Fractal Define Nano S ITX Case Review

Power Supply Installation

Fractal Define Nano S Review

Power Supply Installation

If you've read through the review you'll know we have a few concerns about the size of PSU the nano S will take.  To help illustrate this we've taken the time to show the case with three different length PSUs, which will hopefully show how mush the varying sizes cover up the cable management hole.  First up is the CoolerMaster V1000 we usually use for all our builds that which require an SFX unit.  As you can see, at 170mm long it covers up over half of the hole.  Now we appreciate that Fractal only quote 160mm long PSUs as being compatible, but thought it would be useful to see just how tight things are with the PSU that usually goes into some of the smallest cases just fine.

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Next up it's the turn of the 160mm long PSU.  Now this, according to Fractal will fit just fine, but as you can see it's still covering up a good third of the grommeted hole, and will make it very difficult to get your cables through.

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Lastly we've popped in a 140m long CoolerMaster unit.  This fits just fine and doesn't occlude the management hole at all.  So basically, we guess you could just about get away with a 160mm long PSU, but ideally a 140mm would be best, as it's the only one that doesn't cover the hole at all.

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Most Recent Comments

03-02-2016, 06:45:44

AlienALX
It's a nice little case but it just looks a little dated inside to me. I think it should be mandatory that cases come with PSU shrouds these days, given how much better they can make a PC look inside.

Thanks for the review.Quote

03-02-2016, 12:31:45

Wraith
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
It's a nice little case but it just looks a little dated inside to me. I think it should be mandatory that cases come with PSU shrouds these days, given how much better they can make a PC look inside.

Thanks for the review.
I don't know about having the shrouds mandatory but I feel that maybe they could do them as an option or like Corsair do with the 700D parts have them as a purchasable extra. In failing that just make them, it's not rocket surgery.Quote

03-02-2016, 15:50:41

G-Dubs
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Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
I don't know about having the shrouds mandatory but I feel that maybe they could do them as an option or like Corsair do with the 700D parts have them as a purchasable extra. In failing that just make them, it's not rocket surgery.
Neither is it Brain Science lolQuote

03-02-2016, 23:53:00

rfarmer
Well Fractals new way of looking at an itx case has already been done with the Phanteks Evolv-iTX. Plus it has a psu shroud.Quote

04-02-2016, 00:49:54

jimma47
It's cute - if I had a Define S I'd buy this and turn it into a mini fridge.

It's still a good case. There will always be better (and many more) worse cases so I think the Silver borderline Gold award is pretty spot on. Just a shame it missed those few mm I wonder if it was a conscious choice or they just didn't think?Quote
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