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Fractal Design Vector RS Blackout (Light TG) Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

Shannon Robb | Sep 21, 2019 at 01:48 pm CDT - 3 mins, 11 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Fractal DesignModel: FD-CA-DEF-S2V-BKO-TGD

Inside the Vector RS

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The front panel of the Vector RS is easy enough to remove, but you will need to take note as many panels pull off from the bottom and that's not the case with the Vector RS. To remove the front panel, you should pull on the side louvered area near the top, and it will come loose. The bottom is slotted into the feet area so that the top of the panel pulls away then lifts out. The two 140mm preinstalled fans you can see in place here. The fans are DC (3-pin) which is not inherently bad, but they tend not to have as granular of ramping as a PWM model.

The panels ARGB signal is carried via four spring-loaded pins on the panel side and a PCB with four contact pads which you can see directly above and slightly left of the center of the top intake fan. The front fan mounting as previously mentioned supports 120mm or 140mm based cooling and it is slotted to allow flexibility to mounting locations for your cooling. Behind the panel, you can see that the fans do not have any filter over them as Fractal opted to integrate the filtration into both points of ingress on the front panel which we will look at now.

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Looking at the filtration on the front panel. As you can see, the louvered areas have long mini filters along their entire length internally and can be quickly snapped out for cleaning. This is an interesting take on filtration as it keeps the filters from being directly in front of the fan, which in some cases can cause airflow degradation. Here the fan can pull air across the entire louvered side openings which can help extend the time between the airflow reducing from filter maintenance being necessary.

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When looking into the side of the Vector RS much like the R6, you can quickly assume the case is cramped due to the large front, drive tray panel. Don't let your eyes deceive you as the drive trays can be removed. The panel can be recessed back to be nearly level with the motherboard tray. Allowing for a wide-open expanse to support an intricate liquid cooling build or whatever your dream build may entail. The CPU backplate cutout is enormous and can almost swallow an ITX board so I imagine there's not much for CPU coolers that this would not work for. The large grommet filled cable pass-through should easily fit anything you may need to pass through to your mainboard from the cable management chamber.

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The PSU shroud for the Vector RS is ventilated like the shrouds we have seen on previous Fractal chassis. There are small slits where SSD trays can mount; also, there are threaded holes for the vertical GPU riser to install and secure the GPU. There is a large grommet covered hole here as well. This is capable of handling most anything you would need to pass through, along with a single smaller hole sans grommet for passing anything on the extreme left-hand side. Most users will use this smaller hole for the HD audio pass-through and possibly the ARGB connector.

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The rear I/O area from the inside is where we can now see the preinstalled 140mm fan from Fractal. This fan is also a DC unit, and below it, we see the seven expansion slot covers. There are also the previously mentioned dual expansion brackets in a vertical orientation for vertically placed GPUs. The main standard expansion slots are internally accessible, while the vertical expansion slot mounting is externally accessible. The vertical slots have a sliding thin metal bracket to cover the opening above the mounting once the card is seated.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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