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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

Inside the Define S

 

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As we removed the panels, with such a large window on the left, there is no sound absorbing materials, but after bending the right panel flat again, we flipped it over to see that the interior of that panel is covered edge to edge with it.

 

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With the front bezel pulled off the chassis, it exposed the dust filter which is held in place with tabs on one side and magnets on the left, allowing it to stay in place, yet still be easily removed for cleaning. This does need removed if you plan to change the stock cooling configuration.

 

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Inside of the chassis, it appears as if we had gutted it of the ODD and HDD bays, but this is how the Define S is designed. We do see that all of the wiring is run to the bottom and then through the grommet to keep it from flopping around and potentially scratching the window in transit.

 

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Two things we would like to point out here. The more obvious is that there is a single 140mm fan placed in the front of the chassis, but Fractal Design expects users to change to water cooling, so there is no point in adding to the cost here. The second thing is that the motherboard tray is bumped forward to the right of the motherboard, allowing more room behind it, but also causing an issue we found and will address in the final thoughts.

 

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At the top of the chassis, we see that the ModuVent panel are snapped into the fan holes, and are backed with more sound absorbing material. We also see near the front of the chassis that all of the wiring is run to the back high up on the panel, so that it will never hang in view through the window.

 

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The motherboard tray is labeled for ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX layout of the standoffs, has a large cooler access hole, but uses only three grommets for wiring to the right and above the motherboard.

 

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In the floor, we find feet for a PSU and a gasket at the back, we find the location for additional cooling, and near the front, there are four oblong holes to allow a pump to be mounted there.

 

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Both fans are identical, and this 140mm fan also uses a 3-pin power connection for it.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, to the left, we see a trio of HDD trays that work with 3.5" and 2.5" drives. We also see Velcro straps containing the wiring from the front I/O panel, and just under the access hole there are another pair of trays, this time specifically for 2.5" drives only.

 

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As far as the wiring is concerned, there is plenty of length for any build, it is all black in color, and we find the USB 3.0 connection, the switch and light wiring, and an HD Audio connection to round it all out.

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