Fractal Design Define Nano S Review – Great mini-ITX version




Fractal Design has the Nano S tried to bring the Define design to mITX format. That’s partly succeeded; Nano S is undeniably bears the Define-DNA, with brushed aluminum faceplate and the sleek design. It’s just not quite managed to keep the mITX format; Housing seems more designed for mATX boards. However, the Nano S is designed for the smallest variant motherboards, but in combination with high-end components and water cooling. Without those elements, the housing is too big and too expensive.

Sleek and sober design
Lots of room for cables
Extensive water cooling options
Too big for mITX
Few opportunities for HDD’s
final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 7,5
Price for publication: € 65, –
Available from: € 70, –
Tested version: Fractal Design Define Nano S Black Window
It seems that the traditional major PC enclosures must increasingly give way to compact housings. In recent years we have seen a strong attention shift to matx- mITX and systems, manufacturers of both motherboards and enclosures that embrace the smaller form factors. Was that a long time ago mostly basic pc’tjes with little power, nowadays are very high-end systems built into increasingly smaller sizes.

Also, graphics card manufacturers have already embraced this trend and both AMD and Nvidia builds powerful graphics cards that are short enough to be housed in a small mITX housing. So you can now build a full and powerful game system in a mITX housing which hardly makes for an ATX system. Not only the motherboard or video card manufacturers are increasingly focusing on high-end components, including food manufacturers are increasingly offering good power in a compact format.

Obviously there also producers of enclosures not in the line that gives manufacturers respond to the demand for small, high-performance systems. Similarly, the Swedish Fractal Design, that with the Define Nano S brings its popular Define-set to the smallest segment. That smallest segment should take you moreover with a grain of salt, because although the Nano S mITX systems is designed, it is not extremely compact housing. Why this is so and whether it is a good choice for the average mITX-builder, we will see in this review.

Fractal Design Define Nano S

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Appearance: mATX or mITX?

1. Introduction: large dwarf
2. Appearance: mATX or mITX?
3. The inside: blank space
4. cooling and cable management
5. Performance: reasonable
6. Specifications and photo gallery
7. Conclusion: water cooling wanted
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