Define Nano S case hints at a Fractal Design shrink ray

— 4:37 PM on January 18, 2016

Fractal Design's Define S case offers an appealing combination of silencing features, a roomy interior, and a wallet-friendly price tag. Fractal is bringing that same feature set to the Mini-ITX arena today with its Define Nano S mini-tower.

At 8" wide by 13" tall by 15.7" deep (203 mm by 330 mm by 400 mm), the Define Nano S is basically a scaled-down Define S. This case isn't the smallest Mini-ITX enclosure on the market by a long shot, but its conventional layout looks more builder-friendly than smaller shoebox-style cases. Like the Define S, the Nano S includes full-length dust filters on its front and bottom panels, as well as Fractal's ModuVent pop-out top panel. The Nano S' bottom filter can be slid out from the front of the case, an improvement over the Define S.

For air-moving duties, Fractal uses one of its Dynamic GP-14 140-mm fans, along with a Dynamic GP-12 120-mm rear fan. The case's main chamber uses the same completely open "pegboard" design as its larger sibling's. That lets the Nano S swallow graphics cards up to 12.4" (315 mm) long and CPU coolers up to 6.3" (160 mm) tall. Radiators up to 240 mm long can be mounted on the Nano's top panel, and the front wall can accept another rad as large as 280 mm. Liquid-cooling hardware like pumps and reservoirs can be mounted to the pegboard with included brackets.

The Define Nano S' two included drive sleds can accomodate up to three 2.5" devices, or a 3.5" hard drive and two 2.5" devices. The non-windowed version of this case includes sound-dampening material on both side panels and the top ModuVent cover. The windowed Nano S only gets dampening on its right-side panel and the ModuVent cover.

The non-windowed Nano S will be available for $64.99 next month, while the windowed version will list for $69.99.

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