Fractal Design Define Mini C Windowed Edition Review

Fractal Design Define Mini CHoney, I think we shrunk the Define R series. Swedish case manufacturer Fractal Design has been noted as the tiny company that goes toe to toe with the big case manufacturers and comes out ahead. With an impressive functionality to cost ratio, Fractal’s cases are always a constant presence among PC enthusiasts, modders and even large YouTubers. Since their introduction to the Define series in 2013, Fractal has tweaked the base design expanding it or reducing its form factor to fit the needs of the community. Fractal’s newest edition to the Define series, the Define Mini C, continues the tradition; featuring the same classic exterior, but with a few alterations to the interior to accommodate the mATX form factor.

Review Sample Provided by: Fractal Design
Product Name: Define Mini C-Windowed Edition
Price at time of review: $ $74.99 Solid Panel/ $79.99 Window Panel USD USD
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

To save cost, Fractal ships the Design Mini C in a bare cardboard box with black printing. The box features a list of specifications, a three quarter view on the front of the case and isometric exploded view of the chassis at the back.

To secure the case during transport, Fractal uses two dense pieces of Styrofoam. The Styrofoam pieces are fitted to the chassis with a clear plastic bag that prevents scuffing to the exterior panels. Although I would always prefer to see foam pieces used as they are less likely to transfer shock during shipping to the chassis. However the use of foam over Styrofoam is an increased cost that would transfer to the customer.

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Included with the Define Mini C, is a small white accessory box, that holds zip ties, motherboard stand offs, a hex adapter and several types of screws.

Specifications

ColorBlack
Drive Bay Capacity2x 3.5″ HDD (2.5 Compatible)
Expansion Slots5 PCI
Motherboard CompatibilityMicro ATX, ITX
Front I/O2x USB 3.0, Audio In/Out, Power, Reset Buttons
PSU CompatibilityMax Length 175mm
GPU CompatibilityMax Length 315mm
CPU Cooler CompatibilityMax Length 168mm
Case Dimensions210x399x399mm

Cooling System

Front1x Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12 Fan Included
2x 120 or 2x 140mm Fans Supported
Top2x 120mm or 140mm Fans Supported
Rear1x Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12 Fan Included
1x 120mm Fan Support
Bottom1x 120mm Fan Support
Dust FiltersFiltered Intakes in Front Panel
Filtered Fan Slot and PSU Intake on Bottom Panel
Optional Top Fan Filter Included
Water Cooling CompatibilityFront- Up to 240mm/280mm Radiator
Top- Up to 240mm Radiator
Rear- 120mm Raditor

 

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