Fractal Design Define S2 Case Overview
The Fractal Design Define S2 is a mid tower with official dimensions of 543 x 233 x 465 mm (LxWxH) and weighs in at just under 26 lbs. We received the white version of the case which is all white except the front panel and expansion slot covers which are black.
Starting at the front of the case we have a very sexy looking anodized aluminum front panel. As I mentioned Fractal Design has gone with a black front panel and I think it looks great. The front panel of the case can be pulled off to reveal two Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 (140 mm) fans, which are white. You can see there is actually room for a third fan at the front. The front of the case has radiator support up to 360 mm. The front panel also has sound dampening material on it.
There is a filter on the bottom of the case that can be pulled out from the front of the case. This filter extends the entire length of the case. The filters are Nylon mesh, which Fractal Design tells us provide 2x airflow compared to plastic filters.
Moving to the top of the front of the case you’ll find a centrally-located power button and ports on either side. On the left side are your HD audio connection, small reset button, and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port. On the right side are two USB 2.0 ports as well as two USB 3.0 ports.
The top of the case looks pretty plain at first glance, but you’ll notice a cutout. This is Fractal Design’s third generation ModuVent cover. So when it is closed it provides a steel-clad sound dampened seal. By pressing the large button on the rear of the case the cover easily comes off. There is a filter built into the cover.
With the ModuVent cover removed we can take a look at the removable top cooling bracket. The bracket is easily removed by taking out the 4 screws that hold it in place. The top of the case can fit three 120 / 140 mm fans as well as watercooling radiators up to 420 mm. Another interesting thing on the cooling bracket is a dedicated fill port, so if you are running a custom loop you can fill the loop without having to even open the case up.
On the main side of the case you have a tempered glass side panel which shows off the entire side of the case. You’ll notice there are no bolts or hinges on this side panel, you’ll see why once we open the case up. From the side you can see the vents, which appear on each side of the case. These allow for airflow into the case.
At the rear of the case we have our third included Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 (140 mm) fan. We have what I call the slit design where you can adjust the fan up or down to align it better or make room for large radiators installed on the top of the case. There are seven expansion slots and their covers are black was we mentioned. There are also slot covers to display your graphics card vertically, but the mount itself is sold separately. At the top left of the case is the large button that you use to release the ModuVent cover.