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Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am bringing you a review of the Fractal Design Focus G ATX PC case. This is a budget case but does it offer greater features and ease of use than the price tag presents? Well, let’s find out.
The Fractal Design Focus G ATX case that I will be reviewing is the gunmetal gray variant. This is a good-looking case, giving off a premium appearance at a budget price. This case can be found at a variety of retailers for around $50–$60. The case measures 205mm x 444mm x 464mm and features an acrylic side panel that will allow you to see all of your components inside. The Fractal Design Focus G comes in multiple colors and also comes with 2 white LED fans preinstalled in the front of the case. The case supports ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards with space for 6 total fans. There is a drive bay located in the bottom of the case that supports 2 drives of either 2.5 inches or 3.5 inches. There is also a location on the lower panel beneath the backside motherboard tray that is dedicated to a 2.5-inch drive as well.
Maximum graphics card length supported is 380mm and maximum CPU cooler height is 165mm. A 120mm radiator can be placed in the back, top, and front while a 240mm or 280mm radiator is supported in the top and front only. There is ample space for cable routing and cable management with 18-25mm behind the motherboard tray. The front I/O panel includes USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and audio jacks. Finally, there are dust filters in the front, top, and also in the bottom below the power supply.
My first impression of this case was that of surprise and amazement. The gunmetal gray color is fantastic and quite beautiful is a welcomed sight given the normal PC case colors. The case definitely does not feel budget and is very sturdy. The mesh front panel is perfect for this case and allows substantial airflow throughout the case. There is plenty of space inside to build as well. In this case, I placed my ASRock AB350 Fatal1ty ITX motherboard with my Ryzen 5 2600 CPU. The board gets engulfed by the shear size of the interior of this case. There is no power supply shroud which is not a big deal to me as I prefer this more open look. With this large open look and layout, you can see all of your internal components very easily through the large clear acrylic side panel window.
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Building in this case was a breeze with the large, open interior. The drive bay up top for 5.25 inch drives was completely out of the way and even though the drive bays at the bottom for 2.5/3.5 inch drives was not convenient for building, it did not cause any issue with the build. The motherboard and I/O shield went in extremely smoothly and was tightened in easily with the screws and standoffs included.
Moving the fans inside of the case was a breeze as well as I moved one of the included 120mm fans from the front intake position to the rear exhaust position. The most difficult part of building in this case was placing the 2.5 inch SSD on the backside of the motherboard tray which was completely my fault as I could not access the screw holes to mount them because I had installed the power supply already. This was easily remedied by removing the power supply, placing the SSD, and replacing the power supply.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Overall, this was a great case to build in and one of the best I have had the opportunity to build in yet. So far, in the cases I have built-in, I would say this was the 2nd easiest behind the Fractal Design Meshify C mini and just ahead of the Corsair 400C. I will update this review once I remove the mini-ITX build and place in a full ATX build as space will become a little less with the size of the full ATX motherboard. The case performs well and far better than the $50 price tag. The airflow is fantastic and kept the internals approximately 7% cooler on average than they were inside of the Fractal Design Node 202. I absolutely would recommend this case to anyone given its overall look, ease to build in, and quality. For $50, there is no other case on the market that can compete with this case.
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