As we unveil the case we see a pure black case, the face and top panels are rubberized in a sleek design with off black contours that says nothing more than style seeking appreciation. The top half of the face is filled with bay doors that are quick and easy using the lever to quickly remove one of the five filtered 5.25” bay doors. The bottom half has square-ish designs cut out with a filter behind used to filter the intake fan keeping dust particles from entering the case.
Moving our concentration to the left side of the Raidmax Vampire we find a nice side window that takes up approximately two-thirds of the door, allowing you to view all of your internal components. The window also provides an option of installing two 120mm fans that has an unfiltered slotted opening to pull cold air directly onto your graphics card and processor. The door is held on by thumb screws that are stubby with a short thread length making it quicker to remove the door. However, this door is difficult to remove as the top and bottom rubs against the frame of the case so a little force may be necessary.
Moving to the back of the case our attention is brought everywhere, the 4 grommets supporting external water cooling kits, the I/O board opening, to the right of that is an included 140mm fan. The Vampire case offers 10 expansion slots as the covers have a mesh design for air circulation and are easily removable with the included thumb screws. Instead of having an air vent to the right of the expansion slots, Raidmax has engraved their name into the case. The bottom mounted power supply is compatible of being mounted in either configuration with the fan towards the bottom or topside of the case.
While there’s really nothing special about the right side panel, I did find it much easier to remove then the other side.
Taking a quick look at the bottom of the case we find a filtered air vent capable of holding a 120 or 140mm fan that sits between the power supply and 3.5” drive bays, the power supply intake also has a railed washable filter that is easy to remove. The feet are raised and cylinder in shape that allows maximum airflow into the case from the bottom.
Moving on to the top of the case, The top section is easily removable by the two thumbscrews located on the backside allowing the section to slide off allowing access to maintain top mounted fans and/or radiators inside the case. The bottom section as pictured, near the front of the case we find the side mounted 2.5” hot-swap SSD bay. In the center of the case from left to right is the power switch, two USB 2.0 ports, Audio/Mic jacks, two USB 3.0 ports and the reset switch. On the right side of the top we find the integrated fan controller which includes a low/high speed switch, an X-Speed push button and an on/off push button. The controller is capable of controlling 3 fans with a max output of 30w.
Jul 08, 2014 0