Fractal Design Define S ATX Computer Case, £56.99 from amazon
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Fractal Design Define S ATX Computer Case, £56.99 from amazon

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Found 1st Dec
I have this case, dead silent and plenty of room for water cooling.
  • Optimally designed for silent computing, while not compromising on airflow and cooling capabilities
  • Innovative internal layout, providing a perfectly straight airflow path to the CPU heatsink for air cooling set ups or extensiveradiator mounting possibilities for water cooling set ups
  • Extensive water cooling support for a case of this size; housing radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front
  • Including smart reservoir brackets; featuring drill-free reservoir mounting on the front of the motherboard tray and predrilledpump mounting holes on the bottom panel
  • Equipped with ModuVent fan slot covers providing the option of additional cooling or maximum sound absorption

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I've had one of these since March 2016 and I've been very happy with it.

I've got an H110i GT mounted in the front cooling an i7-8700k @ 4.7Ghz and a 120mm AIO mounted in the back to cool my Gigabyte 980Ti Waterforce, both my CPU and GPU temps are perfectly fine and the fans on both AIOs are nice and quiet.

It's not a case for showing off the innards of your PC, but that's exactly what I wanted. No LEDs, no case window, just a plain, decent sized, easy to build in box.


In case anyone wants to see what a build actually looks like in a Define S (SSDs are all around the back, as would HDDs be if you wanted to install any):
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Edited by: "matt101101" 1st Dec
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This case and watercooling both look like they would solve my dust issue.

This is a pretty good case as long as you don't want to show off the components you put in there as this doesn't have a side windows. Fractals are known for there low noise cases and great cable management options. Airflow until the meshify wasn't a priority for them but its not terrible in that department. Good case for the price but for 20-30 more you could get a meshify which has a see through side panel and better airflow.
Edited by: "Leeman20" 1st Dec

Leeman2014 m ago

This is a pretty good case as long as you don't want to show off the …This is a pretty good case as long as you don't want to show off the components you put in there as this doesn't have a side windows. Fractals are known for there low noise cases and great cable management options. Airflow until the meshify wasn't a priority for them but its not terrible in that department. Good case for the price but for 20-30 more you could get a meshify which has a see through side panel and better airflow.


How do you know (just out of interest) that the meshify one has better airflow?

QuickProfits25 m ago

How do you know (just out of interest) that the meshify one has better …How do you know (just out of interest) that the meshify one has better airflow?


i believe gamers nexus did a piece on this, but the meshify has a full mesh front panel that allows for more air to get into the case than the other fractals do with there much smaller vents.

I've had one of these since March 2016 and I've been very happy with it.

I've got an H110i GT mounted in the front cooling an i7-8700k @ 4.7Ghz and a 120mm AIO mounted in the back to cool my Gigabyte 980Ti Waterforce, both my CPU and GPU temps are perfectly fine and the fans on both AIOs are nice and quiet.

It's not a case for showing off the innards of your PC, but that's exactly what I wanted. No LEDs, no case window, just a plain, decent sized, easy to build in box.


In case anyone wants to see what a build actually looks like in a Define S (SSDs are all around the back, as would HDDs be if you wanted to install any):
32622128-iclqj.jpg
Edited by: "matt101101" 1st Dec

Great price.
Edited by: "cascadde" 1st Dec

Got one of these aswell, went for it over the r4 or r5 as I have no need for a optical drive and wanted a quiet PC that didn't look like it belongs in a teenagers bedroom.

Dayksa6 m ago

Got one of these aswell, went for it over the r4 or r5 as I have no need …Got one of these aswell, went for it over the r4 or r5 as I have no need for a optical drive and wanted a quiet PC that didn't look like it belongs in a teenagers bedroom.


It was between this and the R5 for me, too.

The cheaper price and the fact I have no need for optical bays or lots of 3.5" HDDs was what made me go for the Define S. It's not a decision I've regretted at any point in the year and a half or so that I've owned it.

Unless I ever decide to do an ITX (or other tiny form factor) build, I can't really see the Define S getting retired.

The meshfy is all well and good, but with the increased airflow comes increased noise.

So pick your poison, higher temps or more noise.

Personally, I prefer the silence of this case given it's already very good cooling. But I can can see the appeal of the meshify for those that don't mind the extra noise.

distracted24731 m ago

The meshfy is all well and good, but with the increased airflow comes …The meshfy is all well and good, but with the increased airflow comes increased noise. So pick your poison, higher temps or more noise. Personally, I prefer the silence of this case given it's already very good cooling. But I can can see the appeal of the meshify for those that don't mind the extra noise.



you can buy a mesh top for the Define Nano S at Fractals spare parts shop: fractal-design-shop.de/ind…817

JC2MULTIPLAYER00020 m ago

you can buy a mesh top for the Define Nano S at Fractals spare parts shop: …you can buy a mesh top for the Define Nano S at Fractals spare parts shop: http://www.fractal-design-shop.de/index.php?a=817


I was responding to the comments about the meshify case and it's increased airflow, and pointing out that it doesn't come without sacrifices.

My point was, if you increase airflow by poking holes in the case you also increase the amount of noise that escapes the case.

The meshify case has a mesh front and as such has excellent airflow but is also a louder case than the define S which can be practically silent.

I prefer the silence.

