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
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
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.