Fractal Design Era ITX Case Review

Installation

To start off installation you are going to want to remove the storage and power supply brackets. Then go ahead and install your power supply. We had no issues getting the Gigabyte B550I AORUS Pro AX motherboard installed. We opted for the stock AMD Wraith Prism CPU cooler. For those wondering about CPU cooler clearance you’ll only be able to install CPU coolers up to 120 mm.

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Before you install any other hardware you are going to want to connect all of your cables including the fan, front panel connections, and more. I did notice that Fractal Design used the newer Type-E connector for the USB 3.2 gen 2 port on the front of the case. You are going to want to make sure your mini-ITX motherboard has this connection, sadly our Gigabyte B550I AORUS Pro AX motherboard did not.

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Now it is time for our graphics card, we opted for the MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X as it was a shorter card. It went in the case no problem, but after connecting power I realized that the side panel would not close. This card is 128 mm in width compared to a reference NVIDIA card which is only 116 mm. You are going to want to make sure the graphics card you choose is the same size as a 2-slot reference card.

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Sadly Fractal Design does not list width restrictions for graphics cards on their website, only length restrictions. Luckily we had another graphics card laying around, which was the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G, which has a reference width size. It went in no problem at all.

Fractal Design Era ITX Case

After you get your graphics card installed the next thing is the power supply. We opted for an ATX power supply, so we will use the ATX bracket. With the bracket out of the case secure your power supply to the bracket with the included screws. Before you install the power supply inside your case you are going to want to make sure you plug in the power extension cable. You won’t be able to access it once you have the unit installed.

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For those wondering about power supply restrictions the max length is 200 mm. I believe the unit we used was only 150 mm and things did not seem all that cramped, although there really is not much room to route cables. If you are using a modular unit you might want to consider getting single plug cables to cut down on cable mess. With the power supply installed you are going to want to connect the rest of your cables. Be sure to leave a SATA power connector handy for your hard drive if you plan on installing one.

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The last thing in storage. You can install your SSDs on the storage bracket outside of the case and then easily install it in the case. Make sure the drives are facing in and the “Fractal Design” writing is facing towards you.

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And that is it, now close up the side panels and you are good to go!

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