Fractal Design Define S2 Tempered Glass Case Review In-Depth

by Bill Owen
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In the video overview above, Mosquito and Bill Owen share in-depth overview of Fractal Design's new Define S2 Case with Tempered Glass for $149.99. Is it more like the Define S or the Define R6 case? Mosquito starts by giving detailed description of the top panel design. This is the most sophisticated top panel we've seen since the define R6.
They share all of the details of the pros and cons of the Fractal design Define S2, including dissecting the new front bezel and HDD/SSD cages designs.

Fractal Design Define S2 Case Specifications for Fractal Design Define S2 Case.

The Fractal design S2 chassis proves to offer you an ultra clean look for your system.

Our Fractal Design Define S2 build & setup details.

Intel 8700KMSI Z270 1151 Gaming Motherboard

Corsair Dominator DDR4 32 GB

Corsair 480GB SSD

Corsair H115i Pro CPU Cooler

Corsair MP500

Corsair RM 850x PSU

MSI 1070Ti GPU

Mnpctech 16X PCi Riser cable

New 2018 Fractal Design Define S2 Mid tower Case General Specifications.

Diagram of Radiator Sizes that fit inside the Fractal design Define S2 Mid Tower case.

Cooling Fan sizes that fit the Fractal Design Define S2 Mid Tower Case.

Above diagram describes the differences between the Define S, Define R6, and Define S2 cases.

Case Material: Steel, Aluminum, Tempered Glass Motherboard compatibility: E-ATX (up to 285 mm), ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX Power Supply type: ATX

External 5.25" drive bays: 0

2.5"/3.5" universal drive mounts: 3

Dedicated 2.5" drive mounts: 2

Expansion slots: 7 + 2 vertical

Define S2 Front ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C , 2 x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Audio I/O

Max PSU length: 300 mm

Max GPU length: 440mm with front fan mounted, 465 mm total

Max CPU cooler height: 185 mm

Cable Routing space: 23 mm

Define S2 Case Dimensions: 543 x 233 x 465 mm

Define S2 Case Dimensions without feet / protrusions / screws 535 x 233 x 448 mm

Left Side panel: Tempered glass

Right Side Panel: Industrial sound-dampened steel

Cable Routing Grommets: Yes

Fixed Velcro Straps: Yes

Captive thumbscrews: HDD brackets, SSD brackets

Fractal Design Define S2 Case: Net weight: 11.6kg

S2 Case Package Dimensions 535 x 325 x 650 mm

Define S2 package weight: 13.4kg

Differences between Define S2, Define S and Define R6 cases by Fractal Design.

Fractal Design Define S2 Midtower Case Tempered Glass Pros:

*New front bezel design with removable side vent filters. You can dismantle the bezel for custom modding.

*New HDD/SSD drive cages allow protruding screws from the vertical wall for mounting liquid reservoirs.

*New PSU shroud access cover.

Fractal Design Define S2 Case Cons:

*Define R6 power supply PSU shroud still has rivets. Hard to access, evenm with the new removable front cover. Thumb screws would have offered easy removal.

*Fractal Design Define S2 fan controller only allows three PWM pins.

*Painted edge of the Tempered Glass panel on White version of the S2 case has slight Green coloring.

Final Thoughts on the Fractal Design Define S2.

Very few case manufacturers can blend the features that both air coolers and liquid coolers want. The Define S2 combines everything great from it's predecessors, the Define S and Define R6. If you're looking for case to make even the most basic system look good, buy this case now. We predict the Fractal Design Define S2 voted as the best case of 2018.