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Fractal Design Introduces Define 7 Compact Case

The new Define 7 Compact takes the strongest features of the contemporary 7 Series design and places them in a conveniently compact frame. The versatile open layout of the Define 7 Compact allows you to maximize the potential of the small footprint with full-size ATX hardware to meet your exact needs.

Interchangeable top covers allow you to switch between solid steel for full noise suppression or a ventilated cover for extra cooling. The top framework is fully removable for unprecedented ease of access to interior components, and five front ports (including one USB Type-C) means you don't sacrifice expandability for the small footprint.

Fractal Design Rolls Out Celsius+ Series AIO CPU Coolers

Cool, quiet and powerful - The new Celsius+ series of AIO coolers has just been announced by Fractal Design, featuring an ARGB-accented pump face, a fully redesigned block and an upgraded on-radiator PWM fan hub with ARGB support. Cleverly concealed wiring within the braided sleeves of the Celsius' low-permeability rubber tubing allows the entire system to connect at the pump with just a single power plug and an (optional and detachable) ARGB cable. As with previous Celsius coolers, selectable auto/PWM modes offer dynamically optimized performance with the choice of full user control for expert fine-tuning.
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Read the TechPowerUp Review of the Celsius+ S28 Prisma

Fractal Design Cases Get a D5 Powered EK Distribution Plate

EK, a premium water cooling gear manufacturer, in partnership with the prestigious Swedish case manufacturer Fractal Design, is launching the EK-Quantum Reflection Fractal ATX D5 PWM D-RGB - a custom-designed water cooling reservoir, routing and pump solution made to fit several Fractal Design ATX-size cases. This distro plate is specifically designed to provide an advanced water cooling solution with a market-leading D5 pump for users who are building custom loop liquid cooling in Fractal Design cases.

It is designed to simplify the process for beginner PC builders who are entering the hard tubing custom loop liquid cooling world, as well as to bring the slim-lined EK Quantum aesthetics to an already elegant case.
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Fractal Design Announces the Era ITX Case

Taking aim at Creators, Gamers and other DIY-ers, Fractal Design today launched an innovative, small form factor chassis through close collaboration with Intel. "We were very excited about partnering with Intel in developing this case," says Fractal Design founder Hannes Wallin. "It inspired us to take on a project that challenges the convention that elegant design can't be combined with flexible functionality, and we're very happy with the result."

Available today, the Era ITX is the next generation of Mini-ITX case design. This compact chassis is free from the configuration limitations traditionally associated with small form factor systems. This unique product brings the perfect combination of elegant design and technical engineering to PC hardware innovation. Era's design presents a surfaced, aluminium exterior that is paired with top inserts ranging from wood to tempered glass. This combination of materials along with a variety of colorways presents a spectrum of choices to the user.

We've just posted our Fractal Design Era case review.
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Fractal Design Announces the Define Series 7, 7 XL Chassis

Featuring the most comprehensive refinement of design elements yet, the Define 7 brings a new body to the long established Define series while staying true to its heritage as a solid platform for the silent PC.

Always pushing boundaries, Fractal product developers added loads of new features to ensure that the 7 series is the most capable and cohesive Define range ever released. Thanks to an adaptable dual-layout interior, the Define 7 can easily accommodate motherboards all the way up to 285 mm E-ATX, extensive storage arrays with up to 14 HDDs, 4 SSDs and an ODD bay, and robust cooling with a 420 mm radiator and up to nine fans. Versatile new multi-brackets allow you to convert any unused fan position to an HDD, SSD or pump mount.

Fractal Design Announces the Aventador-inspired Gaming PC Giveaway

Fractal Design partnered with Greg Salazar to bring you a chance to win a pre-built gaming PC inspired by the Lamborghini Aventador. Other prizes include 24-hour exotic car rentals so you can turn heads wherever you go. The star attraction is the Aventador-inspired gaming PC, powered by Fractal Design hardware. Nestled in a custom Fractal Design Meshify C chassis, and powered by a Fractal Design Ion+ 860 W Platinum power-supply, this beast has some serious chops: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor, MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard, MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X graphics card, 16 GB G.Skill RipJaws V memory, and Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB storage. The main giveaway hosted on Gleam lets you win the Aventador-inspired gaming PC, while a bonus giveaway form lets you take a crack at the exotic car rentals. Gleam lets you increase your chances of winning by up to 24 times. Open from now, February 4, 01:00 UTC, until February 18, 05:59 UTC, the main giveaway is open worldwide. Good Luck!

