The new Volcanus case from Enermax will reach the market with a very attractive suggested price of USD 80. Let’s see if you should consider this product.
The overall look of the Volcanus is really neat, with the front panel inspired by a flame that continues to both side panels. There are two Volcanus models: ECA3180-B, which is the model we reviewed, where this flame is black, and ECA3180-BR, where this flame is red. The left-side panel supports two 120 or 140 mm fans, which don’t come with the product. Unfortunately the meshes for these fans don’t have air filters.
Figure 1: Enermax Volcanus case
Figure 2: Enermax Volcanus case
The front panel of the Enermax Volcanus can be seen in Figure 3. This case has five external 5.25” bays and no external 3.5” bays. Of course you can buy an adapter to convert one of the 5.25” bays into an external 3.5” bay if you really need this feature. As you can see in Figure 3, the bay covers are meshed and have air filters attached to them. It is important to note, however, that only the top-most bay comes completely open; the other bays have a metal cover behind the plastic cover, which must be broken out if you want to improve the case internal airflow.
Figure 3: Front panel
The highlight of this case is the 140 mm fan present on the front panel, called the “VEGAS.” Thru a button labeled “light,” available on the front panel, you can select between several patterns and two colors (red or blue), or you can completely turn off the lights. We made a short video showing this fan working. On the Volcanus ECA3180-BR the fan has only the red lights. No technical information about this fan is available. This fan has an air filter in front of it.
The Enermax Volcanus comes with two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, and the traditional mic-in and headphone-out jacks on its front panel.
Figure 4: Buttons and connectors
The top panel of the Enermax Volcanus can be seen in Figure 5. It has a space for installing one 120 or 140 mm fan.
Figure 5: Top panel
The rear panel and the interior of the Enermax Volcanus aren’t painted, and it would be nice if Enermax had painted these parts black as well.
The power supply is installed on the bottom part of the Volcanus, not on the top part. It comes with seven expansion slots with individual retention mechanisms, but the slot covers aren’t vented. Two holes protected by rubber covers are available for hoses of liquid cooling solutions. One 120 mm fan is available on the rear panel, but no technical information about this fan is available.
Figure 6: Rear panel
Now let’s take a look inside the Enermax Volcanus.
Both side panels are fastened to the case using black thumbscrews, which is great to see, especially in a case from this price range. In Figure 7, you have an overall look at the inside of the Volcanus. The motherboard tray has a big hole around the area where the CPU is installed, allowing access to the backplate of the CPU cooler, so you can replace the cooler without having to remove the motherboard. The motherboard tray also has a few holes for you to route cables behind it. The motherboard tray doesn’t go all the way to the front panel, meaning that there is a communication between the area behind the disk drive bays and the back of the motherboard tray, allowing you to easily route and hide cables.
Figure 7: Overall look
Figure 8: A view from behind the motherboard tray
This case supports video cards up to 10.6” (270 mm) long.
In Figure 9 you have another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened to the case using individual plastic tool-less mechanisms.
Figure 9: Overall look
Pay attention to the fact that the power supply can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down. Since this case doesn’t have a mesh on its bottom panel to match the power supply’s fan, you should install your power supply with its bottom fan facing up.[nextpage title=”The Disk Drive Bays”]
The Enermax Volcanus comes with five external 5.25” bays and five internal 3.5” bays, all using screwless installation mechanisms. The mechanisms used with the hard drives are based on rails that must be installed on each side of the drive. The hard drive bays are rotated 90°, which helps a lot with the hard drive installation.
Figure 10: The disk drive bays
Figure 11: Accessories that come with the product
The main specs for the Enermax Volcanus include:
- Style: Mid-tower
- Application: ATX and smaller form factors derived from this one
- Material: Zinc-coated steel (SECC)
- Power supply: Doesn’t come with the product
- Available colors: Black
- Side panel: Meshed
- Dimensions: 17.4 x 7.9 x 18.9 inches (443 x 200 x 480 mm) (H x W x D)
- Net weight: 14.5 lbs (6.6 kg)
- Gross weight: 17.5 lbs (7.8 kg)
- Bays: Five external 5.25” bays and five internal 3.5” bays
- Expansion slots: Seven
- Fans: One 140 mm “VEGAS” fan on the front panel and one 120 mm fan on the rear panel
- Optional fans: Two 120 mm or 140 mm fans on the left panel and one 120 or 140 mm fan on the top panel
- More Information: https://www.enermaxusa.com
- MSRP in the US*: USD 80.00
The Enermax Volcanus proved to be a good option for users that want a case that comes with several special features and is, at the same time, affordable.
- “VEGAS” fan on the front panel
- Air filter for the front fan
- Space for installing up to three optional fans
- Mesh covered bays with air filters
- Screwless mechanisms on all disk drive bays
- Screwless mechanism for holding the expansion cards
- Holes with rubber covers for liquid cooling solutions
- A hole in the motherboard tray for accessing the backplate of the CPU cooler
- Holes for routing cables behind the motherboard tray
- eSATA port
- Nice overall looks
- No air filters for the optional side fans
- Slot covers aren’t vented
- No 2.5” bay
- Steel sheets have some sharp edges here and there