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Win a trip to Hollywood with Cooler Master!

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MSI Gaming GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro Gaming Notebook Review

The portable gaming powerhouse packed with the latest GeForce GTX 1080 desktop grade graphics and 4k resolution.

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Great features and modularity at smaller size and lower price.

Unboxing and Review: Logitech K380 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

It's a pain to get just a bluetooth keyboard for each device. Why not go for one that actually works with multiple device altogether?

Unboxing and Preview: Raijintek Triton 280 Liquid Cooler

This is probably the best AIO we have tested to date.

June 29, 2016

Jabra Halo Smart Wireless: All-day calls and music in one

By: John Diew


Have you ever wondered of the existence of a pair of Bluetooth headphones that is good at calls and great for music? Look no further as Jabra introduces the Halo Smart Wireless that designed for optimum voice quality and superior sound experience.

As the headphones are designed with calls as a priority, the Jabra Halo Smart integrates the wind noise protection to the microphones to improve the in-call quality. On top of that, the 10mm speaker diaphragm ensures the top-notch sound quality for both calls and music.

Battery life is up to 17 hours of talk time and up to 15 hours of music listening. The extended battery life is coupled with the comfortable neckband design for all day use.

Available end July onwards at suggested retail price of RM399.

  • Fits the 79 per cent of users who want one set of headphones for both calls and music, but find the call-experience on most music devices inadequate* 
  • Built for calls first-and-foremost, Jabra Halo Smart uses high quality microphones with integrated wind noise protection for enhanced in-call quality, and subtle vibration alert to ensure calls are never missed 
  • Uncompromising sound-quality thanks to 10mm speakers and Jabra’s audio capabilities 
  • Neck-band wearing style for comfortable, all-day use and seamless switching between calls, music and media 
  • Extended battery life provides up to 17 hours talk time and up to 15 hours of music listening 
  • Dedicated Google Now™ / Siri™ button lets you use your voice for more 
Designed for those who want a great calling experience, music on-the-go and the ability to switch easily between the two, the new Jabra Halo Smart wireless headphones have been developed with voice and call-quality top of mind. The intelligence of Jabra Halo Smart lies in its ability to let the user manage calls, music and media with just one device. According to recent Jabra insights*, 79% of users would like to have one set of headphones for both calls and music, but believe the call experience on most music devices is poor.

Jabra Halo Smart delivers a superior call experience thanks to high-quality microphones with integrated wind-noise protection, enhanced voice capabilities via a dedicated Google Now/Siri button and immersive, full-spectrum sound through its 10mm speakers. Its optimised battery performance removes the hassle of having to constantly charge your headset – making the Jabra Halo Smart perfect for use all-day, every day. 


Great calls all day, every day
Life doesn’t stop when you’re low on battery, which is why the Jabra Halo Smart offers an industry-leading 17 hours of talk time, or 15 hours of amazing music time, thanks to the 230mAh battery that is discreetly incorporated into the back of the neckband. For Android users, the Jabra Assist app allows you to track your exact battery usage, receive alerts when the battery is getting low and get notifications about when you next need to recharge (based on historical usage) – giving you total peace-of-mind when on-the-go.

Smart, Intuitive earbuds

Jabra Halo Smart allows you to accept a call by separating the two earbuds as they rest around your neck, and use one earbud for phone calls or both for listening to music. It also lets you access Siri™ or Google Now™ at the touch of a button and keeps you connected and informed in a number of ways. A subtle vibration in the neckband alerts you to incoming calls, whilst Android users can expect readouts of calendar notifications, emails, text messages and social media messages. 


So comfortable you’ll forget it’s there
Designed by Jabra’s comfort experts, Jabra Halo Smart follows the body’s lines with bendable flex zones ensuring maximum comfort all day long. Weighing in at just 38 grams, the Jabra Halo Smart sits so comfortably around the neck you’ll forget you even have it on.

“We are all doing more with our smartphones than ever before, whether it’s making and taking calls, listening to music on-the-move or watching a movie clip during a break. So we wanted to develop a set of wireless headphones that delivers amazing sound whatever you’re doing whether taking calls or listening to music”, explains Calum MacDougall, SVP at Jabra.

Jabra Halo Smart is the latest addition to the Jabra Halo family of wireless headphones, designed for busy people who are looking for versatile headphones for multi-purpose use. The first headphones in the series are Jabra Halo Fusion.

