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Fractal Design Define Mini

Stylish case for many uses

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Author: Lauri Rahtu
Published: 08.08.2011
Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Product Group: Enclosures
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Fractal Design Define Mini - Stylish case for many uses
 

As the case is bundled with a fan controller, we ran the temperature tests with the controller at minimum- and maximum settings. The difference between these two tests was very small, as across the board the load temperatures only dropped by a single degree. The graphic card cooler is temperature controlled, so it hit the same 89 degree mark, but with the case fans at high setting the GPU-fan ran 600 RPM slower (2100 vs 2700 RPM).



Conclusion


PROS 
  • Design
  • Sound dampening
  • Cable management
  • 2-part HDD-cage
  • Dust filters

    CONS 
  • Plastic front panel
  • The door does not open all the way
  • Front fans' fan holders block the air flow
  • Front fans' dust filters are installed by screws
  • Award
    Gold Award!


    The Mini is a great addition to the product range of Fractal Design, they already had the hugely popular Define R3 and also the huge Define XL for people who need even more space, so it's only logical to address also the mATX-users out there. All the good features that earned the R2 and XL good scores in our reviews are still there in this smaller edition, it's very quiet, looks stylish, comes with affordable price tag and also keeps the components cool enough.

    If only they made that door open all the way and the dust filters easier to remove for cleaning it would be a case worth our Editors Choice badge, but even with those few problems it's still a product worth the Gold award.


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