Fractal Design Define Mini C Windowed Edition Review
Honey, 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.
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.
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.
|Drive Bay Capacity||2x 3.5″ HDD (2.5 Compatible)|
|Expansion Slots||5 PCI|
|Motherboard Compatibility||Micro ATX, ITX|
|Front I/O||2x USB 3.0, Audio In/Out, Power, Reset Buttons|
|PSU Compatibility||Max Length 175mm|
|GPU Compatibility||Max Length 315mm|
|CPU Cooler Compatibility||Max Length 168mm|
|Front||1x Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12 Fan Included
2x 120 or 2x 140mm Fans Supported
|Top||2x 120mm or 140mm Fans Supported|
|Rear||1x Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12 Fan Included
1x 120mm Fan Support
|Bottom||1x 120mm Fan Support|
|Dust Filters||Filtered Intakes in Front Panel
Filtered Fan Slot and PSU Intake on Bottom Panel
Optional Top Fan Filter Included
|Water Cooling Compatibility||Front- Up to 240mm/280mm Radiator
Top- Up to 240mm Radiator
Rear- 120mm Raditor