Pricing and availability
Jabra Halo Smart is available in three colours: Impact Red, Electric Blue and Classic Black.

Available at: ALL IT Hypermarket Sdn Bhd, Harvey Norman, Machines, Viewnet Computer Systems, and Switch from end-July onwards.

Suggested RRP MYR 399, inclusive of GST

To understand more about Halo Smart:www.apac.jabra.com/bluetooth-headsets/jabra-halo-smart

Jabra Halo SmartTM video: http://bit.ly/28N1UzP

Logitech K780 Multi-Device: One Keyboard for Any Device

By: John Diew

Latest Keyboard from Logitech Rewrites the Rules of Desktop Typing for the Modern Workspace

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. — June 29, 2016 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the Logitech® K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard, the first fully-equipped computer keyboard with a 10-key pad that also works with smartphones and tablets. With the touch of an Easy-SwitchTM button, you can easily switch between – and type on – any three connected devices.


June 28, 2016

Cooler Master Announces The Winner Of The Case Mod World Series 2016

By: Low Chern Lin


Since January, case modders young and old have been busy in their basements, driveways, kitchens and bathrooms, taking over just about any place they can find. Many spent hundreds of hours putting both craft and creation to the test in pursuit of a title in the world’s largest modding competition. We held events on four continents introducing people to local modders, gear, and training in the art. All of this culminated in over 120 worklogs and entries, of which 82 made the final submissions.

Scratch-built demons, giant critters, cyborgs, orbs, and monsters roamed among the many high-class tower mods trimmed and dressed with the best materials and sharp designs. The scene’s biggest names – Peter Brands, Richard Keirsgieter, Richard Surroz, Ronnie Hara, Brian Farrell, Ermanno Bonandini, and Antony Leather – gave scores that came down to the decimal point. Over 21,000 votes also piled up in just a week for this year’s two People’s Choice Award winners.

Here are the winners, by rank and category:

Scratch Build

1st: Ghost Rider­ by Modder Crow, Thailand

2nd: Re.born by Masbuskado, Dominican Republic

3rd: GSW CYBORG by Nenad Milic, Serbia


Tower Mod

1st: Master of Dimension by ภควัต ไชยบุญมา (Mr. Waii), Thailand

2nd: Gigantea by David Cathey, United States

3rd: Master X5 by neSSa, Serbia


People’s Choice Awards

Scratch Build –TriHexa 666 - Apocalypse Dragon by Kanishka Akalanka, Sri Lanka

Tower Mod – Pandora Box Pegasus by Allyson Carneiro, Brazil

The winners are walking away with US$30,000 in cash and prizes for their achievements, with goodies supplied by Avexir, OCZ, ASUS, Nvidia, Dremel, and Cooler Master. Prizes include an array of high-end gear such as Cooler Master’s highly acclaimed MasterCase Maker 5, Avexir’s ROG-certified DDR4 modules, OCZ’s sizable SSDs from their decorated Vector 180 series, NVIDIA’s most powerful GeForce graphics cards, massive motherboards from ASUS, and precision rotary tools from Dremel.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix GeForce GTX 1070

By: Low Chern Lin


ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced immediate availability of Strix GeForce® GTX 1070 here in Malaysia, an all-new VR-ready gaming graphics card with ultra-fast gaming performance, advanced cooling and reliability, and personalized styling. Powered by the latest NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 1070 graphics processing unit (GPU), clocked at 1860MHz in OC mode, ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 delivers up to 7.1%-faster performance in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and 8.5%-faster gaming performance in Doom®. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow for 30%-cooler and three times (3X) quieter performance, and ASUS FanConnect, which features GPU-controlled fan headers to connect to system fans for targeted supplemental cooling. Industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components ensures premium quality and reliability. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 enables complete gaming system personalization with Aura RGB Lighting. A VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports lets gamers always keep a virtual reality device connected to their system for immersive gaming anytime. It also comes with GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.
Ultimate cooling: DirectCU III technology with patented wing-blade fans and ASUS FanConnect
ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 is equipped with ASUS DirectCU III cooling technology, which features direct-GPU-contact heatpipes that transport more heat away from the GPU, outperforming reference designs and achieving up to 30%-cooler gaming performance. DirectCU III technology includes triple 0dB fans, engineered with a patented wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and improves static pressure over the heatsink by 105%, while operating three times (3X) quieter than reference cards. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 also comes with ASUS FanConnect technology. When gaming, the GPU often runs hotter than the CPU, but chassis fans usually only reference CPU temperatures, resulting in inefficient system cooling. ASUS FanConnect solves this issue with two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers that can be connected to system fans to provide targeted supplemental cooling for optimal thermal performance.
Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components
All ASUS graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100%-automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality. Auto-Extreme technology ensures consistent graphics card quality as well as improved performance and longevity. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Super Alloy Power II components enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, reduce component buzzing by 50% while under full load, and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs for enhanced quality and reliability.
Game your way: Aura RGB Lighting and VR-friendly HDMI ports
ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 includes ASUS Aura RGB Lighting on both the shroud and backplate. This stunning illumination technology is capable of displaying millions of colors and six different effects for a totally personalized gaming system. ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 also has a VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports that let gamers connect a VR device and display at the same time, so they can enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences anytime without having to swap cables.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
Redesigned with an intuitive user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier than ever, while retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included one-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. The overlay also displays GPU clock speed, temperature, and VRM usage, and has GPU Tweak II controls, so gamers can choose a gaming profile and boost performance with just one click.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Makes Its 1st Appearance In Hong Kong

