Monday, September 24, 2018
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Fractal Design Define Mini mATX Case Review

Not that long ago we took a look at our first case from Fractal Design, the Arc Midi Tower and were very impressed.  It seems the Swedish case maker has really been making great headlines over the past few months and we are excited to take a look at our second case from them the Define Mini, which is a mATX case.  This case combines stylish, contemporary design with maximum functionality and noise absorbing features.  Let’s take a look and see if Fractal Design has another winner here.

Special thanks to Fractal Design for providing us with the Define Mini mATX Case to review.

Key features

  • Stunning front panel design
  • Patent pending ModuVent™ design, allowing the user to either have optimal silence or optimal airflow
  • Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing material
  • 6(!) white painted HDD-trays, with silicone mounting
  • A total of 6 fan slots (2x120mm in front, 1x 120/140mm in top, 1x120mm in back, 1x 120/140mm in side panel, 1x 120mm in bottom)
  • Two120mm Fractal Design 120mm fans included
  • Fan controller for 3 fans included
  • Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
  • USB3 support in the front panel
  • Excellent cable routing and cable routing covers
  • Supports graphic cards with lengths up to circa 400mm when upper HDD bay is removed
  • Extra, vertically mounted expansion slot, suitable for fan controllers or non-input expansion cards

Cooling system

  • Fan controller for 3 fans included
  • 1 rear Fractal Design 120mm @ 1200rpm included
  • 1 front Fractal Design 120mm @ 1200rpm included
  • 1 front 120mm fan (optional)
  • 1 top 120/140mm fan (optional)
  • 1 bottom 120mm fan (optional)
  • 1 side panel 120mm/140mm fan (optional)

Specifications

  • 6x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
  • 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
  • On top of front panel: 2x USB2, 1x USB3 and Audio I/O
  • Removable filter below PSU (No PSU included)
  • M/B compatibility: Mini ITX and Micro ATX
  • 4+1 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
  • Supports graphic cards with lengths up to ca 260mm when removable HDD-bay is in place
  • Supports graphic cards with lengths up to ca 400mm when HDD-bay is removed
  • Supports CPU coolers with height of ca 160mm
  • Supports PSU’s with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU’s, typically 200-220mm.
  • Case size (WxHxD): 210x395x490mm
  • Net weight: 9,50 kg

Packaging
To give you a good idea of how the Define Mini comes and to give you a brief overview of the case check out our unboxing video below.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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