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Review: Fractal Design Define Nano S

by Parm Mann on 28 January 2016, 15:45

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Conclusion

...for the enthusiast who wants to tie a tiny motherboard to full-size components and indulgent cooling, Nano S arrives with an emphasis on ultra-high-end hardware.

A fair few chassis manufacturers dabble in other key components such as power supplies and, in recent years, all-in-one liquid coolers. It's a healthy portfolio to have, yet it can lead to unavoidable crossover as any one product from a company's range should inevitably work with another.

Fractal Design's Define Nano S is a prime example. Introduced as a mini-ITX enclosure, the new addition to the Define Series range retains support for just about any ATX power supply from Fractal's stable, as well as a choice of one or two expandable Kelvin Series coolers.

The consequence of that is a mini-ITX chassis whose dimensions are larger than most users' expectations of a small-form-factor PC. Aiming instead for the enthusiast who wants to tie a tiny motherboard to full-size components and indulgent cooling, Nano S arrives with an emphasis on ultra-high-end hardware. Geared specifically for users contemplating a couple of radiators in a custom loop with pump and reservoir, this is ultimately a case suited to only a particular type of build.

Want a mini-ITX case with an ATX-style layout that enables you to go crazy with liquid-cooled hardware? Fractal Design's Define Nano S will be right up your street.

The Good
 
The Bad
Makes light work of an ITX build
Familiar Define Series aesthetic
Plenty of liquid-cooling potential
Can house a powerful graphics card
 
Looks sparse without liquid cooling
GPU and PSU in close proximity
Not actually that small



Fractal Design Define Nano S

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Looks to be a certain lack of tidiness in the cabling around the back (just like my builds!)

This is a nice design but I would make a couple of changes. I would make it marginally wider to allow for 180mm fans and slightly taller to allow for a couple of fans up top but I think it could be modded to allow for that in any event.

My ideal case for m-itx watercooling would have cool air fans forcing air over top of motherboard (over hot vrms and memory) so I would prefer to invert motherboard - I guess this could be done with this case
There's enough radiator spaces for a decent setup using pre-filled liquid cooling loops - a 240mm radiator in the roof for the CPU and a 280mm liquid cpu cooler attached to the GPU with a bracket should give great cooling and be dead simple to put together