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Fractal Design launches Define Nano S chassis

by Parm Mann on 18 January 2016, 15:30

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Like the look of Fractal Design's Define Series enclosures but put off by their typically large size? Then you're in luck, as the Swedish manufacturer has today unveiled its smallest Define Series enclosure to date, the Nano S.

Priced at £50 and designed exclusively for mini-ITX motherboards, Nano S retains the look and feel of a Define Series enclosure and includes sound dampening material on its front, left and right side panels. Two Dynamic Series fans are includes as standard - a 140mm front intake and a 120mm rear exhaust - and the 275mm (W) x 485mm (H) x 420mm (D) frame isn't short on build potential.

Two expansion slots allow for a dual-slot graphics card measuring up to 315mm in length, a CPU cooler can stand up to 162mm tall, and with half-a-dozen fan mounts in total Fractal reckons you can squeeze in a 240mm radiator up top or a 280mm radiator in the front.

Pre-drilled holes for pump and reservoir are nice touches for the liquid-cooling crowd, and for the rest of us there's up to 35mm of space behind the motherboard tray for excess cabling, as well as Velcro ties to help keep things tidy.

There's no love for optical discs, and sadly no fan controller, however you do get mounting points for up to four 2.5in storage devices and two of these bays are also compatible with 3.5in drives. Our initial impressions are it's a nice-looking box at a reasonable price, but there is a caveat in that retail availability isn't expected until March at the earliest.

We'll endeavour to bring you an in-depth review in the weeks leading up to launch, but in the meantime there's a video overview above, specifications below, and don't miss your chance to win the Define Nano S in our latest competition.

Define Nano S key features

  • A Define Series ITX case designed for silent computing with sound dampening and ModuVent™ technology
  • User-friendly construction with superior cable management and compatibility for full-size components
  • Flexible storage options with room for up to 4 drives
  • Accommodates a variety of radiator sizes and includes brackets for reservoir and pump mounting
  • Features two Dynamic Series fans - 1 GP-12 and 1 GP-14 - with an adapter included for motherboards with limited fan headers
  • Featuring an open interior allowing an unobstructed airflow path from the front of the case to the rear exhaust
  • Easy-to-clean filters on the top and bottom, spanning the PSU position, with the bottom filter ejecting from the front for easy-access

Define Nano S specification

  • ITX motherboard compatibility
  • 2 expansion slots
  • 2 - 3.5" HDD/2.5" SSD positions; 2 - 2.5" dedicated SSD unit positions (fits SSDs up to 13mm thick)
  • 6 - Fan positions (1 Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fan + 1 Fractal Design Dynamic GP-12 120mm fan included)
  • Filtered fan slots in the front and bottom (ejects from the front of the case)
  • CPU coolers up to 160mm in height
  • ATX PSUs up to 160mm deep
  • Graphics cards up to 315mm in length with front fans mounted (Cards wider than the dual slot bracket are not recommended)
  • 17 - 35mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
  • Velcro straps included for easy cable management •Both side panels and rear HDD/SSD brakcets feature smart captive thumbscrews
  • Dense sound dampening material on front and right side panels; left side panel includes a transparent window
  • ModuVent™ on top of case for further silent computing or additional ventilation
  • Colours available: Black
  • Case dimensions (WxHxD): 203 x 330 x 400mm •Case dimensions - wtih feet/protrusions/screws: 203 x 344 x 412mm
  • Net weight: 4.6 kg
  • Case volume: 26.80 litres
  • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 275 x 485 x 420mm
  • Package weight: 5.8 kg

HEXUS Forums :: 12 Comments

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That is massive for an ITX case…

I know its targeted at water cooling but it just doesn't seem all that innovative.
I agree with Biscuit. An innovative ITX case for watercooling would be based upon a 180x180 mm radiator (only just larger than the motherboard) and should be a lot smaller than the Define Nano.

But equally a lot more innovation could be one on the mini-itx boards. We have seen ASRock put MSata on back of board - so why not 1/2 SATA connectors on back of board (right angled) to avoid having the trail the Sata cables over either memory of GPU?
Uninspired. I guess it makes some sense for a high end but quiet system. It's bigger than a lot of MATX cases on the market though, and the storage options are too limited.
I'd be very interested in a mini ITX case, if the maker put some kind of USB hub interface into the case to connect to the motherboard. I know I could get a hub, but it's messy having an external one and the rare case-fitting ones look bad.

It's the one thing putting me off and keeping me with Micro ATX: need to connect Wifi, audio interface, MIDI keyboard and drum pads, graphics tablet, external hard drives, external BLu Ray etc and the tiny supply with mITX boards won't cut it.
It looks quite cute; a mini-me version of the Define S that I have. :P