Well I have to say that once again I am impressed by a Fractal Design case. When it comes to finding a mATX case there are not that many options that offer features like the Define Mini. Most mATX cases a cramped, have not room for storage and are horrible when it comes to cooling. The Define Mini excels on all of these points.
Let’s start with how much room is inside t he case. Even though this is a mATX case you have room for large power supplies, longer video cards and even water-cooling. We were able to install the Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler without any issues at all. On the back-side of the case you are able to route cables. Although the space was a little limited this is not something your normally see on mATX cases. The top hard drive cage can be removed so you can install longer video cards or even water-cooling.
Taking about the hard drive cages there are two that house a total of six hard drives. Most mid towers fit six hard drives so having that many in a mATX case is pretty awesome! You still have room for two optical drives or one optical drive and a 3.5-inch device.
Fractal Design has done a great job on cooling this case. You can install at total of six fans, two of which are included (1 front, 1 exhaust). Six fans is really a lot for a mATX case. If you don’t need a lot of cooling Fractal Design has their ModuVent™ design that covers the top and side panel with sound dampening material. Also both side panels and the front door have sound dampening material installed.
I think this case is perfect for a LAN gaming rig, it offers great cooling, tons of room inside and room for lots of storage. I can see many people using this case for their main system if they move over to the mATX form factor. Right now you can pickup this case at my favorite online retailer for $99, considering all of the features that is a great price. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Fractal Design Define Mini mATX Case a 9 out of 10 score.
- Fits up to 6 hard drives
- Can install up to 6 fans
- Fan controller included
- Internal USB 3.0 connector
- Room is a little tight behind the motherboard tray
Jul 08, 2014 0