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Mini ITX Desktop
Side Panel Window
Power Supply Shroud
Front Panel USB
Motherboard Form Factor
Full-Height Expansion Slots
Half-Height Expansion Slots
Maximum Video Card Length
315 mm / 12.402"
Internal 2.5" Bays
Internal 3.5" Bays
- 218 points
- 5 months ago
from completed build Black X Blue 3950x Build
I feel this case is extremely underrated. It's been on the market since 2016 and of course there are much more premium ITX cases such as the NCASE M1, Dan A4, and Ghost S1. However the Define Nano S is well under $100 (I've even purchased one from Amazon for $39.99) and by pairing it with an SFX PSU, you can easily fit a 2.5+ slot GPU and have a massive air cooler like the NH-D15.
- 36 points
- 8 months ago
from completed build ITX Gaming PC with super ultra monitor
Great little ITX case. I'm not crazy about leds, so appreciate the neutral black and sound silencing features of this - most of the time i cannot hear that the pc is on, unless its running a game. Great cable management and room for extra fans is a big plus aswell.
- 27 points
- 49 months ago
from completed build Nano Nine-Sixty
Beautiful design and even better looking in the flesh than it looks in pictures. Build quality is excellent, although the stock fans are quiet rather than silent. There is a worrying lack of clearance between the graphics card and the power supply - only about 5mm. This doesn’t seem to be a problem in my case, but I was careful to choose a power supply that was only 140mm deep. If I hadn’t already had the Asus Strix GTX 960 I would have chosen a blower style card. A second 140mm front fan can easily be fitted if necessary.
The SSD mounts, particularly those behind the motherboard, are problematic if your power supply has the usual right-angled SATA power connectors. You really need a straight connector. Cable routing requires some thinking about and I can’t help thinking that the case has been compromised for the sake of accommodating custom water cooling which I’m sure only a small minority of users will install.
- 16 points
- 42 months ago
from completed build The SubZer0 NanoS
This build started at the end of October in 2016 as I purchased the case. I went for the Fractal Nano S as I used Fractal before but wanted something with better cooling than my last itx build but with something that still had a small footprint
- 14 points
- 36 months ago
from completed build Define Nano S - Water Cooled Build
This case might be small but it's got a surprising amount of space to work in, I enjoy the aesthetic and simple look and feel.
- 13 points
- 40 months ago
from completed build The Little Build That Could
Fantastic case. Great cable management
- 10 points
- 21 months ago
from completed build The Eye (1st modified build)
Love this case, it has great cable management options even though it's small.
- 9 points
- 29 months ago
from completed build Welcome Back to 2018 - SuperDuperClocked Edition
This thing is delightful to build in, and physically stunning. I don't miss the side-panel window at all, especially with poor cable-management skills like mine. Nearly everything is removable, and the interior is very clean. The magnetic radiator cover-flap will stop your ceiling from being coverred in pin-hole shaped led glare, and the replaceable PCIE covers give this thing a very premium finish. The side-panels are noise-proofed, and include thumbscrews, which should damn well be the industry standard already.
In short, not a single complaint.
- 7 points
- 25 days ago
from completed build COOLVID-19
Great value for the money. Very professional-looking. It's no wonder Gruman Creations uses them for their workstation builds. Thoughtful mounting and cooling options, sound dampening on three panels, and cushioned HDD and PSU mounts. Flange cutouts aid in tool access and fan insertion; for instance, the flanges adjacent to the PCI bracket screws and bottom fan provide easy access from the side. Hexagonally-patterned vent holes provide generous airflow cross-sectional area, though I did wish the pitch of the holes would allow them to line up with fan mount screws. Blue LEDs are very 2005; I'd prefer white.
- 4 points
- 41 months ago
from completed build Tiny
Great case, well built, and very easy to work in. Yes, it's a bit cramped, but there's not much choice at this size. Fans are pretty quiet becoming slightly audible only under load. The dust filters are easy to get at from the front of the case.
Only a few negatives:
The front panel feels ever so slightly mushy when inserting headphones or a USB cable.
The side panels don't site very snugly, it's not an issue at all so far, but I can see it rattling a bit if something starts vibrating the case.
The screws, or more specifically the screw holes feel like I'm going to strip them when tightening some of the screws. I'm not sure how to describe it, you know when you line up a screw with the hole perfectly and it screws down nice and smooth. Not really happening on this case, specifically on the side doors and the two HDD attachment flaps. I've closed and opened it up a good half dozen times now and it's all still good, so it's probably just in my mind.
That's it, very minor, Compared to my last PC case it's a dream, but compared to my old iMac (First-gen aluminum, so it was pretty easy to open up once I got a big suction cup) it's not quite the same level of finish. Not a fair comparison by any means, but speaks highly to this cases quality.
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