Fractal Design Define S2 Review

👤by Vortez Reviews Comments 📅03-10-18

It’s evident that Fractal Design has done what they do best in the Define S2 – refine. The formula for success already exists in previous models under the Define series and in a rather clever way they’ve just made subtle modifications to a familiar design. It’s also rather refreshing to see a brand refuse to bow the knee to the RGB mania currently present in the industry. This case breaks away from this trend and still maintains that air of elegance.

This is one of the first computer cases we’ve seen with USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C implemented and the timing couldn’t be better with more motherboards now including this type of header. Along with this we also receive two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports – giving you access to fast storage at the very front of your case.

The most impressive feature with Define S2 has to be the ModuVent top cover which utilises a quick release system at the press of a button. Not only does this panel drastically reduce noise levels when it’s attached to the chassis, but it can also act as a ventilated cover if you choose to add in cooling fans or radiators.

An ingenious internal layout and design means that every aspect of system building is catered for. Define S2 can handle large CPU coolers, high-performance graphics cards, different sized water cooling radiators in various locations, with space for custom loop components and cable management is not only easy, but superior to other cases we’ve recently tested. As you’ll be able to see on the preceding pages, creating an uncluttered, fresh configuration requires little effort.

Although we already receive three Dynamic X2 GP-14 cooling fans, adding in additional is easy thanks to the different mounting placements inside, and what’s more is FD include the Nexus+ PWM fan hub which assists in keeping everything centralised and tidy. If you lack some PWM functionality on your motherboard then S2 can help in overcoming this hurdle.

The objective with Define S2 is silence and it definitely achieves near-silent status. The thick panels, noise damping material and low-noise cooling fans all contribute to keeping noise to a minimum. So if you’re intending to use this chassis on the deskspace, then you’ll have no disturbances which can sometimes manifest from having the system in close proximity.

At launch the Define S2 arrives with an MSRP of $149.99 USD – £129.99 GBP. Street price will likely be slightly under such a figure and even at the stated MSRP, we feel the S2 has a lot offer.

If silence is your thing and you’re on the hunt for an enclosure which oozes elegance, look no further; the Define S2 is one of the most flexible computer cases we’ve encountered. It has all the options for water cooling, high-end kit and offers truly innovative features which are rare to see in quite a stagnant sector.

+ Elegant design
+ Excellent build quality
+ Features USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
+ Features PWM fan hub
+ Innovative ModuVent top cover
+ Can house high-performance hardware
+ Huge watercooling potential
+ Decent cooling performance
+ Extremely quiet

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