Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Tower

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Fractal Design Define Mini

December 6, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Fractal Design
Define Mini
microATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$100

We've recently seen an influx of interesting microATX cases, particularly from SilverStone and Lian Li, but the overall selection is still very poor, especially when it comes to towers. It's an unfortunate reality that you can have your pick of more than a dozen solid feature-rich ATX towers for US$100, while there might be only a couple of microATX models worth considering for the same price. We've always felt that microATX has been under-appreciated given how many high-end ATX builds have just a single hard drive and graphics card stuffed into a laughably big case — what a waste of space!


The package.

The Define R2/R3 ATX tower has been very successful, the flagship product of the fledgling Swedish manufacturer Fractal Design. We would describe it as a budget jack-of-all-trades type case with a classy minimalist look and silencing features reminiscent of the Antec P180. The Define Mini is essentially the microATX version, with only a few minor changes. There's a big hole in the microATX market for a simple chassis with all the trappings and conveniences of a modern ATX tower and the Define Mini might just fill it.


The Define Mini.

The Define Mini is truly, almost literally, a smaller version of the Define R3. From the outside it's difficult tell them apart — the R3 is two inches taller and one inch deeper and has two fan placements on the ceiling rather than one. The Mini is only available in black with no white, silver, or grey option at the moment. Inside, the case has space for four expansion slots, six hard drives, two optical drives, six fans (two included), and supports front USB 3.0.


Accessories.

Inside the accessory box we found a bag of screws and standoffs, an external 3.5" drive adapter, a pair of reusable zip-ties, and a a manual fan speed controller that fits in a PCI expansion slot, complete with a molex power cable and a three-way 3-pin fan splitter.

Fractal Design Define Mini: Product Details
(from the product web page)
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)
Two 120mm 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 bottom 120mm/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


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