By: Low Chern Lin


Rumor on the early arrival of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 appears to be true as the card makes its first debut on Reddit earlier today.

According to the appears to be leaked details from benchlife.info, the GTX 1060 will come available in both 3GB and 6GB with code name GP106-300 and GP106-400 respectively.
The GTX 1060 as depicted, has similar but shorter cooler just like the high-end GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Founders Edition.

While we have no idea on what price with NVIDIA set for its GTX 1060, it is said to perform better than the current hyped RX 480 from AMD.

Premium High End Gaming Chairs noblechairs Enters Malaysia?

By: Low Chern Lin


We've come across the noblechairs, a brand of high-end gaming chairs designed in Germany during our visit to BitFenix booth at Computex 2016. The noblechairs, as described on its website:

"The majestic swivel chairs by noblechairs belong to the high aristocracy of all gaming or racing chairs. Their chic design from Germany and the exclusive fabrication from valuable materials are instantly reminiscent of sumptuous interiors of magnificent premium automobiles from the luxury class. Production accordingly relies solely on pure machine manufacturing, since highly precise industrial robots permanently operate without flaws and ensure an invariably impeccable build quality.

In addition to the fully automated manufacturing processes, the elegant noblechairs also have the perfectly conceived selection of materials in common with modern car production. The peerless comfort of these thrones for home or office use, that, along with the flexible adjustment options, caters for comfy relaxation and protects the back dependably from incorrect sitting postures, can only thus be guaranteed at the highest level. These German-designed chairs transform sitting into a truly hedonistic pleasure!" - source, noblenhairs

According to a reliable source, it appears that the brand has confirmed to enters Malaysia very soon but without an exact date nor the party who will be distributing the products for the brand. 

Unboxing & Review: Palit GeForce GTX 1070 GameRock Premium Edition

By: Low Chern Lin



While most of are used to its JetStream and Super JetStream cards with the all familiar red-black, silver-black and gold-black accents, Palit announces the GameRock as its new gaming brand with a new white-blue accent cooler, specially designed for enthusiast gamers who desire to have the ultimate gaming experience.  

Coming in at a much cheaper price of RM2099 for the GTX 1070 GameRock Standard Edition and RM3280 for the GTX 1070 GameRock Premium Edition, Palit GameRock series graphics cards comes with 8-phase power design, better cooling performance, better out of the box performance, and of course, a new look after all these years. 

June 27, 2016

ASUS Republic of Gamers Concludes ROG Malaysia League of Legends Champions Cup 2016

By: Low Chern Lin


ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) in collaboration with Garena, held the first ever ROG Champions Cup (League of Legends) on 25th June 2016 at Sunway Pyramid Ice Rink. The event was an incredible success with great turn-out and support from about 1,500 passionate ROG and League of Legends fans that registered. 

After 2 months of qualifying rounds for participating 149 teams, the grand final was the best of 5 rounds for the final 2 teams, “Missing in Action” and “Raiding Squad”, where both battled for the top spot in the League of Legends (LoL). Throughout the game, there were plenty of exciting moments of in-game champions slaughtering each other, and certainly the crowd got a powerful game performance from the teams.

