Vector RS Mid-Tower Chassis
When looking at the front of the Vector RS, it has a flat slate design mostly with a shiny lefthand side panel. At first glance, I thought it was glossy black plastic, but as it turned out, it is a small tempered glass piece along the left-hand edge. The bottom right of the front panel carried the Fractal namesake. The split between the tempered glass and the flat slate is where the front RGB LED lighting is diffused into creating a defined separation in the aesthetic.
Out of the box, the Vector RS comes with this tempered glass half panel as you see here. By default, the top of the Vector RS chassis favors form over function as there are no cooling, mounting provisions in place and purely a clear aesthetic panel is in place. However, as mentioned before, there are airflow focused panels in the accessory pack, which we will investigate later in the review, so see how the Vector RS can flex to meet your build needs.
The I/O on the Vector RS is along the right-hand edge of the front top section. This small piece is separate from the top tempered glass panel we can see adjacent to the I/O. This allows swapping of the aesthetic panel for an airflow fixture without needing to tamper with the embedded ARGB stripe or the I/O panel. This, in turn, means that the I/O stays fixed no matter the build without even needing to fuss with removing the I/O.
The I/O is outfitted as follows Left to right):
- Power button with integrated power LED
- 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
- USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
- Headphone and Microphone 3.5mm jacks
- Reset button
Here we have the main panel which is clear tempered glass and this photo was taken just mere minutes before it was set aside to assess the interior and it decided it had enough and popped. More on that later in the review, but for now, we see the glass panel is clear and allows full view of the interior od the Vector RS chassis. Looking toward the front panel, we see louvered ventilation running up the side, which is internally filtered each side to make maintenance easy.
The rear I/O section is fairly standard with everything how you would expect it. The fan fitment here is 120mm or 140mm but comes with a 140mm fan preinstalled. There is also vertical dual-slot mounting for a GPU near the tempered glass window to show off your GPU should you prefer this layout. Keep in mind, if you do plan to install the GPU vertically that you must purchase the Vertical Mounting bracket separately. The PSU slides in from the rear which is why you see two thumbscrews on each side of the PSU mounting bracket. The bracket comes away from the chassis and mounts to the PSU before being inserted.
Here we have the cable management side of the Vector RS and as you can see it's a solid steel panel. The front once again, we see the louvered vents leading to the front air inlet. Meeting the front panel at the angular bottom vent, we see the silver plastic feet on each corner. Looking towards the rear we see the dual thumbscrews used to mount the panels as even the glass panel uses a frame and lip over the rear to allow fastening to the chassis without fasteners showing on the glass surface.
Here we have the bottom of the Vector RS, and the large full-length filter mostly covers it. The filter is removable for cleaning by sliding out from the rear. The reason for a full cover filter is simple, as the Vector RS allows for huge PSUs or also bottom mount fans or radiators. As you can see in front of the PSU ventilation, we also can see slotted mounting for 120mm or 140mm based cooling and Fractal made sure it would be well filtered no matter where you stick your fans.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Vector RS Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Vector RS]
- Page 5 [Inside the Vector RS Continued]
- Page 6 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 7 [Converting the Vector RS for Airflow Mode]
- Page 8 [Tempered Glass, A Cautionary Tale]
- Page 9 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 10 [Vertical GPU Bracket Installation]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]