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Fractal Design Vector RS Blackout (Light TG) Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 7)

Shannon Robb | Sep 21, 2019 at 01:48 pm CDT - 1 min, 58 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Fractal DesignModel: FD-CA-DEF-S2V-BKO-TGD

Converting the Vector RS for Airflow Mode

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The first step in converting from the top glass panel to the top airflow model is to remove the top tempered glass laden panel. This is accomplished by first removing the front panel. After the front panel is removed, we can then remove the two screws from the front area which affixes the top panel in place. With two screws removed the panel slides forward and can lift up and off of the chassis. As you can see here, we have already removed the panel, and now we have a wide-open top waiting to be converted for cooling fitment. One thing worth noting is how far away this hole is from the motherboard tray. This means even with thicker radiators up top it should not cause any interference issues with memory, it just may visually cover them up a bit if the radiator and fan combo are thick enough.

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Here we have now applied the radiator/fan bracket. We used the four screws mentioned previously to mount the tray in place on the chassis as you can see the bracket run full-length of the chassis and can support massive top mount radiators. If going big, you will also want to move the vertical plate covering the 3.5" tray mounting back to the motherboard tray to open up the space if your application requires it. Our usage will be with our standard H100i from corsair, so we did not need the vertical plate to be removed.

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Next up, we slotted in the removable dust filter which will ensure that with the airflow top in place all of the more significant dust bits can be caught by this filter rather than ending up in your system. To install the filter, you will need to feed the tabs into the I/O side top panel piece then lay it down and slide it back to lock into place.

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The last step is to install the top airflow panel. As you can see here, this will breathe far better than the stock glass panel. This is now where we will be installing our H100i, and as I mentioned previously, we will not be moving the HDD vertical panel as it is not needed to fit the cooling solution we are using.

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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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