Raidmax Vampire Black PC Case Review
The Raidmax Vampire PC case is a top of the line PC case with plenty of high end features at a great price for computer enthusiasts who need a case with all the extras including room for server motherboards.
Ease of Use, Performance: 4/5
Look & Feel: 5/5
How much I enjoy: 4/5
Recommendation: 4/5 Stars
The Raidmax Vampire is a top of the line PC case with plenty of features for gamers and computer enthusiasts who need the most from their PC case. The Raidmax Vampire has five front 3.5 inch drive bays, 7 internal 3.5 or 2.5 inch hard drive slots and a hotswap 2.5 inch drive bay for starters.
The Vampire can fit Micro-ATX, ATX, SSI CEB, SSI EEB, Mini ATX and Flex ATX motherboards with up to ten slots in the rear for expansion cards. The case has 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 connections on the front panel along with the stereo audio and microphone connections.
Front and side panel controls include fan speed and the usual power and reset buttons but the power and reset are a bit close to the other front panel connections. The entire PC case is covered with Black rubberized paint for the Vampire Black covering a solid plastic and metal case.
The build is a quality design from quality materials and looking at the basic design and assembly you can see the quality both inside and out. The PC case has a roomy interior for a wide variety of motherboards with plenty of room for both the assembly and working on the interior from time to time.
The bottom mounted power supply space has four rubber feet that the power supply rests on while being screwed to the body of the PC case. Below the power supply is a removable fan filter for easy cleaning while the rubber feet prevent vibrations from the power supply being transferred to the case.
The large knurled screws for side and top panels means no tools to open up the PC case and to get at important components while the main area has plenty of room to work in. The large area of the main section allows a nice neat system after installation and enough room to work comfortably when installing your motherboard and components.
The Raidmax Vampire can also fit server based motherboards like SSI CEB and EEB or Server System Infrastructure Compact Electronics Bay and Enterprise Electronics Bay motherboards. These motherboards have single or dual processors for servers and business computers and need extra cooling from either more fans or liquid cooling.
These types of computers need better cooling and the Vampire delivers easily with a standard front fan pulling cool air into the case with the 200 mm front fan. The rear fan removes the hot air but the fan speed control can work with any three fans in the PC case from the three fan connections.
The top of the case can fit a 240/280 mm radiator for liquid cooling, two 120/140 mm fans or one 200 mm fan for added cooling of your system. You can add plenty of fans to keep a gaming, enthusiast or even server system cool and looking good with the LED fan lighting.
The controls are easy to understand and use with push button on off and a slide low to high control to start and stop or increase air flow. Being able to stop fans may not be a needed feature and one that I just cannot see why is included but another puzzler is the noisy rear fan.
When you turn the fan up to max speed it is than any other fan in the case and noticeable over sound from a movie or TV show playing in the same room. You could replace the fan with a quieter one but for the $130 price tag you would expect a little of that cost to be a good fan system.
A simple swap out with a fan made a world of difference in noise but for the price I should get decent quiet fans in the case when I buy it. Other features in the Raidmax Vampire are not a problem for me but I do not have a larger motherboard or a server motherboard.
I did not have a problem with room or with routing of cables and found the rubber covered grommet holes really helpful to both route cables and hide unused ones. The power cable leading to the top edge of the motherboard for the auxiliary power was not a problem for my setup but I could see having a rear hole leading to this area helpful for some systems.
Cooling is not an issue and after testing both idle and high usage for CPU and GPU I found more than acceptable temperatures for system components. The temperatures never got above 34 degrees Celsius for my CPU and above 35 degrees Celsius for my GPU during full load testing.
The fans offer enough airflow for cooling at a customizable rate but the Vampire does allow for even more cooling by adding fans on the top, side or even a liquid cooling system. The side panel does have a spot for two fans but the square holes would make for a potential crack situation which I am surprised to see on a plastic panel.
Plastic should always have round holes as anything else with angles would have more of a potential to crack when you have holes with sharp angles like a square hole does. The square holes in the case side panel window for a fan mount would tend to crack at this point and is a surprise to see on any case side panel.
I had no problems with the Raidmax Vampire other than the noisy fan and simply replaced that with a quieter one that works just fine. The Raidmax does have the size to fit a wide variety of motherboards and is a great PC case with only a few minor problems and is a high recommendation for a great computer case.
I highly recommend the Raidmax Vampire and really like the size and roomy interior while the variety of motherboard that can fit make it a unique case.
Full tower case can hold gaming and server motherboards
Hotswap 2.5 inch hard drive bay
Grommet protected access for cables
Noisy rear fan
Access for motherboard auxiliary power cable would be nice