Conclusion: If you don't need or want a case that's the same size and weight as the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey , the squat and subdued NZXT Vulcan may be for you. It won't house a full-size motherboard, but if a smaller MicroATX system is all you need, and you want it to be easy to carry, this case is a solid, logical choice.
Pros: Compact size. Lightweight when empty. Removable handle. Can house long video cards. Good cable routing features.
Cons: Can be hard to open. Little wiggle room inside the case can make wiring difficult. Designed for MicroATX motherboards.
Summary: Throughout this review I was trying to come up with things that I didn't like about the NZXT Vulcan case, however here we are at the end of the review and I still haven't been able to come up with anything I didn't like which speaks to how solid of a case the Vulcan is. I've seen a ton of "smaller" cases over the years and the Vulcan is definitely one of the best I've ever seen.
Pros: High Quality Construction, Great Design, Plenty of Airflow, Good Value
Excerpt: Creating a portable gaming rig for LAN parties and other events can sometimes be a difficult task. Most hardcore gamers build their own systems and usually base them off the ATX motherboard form factor. Unfortunately, lugging a heavy ATX system to LAN parties is not very convenient or functional.
The NZXT Vulcan is the perfect alternative to the full-size gaming PC. The case is well built and screams quality like most offerings from NZXT, if your hardware will fit inside the smallish NZXT Vulcan the case is a winner.
Pros: Attractive design, Good cooling, Carry handle
Excerpt: I’ve been in the market for a new computer case for quite some time. My little Antec Aria has served me well, but I’ve been experiencing a growing need for something with more flexibility. I’ve actually been on the search for the right case for over a year now, but the need hasn’t been pressing enough to rush me. Thus, I’ve been able to take my time and select one that fits all of my needs.
Excerpt: We’ve always been attracted to microATX cases and have long fantasized about building a high-performance PC in a small package. But cases designed for Micro ATX motherboards have always disappointed. Cube-shaped cases are typically cramped, despite consuming twice the floor space of a tower. And while micro-towers take up less space, they often look like something from Home Depot’s appliance department. When NZXT’s Vulcan arrived, we thought this might be the one.
Pros: Very cool looks; reasonably priced; lots of storage options.
Cons: 92mm rear exhaust, cramped motherboard area; not as high-end as it looks.
Summary: NZXT has once again delivered a quality case with unique features and a well thought out design that will please any PC enthusiast or regular user alike. The inclusion of features such as wire management, space for dual large graphics cards, fan controller & 5 fan mounts (200mm side option!) are welcomed, similar options are usually only available on larger full tower cases.
Summary: The NZXT Vulcan performed exceptionally well for a mATX chassis. The excellent cable management and mesh material proved to be a winning combination in ensuring optimal airflow during operation. The built in fan controllers also made for a quieter experience when not in gaming mode, while giving us the option of cranking it to max when we demand high performance later. Despite being small, its steel body adds a lot of weight to the Vulcan.
Pros: Removable Power Supply Intake Filter, Rubber Anti-vibration Power Supply Support, Dual 8w Fan Control, Tool-free Installation via Thumbscrews and Hard Drive Rails, Excellent Cable Management, Very Large CPU Heatsink cut-out, Support for 170mm Tall Heatsinks, Removable Bottom Hard Drive Cage, Durable Steel Construction, All-black Powdercoated Interior, External Watercooling Cutouts, Can Hold full-size GPUs up to and including 5970s in Crossfire, Optional Non-Slip Top H...
Cons: 5.25" Optical Drive Mounting is a Very Tight Fit, Not Very Attractive Especially with the Top Handle Installed, Tight Space Between Top Exhaust Fan and Some Motherboards, Means not All Aftermarket Heatsinks Will Fit., No Support for Mounting SSD/2.5" Drives, Large Mesh and No Filters on the Left Side Panel Means Lots of Dust, Thumbscrews for the PCI Slots are Hard to Remove Without Using Tools Because of the Awkward Position