Fractal Design Define S Review – Extension of the Define enclosures




The Swedish Fractal Design Define extended the series with the Define S. This midtower is slightly larger than the R5 but costs a lot less. The housing is particularly suitable for extensive water cooling, with space for very large radiators 360mm and even 420mm. Drivecages for both 5.25 “- and 3.5” drives are missing, which creates a lot of space up front. Well fit three 3.5 “drives on their sides in the housing, with the bonus space for two SSD’s performance are perfectly fine:. Case is cool and quiet We only want to see a little more strength in the base plate..

Define sleek design
Sound absorbing panel
Quiet and cool
Lots of space for water cooling


Soft soil
Lots of empty space

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Price for publication: € 84, –
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Tested version: Fractal Design Define S – Window

The series of Fractal Design Define put the Swedish company with many PC makers on the map: the housings are characterized by low noise and sleek design. In particular, the Define R4 and R5 set Fractal Design Define shortlisted for systems that need to be cool and quiet.

The latest addition to the series is the Define Define S. This was introduced in the spring and should be a little simpler and cheaper alternative to the Define R5. Broadly speaking, the design is the same: brushed aluminum and black metal corners and an understated design also features the Define S.

Although the case in view of the strong Define R5 reminds, there are still considerable differences. For example, the S has no door at the front and the interior is taken in hand. What effect does that leave a door, and the interior has been modified, we will examine in detail in this review. Of course we also test the cooling performance and the noise of the Define S using our test system that we build.

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