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Walkthrough of the EK Waterblocks Suite at CES 2020

CES might be over, but our coverage from the event continues. TechPowerUp prides itself on visiting a lot of brands, big and small, and bringing to you our first-hand account of everything new. EK Waterblocks, or simply EKWB henceforth, had a large room in the Mandalay Bay with a big open window spanning the room, which made for challenging photography, but a well-laid out open plan made it easy for us to go over the various product segments they had to display. This post will go briefly over them, but keep in mind that nearly all products showcased do not have set retail availability info just yet.

The very first thing that caught our eyes was their new line of AIO cooling solutions, now simply called EK-AIO. These are the successors to the EK-MLC Phoenix, and the EK-Predator from before, both of which did not really change the status quo of the pre-filled AIO CPU cooling market. EK hopes that the new series, of which again they are working to finalizing the design before committing to a release window and pricing information, will change this. As with most of their new products, the EK-AIO coolers integrate RGB support with 9 dRGB LEDs in the pump/block and more on the EK-Vardar RGB fans that are used on the radiator itself. The EK-AIO series is planned to come in 120/240/360 mm radiator size options, with 1/2/3 fans respectively. Read past the break for more from the Slovenian watercooling brand.

Fractal Design Introduces the Ion SFX Gold PSUs in 550 W and 650 W Capacities

Fractal Design today introduced the Ion SFX Gold PSU - a modular, high-performance power supply that brings the enhanced cable flexibility and superior output quality of the critically acclaimed Ion series to the SFX-L form factor.

The diminutive footprint of the Ion SFX houses a surprisingly large 120 mm fan for better airflow and quieter operation - partly thanks to its semi-passive Zero RPM mode that ensures the fan spins only when needed. The Ion SFX Series also features Fractal Design's revolutionary new guru UltraFlex DC cabling, an extremely high strand-count wire with specially formulated insulation affording all the efficiency and current capacity of competing products but with significantly less bulk. UltraFlex cables bend and twist effortlessly to eliminate the inherent hassles of traditional rigid power supply wiring to make installation and cable-routing easier than ever before.

Fractal Design Announces the ION+ Platinum Line of Power Supplies

Revolutionary cables and custom cooling bring game-changing flexibility with silent efficiency. Welcome the Ion+ Platinum - a modular, high-performance power supply unit with emphasis on whisper-quiet operation, enhanced cable flexibility and superior output quality. A user selectable semi-passive Zero RPM mode ensures the fan won't spin up until needed, and even then it is unlikely to be noticed thanks to a highly efficient custom design leveraging an exceptionally low minimum speed.

One of the most revolutionary new features is our very own UltraFlex DC cabling. An extremely high strand-count with specially formulated insulation made it possible to reduce conductors to just 0.08 mm in diameter - half the thickness of competing products - without loss of efficiency or current capacity. The UltraFlex cable bends and twists effortlessly, eliminating the inherent hassles of traditional rigid power supply wiring to make installation and cable-routing a breeze.

Fractal Design Presents the Define S2 Vision and new Dynamic X2 PWM Black

Leading PC case designer and manufacturer Fractal Design today revealed a stunning new take on one of their most popular new case designs with the Define S2 Vision, a modification of the S2 chassis with a range of upgrades including dark tempered glass panels on all sides. Define S2 Vision comes in two variants: the RGB version equipped with a full ensemble of Prisma ARGB accessories, and the Blackout version outfitted with all new Dynamic X2 PWM Black fans, also available separately today.

The Define S2 Vision was designed with the goal of bringing together beauty and function, and with its full tempered glass exterior, you'll experience the radiance of your system from every angle. Be the center of attention with the Define S2 Vision RGB, or choose the Blackout edition with Dynamic X2 PWM Black fans for a more subtle yet equally eye-catching effect.

