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Fractal Design Define S Window Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 8:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Fractal Design Define S Mid-Tower Chassis

 

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The front of the chassis is solid as you can see, and while there is a brushed metal finish, the bezel is entirely made of plastic. We also like that the bezel is completely unbroken with any naming or logo anywhere on it.

 

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At the front edge of the top of the chassis, we find the I/O panel. Here we find 3.5mm HD Audio jacks for headphones and a microphone. We also see a tiny reset button and a backlit power button, and to the right is a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

 

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The top of the chassis has ModuVent panels in place currently, which are just clipped into place. This makes them easy to remove if you plan to use this area for cooling, or leave them in place to help deaden the noises inside of this chassis.

 

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The window on the left side of the chassis is huge, and normally we would complain who needs a view of the bays, but with the Define S, there are no bays to be seen. Along with the chromes feet at the bottom, we also see that the front bezel is ventilated on the side to redirect any noises that may be had with optional cooling.

 

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As we move around to the back, we see the rear I/O and fan at the top, seven expansion slots, and room for the PSU at the bottom. We also noticed the door panel screws are captured so they do not come out, but we also noticed the panel on the left in this image is bent pretty badly right out of the box.

 

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The right side of the chassis is plain as can be with the solid panel in place. Just some textured paint to look at, but we do see that both side of the bezel are ventilated to allow as much air in as possible without breaking up the front bezel to do this.

 

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Under the chassis, we find small feet with rubber pads on them, pushed to the outside edges due to the removable fan filter that slides out the back of the chassis. We also see the hand hole in the bezel that allows access to the front of the chassis and is how you gain access to the removable filter there as well.

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