Fractal Define Nano S ITX Case Review

Cooling Options

Fractal Define Nano S Review

Cooling Options

With a maximum CPU cooler height of 160mm, the Nano S takes our NZXT Havik 120 cooler no problem at all, even if we can't orientate it the way we'd like to, this hover isn't the fault of the case, but rather the layout of the board we're using here.

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If your board has the 24pin socket on it's top edge your going to encounter the same problem as us in that the space required to turn the cable around is greater than the offset allowed by the rad and fan mounting slots.  If you've got a motherboard that has the 24 pin socket elsewhere, and have nothing on the motherboard that projects over 35mm then in theory at least you can mount 240mm or 280mm rads up here.  We say in theory, because although fractal quote compatibility up in the roof, for us there are just too many variables to wholeheartedly support their claim.  Yes it can be done, by my god are you going to have to be careful with your hardware selection.  For example, you might be having thoughts of coupling this case with a roof rad and the excellent Asus maximus VI impact board.  if you are, forget it as there's just not enough room for the daughter board.  There's only a few measly millimeters in it, and you might think this a bit of an oversight by Fractal, but apparently it was in fact a conscious decision.  Why in the name of holy Jebus would you make a conscious decision to design a case to be just 2mm too small for a leading motherboard to be coupled with a roof rad???

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You can at least get decent sized 240mm or 280mm rads in the front of the case, with plenty of room for a push pull set up if you want, and with the mounts supplied for pumps and reservoirs you shouldn't be needing to reach for the drill and the Dremel.  Just remember that the thicker you make your rads and fans, the less room you have for your GPU.

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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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