In the process of testing another case from MSI called MAG Vampiric 300R, I had a vague feeling of déjà vu. In general, it turned out to be very similar to the previously tested MPG Quietude 100S and MPG Velox 100P Airflow. In addition to several structural details. Fortunately, the difference isn’t just a different front panel, as many PC case manufacturers used to be. It even feels like the company is probing the market by tweaking a few basic products in search of what will be best for customers. On the other hand, why not. «Combat reconnaissance» is also very effective.
|Model||MSI MAG Vampiric 300R|
|Product page||MAG Vampiric 300R|
|Dimensions, mm||498 (H) x 231 (W) x 477 (D)|
|Material||Steel (0.6 mm), ABS plastic, tempered glass (3 mm)|
|Form factor||E-ATX, ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|Devices 3.5″ internal||–|
|Devices 3.5″ / 2.5″ internal||2 / 4 (two 2.5″ drives can be installed instead of 3.5″ drives)|
|Number of expansion slots||7|
|Fans||front — 3 x 120 mm / 3 x 140 mm
upper ones — 3 x 120 mm / 2 x 140 mm
rear — 1 x 120 mm (installed)
inner lower ones — 3 x 120 mm
|Interface connectors||1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 x 3.5 mm audio jacks for headphones and microphone|
|Other||3mm tempered glass hinged left side panel, ARGB backlit front panel, built-in 6-device ARGB backlit controller, rear 120mm fan with ARGB backlit. Easily removable dust filter of the power supply unit, magnetic filter of the upper panel. Hinge for supporting video cards|
Packaging and delivery kit
The case comes in an unpainted cardboard box with an outline image of the product on the front and back, information about its features and benefits on the sides with cut-out carrying handles. To protect against damage, soft foam dampers, a plastic bag and adhesive film on the glass on both sides are provided inside.
The following details were found in the delivery kit:
- instructions for the case and a concise guide for assembling the system;
- two bright leaflets with calls for reviews of MSI products;
- five plastic disposable ties;
- two screws with a plastic knurled head for fixing the hard disk carriage;
- one rack for the motherboard;
- four long screws for fans;
- six body screws;
- 12 screws for fixing the SVO radiator;
- 21 screws for the motherboard and 2.5″ drives;
- 8 screws for 3.5″ hard drive.
As in the previously considered variants, the chassis is a strict parallelepiped of black color. The front panel is metal. The inconspicuous brand logo in the form of a dragon is printed in the center on top of it. Along the right side there are ventilation slits in the form of nine latticed diamond-shaped trapezoids. Looking ahead, we note that the backlight of the front panel is hidden behind these holes.
External ports and controls are integrated along the right edge of the top panel. In order, there is a square power button, a smaller system reset key, two side-by-side indicators for the activity of drives and power, two 3.5 mm jacks for headphones and a microphone, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type port C and the backlight controller toggle button.
The left side panel is made of tempered glass that hangs from two hinges at the back and is held in place by magnets at the front. In the middle of the front face there is a plastic handle for opening the panel. The metal side of the front panel is fully ventilated on this side. A mesh of a smaller dust filter, also made of metal, can be seen behind the small honeycomb holes.
The panel opens to the side, providing instant access to the case. When a certain angle is reached, it can be completely removed from the hinges in the upward direction.
Tempered glass has a thickness of 3 mm and weak tinting. A metal strip with loops is glued to its back. A black edging is applied around the perimeter. The handle is fastened with screws, and two magnets are simply glued.
The right side panel is metal and smooth. The rearward sliding panel is supported by two knurled metal screws in their mounting holes at the rear and two screw caps at the front. There is a stamped handle on the back face to facilitate disassembly. The side of the front panel on this side is also ventilated and has a design completely similar to the left side.
The stiffeners near the right side panel are formed from U-shaped curved faces. The strength is not perfect, but it is sufficient.
The upper panel of the case is ventilated almost completely. The upper face of the front is made of a fine porous metal mesh. And the rest is closed with a magnetic dust mesh filter.
There are eight rows of oblong holes on the top panel ventilation grill. Three 120-mm or two 140-mm fans can be attached to them from the inside. By the way, the rather rare standard size of 135 mm is supported here.
On the back panel of the case, everything looks as usual. A 120 mm fan can be installed on the ventilation grill and its height can be adjusted within 15 mm. Below are seven PCI slot connectors covered by reusable vented plugs. Opposite them is another honeycomb grid with medium-sized cells.
The landing place of the power supply unit is located at the bottom and allows you to place the BJ with the fan both in the upward and downward direction. Beneath it is a retractable dust filter made of fine mesh glued to a plastic frame.
On the bottom panel, you can access the two screws that hold the drive cage in place. And in the lower part of the front panel there is a notch that facilitates disassembly. The serial number of the product is pasted in the center.
The legs of the case are plastic, 28 mm high. They have grooved rubber stickers on the bottom.
Let’s look at the interior of the case.