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Fractal Design Era ITX

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Fractal Design has built a reputation for manufacturing high-quality black box computer cases.  Their Define series has been praised highly by both reviewers and users, and their Node 202 case is a staple of the ultra-compact ITX market.  Fractal Design is launching the Era ITX, a case that combines the widest color selection of any case in Fractal’s lineup with brand new styling and a feature formerly found only in boutique custom cases.  With its small footprint, sweeping curves, screw-less side panels, and interchangeable top panel, the Era looks poised to define a new age in Fractal’s history.  So is the Era a revolution, or a dud?  Let’s find out.

 

Review Sample Provided By: Fractal Design
Product Name and Website: Fractal Design Era ITX
Product was given in exchange for work to produce review.

 

Specifications

MaterialsAluminum, Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass, Oak, Walnut
Front PanelSandblasted anodized aluminum
Side PanelsSandblasted anodized aluminum with mesh air filters
Top Panel OptionsTempered glass (available on most models)

White Oak (silver model only)

Walnut (titanium gray model only)

Steel mesh (included with all models)

Bottom PanelSatin-finished plastic
ChassisPowder-coated steel
Dust FiltersTop, Bottom, Sides
Color OptionsSilver, Titanium Gray, Carbon (black), Gold, Cobalt (blue)
Front Ports1x USB 3.1 type C

2x USB 3.0 type A

1x audio headphone/microphone combo jack

Dimensions325 mm (L) x 240 mm (W) x 310 mm (H)

12.80″ (L) x 6.54″ (W) x 12.2″ (H)

Weight4.02 kg / 8.86 lbs (carbon, gold, cobalt)

4.13 kg / 9.10 lbs (silver, titanium grey)

 

Compatibility

Motherboard CompatibilityMini ITX, Mini DTX
Max Cooler Height120 mm / 4.72″ without side-mounted 3.5″ HDD

91 mm / 3.58″ max with 3.5″ HDD

70 mm /  2.76″ recommended with 3.5″ HDD

Max GPU Length295 mm / 11.61″ or less  (see chart below)
Max GPU Width125 mm / 4.92″
Max GPU Thickness2 slot
Power Supply TypeSFX, SFX-L, ATX
Power Supply Max Length200 mm / 7.87″
Expansion Slots2
Drive Bays1x 3.5″ or 2x 2.5″ on side tray

1x 3.5″ on power supply bracket (not compatible with ATX power supplies)

Total Fan Support5
Top Fans2x 120 mm
Rear Fans1x 80 mm (preinstalled)
Bottom Fans2x 140 mm (without 2 slot GPU)
Top Radiator Support2x 120 mm
Radiator Max Width125 mm / 4.92″
120 mm Radiator Max Thickness67 mm / 2.64″ including fans
240 mm Radiator Max Thickness(see chart below)

 

PSU TypePSU LengthGPU LengthMax 240 mm Radiator Thickness (25 mm thick fans)
SFX100 mm / 3.94″<= 295 mm / 11.61″38 mm / 1.50″
SFX-L130 mm / 5.12″< 210 mm / 8.27″38 mm / 1.50″
<= 295 mm / 11.61″N/A (120 mm radiators only)
ATX140 mm / 5.51″< 190 mm / 7.48″38 mm / 1.50″
<= 295 mm / 11.61″N/A (120 mm radiators only)
150 mm / 5.91″< 190 mm / 7.48″38 mm / 1.50″
<= 295 mm / 11.61″N/A (120 mm radiators only)
160 mm / 6.30″< 190 mm / 7.48″38 mm / 1.50″
<= 295 mm / 11.61″N/A (120 mm radiators only)
170 mm / 6.69″< 190 mm / 7.48″28 mm / 1.10″
<= 295 mm / 11.61″N/A (120 mm radiators only)
>= 180 mm / 7.09″< 190 mm / 7.48″N/A (120 mm radiators only)

 

Included Accessories

Top Panel1x Tempered Glass Panel

1x Steel Mesh Panel

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Brendan Shroyer

A lover of unusual tech products and unconventional mods, Brendan loves experimenting with new parts and materials. When he isn't working on a computer, Brendan also builds guitars and works as a stage hand at the local amphitheater.

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