Fractal Design Announces the Define S2 Case

The Define S2 is the latest leap forward in open-layout case design-an ingenious refinement of the zero-obstruction formula that cemented the series as the de facto standard for the silent high-performance build. The S2 achieves increased airflow and water cooling capacity with nine total fan positions and 15% larger intake area vs. the previous generation. Radiators up to 420 mm install directly through the top by way of an innovative removable bracket with built-in fill port for easy access, and there's room for radiators up to 360 mm in the front and 280 mm in the base. Pumps and reservoirs are supported right out of the box with integrated mounting locations and adjustable brackets.

Full USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C comes standard along with three Dynamic X2 fans, full length ventilated PSU shroud with alternate SSD mounts, and support for vertical GPU installation via the Flex VRC-25 riser, available separately. Bolt-free tempered glass offers an exceptionally clear interior view thanks to an elegant push-to-lock latching mechanism, and Third generation ModuVent technology complements a generous application of industrial sound dampening to ensure your hardware is seen but not heard.

Fractal Design Expands Define R6 Line

Fractal Design proudly announces the expansion of the Define R6 line with new USB C versions and a number of accessories including seamless tempered glass side panels and drive bracket dual packs, now available separately to even further extend the capabilities of the Define R6. Designed from the ground up, the Define R6 goes beyond iteration with a profound stride of innovation - the latest and largest step in the legacy of the world-renowned Define Series.

Seamless tempered glass and sound dampened steel panels encase a fully redesigned interior with more storage capability than ever before. USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C front I/O supports Fast Charging plus up to 10Gbps transfer speeds, and with nine fan mounts, included PWM fan hub, and 420mm radiator support, the R6 is the perfect platform for building your dream water loop. Improved third generation ModuVent technology allows an effortless transition from metal-clad sound dampened top panel to filtered high airflow multi-fan ventilation.

Fractal Design Expands Meshify C Line Up with New White Variant

Meshify strikes an aggressive pose in the Fractal Design lineup with unparalleled cooling performance and a defiant new look. Like diamond facets, the angular asymmetry of the Meshify C carves a space uniquely its own as a new dominant force in high-airflow design. Tempered glass completes the distinct, stealth-inspired aesthetic with exceptional style.

An open ATX layout with intelligent space utilization creates an unrestricted airflow path from the mesh front intakes directly through key components to exhaust, ensuring heat is never an issue. The Meshify C has a remarkably compact footprint with the high-end component support of a full tower, and with seven fan mounts and multi-radiator liquid cooling capability, it has the cooling capacity to match.

Fractal Design Introduces the Meshify C Mini - Dark TG Micro-ATX Case

Meshify strikes an aggressive pose in the Fractal Design lineup with unparalleled cooling performance and a defiant new look. Like black diamond facets, the angular asymmetry of the Micro ATX Meshify C Mini - Dark TG carves a space uniquely its own as a new force in high-airflow design. Tempered glass with a distinctive tint completes the stealth-inspired black-on-black aesthetic with exceptional style.

An open Micro ATX layout with intelligent space utilization creates an unrestricted airflow path from the mesh front intakes directly through key components to exhaust, ensuring heat is never an issue. The Meshify C Mini - Dark TG has a remarkably compact footprint with the high-end component support of a larger tower, and with seven fan mounts and multi-radiator liquid cooling capability, it has the cooling capacity to match.

Fractal Design Expands Meshify C Line-Up

Fractal Design, leading designer and manufacturer of enthusiast PC cases and components, today announced two new additions to the popular Meshify C series high-airflow mid tower lineup. Meshify continues to strike an aggressive pose with its unparalleled cooling performance and defiant look, now available in a multitude of side panel variations. The introduction of the Meshify C with dual solid side panels and Meshify C - TG with lightly tinted tempered glass gives users all new choices, both functional and aesthetic. These new all-solid and light tint TG versions complement the original Meshify C - Dark TG with dark tint TG to satisfy a wide range of stylistic preferences.

An open ATX layout with intelligent space utilization creates an unrestricted airflow path from the mesh front intakes directly through key components to exhaust, ensuring heat is never an issue. The Meshify C series has a remarkably compact footprint with the high-end component support of a larger tower, and with seven fan mounts and multi-radiator liquid cooling capability, it has the cooling capacity to match. When performance is top priority and compromise is not an option, Meshify has you covered in style, now with three unique side panel configurations to choose from.

