MSI MAG Vampiric 010 Case Review with FuryPixel! Perfect asymmetry
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The previous Tomahawk video and this MSI MAG Vampiric 010 basically delayed episodes for two months, as we upgraded an all-in-one filming location that was difficult to film into two sets, separating the product filming area from the presentation area.
With cases that come through for testing, what we look for is quality construction, good filtered airflow, and ease of assembly and accessibility. And of course, is it worth your money? Let’s find out!
The MSI MAG Vampiric 010 retails for 78 pounds on Amazon UK, 195 on Amazon Canada, and is listed but unavailable currently on Amazon US. In Taiwan it retails for 2190nt which is 70 dollars US, but that’s before cross-Pacific shipping, so US prices will likely be different.
The MSI MAG Vampiric 010 sets a good balance between a design statement and subtlety, with a nice tempered glass panel to boot. There’s an ARGB fan preinstalled in the back which connects to motherboard headers, and it supports MSI’s Mystic Light RGB software.
This Mid-Tower case measures 42 centimeters deep by 21 wide and 48 high, and handles up to 35 centimeter VGA cards and 167 mil CPU coolers. For motherboards, the MSI MAG Vampiric 010 can take ATX, M-ATX and Mini-ATX sizes. It has mounts for two 3 point 5 inch hard drives or SSDs, plus space for 2 more SSDs.
Up top there’s room for up to a 280 mil rad with a magnetic dust filter, and the front can handle up to a 360 millimeter radiator, with a possibility for a push-pull with a smaller 240 mil AIO. And the MSI MAG Vampiric 010 has 6 spots where fans can be mounted to provide great airflow.
The right side of the case is one solid piece covers all the wiring. More venting slats up front here too. The top panel has four rails to fit 120 or 140 mil fans or rads.
The Vampiric sets a good balance between a design & subtlety
Left to right we have the power button, power and drive access lights, HD audio ports, and two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port.
Forwards on the top right of the front panel, there’s a button which controls the RGB lighting accent at the very front, which is powered by a SATA connector. On the front we see a unique cutout design which is highlighted with RGB.
Removing the right side, the power supply area can handle up to 200 mils, and there are two hard drive sleds on the left. And there’s the MSI logo at the top right.
On the back panel, there’s a couple of cable tie-down points, but more would have been appreciated. Hooking up the dual EPS 8-pin wiring to the motherboard took effort, an extra centimeter of cutout would have made a huge difference here.
And the rear preinstalled 120 mil ARGB fan can travel up or down by 2 centimeters. The motherboard tray has a decent cutout area for easy access to CPU mounting solutions. The PSU cover has a single cutout for wire pass-through, and to the right there’s a cutout for longer 360 mil radiators.
Here’s the front intake area which can support standard 120 mil as well as 140 mil fans, in addition to several small cable pass-through points. Decent airflow through the drive and PSU area, and there’s an air filter for the power supply. You can remove it for easy cleaning.
Removal and installation of the tempered glass is okay but would be easier with feet extended out to support the glass when putting it back on. Building in this case went smoothly, and as always, assemble and test outside the case first, then install it into the case.
So we have the MSI MAG z390 Tomahawk with an i9-9900K, and HyperX Predator DDR4 3200 32GB that works with Mystic Light. Graphics card is an MSI GTX 1660Ti Gaming X 6GB DDR6 with a Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe m.2 SSD system drive, all powered by a Seasonic Focus+ 850FX fully modular PSU.
Cooling is provided by an Enermax LiqFusion 240 AIO water cooler also compatible with Mystic Light, and we picked up an Enermax TB RGB 6-fan kit which hooks into the JRainbow header on the z390 Tomahawk. Finishing the build is Silverstone red sleeved cabling for the power connections.
So the MSI MAG Vampiric 010 has a cool front panel cutout with RGB highlights, giving it a bold design. The large interior made installation easy and with great airflow with triple fan intake and exhaust possibilities, and we’ll be giving it a Techspin Gold award.
A cool front panel cutout with RGB highlights
With spots for dual hard drives and SSDs and a PSU filter and magnetic top dust filter, this hits a good price point for a lot of features. The build in this MSI MAG Vampiric 010 was used in our pre-testing for the Overclocking to 5Ghz guide we worked on with MSI Gaming, so it’s quite powerful, please have a quick look at our guide which and I’ll put the link here for you.
A couple of points, we kind of wish the front panel had more USB 3 ports, and the option for Mystic Light sync. Extended feet would be nice to assist putting the tempered glass panel back on, although without them it’s not hard. And last is an aesthetics point, with the main motherboard wire cutout offset instead of a hole, the graphics card wiring isn’t as clean as I’d like, I would want it to go straight back instead of to the side.
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