Launched just about 2 weeks ago, the Fractal Design Define C series continues the Define series’ tradition of being the casing of choice for silent PC but being a little smaller, optimized for more efficient use of space. With that, I now have the Fractal Design Define Mini C Micro-ATX added to my collection of Define series casing.
Now before I go into the review, let’s have a look at the features of the Define Mini C.
– Define Series sound dampening with ModuVent™ technology for silent operation in a compact micro ATX form factor
– Optimized for high airflow and silent computing
– Side and front panels are lined with industrial-grade sound dampening material
– Flexible storage options with room for up to 5 drives
– Comes with two preinstalled Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12 120 mm fans optimized to deliver maximum airflow while still maintaining a low noise level
– Equipped with 5 PCI expansion slots for powerful dual GPU setups.
– Open air designed interior creates an unobstructed airflow path from the front intake to the rear exhaust
– Easy-to-clean high airflow nylon filters on the front and base with full PSU coverage and front access for convenience.
– Includes optional top filter to prevent dust buildup when ModuVent is removed for additional fan slots.
– Power supply shroud conceals drive cage and excess cabling for an even quieter and cleaner looking interior free of airflow obstructions?
– Micro ATX and ITX motherboard compatibility
– 5 expansion slots
– 2 – 3.5″ HDD positions; 3 – 2.5″ dedicated SSD unit positions
– 6 – Fan positions (2 Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP12 120mm fans included)
– Filtered fan slots in the front, top and bottom (ejects from the front of the case)
– CPU coolers up to 168mm in height
– ATX PSUs up to 175mm deep
– Graphics cards up to 315mm in length with front fans mounted
– 15 – 35mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
– Velcro straps included for easy cable management
– Both side panels and rear HDD/SSD brackets feature smart captive thumbscrews
– Dense sound dampening material on front, left and right side panels
– ModuVent™ on top of case for further silent computing or additional ventilation
– Colours available: Black
– Case dimensions (LxWxH): 399 x 210 x 399 mm
– Case dimensions – with feet/protrusions/screws: 413 x 210 x 412 mm
Fan – Front: 2 – 120/140 mm fans (includes 1 Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP12 fan)
Fan – Rear: 1 – 120 mm fan (includes 1 Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP12 fan)
Fan – Top: 2 – 120/140 mm fan (not included)
Fan – Bottom: 1 – 120 mm fan (not included)
Radiator – Front – 280, 240, 140 and 120 mm. Max width 144 mm
Radiator – Top – 240 and 120 mm radiators. Max component height on motherboard 40mm
Radiator – Rear – 120 mm. Max width 125 mm
Radiator – Front interface
– 2x USB 3.0
– Audio in/out
– Power button with LED
– HDD activity LED
– Reset button
More details at the official product page.
OK with that done, let’s begin.
Starting from the top, the usual power, USB and audio jacks at the fron with the unmistakable ModuVent system from Fractal design that allows you multiple configuration on what happens at the top panel.
As with the ModuVent system, the panel comes with sound dampening material underneath, you get the idea what SILENT PC is all about when you using the Define series casing.
Unlike my previous experience with the Define series, Fractal Design surprised me this time as they now included a magnetically mounted dust filter for the top panel which I think is really sweet.
As for the front panel – it’s of Fractal Design’s signature design (no pun intended) with the removable front panel and a swing open dust filter.
The front panel comes with a single 120mm fan, the area supports up to 280mm radiator unit.
View from the rear, the section where I’m least descriptive.
As for the bottom, the Define Mini C isn’t a huge casing so the dust filter stretches from front to back.
On the next page we’ll explore the interior of the Define Mini C.