Fractal Ridge

Fractal Ridge is console layout Mini-ITX case at 12.6L in volume. The case uses steel construction and comes in black or white variants. The Ridge is priced at US$129 / £129 and is available from numerous retailers.

SPECIFICATIONS

MODELRidge
DIMENSIONS374×110×395.4mm (including case stand)
VOLUME12.6 Litres (excluding case stand)
MATERIALSSteel
CASE I/O– 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
– USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
– Audio/Microphone (combo jack)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORTMini-ITX
CPU COOLER CLEARANCE 70mm
EXPANSION SLOTS3
GRAPHICS CARD COMPATIBILITY335×82x137mm (L×W×H)
RISER CABLEPCIe 4.0 (included)
LIQUID COOLING SUPPORT 120mm (w/ 175mm GPU) / 280mm (without GPU)
POWER SUPPLY SUPPORT SFX / SFX-L
CASE FANS SUPPORTED – Top: 3x 80mm (125mm GPU height with 15mm thick fans)
– Side: 2x 120/140mm (57mm GPU thickness thickness with 25mm thick fans)
2.5″ / 3.5″ DRIVES SUPPORTED4x 2.5″

BUILD #1

MOTHERBOARDRog Strix B650E-I Gaming WiFi (paid link)
CPUR7 7800X3D (paid link)
CPU COOLERNoctua NH-L12S (paid link)
GPURTX 4080 Super FE (paid link)
PSU Extreme 850R / Corsair SF750 (paid links)
CABLESUnsleeved (CableMod)
RAM32GB Gskill S5 DDR5, 6000MHz, CL30 (paid link)
STORAGE1TB + 2TB NVME (paid links)
CASE FANSN

CONCLUSIONS

We found that the Fractal Ridge wasn’t particularly effective at cooling with built-up hardware. Large graphics cards restrict the use of top case fans and GPU side intake fans. The case basically becomes a heat trap. This is very evident with CPU cooling performance. It’s still capable enough to remain relatively quiet and keep high-end components within very acceptable temperature ranges. For CPU cooling, the NH-L12S cooler is by far the best solution. It has noticeably less turbulence than other 70mm alternatives, thanks to the fan being located under the cooler heatsink. On a more positive note, the Ridge is widely available, reasonably priced, and will beautifully fit into most setups. While it’s arguably the best console layout ITX case, we do wish it was a little more condensed to reduce the overall size.