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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 SheetVector RS – Blackout TGVector RS – Blackout Dark TG
Case MaterialSteel, Tempered GlassSteel, Tempered Glass
Motherboard compatibilityE-ATX (up to 285 mm wide), ATX, mATX, Mini-ITXE-ATX (up to 285 mm wide), ATX, mATX, Mini-ITX
Power supply typeATXATX
External 5.25″ drive baysN/AN/A
Universal 3.5″/2.5″ drive mounts6 included 11 positions total6 included 11 positions total
Dedicated 2.5″ drive mounts2 included 4 positions total2 included 4 positions total
Expansion slots7 + 2 vertical7 + 2 vertical
Front ports1 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 mounts9 (6 + 3 with included bracket)9 (6 + 3 with included bracket)
Front fan3 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 mm3 x 120/140 mm
Rear fan1 x 120/140 mm (1 x 140 mm fan included)1 x 120/140 mm (1 x 140 mm fan included)
Bottom fan2 x 120/140 mm2 x 120/140 mm
Dust filtersBottom fan + PSU
Front fans
Top panel*
Bottom fan + PSU
Front fans
Top panel*
Front radiator120/240/360 mm
140/280 mm
120/240/360 mm
140/280 mm

Detailed Specifications

Product SheetVector RS – Blackout TGVector 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 radiator120 mm120 mm
Bottom radiator120/240 mm
140/280 mm
20/240 mm
140/280 mm
PSU max length300 mm300 mm
GPU max lengthMax 440 mm with a front fan mountedMax 440 mm with a front fan mounted
CPU cooler max-height185 mm185 mm
Cable routing space23 mm23 mm
Cable routing grommetsYesYes
Fixed Velcro strapsYesYes
Tool-less push-to-lockBoth side panelsBoth side panels
Captive thumbscrewsHDD brackets, SSD bracketsHDD brackets, SSD brackets
Left side panelLight tint tempered glassDark tint tempered glass
Right side panelSteel with bitumen sound dampingSteel with bitumen sound damping
TG top panelLight tint tempered glassDark tint tempered glass
Additional LightingIntegrated front/top panel ARGBIntegrated front/top panel ARGB
Case dimensions (L x W x H)552 x 233 x 498 mm552 x 233 x 498 mm
Case dimensions w/o feet/protrusions/screws540 x 233 x 475 mm540 x 233 x 475 mm
Net weight12.64 kg12.64 kg
Package dimensions (L x W x H)568 x 328 x 673 mm568 x 328 x 673 mm
Gross weight13.98 kg13.98 kg

*With cooling bracket installed

FAN

Dynamic X2 GP-14
Front3 x 120/140 mm (2 x 140 mm preinstalled)
Top3 x 120 or 2 x 140 mm (with cooling bracket installed)
Rear1 x 120/140 mm (1 x 140 mm preinstalled)
BottomBottom: 2 x 120/140 mm

RADIATOR

Front360/240/120 mm, 280/140 mm
Top360/240/120 mm or 420/280/140 mm (depends on layout)
Rear120 mm
Bottom240/120 mm, 280/140 mm

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

Nexus+ PWM Fan HUB1x
RGB Controller1x (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 15 years now. As a Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspects of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of the latest technologies.

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