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Fractal Design Era ITX

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Fractal Design Era ITX EraITX Iso Right Silver 3000Fractal 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

Materials Aluminum, Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass, Oak, Walnut
Front Panel Sandblasted anodized aluminum
Side Panels Sandblasted anodized aluminum with mesh air filters
Top Panel Options Tempered glass (available on most models)

White Oak (silver model only)

Walnut (titanium gray model only)

Steel mesh (included with all models)

Bottom Panel Satin-finished plastic
Chassis Powder-coated steel
Dust Filters Top, Bottom, Sides
Color Options Silver, Titanium Gray, Carbon (black), Gold, Cobalt (blue)
Front Ports 1x USB 3.1 type C

2x USB 3.0 type A

1x audio headphone/microphone combo jack

Dimensions 325 mm (L) x 240 mm (W) x 310 mm (H)

12.80″ (L) x 6.54″ (W) x 12.2″ (H)

Weight 4.02 kg / 8.86 lbs (carbon, gold, cobalt)

4.13 kg / 9.10 lbs (silver, titanium grey)

 

Compatibility

Motherboard Compatibility Mini ITX, Mini DTX
Max Cooler Height 120 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 Length 295 mm / 11.61″ or less  (see chart below)
Max GPU Width 125 mm / 4.92″
Max GPU Thickness 2 slot
Power Supply Type SFX, SFX-L, ATX
Power Supply Max Length 200 mm / 7.87″
Expansion Slots 2
Drive Bays 1x 3.5″ or 2x 2.5″ on side tray

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

Total Fan Support 5
Top Fans 2x 120 mm
Rear Fans 1x 80 mm (preinstalled)
Bottom Fans 2x 140 mm (without 2 slot GPU)
Top Radiator Support 2x 120 mm
Radiator Max Width 125 mm / 4.92″
120 mm Radiator Max Thickness 67 mm / 2.64″ including fans
240 mm Radiator Max Thickness (see chart below)

 

PSU Type PSU Length GPU Length Max 240 mm Radiator Thickness (25 mm thick fans)
SFX 100 mm / 3.94″ <= 295 mm / 11.61″ 38 mm / 1.50″
SFX-L 130 mm / 5.12″ < 210 mm / 8.27″ 38 mm / 1.50″
<= 295 mm / 11.61″ N/A (120 mm radiators only)
ATX 140 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 Panel 1x 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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