For those of you who have been around for a while, you will most likely know that I have had a thing for small form factor builds going back before small form factor builds were a thing. We did our Lunchbox build series starting 14 years ago when we were building in a Shuttle. The options for compact builds with video cards have improved significantly over the years and a few companies have played big roles in that including Fractal with their Node 202 which helped bring the “console” form factor into the mainstream with a reasonably priced case option. Well, the Fractal Ridge is the first time that Fractal has been back to that form factor and while I am late to the party, I’m excited to see what they have changed. Especially now with PCIe 4.0 risers being available which address compatibility issues that some people ran into. So let's dive into the Ridge and see what it is all about and build a system in it to get the full experience.

Product Name: Fractal Ridge

Review Sample Provided by: Fractal

Written by: Wes Compton

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Color Options

White and Black

Dedicated 2.5" drive mounts

4x included, 4x positions total

Expansion slots


Front interface

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Combo jack – Audio/Microphone, power button, power LED

Total fan mounts

2x 120/140 mm and 3x 80 mm

Side fan

2x 120/140 mm (2x PWM Aspect fan 140 mm included)

Top fan

3x 80 mm (not included)

Cable routing space

13,8 mm (behind PSU)

Tool-less slide with thumbscrew lock

Side panels

Captive thumbscrews

Side panels

Left side panel


Right side panel



Motherboard compatibility

Mini ITX

Power supply type


Side radiator

120 mm when ≤175mm long GPUs are installed (280 mm without GPU)

PSU max length


GPU max length

325 mm with SSD installed. 335 mm without SSD installed.

GPU max height

125 mm with top fan(s) installed, 137 mm without top fans

GPU max thickness

57 mm with 2x 140 mm fans installed, 82 mm without side fans

CPU cooler max height

70 mm


Case dimensions

Vertical: 374 x 110 x 395 mm

Horizontal: 360 x 375 x 115 mm

Case dimensions w/o feet/protrusions/screws

355 x 95 x 375 mm

Net weight

4.3 kg

Gross weight

5.5 kg


12.6 liter


Package contents

Case, Accessory box, Manual


2 Years



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