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Fractal Design Torrent Compact Case Review

Fractal Design is a byword for premium quality and performance. They have one of the best reputations in the PC market, and while they do make other products, the bulk of that reputation was built upon their premium PC case designs. I’ve been a fan of Fractal for well over a decade, having deployed several of their cases in various builds over the years, spanning their early HTPC products to their flagship gaming cases. However, they’re also a brand that doesn’t flood the market with models, offering a fairly limited range compared to some of the big names in the business.

I loved their Torrent case when it launched last year, but if I had one issue with it, it was that it was a little too big for my liking. Thankfully, they’ve delivered a solution in the form of the Torrent Compact. Plus, if this is still too big for you, there’s the Torrent Nano, which is even smaller!

Fractal Design Torrent Compact

While this still has many of the high-end features of the Fractal Design Torrent, and for that matter, it looks broadly the same too, but it’s just been shrunk down to a more modest size. Don’t be fooled though, this is Fractal Design, and they tend to be larger than their rival cases to begin with. Even this one, ironically called the Compact still supports larger E-ATX motherboards, it has two 180mm fans in the front, and it’ll take up to a 360mm radiator. So yeah, Compact by name, but certainly not in any way limiting your hardware choices either. The fans are their flagship 180 x 38 mm Dynamic X2 PWM model, or if you get the RGB version of the case, they’re the Prisma ARGB PWM fans. The case also includes their latest Nexus 9P Slim PWM Fan Hub. Overall though, the feature list is extensive, and overall, this should make for one seriously awesome PC build.

Features

  • Open front grille and full-length base intake with 180 mm fan support
  • Fractal Design 180 x 38 mm Dynamic X2 PWM and Prisma AL PWM ARGB fans leverage power, size, and thickness for greatly enhanced air-moving capacity
  • Streamlined open interior with extra headroom for components and support for E-ATX motherboards up to 274 mm in width
  • Top mounted PSU compartment with aerodynamic shape and integrated ARGB effects (TG versions only)
  • Two 180 mm PWM fans preinstalled
  • Supports standard radiator sizes up to 360 or 280 mm in the front (using the included fan adapter brackets) and up to 240 or 280 mm in the base
  • Nexus 9P Slim PWM fan hub pre-installed
  • External cable tie-downs help manage the power cord and other cables on the rear exterior
  • GPU support bracket included
  • Integrated LED lighting (on TG versions) and Prisma ARGB fans use standard 5V RGB connectors for full software control on motherboards with addressable RGB support
  • Removable top bezel and cable guides with Velcro ties behind the motherboard plate
  • Vibration-damped HDD/SSD tray and three dedicated SSD brackets included
  • An additional 2.5” drive can be mounted to the underside of the HDD/SSD tray
  • Front and bottom dust filters easily accessible by removing the front panel
  • Seven bridgeless expansion slots ensure obstruction-free hookup
  • Built-in fill port with convenient top-panel access

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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