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Fractal Design Vector RS BLACKOUT TG

Vector RS BLACKOUT TG

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“There are many cases but this one is mine.” Finding the right case has always been a challenge for me. Just when I think I found that right one I find some kind of an issue and I move along. This case, however, is not easy to ignore. Vector RS by Fractal Design is an absolute work of art and engineering combined. Vector RS has been designed from the ground up to provide users with best of style, functionality, and customization you can get from mid-sized ATX case. This case is extremely modular which is a benefit to those who mod their rigs with custom water-cooling loops and vertical GPUs. Whether you are looking to have an air-cooled system or a complete water-cooled rig this case should not be overlooked.

 

Review Sample Provided by Fractal Design
Product Name: Vector RS Blackout
Price at time of review: 179.99
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Case Specifications

Product Sheet Vector RS – Blackout TG Vector RS – Blackout Dark TG
Case Material Steel, Tempered Glass Steel, Tempered Glass
Motherboard compatibility E-ATX (up to 285 mm wide), ATX, mATX, Mini-ITX E-ATX (up to 285 mm wide), ATX, mATX, Mini-ITX
Power supply type ATX ATX
External 5.25″ drive bays N/A N/A
Universal 3.5″/2.5″ drive mounts 6 included 11 positions total 6 included 11 positions total
Dedicated 2.5″ drive mounts 2 included 4 positions total 2 included 4 positions total
Expansion slots 7 + 2 vertical 7 + 2 vertical
Front ports 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.0
Audio I/O
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.0
Audio I/O
Total fan mounts 9 (6 + 3 with included bracket) 9 (6 + 3 with included bracket)
Front fan 3 x 120/140 mm (2 x 140 mm fans included) 3 x 120/140 mm (2 x 140 mm fans included)
Top fan* 3 x 120/140 mm 3 x 120/140 mm
Rear fan 1 x 120/140 mm (1 x 140 mm fan included) 1 x 120/140 mm (1 x 140 mm fan included)
Bottom fan 2 x 120/140 mm 2 x 120/140 mm
Dust filters Bottom fan + PSU
Front fans
Top panel*
Bottom fan + PSU
Front fans
Top panel*
Front radiator 120/240/360 mm
140/280 mm
120/240/360 mm
140/280 mm

Detailed Specifications

Product Sheet Vector RS – Blackout TG Vector RS – Blackout Dark TG
Top radiator* 120/240/360 mm

140/280/420 mm (max 35 mm MB component height)

120/240/360 mm

140/280/420 mm (max 35 mm MB component height)

Rear radiator 120 mm 120 mm
Bottom radiator 120/240 mm
140/280 mm
20/240 mm
140/280 mm
PSU max length 300 mm 300 mm
GPU max length Max 440 mm with a front fan mounted Max 440 mm with a front fan mounted
CPU cooler max-height 185 mm 185 mm
Cable routing space 23 mm 23 mm
Cable routing grommets Yes Yes
Fixed Velcro straps Yes Yes
Tool-less push-to-lock Both side panels Both side panels
Captive thumbscrews HDD brackets, SSD brackets HDD brackets, SSD brackets
Left side panel Light tint tempered glass Dark tint tempered glass
Right side panel Steel with bitumen sound damping Steel with bitumen sound damping
TG top panel Light tint tempered glass Dark tint tempered glass
Additional Lighting Integrated front/top panel ARGB Integrated front/top panel ARGB
Case dimensions (L x W x H) 552 x 233 x 498 mm 552 x 233 x 498 mm
Case dimensions w/o feet/protrusions/screws 540 x 233 x 475 mm 540 x 233 x 475 mm
Net weight 12.64 kg 12.64 kg
Package dimensions (L x W x H) 568 x 328 x 673 mm 568 x 328 x 673 mm
Gross weight 13.98 kg 13.98 kg

*With cooling bracket installed

FAN

Dynamic X2 GP-14
Front 3 x 120/140 mm (2 x 140 mm preinstalled)
Top 3 x 120 or 2 x 140 mm (with cooling bracket installed)
Rear 1 x 120/140 mm (1 x 140 mm preinstalled)
Bottom Bottom: 2 x 120/140 mm

RADIATOR

Front 360/240/120 mm, 280/140 mm
Top 360/240/120 mm or 420/280/140 mm (depends on layout)
Rear 120 mm
Bottom 240/120 mm, 280/140 mm

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

Nexus+ PWM Fan HUB 1x
RGB Controller 1x (FD-ACC-ADJ-R1-BK)

 

Fractal Design has two versions of Vector RS, Blackout TG, and Blackout Dark TG. Both of the cases are nearly identical except for the tempered glass tint. Our sample which I got to take a look at is Vector RS Blackout TG. The case came in a recycled box with very detailed information on the side.

Inside of the packaging box, the Vector RS case is supported by foam inserts. The case itself was inside of an oversized plastic bag to prevent any accidental scratches. Alongside with the case, there is an included replacement panel, filter, and a fan/radiator bracket which could be mounted on the top of the case. In this box, also included is a small Vector RS accessory box which contained miscellaneous mounting screws and zip ties.

Since this case has a dash of aRGB in it, Fractal Design provides Adjust R1 aRGB Controller to be used in the case if you do not have RGB enabled Motherboard/Controller.

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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 10 years now. As a Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspect of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of latest technologies.

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