The define S in this deal is an excellent blend of cooling and noise control and is the one I would pick.

It might also be worth mentioning that camelcamelcamel puts this as the lowest price this case has ever been on amazon.

This really is an excellent case for the money. I got one around 18 months ago. The outside is smart and understated. Inside is an incredibly flexible system to get the perfect layout for your components. I particularly like the rail system where the drive bays typically are in older cases. The rails allow for easy installation for whatever you like. I've used them for fans, cable tie down points, AIO radiators and even an old 3x 3.5'' drive bracket I had.

The fan filters are brilliant too. You just snap off the front panel, the front filter is behind on magnets and you just pull it off to clean. The bottom filter unfortunately pulls out to the back of the case and I find I have to unplug everything to pull the case forward, then remove the bottom filter. Still, minor complaint really as the filters are excellent. Trap nearly all but the finest dust. I recommend putting 3x 140mm fans in the front of the case all pulling clean air in.

If you have anything but a low-end or blower-style graphics card that exhaust into the case. You should get either a faster rear exhaust fan 1500rpm+ or have a 2nd exhaust fan above the stock one. The 2x140mm 1000rpm case fans you get are probably the best 1000rpm fans I've come across in terms of airflow/noise. That said one in the rear exhaust position on its own isn't enough if you have your graphics card exhausting hot air into the case.

The only other thing I'd note is durability of the case screws. I've lost the thread on a few of the thumbscrews and one of the motherboard stand offs. Plus a few of the screw holes themselves. Probably had things in-and-out the case about 8 times as I tried different layouts and switched my system between gaming PC/ work PC/ and back again. I'm not sure if its the quality of the metal or screws that aren't the perfect fit. Either way its disappointing to see stripped screws/ holes, even when tightening with just my hands.

Overall brilliant value for money at this price.

distracted2472 h, 43 m ago

I was responding to the comments about the meshify case and it's increased …I was responding to the comments about the meshify case and it's increased airflow, and pointing out that it doesn't come without sacrifices.My point was, if you increase airflow by poking holes in the case you also increase the amount of noise that escapes the case. The meshify case has a mesh front and as such has excellent airflow but is also a louder case than the define S which can be practically silent.I prefer the silence. The define S in this deal is an excellent blend of cooling and noise control and is the one I would pick.


That is a good point and also one to be considered. It really comes down to what your going to be putting in the case i think. If your going for a really big gaming machine with 1080ti's and a 8700k then i would say go for the meshify as it will give you a lot better cooling and maybe slight increase performance as the GPU will be helped in hitting its boost frequency. If your just building a standard home PC then a non meshify , standard case would do just fine in my opinion.

Leeman201 h, 37 m ago

That is a good point and also one to be considered. It really comes down …That is a good point and also one to be considered. It really comes down to what your going to be putting in the case i think. If your going for a really big gaming machine with 1080ti's and a 8700k then i would say go for the meshify as it will give you a lot better cooling and maybe slight increase performance as the GPU will be helped in hitting its boost frequency. If your just building a standard home PC then a non meshify , standard case would do just fine in my opinion.


As someone actually running a 4.7Ghz i7-8700k and a 1500Mhz+ 980Ti (which produces just as much heat as a 1080Ti) in a Define S, the temperatures are absolutely fine and the fans on my AIOs are nice and quiet.

It's literally a case (excuse the pun...) of personal opinion. Both cases are more than capable of safely and effectively housing basically any CPU/GPU combination you choose to throw at them. Your components will be quieter and warmer in the Define S. They'll be cooler and louder in the Meshify. You pays your money, you takes your choice.

matt1011016 h, 55 m ago

As someone actually running a 4.7Ghz i7-8700k and a 1500Mhz+ 980Ti (which …As someone actually running a 4.7Ghz i7-8700k and a 1500Mhz+ 980Ti (which produces just as much heat as a 1080Ti) in a Define S, the temperatures are absolutely fine and the fans on my AIOs are nice and quiet. It's literally a case (excuse the pun...) of personal opinion. Both cases are more than capable of safely and effectively housing basically any CPU/GPU combination you choose to throw at them. Your components will be quieter and warmer in the Define S. They'll be cooler and louder in the Meshify. You pays your money, you takes your choice.


Kind of what i said. i never said the Define S wouldn't keep the components cool but the meshify offers better thermals so if your system runs a lot of hot running components, It would make sense to go with the case that can keep them cooler(my preference, maybe not yours). The define S has been around a while now and does a good job, my original point was if your looking for higher airflow case the meshify is a good alternative with all the other benefits that come with a fractal case.

Where does the DVD drive go though???

jimborae5 h, 3 m ago

Where does the DVD drive go though???



In the bin.

cascadde1st Dec

Great price.



while I agree, it's worth noting this case was £5 cheaper 13 months ago

JC2MULTIPLAYER0002 h, 44 m ago

while I agree, it's worth noting this case was £5 cheaper 13 months ago


Best hop in that time machine then.

I see your point though, not cheapest it's ever been but the cheapest it's been for a long time.
Edited by: "cascadde" 3rd Dec

jimborae13 h, 22 m ago

Where does the DVD drive go though???


Back in 2003, where it belongs?

Really though, the Define S doesn't support optical drives and only officially supports up to three 3.5" drives (though I'm sure you could bodge more in if you were desperate...or buy an R5).
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