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Fractal Design Vector RS Blackout (Light TG) Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 9)

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

Case Build & Finished Product

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The front of the Vector RS looks the same as when we unboxed it. The Vector RS could realistically pass for an office PC if you chose to disconnect the RGB so that it just had this clean aesthetic with no twinkly lights will blend in as a clean enough PC case. This could also mesh well even with the RGB into a home theatre setup, but if the components internally are lit, it could be distracting so, YMMV.

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Even with the vertical panel in place, everything went in smoothly with plenty of room for all of our components. The AIO is not even visible with only the fans showing. If we wanted a monster loop, we could, however, pull the drive trays and drop that vertical panel back to offer more main chassis space available for components you want to see.

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The rear of the Vector RS is now filled, and as you can see, we installed the GPU in the standard orientation for the initial installation.

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In standard Fractal fashion, I was not disappointed in cable routing. The cabling for the Vector RS was painless with an immense number of cable tie points to lash the internal wiring to the cable tie loops. The Velcro ties worked their magic covering most of the larger cables, while the perimeter handled much of the wires for the chassis itself. That's another kudos I have to give Fractal here is the fact that they ensured the I/O cabling was long enough to be well managed without issue no matter your board layout.

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With the panel in place and the system built, I cannot help but feel like the blackout interior aesthetic lends to making the panel feel darker than it is. The parts fade away in the sea of darkness when the system is powered off.

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Here we have the Vector RS powered up with the GPU in standard orientation. As you can see, the front and top stripe works well to accent the system and add some unicorn flair to a sleek chassis. With the drive trays in place, you cannot see the Vengeance Pro RGB memory, but it is illuminating the AIO sleeved hoses and fans, which I'm sure some of the more eagle-eyed among you have already noticed.

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