Take Your Define R6 to Another Level with the Connect D1 and Flex VRC-25 Add-ons

To complement the release of the highly anticipated new Define R6, Fractal Design announces two accompanying accessories to even further expand the capabilities of the new case, both visually and technologically. The Connect D1 upgrade kit enhances speed and convenience with full USB 3.1 Gen 2 support and the latest Type-C connector. The Connect D1, available for purchase in early 2018, enables fast charging and blazing 10Gbps transfer speeds on compatible motherboards and devices with hassle-free bidirectional Type-C connections.

The Flex VRC-25 offers a unique step-up in style as a vertical PCI-E riser card and extender, making your graphics card the outward facing centerpiece of your build. Coming late January, R6 owners can free their GPU from the bounds of traditional mounting with confidence knowing the Flex VCR-25 is stress-tested for guaranteed stable, uncompromised performance. The Flex VCR-25's patented shielded overlap cable and riser card solution is specially fitted with custom standoffs for the Define R6, ensuring every installation is as clean-looking, reliable and rock-solid as the case itself.

Fractal Design Launches Their Define R6 Case

(Editor's Note: You can read TPU's review of the Fractal Design Define R6 here. The press release follows.)

Designed from the ground up, the Define R6 goes beyond iteration with a profound stride of innovation - the latest and largest step in the legacy of the world-renowned Define Series. Seamless tempered glass and sound dampened steel panels with an elegant push-to-lock latching mechanism encase an entirely redesigned interior with unprecedented component support and storage flexibility. Six 3.5"/2.5" drives and two 2.5" drives can be installed with precision placement in numerous configurations throughout the case.

The spacious and fully adaptable framework of the Define R6 sports nine fan mounts, integrated PWM fan hub and support for radiators up to 420mm, making it the perfect platform for building your dream water cooling loop. Improved third generation ModuVent technology allows an effortless transition from steel-clad sound dampened top panel to filtered high airflow multi-fan ventilation via the new cooling bracket.

Fractal Design Adds X299, X399 Support to Celsius AIO Lineup

Like many other manufacturers, Fractal Design isn't sleeping under the proverbial palm tree with their products. They too have sought to keep after the most promising high performance platforms for their Celsius AIOs, and have announced compatibility with Intel's latest X299 platform and AMD's X399. The S24 is one of the best 240 mm AIO coolers out there, apparently; models of this lineup feature a 12 V ceramic bearing water pump equipped with a copper cold plate. The Celsius line of coolers also come equipped with an integrated fan hub that allows end users to plug the cooler fans directly into the radiator instead of the motherboard - leaving those fan headers free for other pieces of hardware.

The compatibility will be achieved, as usual, through a separate bracket. AMD Threadripper users will be able to rest assured, since their purchase of a Threadripper CPU will already come with a Asetek retention kit inside the box (compatible with Fractal Design's coolers, naturally.) Intel X299 users will find full compatibility for the socket via the included 2011-v3 kit inside the Fractal Design Celsius AIO packaging.

Fractal Design Showcases Their Celsius S24 and S36 AIO Coolers at Computex 2017

Fractal Design, which recently announced their new Celsius S24 and Celsius S26 lines of AIO liquid cooling solutions, took to Computex 2017 to showcase their latest answer to an enthusiast's needs. The two models differ on radiator size, with the S24 materializing as a 240 mm piece, while the S36 is, expectedly, a 360 mm one. These feature integrated sound dampening, standardized G1/4" fittings, and discrete cabling for the radiator fans, with 2x or 3x 4-pin PWM fan headers on the radiator.

Fractal Design Announces the Focus G Series Cases

Let your hardware shine with the new Focus G series chassis. The new Focus G series from Fractal Design is the cornerstone for your PC build, showcasing the hardware aesthetics at the heart of your system with elegant accents and sophisticated style.

Contemporary ATX (Focus G) and Micro ATX (Focus G Mini) case designs accommodates high-performance components with smart and efficient space utilization for a compact footprint. Extensive cooling options are available with support for tall CPU heatsink/fan combos and water cooling with multiple radiator configurations.

