Fractal Define Nano S ITX Case Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Fractal Define Nano S Review

Introduction

Swedish designers and case manufacturers Fractal Design have been around for quite a while now, and it's fair to say they've established something of a decent reputation in the enthusiast sector of the market.  Their designs are predominantly well thought out, minimalist, high quality and well priced.  Enter then, the latest addition to the Define range, the Nano S.  Measuring 230x203x400mm (HxWxD) the Nano S resembles a shrunken version of the Define S, which, to be honest, is no bad thing.  Fractal however claim it to be " A new way to look at the ITX form factor", guess we'd better see if it's worthy of that claim.

Technical Specification

Dimensions 230x203x400mm (HxWxD)
Form Factor  M-ITX
Material  Steel 
Expansion Slots 2 
2.5" 2 (2 shared)
3.5"  2
Air Cooling 

 

 Front:  1x140mm (2x120/140mm optional)

 Roof:   2x120/140mm optional

 Rear:   1x140mm 

 Floor:   1x120mm optional

Water Cooling  

 Front:  Up to 280mm Max 147x312 (WxL)

 Roof:   Up to 280mm (requires 35mm clearance on Motherboard)

 Floor:   1x120mm Max 85x160 (WxL)

Max PSU length  160mm
Max CPU Cooler Heigh  160mm
Max GPU Length  315mm
Weight  4.6kg
Front I/O 2xUSB 3.0, Audio in/out, Power button, reset button.

  

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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
Quote:
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
Quote:
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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