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Fractal Design Define Mini Mini-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 10:28 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Inside the Define Mini

 

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Inside of the left panel you get to see the soundproofing used that goes as far as possible to the edges without causing issues with the panels fit. The ModuVent panel is removable and under it the soundproofing is cut away to allow a fan to be installed. The right side panel looks just like this minus the ModuVent panel - it's completely covered.

 

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Looking inside the Define Mini, you can tell the case is definitely shorter than most, but the white on black theme continues with Fractal Design. I would also like to point out the hardware in the hard drive bays as the black box is rather inconspicuous there.

 

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The pair of 5.25" bays are not tool-less as far as fancy latches go, but do use thumbscrews to mount devices here, so it isn't a complete pain to get them installed. The bottom bay has the tray for a floppy drive adapter mounted in it that we saw when I opened the door and removed the cover on the front.

 

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If you leave the chassis as it is shipped to you, you have the option to install up to six storage drives in any combination of 3.5" or 2.5" drives in the while trays. The thumbscrews above and below the top section alludes that the section is removable.

 

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Removing the screws allows you to slide the top section out and make room for much longer video cards and with the cage out of the way, the cards get direct injection from the 120mm intake fan.

 

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The motherboard tray is pretty well laid out. It offers six locations to pass wiring and each of those holes has a grommet in it to take thing to that next level. Along with ten supplied places to tie wires too, there is quite a large hole behind the CPU for such a small case.

 

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Inside the back of the Mini there is the eleven blade fan installed and the 4+1 slot configuration that allows for an additional slot for the fan controller if your board will do multi video cards within the first four slots. Otherwise use it for whatever you want, like lights.

 

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Behind the tray there is 25mm of room except where the left edge of the tray meets the drive area. There is a bend of the steel that does limit the depth here a few millimeters, but there is plenty of room to work around any issues with wiring here.

 

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The cabling is quite long and includes native USB 3.0 and a dual USB 2.0 connection along with the HD Audio/AC'97, power LED, reset and the power button connections.

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    Response:
    At Fractal Design, our mission is to deliver products with an extraordinary design level, without compromising the important factors of quality, functionality and value. The MSRP of the Define Mini is $99USD as compared to the Define R3's MSRP of $109USD. Our partners have the flexibility to determine product pricing as well as shipping costs on Fractal Design products as it relates to their market and customer base. As such, product pricing can differ and may at different times may be priced either greater or less than MSRP. The current pricing on the Define Mini as of 4/25/2012 on Newegg is $99USD with $9.99 shipping and can be found at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352011.

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