Fractal Design Terra case test: a small case for big cards

Designed primarily for installing Mini-ITX gaming rigs, the small variable space computer case is made of anodized aluminum and decorated with a real walnut front panel. Thanks to the adjustable partition, the ratio of the internal space intended for the graphics card to the space defined for the processor cooler can be changed in the transverse direction.

After a break of approximately six months since the publication of the review of the non-traditional cabinet Ridge we can once again present to you the latest addition to the portfolio of computer cases of the renowned Swedish manufacturer Fractal Design in the Small/Compact size category. This category partly includes small cases with support for Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX size motherboards, but also compact case models with support for larger formats. The Terra cabinet tested today expands the manufacturer’s current offer in this category to a total of 29 cabinet models.

Fractal Design Terra

This time, the manufacturer is launching its new cabinet on the market with the slogan “Crafted to elevate”, something to the effect that this product was created to elevate. The manufacturer himself explains that Terra was developed with the aim of raising the level of the gaming experience on a small format computer set.

Fractal Design Terra is a compact SFF (Small Form Factor) format case, which, according to the manufacturer, was inspired by the homes of modern gamers. Personally, looking at the cabinet shapes, I think they got the most inspiration from their kitchens. Either way, the case is loaded with attractive design elements, such as panels cut from strong anodized aluminum, CNC milled parts, a panel made of solid walnut wood, or a PCIe generation 4.0 riser cable. A key feature is the sliding center partition, which provides the necessary flexibility to install a powerful graphics card up to 322 mm long.

Fractal Design Terra

Cabinet size categories:Compact SFF
Dimensions (depth x width x height):343 × 153 × 218 mm
Color variants:black, silver, green
Frame material (measured thickness):anodized aluminum sheet approx. 2 mm
Sidewall material (measured thickness):anodized aluminum sheet approx. 2 mm
Front material:anodized aluminum 8 mm
Supported board sizes:Mini-ITX
Number of 5.25″ positions:0
Number of 3.5” positions:0
Number of 2.5” positions:2x internal
Maximum length of water cooling radiators:120 mm
Position for fans:1× 120 mm on the bottom
Standard fitted fans:0
Connectors on the front panel:1× USB 3.0, 1× USB 3.1 Type-C
Maximum height of CPU cooler:77 mm
Maximum length of the graphics card:322 mm (max. height 145 mm, width 72 mm)
Maximum length of power supply:130 mm SFX-L
Case weight:3,1 kg

From the enclosed letter from the developers, we learn that four of them are avid PC gamers who use assemblies built into small SFF-format cabinets to play. Therefore, they were happy to be able to participate in the development of the Terra cabinet and apply their experience here. Whether they succeeded, we will judge for ourselves in the following chapters.

The Fractal Design Terra case is produced in three color variants, namely graphite black, silver and a very interesting light green. For today’s test, I deliberately chose the green option, which is really unconventional.


The tested cabinet was packed in a small box made of natural cardboard with a minimalist monochrome print. The color variant of the cabinet is indicated by a paper sticker on one of the sides of the box.

In accordance with the principles of sustainability, the cabinet in a box is protected by moldings made of recyclable paper. Instead of plastic, it was packed in a fabric bag made of natural fiber.

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