After spending a couple of weeks with the NZXT Vulcan chassis we have grown very attached to it. It was not so positive in the beginning but as I took my time and gradually tweaked the setup I discovered how convenient it was to have this easily movable chassis within hand's reach. Without the side fan my feeling was that the Vulcan had potential to kick ass but instead I would have to settle for much less.
I sent an email to NZXT and explained my feelings about the airflow issues without the 200mm fan installed. They agreed to send out a 200mm fan so we could complete the review and detail the true potential to our readers.
It turns out that our thoughts were justified as the addition of the side fan immediately lowered the chipset temperatures by 10 degrees Celsius with the system idle – this is a massive reduction. Since NZXT does not include the 200mm fan we can say it's still a case worth having but it's full potential is not being met. This leaves us in a rather tricky situation when it comes to our final verdict.
We feel it should get the “Worth Buying” award for how it was configured out of the box seeing that it can handle a 5970 size graphics card and is extremely portable thanks to the handle that is supplied with it. If NZXT included the 200mm fan as standard then it would have earned another full point and our “Must Have” award, however we can only rate a product as it is sold, not with optional extras included, as the price will increase. It can be currently bought in the UK for £55 inc vat. If they managed to bundle the 200mm for a total price of £60 inc vat, this would be a much better proposition.
KitGuru says: We recommend this case, but be sure to consider the 200mm fan if you want to dramatically lower system temperatures and enhance stability.