NZXT Vulcan Micro-ATX Gaming Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-03-2010
Provided by: NZXT

The Vulcan, sans handle, is only around 15" tall. That's a good two or three inches shorter than most mid-tower cases. Of course that means some sacrifices have to be made, like sporting only two 5" bays and two 3" bays. Judging by the number of people who have foregone using floppy drives, probably one 3" bay would have been sufficient. Raised panel sections on both sides and top allow greater room for internal components, and the front panel I/O ports are housed in an extension piece that sticks up above the top of the case.

The left side panel features open mesh rather than a window, while the right side panel is solid. The rear of the Vulcan shows a fully painted chassis with bottom-mount power supply opening. Four riser slots indicate that only micro-ATX motherboards are supported, and the narrow case width reduces the exhaust fan size to a maximum 92mm fan. A push button switch to control case lighting and two water cooling grommets are present near the top if you planned to house a radiator or other components outside the case. Of course this would probably negate the whole portability aspect of the design.

The top panel I/O features power and reset buttons, headphone and microphone jacks, two USB ports and an eSATA port. There is an extension of the top panel designed to house dual 120mm fans, one of which is included. Another 120mm fan resides in the intake position in the front bezel. Threaded holes on top provide mounting points for the carry handle. The bottom of the Vulcan reveals four rubber post feet and a grilled opening for the power supply intake complete with removable mesh filter.

Let's continue examining the NZXT Vulcan with a look at the interior.

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