In the end, team “Missing in Action” won the grand final with a leading score of 3 – 1 and walked away with the tournament grand prize – RM 5,000 cash and 5 units of ROG G752VT Gaming Laptop for the winning team members. As for the runner-up, team “Raiding Squad”, the team members each won RM 3,000 cash and Nomad Gaming Backpack, GX1000 Gaming Mouse + GM50 Gaming Mouse Pad.

For more information on the event, please visit lol.garena.com/rogchampionscup/index.html


#JoinTheRepublicMY
ROG Champions Cup - Winning Teams
Team Position
State
Team Name
1st Place
Kuala Lumpur
Missing in Action
2nd Place
Penang
Raiding Squad
3rd Place
Pahang
SADES eSports T1
4th Place
Malacca
Mephistopheles
5th to 8th Place
Johor
NoSyStem.
Sabah
Solidarity
Penang
McD
N. Sembilan
Asus Master Race


June 25, 2016

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Review

By: Low Chern Lin



NVIDIA's Pascal architecture GPU is deemed as the new king in the game due to its greatly improved performance over both GTX 980Ti and GTX Titan X which was once deemed to be the best at the time. The newly designed cooler with that low poly art like geometric sculpture with a mix of futuristic accent is named as the 'Founders Edition', a new term for NVIDIA's reference design graphics card has gained quite a few attention from enthusiasts who are really into the reference cards. 

As what NVIDIA has announced during the launching of both GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition will be retailing at $399 or approximately RM2399 after GST. There are lower cost alternatives from the AiB partners like ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, EVGA, Palit and more that goes as low as RM1999, but hey, a reference card isn't really that bad - let's see how well will it perform!

(The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition retails at $399 or approximately RM2399 after GST)

June 24, 2016

CORSAIR Lights Up DDR4 with New Vengeance LED Performance Memory

By: Low Chern Lin


Corsair®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the immediate release of its new Vengeance LED series of performance DDR4 memory.

Unmistakable thanks to its brilliant LED-lit top bar and aggressively styled aluminum industrial design, Vengeance LED is optimized for maximum performance on the latest Intel® X99 and 100 series motherboards. Available in both red LED and white LED variants, Vengeance LED lights up performance PC builds with bright integrated lighting designed to make your PC look as good as it runs, alongside blistering performance at frequencies up to 4,333MHz.

Vengeance LED’s stunning LED-lit top bar sets it immediately apart, providing the perfect mix of eye-catching brightness and aggressive styling. Available with either red or white LED lighting, each Vengeance LED DIMM’s LED top bar pulses to create an eye catching display. The result is a fantastic aesthetic designed to complement a wide variety of mid-range and high-end motherboards, graphics cards, and CORSAIR’s full range of cases, liquid CPU coolers, fans and power supplies.

Beneath the LED lighting Vengeance LED is the culmination of CORSAIR’s 20 years of DRAM experience. Each module is built using a ten-layer PCB for better signaling and usescarefully screened ICs for superior overclocking and reliability on the latest Intel® X99 and 100 series motherboards. Vengeance LED’s signature aluminum heat spreader ensures rapid heat dissipation to ensure cool and stable performance and each kit is fully XMP 2.0 compatible, allowing users to instantly set their memory to its specified speed and achieve the best possible performance and stability.

CORSAIR Vengeance LED launches today with a wide variety of capacities and speeds to provide users with a wealth of upgrade and PC building options. Available in 16GB 2 x 8GB module, 32GB 4 x 8GB/2 x 16GB module and 64GB 4 x 16GB module capacities, and frequencies from 2,666MHz to an astonishing 4,333MHz, Vengeance LED is ready to power everything from high-end content creation and 3D rendering work stations to the most ambitious of gaming systems. Kits running at 2,600MHz and 2,666MHz run at 1.2V, while kits at frequencies of 3,000MHz and higher run at 1.35V. All Vengeance LED memory is backed by CORSAIR’s lifetime DRAM warranty.


Availability
Vengeance LED in speeds of 2,600MHz – 3,600MHz will be available soon at Major Retail & Online Stores Nationwide, Exclusively Distributed by CUDO TECHNOLOGIES (M) SDN. BHD. in Malaysia.

Win A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 And Weekly Overwatch Game Codes

By: Low Chern Lin


The GeForce GTX 1080 hype has been going on for quite a while and those who have seen its performance have been craving for one since then. NVIDIA Malaysia today announced its 10 Perfected Challenge with a grand prize of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 2 x Overwatch game codes to be won every week during the contest period.