Fractal Design Announces the Celsius Series AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

Fractal Design today announced the Celsius line of all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU coolers. The lineup consists of two models based on radiator size, the Celsius S24 featuring a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator, and the Celsius S36, featuring a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator. The cooler features a slew of design refinements over the company's previous-generation Kelvin-series of coolers. It features a quieter pump-block, standardized G1/4" fittings between the block and the radiator, and discrete cabling for the radiator fans, with two or three 4-pin PWM fan headers on the radiator, with source cabling discretely attached on one of the coolant tubes.

The included Dynamic X2 fans take in 4-pin PWM input, spin between 500 to 2,000 RPM, pushing up to 87.6 CFM of air, with a noise output of up to 32.2 dBA. The Celsisus series comes with out of the box support for two of the latest CPU socket types, LGA2066 and AM4, besides LGA115x, LGA2011/v3, AM3(+), and FM2(+). The coolers are backed by 5-year warranties, and are priced at USD $109.99 for the Celsius S24, and $129.99 for the Celsius S39.

Fractal Design Announces Free AM4 Upgrade Kits for its Kelvin Series Coolers

Fractal Design has announced the immediate availability of free AM4 upgrade kits to Kelvin series customers ensuring that owners wanting to upgrade to the latest AMD line of processors will be able to continue to use their multi award-winning All in One Water Cooling unit.

Owners of the Kelvin T12, S24 and S36 choosing to update to the new AM4 socket processor from AMD will be able to apply online via our Support Ticket System. Kelvin users requesting an upgrade kit will be required to upload a copy of their AMD Ryzen CPU or AM4 supported motherboard receipt via "attach a file."

Fractal Design Announces the Define C Series

Fractal Design expand on their popular Define series, with the new Define C. So many cases on the market today are made to be all things to all people. However, for many this results in a chassis full of empty bays, unused mounts and excess bulk. Created for those who demand a flexible platform for a powerful ATX or Micro ATX build that wastes no space, the Define C Series is the perfect solution to satisfy this balance of capacity and efficiency.

Smaller than the usual ATX and Micro ATX case, the Define C and Define Mini C with its optimized interior provides the perfect base for users. The open air design offers unobstructed airflow across your core components with high performance and silent computing in mind at every step.

Thermaltake Draws Flack for Ripping Off Other Brands' Products

Thermaltake, a brand that has been associated with DIY PC for decades, is accused of blatantly copying designs of other [smaller albeit popular] brands' products, with some of the new products it unveiled at Computex 2015. It begins with the Suppressor F51, a case that was launched just a month before Computex, and was widely reviewed by the media. Our readers almost instantly noticed (and we agree) that the Suppressor F51 bears an uncanny resemblance to the Define R5, a pioneering case by Fractal Design. We could excuse similarities to an extant, but it appears that Thermaltake copied even intricate design details.

Legit Reviews compiled a list of other products Thermaltake copied in a similar way. These include its Riing series fans, which resemble Corsair Air Series 120 mm; the Commander FT fan-controller copies some UI design elements from the NZXT Sentry 3; and the most blatant rip-off being the W2 CPU water block, which looks identical to the Swiftech Apogee XL. Perhaps the biggest victim of this episode is CaseLabs. A very small player in the PC case industry, CaseLabs is critically acclaimed, and loved by PC enthusiasts to come up with some of the most original high-end case designs. The company's Merlin SM8 and TH10 cases are copied by Thermaltake into two of its prototype cases exhibited at Computex. These examples alone are class-action bait that, if pursued, could lead to a trade-ban for Thermaltake in markets such as the US and EU.

Fractal Design Gives its Kelvin Line of AIO Liquid Coolers a Design Update

Fractal Design gave its Kelvin line of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers a design update. The 120 mm T12, 240 mm S24, and 360 mm S36, now come with newer Dynamic GP-12 PWM fans, which offer quieter operation and increased air-flow (500-2,000 RPM speed range); a 9V speed control adapter for the pump; an improved fill-port design, which can be opened with a coin, letting you replace or top-up the coolant; and new PH2 heads on the radiator screws, so you no longer need an Allen key to deal with them.
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