Fractal Design Ion+ 860p Overview
Taking a first look at the Ion+ 860p the first thing that I noticed was it is a pretty compact unit. The official dimensions are 86 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm (HxWxD). Being this compact makes it easy to fit into even the smallest cases.
The second thing that I noticed right away is that the unit is fully modular, this is also going to make installing the unit very easy as you don’t have to mess with cables you won’t be using. All of the modular connections are on the end of the unit. Also on the end is a Zero RPM switch. This allows the fan to completely turn off when it is not needed. It is a little odd that this switch is located on a part of the unit that will be inside your system, you would think you would want better access to it, say if it was mounted on the rear of the unit.
Talking about the fan this unit has a a custom-tailored Fractal Design Dynamic Series 140 mm fan with exceptionally low minimum speed and true long-life FDB bearing. Having a 140 mm fan on a 150 mm unit means that you are going to get full cooling coverage.
Both sides of the unit are pretty plain with a small Fractal Design logo towards the bottom right. We’ve seen some companies make their units flashy on the side, but I really like the sleek look of the Ion+ 860p.
The rear of the unit has ventilation holes running across it, a power switch, and power connection.
The modular cables that are included with the unit look like your typical flat cabling that we’ve seen before, but they are Fractal Design’s UltraFlex DC cabling with this unit, these cables bend and twist effortlessly to simplify installation in tight spaces, allow precision cable-routing, and eliminate the inherent hassles of traditional rigid power supply wiring.