Fractal Torrent Compact Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅17-02-22
Closer Look

Compact follows a similar layout to most computer cases – although it takes the power supply into the upper section. Depending on the version you opt for, you will either get solid steel panels or tempered glass – these panels are tool-less and are attached via magnet.

Inside, we have an arrangement which permits the E-ATX form factor with enough room for large CPU coolers (up to 174mm) and long graphics cards (up to 330mm). Both of these limitations will prevent some hardware being fitted but a majority will fit without any problems.

On the reverse side there are plenty of integrated Velcro ties for cable management, a Nexus 9P Slim fan hub and a series of 3x SSD attachment trays. There isn’t a huge amount of space between the motherboard tray and side panel, so some time spent with arranging cables is required.

Up at the very top of Compact, Fractal has designed a cavity for the PSU to reside. In our configuration with a 180mm PSU, we had to remove the 3.5” inch HDD tray – but in the default configuration, this tray can be installed to house 3.5” storage. 3

Compact either comes with two Prisma ARGB PWM fans or Dynamic X2 PWM fans. Either are 180mm and are installed at the front of the chassis to bring cool air across the system. This space has an easy to remove dust filter, as does the bottom of the chassis which can also house two 180mm, 140mm or three 120mm fans for additional cooling.

Up at the top of Compact we have the front panel connectivity which involves 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A ports, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, Audio Jacks and power/reset buttons.

Note: Compact can accommodate a 360/240 radiator at the front, 280/240 radiator at the bottom and a 120mm radiator at the rear if you’d like to install liquid cooling.

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