Fractal Design has shown that they are one of the top brands in PC case design, winning multiple awards over its 25+ year tenure. In addition, they have recently released a new case called Focus G, and it is worth testing out for any PC enthusiasts.

Fractal Design is no stranger to creating some of the most remarkable high-end gaming cases available today. But, on the other hand, the people at Fractal have chosen a somewhat different approach with the Focus G than we’re accustomed to.

The Fractal Design Focus G is the most affordable gaming case on the market, and the price reflects the build quality and features. However, Focus G’s price/performance ratio sheds a bright light on it, and it might be an excellent alternative for someone trying to construct a cheap gaming PC.

Of course, you won’t get all of the bells and whistles that come with a premium case like the Define S2, but you will get fantastic design features and sturdy build quality.

Let’s not spend any more time and go right to the point of this case’s advantages and disadvantages.

Specifications

Case Type Mid-Tower
Measurements (mm) Dimensions: 205 x 444 x 464 mm (W x D x H)
Materials Stainless steel and plastic
Available colors Black, white, blue, red, and gray are all colors that may be used.
Weight 4.5Kg
I/O panel in the front Reset, Power Stereo/mic input, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
Slots Horizontal: 7
Bays for driving 1 x 2.5in, 2 x 2.5in, 2 x 2.5in
Factor of Form ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX are all types of ATX motherboards.
Cooling (front, back, and top) Two front 120/140mm fans, one rear 120mm fan, 2 top 120/140mm fans, one bottom 120mm fan
Clearance for CPU cooling 165mm
GPU’s maximum length 380mm

Packaging & Contents

Fractal’s team recognizes the necessity of delivering items to consumers in the safest manner possible. So Fractal takes the same attention with their new flagship case as they do with a cheap favorite. The Focus G, like all of their casings, is encased in a thin layer of plastic to prevent scratches and scuffs. In addition, two substantial polystyrene blocks fit into either end of the case to provide even more protection.

The box itself is huge and constructed of double-walled cardboard for long-term durability. A schematic of the casing and a specification list of everything that comes inside is shown on the exterior. However, when you first open the package, you’ll discover that the viewing glass has an extra coating of sticky plastic on it that must be removed before usage.

The accessories box is located within the case and is a touch shabby, but what did we expect from a cheap case? The following things may be found within the accessories box:

  • Screws for making a stand-off
  • Zip ties
  • Thumbscrews
  • Fixing screws not included

Inside & Outside

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Overall

Unfortunately for the Focus G, we opted to place it next to Fractal Designs’ higher-end case selections after packaging. (Meshify S2 and Define S2)

It was apparent immediately that several corners had been cut to decrease the price as much as possible. You can detect the difference in class just by looking at them side by side. But, rather than comparing this to Fractal’s flagship cases, consider it objectively.

The rectangular form of the Focus G has been retained, as it has been in the past, by Fractal design. While some may find this dull, it can provide a clean and understated aesthetic that others may find appealing. The casing is mainly comprised of metal (thin steel), with a plastic edge around the front panel.

Overall, it’s not a bad-looking case, although it’s geared for budget PC builders. If you have any high-end hardware components, I wouldn’t recommend using this case to display them.

Fractal Design Focus G

Front & Rear

The mesh front, which Fractal claims boost airflow intake for maximum temperature regulation, is the first thing that hits me when looking at this case from the front. We’ll take it with a grain of salt for the time being.

The mesh on the front panel is interrupted by the two drive bay covers, which isn’t ideal. The logo is modest and located at the bottom of the case as if Fractal did not want you to know who created it.

To get to the front fans, pry the front panel off by lifting the bottom of the board with a lot of force. On the other hand, the clipping functionality seems quite sturdy, which is nice to see on a budget case. Because the I/O panel is not linked to the front panel, you may altogether remove it.

The back is quite ordinary, as you’d expect, and has much less functionality than Fractal’s higher-end cases. It offers seven expansion slots and plenty of mesh to help with ventilation.

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Panels on the sides

The construction materials are one area where Fractal has reduced prices so well. As previously mentioned, most of the casing is made of metal, including the backside panel. However, because of how thin Fractal opted to build it, it seems pretty fragile in terms of metal panels.

To give a little bit of elegance to the case, the primary front panel, as we’ll call it, has been built with viewing glass. It kind of works, but it’s still on a shoestring budget. It’s constructed of a thin metal frame and plastic that, in my experience, quickly becomes scratched and scuffed.

The panels do not have the same pop function as the other Fractal cases, instead of sliding and screwing into place. The thumbscrews are tough to operate and will almost certainly need a screwdriver. I’ve used this case a few times, and the bottom thumbscrew hole is already beginning to wear out. The main reason for this is that the gap is not correctly aligned with the side panel hole.

