Come to think of it, it has been quite some time since we have seen a PC
enclosure that truly blew us away. Thermaltake
's Level 10 will always
hold a special place in our hearts, but outside of that, the custom
enclosure market has been a little more quiet than usual. Thankfully,
Fractal Designs is kicking the new year off with a bang. The new Define
Mini is a smaller version of the Define R2/R3 case. This is a Micro-ATX
version, meant to satisfy the needs of PC builders with minimal space to
give up. It's also focused on keeping noise to a minimum, so it may be
better suited as an HTPC than a gaming rig.
There's a patent pending feature that stands out: ModuVent. This allows
you to choose whether to have fan slots in side and top panels open or
not, which makes the case appealing for users seeking optimal silence,
as well as the performance hungry ones. The outside is obviously a sleek
black hue, and it's equipped with dense noise absorbing material on the
side panels. You can also fit up to six HDDs in here, so it may just be
the perfect server box with flair. The rest of the specifications are
below, but unfortunately no price is given.
Launch of Define mini - A new generation of style!
As the name implies, Define Mini is the smaller sibling of the acclaimed and award winning Define R2/R3 case. Being a Micro ATX version of Define R2/R3, it offers a number of interesting functions with a very stylish appearance. It’s a case focused on low noise level, without neglecting other important features such as cooling, expandability and ease of use. The Define Mini excels in including a lot of features in a small size!
The Define series is reaching new heights in combining stylish, contemporary design with maximum functionality and noise absorbing features. The minimalistic, yet stunning front panel design, fitted with noise absorbing material on the inside, creates an aura of exclusivity.
The patent pending feature ModuVent™, in which you can choose whether to have fan slots in side and top panels open or not, makes the case appealing for users seeking optimal silence, as well as the performance hungry ones.
The sleek black interior is matched with pre-fitted, dense noise absorbing material on the side panels, efficiently absorbing noise and vibrations. You can fit an astonishing total of six(!) hard drives into this case, using the user friendly HDD-trays. All painted in a nice white color and using black silicone mounts. PSU is mounted in the bottom of the case, with a convenient pull-out filter beneath it.
Are you one of those users always ending up with a case full of tangled cables? No more. The Define Mini offers a convenient and good looking way of hiding them away. The motherboard has rubber covered holes in which you can easily route the cables behind the motherboard.
§ 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
§ 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
§ No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
§ 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 165mm
§ Supports PSU's with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location.