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Fractal Design Define S2

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Fractal Design continues its tradition of updating their case families by increasing a number in the name. The Define S2 builds on the success of the liquid-cooling-focused Define S, but adds a slew of new features and improvements to the mix.

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The fan hub doesnt appear to be directly powered via molex/sata power.
 
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nice case but it would be better if they just put like a mesh filter on the front side. I think Phanteks P400S still the best bang for the buck.
 
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Nice, but I probably go with R6. They're both the exact same size but R6 has option for more 3.5 drives and even a 5.25 one.
S2 wins in terms of weight (2.8 kg. lighter) and usb 3.1c, but it's also $20 more expensive.
 

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Anyone else put off by the glass panel having a tint on the bottom half only?

Or is this just a reflection of something

 

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The fan hub doesnt appear to be directly powered via molex/sata power.
It has a SATA connector on it.

Anyone else put off by the glass panel having a tint on the bottom half only?

Or is this just a reflection of something
I think it is just a reflection, because it doesn't look tinted in the angled shots.
 
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Love the 3.5" drive locations! Hopefully extra 2.5" drive trays will be purchasable so that you can fit up to 7 drives total in this chassis.

Sad to see USB 2.0 ports in this day and age, though.
 
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nice case but it would be better if they just put like a mesh filter on the front side. I think Phanteks P400S still the best bang for the buck.
Not even close comparison.
 
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I guess this case is geared towards water cooling, yet it could use some more airflow to make water cooling make sense. I would make the front intakes up 1 cm longer, and make the case large enough to have three 140mm fans in the front and one in the bottom, so basically more the size of the Define XL without the crappy front. And of course a version without a glass panel.

I do like the general quality and looks though.
 
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I'm quite sure that my Define S did not come with a fan controller,so the part "Fan controller not included anymore" on the minuses of this new version is very weird.
 

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I'm quite sure that my Define S did not come with a fan controller,so the part "Fan controller not included anymore" on the minuses of this new version is very weird.
Especially since they now include the fan controller that is controlled by the motherboard.
 

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the R5 had a physical switch fan controller, where the new version has a (half PWM, half voltage) fan hub instead
 

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the R5 had a physical switch fan controller, where the new version has a (half PWM, half voltage) fan hub instead
Yeah, but the Define S, the predecessor to this S2, had nothing at all. So it is kind of odd that the lack of any kind of fan controller/hub wasn't even mentioned as a con for the Define S, but now it is for the S2 even though it has the fan hub.
 

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i agree its an odd negative, its something added therefore not a negative
 
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