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Fractal Design Mood Case Evaluation


Assessment of the Fractal Design Feeling Chassis

Fractal Design has taken an unconventional approach with its latest Feeling case, starting with the unique choice of its name. In addition to assigning it a title, they have wrapped it in fabric, completely steering clear of tempered glass and RGB lighting. The outcome is a 20 litre Mini-ITX PC enclosure that hardly resembles a piece of tech. The sleek appearance earns it a place of honor on your work desk or somewhere within your living space.

Overview of Main Features

  • Discreet SFF case with a sliding textile cover
  • Supports GPUs up to 325 mm in length
  • Includes a large 180 mm fan
  • Tool-less removal of rear panel and casing
  • Water-cooling compatibility for radiators up to 280 mm
  • Compact footprint due to its slim design
  • Sliding textile cover allows for easy access to hardware
  • Accessible 2.5” SSD brackets with ball catches
  • Ability to install a 3.5” HDD
  • Removable dust filter (magnet-fastened on reverse/GPU side)
  • Front IO for convenient access
  • Multiple tie-points for simple cable routing

Specifications:

  • Supported Motherboard: Mini-ITX
  • Supported Power Supplies: SFX-L, SFX
  • Expansion Slots: 2
  • Included Fans: 1x 180mm top exhaust
  • Fan Mounts: 2x 120/140mm side, 1x 180mm top
  • Radiator Mounts: 240mm/280mm side
  • 5.25-inch Optical Drive Bays: None
  • Internal Drive Bays: 1x 3.5-inch, 2x 2.5-inch
  • Front I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0 5Gbps Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 2×2 20Gbps Type-C, audio
  • Dimensions: 453mm H x 212mm D x 212mm W

Performance Testing

To thoroughly evaluate the cooling performance of the Fractal Design Feeling case, we will be utilizing a test setup featuring an AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D processor, Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card, and an SSD. This configuration allows us to generate a significant amount of heat and effectively assess the cooling capabilities of the Fractal Design Feeling.

Test System:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D
  • CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Lumen S24 RGB
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte B650I Aorus Ultra
  • Memory: 32GB G.Skill Z5 Neo DDR5-6000
  • Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB
  • Power Supply: Seasonic Focus SPX 650W Platinum
  • SSD: Sabrent Rocket 4.0 M.2 NVMe
  • OS: Windows 11

Summary of Cooling Performance

The temperatures inside the Fractal Design Feeling case remain relatively low, despite the unconventional materials used and the compact size of the case. However, it is advisable for those interested in the Feeling case to opt for lower-power hardware to minimize both heat and noise levels.

Final Impressions

One notable aspect about the Fractal Design Feeling is its departure from the typical appearance of a PC product, only revealing its true nature when a mesh panel covering the graphics card is sighted at the rear.

Clearly tailored for individuals who prefer a more understated aesthetic without the glitz of tempered glass and RGB illumination in their living environment, this case is suited for them. Nonetheless, it presents a challenge. Imagine not being particularly fond of PC components and seldom assembling systems, only to be faced with a somewhat intricate 20-liter case that snugly accommodates the hardware.

We recommend that you arm yourself with the detailed Fractal user guide and a screwdriver and persist. Building the PC may take some time, but we are confident you will manage, and the final result will rightfully claim a spot on your dining table.

You can make a purchase of the Fractal Design Feeling for £149.99 HERE.

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Pros:

  • Stylish aesthetic
  • Comprehensive user manual
  • Minimalistic and clean design

Cons:

  • Restricted to a maximum of two-slot graphics card under 325mm
  • High price point
  • Limited to Mini-ITX and SFX power supplies

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