The requirements for the contest are pretty simple - all you need to do is submit a creative and original artwork depicting the number 10 to the contest page before the contest ends at 11:59:59 P.M. MYT on July 31, 2016 at the following link:

Main Link: http://goo.gl/URFDY0

Backup Link: https://goo.gl/fDIrjt 

*The link to the contest is open only for Malaysian but you can find similar contest happening very soon on the NVIDIA page in your region!*

June 23, 2016

ASUS Republic of Gamers Malaysia Announces Strix GeForce GTX 1080 At RM3619

By: Low Chern Lin


Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the immediate availability of Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 here in Malaysia. Strix GeForce® GTX 1080, an all-new VR-ready gaming graphics card with ultra-fast gaming performance, advanced cooling and reliability, and personalized styling. Powered by the latest NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 1080 graphics processing unit (GPU), clocked at 1936MHz in OC mode, ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 delivers up to 6.5%-faster performance in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and 7.4%-faster gaming performance in Hitman™. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow for 30%-cooler and three-times (3X) quieter performance, and ASUS FanConnect, which features GPU-controlled fan headers for targeted supplemental cooling. Industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components ensures premium quality and reliability. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 enables complete gaming system personalization with Aura RGB Lighting. A VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports lets gamers always keep a virtual reality (VR) device connected to their system for immersive gaming anytime. It also includes GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.


Ultimate cooling: DirectCU III technology with patented wing-blade fans and ASUS FanConnect
ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is equipped with ASUS DirectCU III cooling technology, which features direct-GPU-contact heatpipes that transport more heat away from the GPU, outperforming reference designs and achieving up to 30% cooler gaming performance. DirectCU III technology includes triple 0dB fans, engineered with a patented wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and improves static pressure over the heatsink by 105%, while operating at three-times (3X) quieter volume than reference cards. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 also comes with ASUS FanConnect technology. When gaming, the GPU often runs hotter than the CPU, but chassis fans usually only reference CPU temperatures, resulting in inefficient system cooling. ASUS FanConnect solves this issue with two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers that can be connected to system fans to provide targeted supplemental cooling for optimal thermal performance.

Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components
All ASUS graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100%-automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality. Auto-Extreme technology ensures consistent graphics card quality as well as improved performance and longevity. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Super Alloy Power II components enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, reduce component buzzing by 50% while under full load, and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs for enhanced quality and reliability.


Game your way: Aura RGB Lighting and VR-friendly HDMI ports
ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 includes ASUS Aura RGB Lighting on both the shroud and backplate. This stunning illumination technology is capable of displaying millions of colors and six different effects for a totally personalized gaming system. ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 also has a VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports that let gamers connect a VR device and display at the same time, so they can enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences anytime without having to swap cables.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
Redesigned with an intuitive user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier than ever, while retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included one-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. The overlay also displays GPU clock speed, temperature, and VRM usage, and has GPU Tweak II controls, so gamers can choose a gaming profile and boost performance with just one click.


AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is now available in Malaysia with MSRP as following : 
  • ROG STRIX-GTX1080-O8G-GAMING : RM 3779
  • ROG STRIX-GTX1080-8G-GAMING : RM 3619

Unboxing & Review: Fractal Design Define Nano S

By: Low Chern Lin



Fractal Design's Define chassis is renown for its minimalistic Scandinavian design, especially for both its Define R4 and R5, which has been a popular choice among minimalist PC enthusiasts community. Define S and Define Nano S is introduced this year as the new successor of the Define series chassis and with many thanks to Fractal Design and Sun Cycle Malaysia, we'll be looking at the Define Nano S in today's review.



The Define Nano S is Fractal Design's latest offering for mini ITX form factor motherboard and as what the company claimed, provides excellent support AIO liquid coolers and custom water cooling kit.



(The Fractal Design Define Nano S retails at RM339)


Specifications

Unboxing



Fractal Design has been shipping their PC cases in the environmental friendly cardboard box with the line art and anatomy of the case itself can be seen on the box over the years and that goes the same for the Define Nano S.






The protective measures are well taken as we can see that the Define Nano S comes flanked in between 2 pieces of foam to absorb any potential impact that could damage the case during shipping.





The sexy obsidian like and minimalist design characteristics of Fractal Design's Define series cases has been a favorite of PC enthusiasts who love minimalist PC cases.


Although the front panel of the Define Nano S is made of plastic, Fractal Design gave it a classic brushed metal texture finish on the front panel which heightened the aesthetic in overall.


