Raidmax has just announced Vampire Winterfall, a new desktop case that comes in either white and black edition. This full tower retail price is set approximately $120 USD. It has an aggressive exterior chassis that might be just the design you are looking for. The plastic is rubberized with metallic accents which is seen throughout the front mesh pieces and teeth-like plastics decorated on the sides resembling a vampire, making the name quite fitting.
Raidmax Vampire Specifications
|Model ID||ATX-001WWTi (White) OR ATX-001WBTi (Black)|
|Dimension||250 X 580 X 590mm (W X H X D)|
|Weight||29.8 lbs / 13.5kg|
|Form Factor||Full Tower Chassis|
|Motherboard Compatibility||Micro ATX / ATX / Mini ITX / SSICEB / SSIEEB|
|Front I/O||USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, Audio x 2 (HD compatible)|
|Side Window||Yes, with 2 x 120mm fan intakes|
|Expansion and Drive Bays|
|Power Supply Slots||1 (No pre-installed Power Supply)|
|Internal 3.5″||7 (all compatible with SSD)|
|Hot Swappable Drive 2.5″||1|
The large window on the side is tinted. It looks great regardless of how much it exposes all the internals but Raidmax decided to place 2 x 120mm intake fan slots that really kills it for me. First there are no dust filters on the side and second are the square mounting brackets where you might actually need to use washers to properly secure your fans.
At the front, we have 5 optical slots, full dust-proof and easy removal from the front. However, behind the panel is an incredibly restrictive frame that only supports 200mm fan which is kinda inflexible. The included fan is thin type that will definitely have difficult type delivering in any air intake due to the frame restrictions on the front and wall of the drive cage behind.
At the back we have a few water cooling holes, 1 x 140mm exhaust fan, 10 PCI slots, so EATX motherboard supports is welcome.
The Vampire stands on quality case feet with removable power supply dust filter and a second filter for the optional intake but that is only inside and also screwed in. So it can be only utilize with the same size 140mm fan.
Coming to the top, we get Power and Reset buttons, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks and hot swappable 2.5 inch drive slot on the side that supports both thin and thick SSD. I personally don’t mind the side placement but be aware it does protrude on the left side. On the other side, we have a fan controller with low and high settings and X-Speed thats supposed to be the maximum speed of the fan controller. We also have a on and off switch. It does support up to 3 fans and is powered through a molex connector.
Taking off the top panel, it has a built in dust filter. Surprisingly as the front panel doesn’t. I was hoping for a better frame design but here we get 200mm fan support, dual 120mm or a single 140mm fan slot, and you can actually see the partial set of mounting holes for that second 140mm fan, but down for some reason, they don’t include. All the 4 mounting holes for that second 140mm fan. Also there isn’t enough room to install fans above the frame. But the thickness of the top cover should allow a set of fans to be installed there so the vampire is turning out to be a total disappointment in the cooling department for the price as its also massive. A few more things that stood out to me that doesn’t scream quality are the plastic mesh pieces inside the front panel followed by dirty spots inside plastic. Luckily didn’t find anymore inside the case. There is a noticeable color difference between plastic white and steel white that I’m not a fan of. The thread on all the stands off on the motherboard tray were all covered in paint, making it extremely difficult to screw in the standoffs and also the little tool was not included. Luckily I had one lying around. Lastly one of the drive cage was bent, so the nearest caddies fell through. This must have happened during production as there is no way this could have happen during shipment.
Getting that all out of the way, let’s take a look at the internal features. The white paint job looks great with black rubber grommets inside the spacious interior. It is unfortunate the drive cage is non-removable as its riveted and its also non-modular. You cannot install any additional fans on the side facing the motherboard. So coming back to the front intake limitation and there is no radiator support at the front. This just does not feel like a 2014 release instead a fancy shell placed on a completely outdated frame design. Even the drive caddies are non-tooless, requiring screws for both mechanical and SSD. Taking a look at the back, they are aligned for convenient connection unlike we have seen so far from Antec lately.
Behind the motherboard it looks great with many cable tie mounts and amble of room, but again no additional features like SSD brackets something that is almost becoming mainstream thing and one part of this frame design that I really dislike is the support for the panel that doesn’t allow you to tuck any cables on this side and this just a complete waste of the space inside where you can’t use it for any of the cable management
Raidmax does includes a few different size Velcro straps that are useful for cable management but that is as far as it goes in the feature list. Looking in the finished build, it has a spacious interiors is really nothing without the support for water cooling or just appropriate airflow.
It will support GPU(s) up to 13 inches but limited room on top with only 2.5 inches. I don’t think much though was given with regard to water cooling. Also the 8 pin CPU cut out is offset from the corner where it shouldn’t been so my cable almost didn’t have enough reach. Because the vampire supports larger motherboard, so its taller with the standard ATX built like this one, its not as clean as it could have been as there are no cutouts right underneath the motherboard but the system is clean regardless thanks to all this room and cable management at the back is fine as well but it is disapointing for all this loss potential with a vampire.
Pros and Cons
The Raidmax enclosure has a few positive features like the external 2.5 inch hot-swapable slot and spacious internals. They manage to miss a lot of features like proper flexibility for front and top fan mounts, the lack of modular drive cage compartment, poor watercooling spacing for the top for such a large full-tower. There is also lack of quality control with bent drive cage and dirty spots inside the front panel and the poor thread of the motherboard’s standoffs. This is totally overpriced for the lack of features in many cases in the same price range from the likes of Cooler Master, Fractal Design and Phanteks makes the Raidmax Vampire totally uncompetitive and would love to see more focus on user flexibility for internal fucntions and less money and effort spend on cover-ups.
That concludes our review. Let’s provide Raidmax some critical feedback which I hope they can take serious so we don’t see such poor frame designs on the market down the road. Thanks for reading this. Let us know how you feel about this case.
Disclosure: This review is not a paid review nor affiliated. The product was not sponsored by Raidmax.