All this being said, if you compare this case with other’s in its price field, the Panels on the sides do offer a good bit of value respectively.

Fractal Design Focus G

Roof

The top panel, sometimes known as the roof panel, isn’t technically a panel at all. It’s just a piece of the chassis that can’t be taken apart or messed with. It does include some pre-drilled holes for extra fan installation, but I wouldn’t count on them to hold up over term.

The roof has a mesh inside to keep dust out, and it seems to do an excellent job as far as we can tell. The roof is rather weak, and it bends a lot under little pressure. Because it’s the same thickness as the rest of the shell, you’ll have a decent notion of what to anticipate from this case.

Interior

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If you look inside this case, you can see right away that room is going to be a problem if you want to add more radiators or fans. Even a hefty CPU cooler or GPU might cause issues.

The Focus G has a fairly open appearance, and you can see that wire management will be a problem. Although Fractal includes cable ties, there aren’t many places for the cords to hide, particularly if your budget construction includes a non-modular power supply.

The Bays for driving are well situated and the internal cover plate can be re-installed if you decided to break it off. Something you don’t usually see in budget cases. The hard Bays for driving are positioned in the bottom right of the case and can accommodate 3 at any one time.

The fans can only be removed from the front, not from the inside, which isn’t a major deal. However, since this case lacks a rear fan, you’ll need to shift one of the front fans to increase airflow.

The Screws for making a stand-off are not pre-installed in the Focus G so you’ll have to do that yourself. It’s a fairly simple task, but just be careful not to thread any of the holes in the process.

Given the low cost, we found it to be a rather simple process to construct the inside of this case. This is mostly due to the interior design. What it lacks in utility, it makes up for in practicality, particularly in terms of construction.

Features

The features and advantages of budget level cases are generally few and far between, as many will already know, and the Focus G is no exception. Having saying that, it does offer a few unique features that you don’t normally get in a comparable price range:

  • Plastic viewing window — While it may not be as elegant as a high-end, tempered glass gaming case, it does provide a function that few cases in this price range provide. The viewing window gives you a peek into your gaming setup. Although the viewing pane is plastic and susceptible to scratching and scuffing, it may be made to seem visually nice if done correctly.
  • 2 x Silent series LL 120mm LED fans- A lot of budget cases in this price range will NOT come equipped with fans. Luckily, the Focus G has you covered in this department. Two extremely quiet fans have been pre-installed to get you up and running right out the box.
  • Filtered design for increased airflow – Fractal has meticulously engineered grated parts of the chassis to enhance the amount of airflow it gets. Even in the most demanding conditions, you’ll be able to keep the hardware components as chilly as possible.
  • Vibration Dampened Bays for driving – A nice feature we found with this case is the vibration-proof Bays for driving which have been equipped to deter any hardware issues occurring down the line.

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Buildability

When it came to creating this thing, I was hesitant due to the room limitation and the components I intended to employ. However, it wasn’t quite as horrible as I had anticipated.

The standoff screws were easy to install and felt robust and secure. However, we saw areas that may become troublesome down the road when we screwed down our ATX motherboard. Cable management, for example, would be a less-than-pleasant process.

The PSU fits snugly and rested on plastic feet that, to be honest, didn’t provide much in the way of protection or stability. We utilized a semi-modular power supply for this construction, and you can see how many complications a non-modular power supply would cause.

Our GTX 1080 Ti fit in perfectly, but it took up a lot of room, so forget about water cooling in this case.

However, everything was easily accessible, and nothing needed overt force to slot into place. Even though wire management is complex, you can conceal everything under the motherboard plate and tidy things up using cable ties.

Because there are no grommeted holes in the casing, cable exposure is highest. Similarly, the PSU does not have a shroud. Therefore, it cannot be hidden.

Overall, the Focus G wasn’t a bad construction experience regarding budget instances. However, if you’re planning on expanding this case in the future, I’d suggest going with something somewhat larger to permit more cooling and maybe a larger GPU.

Conclusion

Giving a judgment, in this case, must be done from the standpoint of a budget PC builder trying to keep costs down. If you want to construct a powerful gaming PC, you should go elsewhere.

We believe the Focus G provides good value for money and has several unique features not seen in other similarly priced cases. The design is a little drab, but I can see how it may appeal to certain people. The functionality is decent, but the practicality is excellent given the price.

This case is worth considering if you want to create a low-cost gaming PC or a primary desktop workstation.

Fractal Design Focus G

Frequently Asked Questions

Does fractal design focus G come with fans?

A: Fractal Design Focus G comes with a fan.

Does the Fractal Design Focus g support micro ATX?

A: Unfortunately, the Fractal Design Focus g does not support an ATX motherboard. This is due to the smaller size of a micro-ATX form factor and limited compatibility with modern cases.

Are Fractal Design cases good?

A: Fractal Design cases are generally suitable for their intended use.

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