Fractal Design has included a thick noise dampening material under the front panel to cancel out the noise caused by fan turbulence to mechanical vibration, produced by the front panel fan for a quieter operation. Do bear in mind that dead silent operation is not guaranteed though, as there will still be noise leaked through the intake vents on both sides of the front panel.


Upon removing the front panel, you'll find a large piece of dust filter attached to the front of the case and by removing the dust filter, you'll find the mount for front intake fans or a 240mm / 280mm radiator.


At the front I/O panel, you'll get the standard audio jacks for both microphone and headset, 2 x USB 3.0 port, power button and reset button.




The top of the case comes with a removable panel covered with noise dampening material to keep the noise level down to minimal.


Need some beefy water cooling setup with 240mm radiator, 360mm radiator or perhaps 280mm radiator? That's definitely not a problem for the Define Nano S. Fractal Design is one of the company that is aware of memory clearance issue, as the top mounting were made to have distance between the inner section of the mounting holes and motherboard tray for that additional clearance for tall memory kit., thumbs up for Fractal Design!


Another dust filter can be found at the bottom of the case, one which is long enough to cover the entire bottom part of the case to minimize dust intake.


Case feet with shiny metal ring is an additional point to the aesthetic, especially if it's a minimalist case like the Fractal Design Define series case, Nanoxia Deep Silence series, etc.


At the back of the case, you'll find the lovable thumb screws, 2 x PCIe expansion slot and a 120mm case fan installed. The slidable fan mount is a good design that allows you to easily make space / clearance for a radiator at the top.






The inside of the Nano S is surprisingly spacious for a chassis made for ITX form factor motherboard, capable of holding a graphics card of 315mm in length, a water cooling kit with 240mm radiator.






The Nano S as you can see here, fits only an ITX form factor motherboard and it has the stand-offs pre-installed for the ease of installation.


You'll also find these rubber grommets to keep cable management clean and well hidden, cutout for 


The removable drive mount included, which you can mount a 3.5" or 2.5" drive with ease.


There are also modular pieces of 2.5" HDD/SSD and 3.5" HDD mount available behind the motherboard tray, in case if you need more storage for your system. - Fractal Design got your back. 


The pre-installed velcro straps here gives you the freedom to route your cables any time you want without having to go through the trouble to unhook those zip ties that usually comes with a conventional PC case.


There's plenty of spaces behind the motherboard tray and the rest is assured, you'll definitely won't be having any cable management issue even with a non-modular power supply.



We can actually see that there's still some spaces for another 240mm radiator at the top of the case after a Bykski 240mm radiator water cooling kit is installed.

Performance Test
Test Rig Configuration
CPU Cooler
Bykski Watercooling Kit with 240mm radiator
CPU
I7 4790K
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC
Motherboard
Gigabyte H87N-Wifi
Memory
Kingston Savage DDR3 16GB kit
Primary Hard Drive
Crucial M500 120GB
Power Supply
SilverStone ST60F-P 600W PSU
Chassis
Fractal Design Define Nano S
Display Monitor
Dell U2312HM


Moving on to the performance test, we ran a few stress test with the setup that we've prepared as above. These involves the CPU stress test utility Prime95 with the option 'In-place large FFTs' while GPU stress test utility FurMark with its Furry Donut stress test for maximum heat output from both the CPU and GPU. 


Verdict
While the Fractal Design Define Nano S does actually offers a decent cable management feature and support for watercooling kit, the choice of reservoir of the water cooling kit used is something you mustn't overlook if you're planning to build a watercooled system with the Define Nano S. In our case, the cylindrical reservoir from the Bykski watercooling kit that we use affected the clearance for graphics card in which, limits the choice of graphics card for the system. 

Noise cancellation is another feature of the Define Nano S which Fractal Design has done a really good job in, but just like most silent chassis we've seen to date, some sacrifice on the cooling performance is unavoidable.

For what the Fractal Design Define Nano S can offer, RM339 is definitely a steal and we find no reason to not recommend it to the SFF enthusiasts who are really into liquid cooled mini ITX system. 

Pros
  • Very reasonable price
  • Simple and sleek design
  • Good features and build quality
  • Good hardware compatibility
  • Good cable management design
  • Good noise dampening feature
  • Reasonable support for water cooling setup
Cons
  • Graphics card compatibility affected by the choice of reservoir 
 

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