Vulcan to use the top fan on one controller and the front intake on the other. As you add fans, two of the three can be powered here or any four fan combination. With the controller in the lowest position, out of the box, this case is dead silent. Turning them to the maximum setting brought just a mild hum over the stock CPU cooler and graphics cards fans. As you add fans, this may completely change, so if silence is key to your build, keep in mind the fans you add are going to make or break that.
Don't let the award fool you! While it didn't make the "best of" anything as far as our groupings go, the Vulcan offers a surprising amount in this tiny package. Painting a chassis entirely is always a hit with me, and adding wire management as well as air cooling options, the Vulcan does stand above most chassis' in this segment. m-ATX compatibility, its smaller form factor, and its lack of "extra" interior space limit the buyers for this concept. To me, even with its limitations, the portability and the fact that you can still run even dual HD 5970's inside makes this the "sleeper" chassis of choice in my book. When you set the Vulcan on the table at the next LAN event, no one would even suspect that a powerhouse like that would even fit, but the joke is on them as you take them down in a game of CS:S.
I definitely learned here not to judge a book by its unassuming cover. NZXT offers quite a few space saving features that allow for monster GPU power in this Crafted Series entry. For around $70 to get one to your door, the Vulcan sips money from your wallet and can keep all of that horsepower under control, even under air cooling.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The NZXT Vulcan Crafted Series Enthusiast M-ATX Case]
- Page 5 [Inside the NZXT Vulcan Crafted Series Enthusiast M-ATX Case]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]