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Fractal Design Vector RS Blackout (Light TG) Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 5)

By Shannon Robb from Sep 21, 2019 @ 13:48 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Fractal DesignModel: FD-CA-DEF-S2V-BKO-TGD

Inside the Vector RS Continued

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Here we have the cable management area. First up you can see to the left all of the open space which is where six of the eleven possible HDD tray locations in the area shrouded by the movable panel. If you remove the trays, you can move that vertical panel as we mentioned previously to be in line with the motherboard tray. Moving the vertical panel will allow for more open space from the front side for a large open-loop liquid cooling setup. Do keep in mind that with the plate moved, the HDD fitment of trays you see here is removed so you have to plan ahead as to what the system will be. I do like that Fractal enables you to build the Vector RS into a large storage server if you wanted. With up to 11 HDD's, I think most will not need that much space with most users having 1-2 mechanical drives at most in their main rig.

One thing Fractal always seems to do well is cable management, and the Vector RS is no different. The cables when opening the chassis were already well managed with twist-ties holding the cables in place around the perimeter. There are two SSD trays as we mentioned before and next to these we see two Velcro ties used for maintaining cables down the main rig of grommet filled pass-through holes. Above this, we see the fan hub, which comes pre-installed and supports up to three PWM devices along with six DC fans. The area down near the PSU looks to have more than enough room to tuck excess cabling.

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Here we get a close-up shot of the fan hub integrated into the Vector RS. As you can see, it has two leads coming from it. One lead is a SATA power lead while the other is a 4 Pin PWM header which attaches to your motherboards CPU fan header. Other fan headers can be used depending upon what you want your attached fans to reference for the correct PWM signal for fan speed control.

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Here we get a quick top-down shot of the HDD trays which come installed. You can purchase more trays as needed to populate this area up to eleven 3.5" drives fully. Also, as mentioned before these can be removed entirely and the panel moved to open this area up as an extension to the main chamber for a vast open space to build within.

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Here we have the PSU area, and as previously mentioned, it supports up to 300mm, or any PSU you could ever want to fit here. The PSU location has rubberized foam pads to allow the PSU to have somewhere to sit that is not metal to metal and relieves possible strain from the mounting position as you would not want to hang the PSU from the back of the chassis. We can also see the large ventilation opening here which is covered by the removable filter at the bottom.

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The front panel cables are as follows (left to right):

  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 20-pin connector (feeds dual Type-A ports)
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector (feeds front panel Type-C port)
  • 3-pin ARGB connector (sync ARGB stripe to the motherboard or other RGB controllers)
  • SATA power lead (fan hub)
  • 4 Pin fan header (fan hub PWM reference)
  • HD Audio connector
  • Front panel power/reset/power LED connectors
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