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Fractal Design launches Define Mini case

Fractal Design launches Define Mini case

We can't deny that the Define Mini looks pretty adorable as far as cases go.

Fractal Design today announced the latest addition to its Define range of cases, the Define Mini, which is set to be the smallest case in the Define range. The case truly warrants the ‘Mini’ moniker too, with its dinky dimensions of 210 x 395 x 490mm (W x H x D). Altogether now - awww!

The Define Mini boasts compatibility with both micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, yet it still has a staggering total of six fan mounts, two of which come with fans fitted. It’s great to see so much cooling potential on offer in such a small case, although the full total of fans is likely to result in a lot of noisy turbulence. However, we won’t know for sure until we get to put one through its paces in our labs.

As the Mini is a part of Fractal’s Define range, it also features the same noise dampening side panels and ModuVent fan mount covers that we saw in the Define R3 and Define XL. These should help to keep a system mounted inside the Define Mini quiet, but also add a fair bit of weight – the Define mini weighs in at a relatively portly 9.5kg.

The Define Mini has a UK MSRP of £69.90 ($85.95) and should be available in the new year, although we’ve not had any news about stockists yet. Until then, you'll have to be content with pawing over the pictures below.

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Does the Define Mini look like a good home for a media PC, or even a small but quietly powerful LAN PC? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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FelixTech 31st December 2010, 10:40 Quote
How does this compare size wise with that 'Beast' PC Custom PC made?
Fingers66 31st December 2010, 10:47 Quote
Fractal Define Mini: 210 x 395 x 490mm (WxHxD)
Beast (Antec P180 Mini): 283 x 510 x 515 mm (WxHxD)

So smaller than the Beast all round.

The Define Mini looks great, can't wait for a review.
mi1ez 31st December 2010, 11:42 Quote
Nice looking case. Can't wait to see some numbers!
maximus09 31st December 2010, 12:01 Quote
SOLD! Will by this as soon as it comes out, thanks Fractal!
docodine 31st December 2010, 12:07 Quote
Looks like an improvement over the Mini P180 in every way.. It's a shame that the only way for me to get one is to order from Canada (Is NCIX still the only place selling Fractal Design products to Americans?)
HyBry 31st December 2010, 12:10 Quote
I am not fully sold that a full length GPU can fit there comfortably even after removing the top HDD cage.

But I am sure they have thought of that. Looking at it for a potential next upgrade.. :)
hbeevers 31st December 2010, 12:10 Quote
they know that cooling is an issue with small cases so they put in 6 fan mounts but i don't see any dust filters? If it's a bottom mounted PSU with no dust filter then they're mad.
Fingers66 31st December 2010, 12:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by HyBry
I am not fully sold that a full length GPU can fit there comfortably even after removing the top HDD cage.

But I am sure they have thought of that. Looking at it for a potential next upgrade.. :)

"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 "

Quote:
Originally Posted by hbeevers
they know that cooling is an issue with small cases so they put in 6 fan mounts but i don't see any dust filters? If it's a bottom mounted PSU with no dust filter then they're mad.

"No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)M/B compatibility: Mini ITX and Micro ATX "

Source: http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&prod=58
SlowMotionSuicide 31st December 2010, 12:15 Quote
HELL YES.
nemo 31st December 2010, 12:18 Quote
Nice, but the first photo of the article should have included a coke can or something to give a sense of scale
Jipa 31st December 2010, 12:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by hbeevers
they know that cooling is an issue with small cases

No it isn't.
Quote:
so they put in 6 fan mounts but i don't see any dust filters? If it's a bottom mounted PSU with no dust filter then they're mad.

There are filters.
dunx 31st December 2010, 13:16 Quote
Looks like my current F.D. "array" case is on it's way... mine has/ is having problems with the 12v line dropping to 8 V, so a bit more room for an ATX PSU is a good thing IMHO.

dunx
jrs77 31st December 2010, 13:24 Quote
For a µATX this case is way too big compared to an Antec Threehundred with 205 x 457 x 465 mm or even better a LianLi PC-A05 with 210 x 381 x 490 mm, which are both fullATX-towers.

A Sugo SG30 is what I call a real µATX-case with 200 x 360 x 312 mm. Space for 2x 3.5"HDD + 1x 5.1/4" optical and you can even fit GPUs of up to 10.5". A H50 or H70 for cooling the CPU and voila you've even rexolved the issue of the PSU-positioning not allowing for big coolers.

I'm not impressed at all tbh and would rather buy a normal sized Define R3 instead.
flibblesan 31st December 2010, 14:21 Quote
Was looking at buying Mini P180 but I'll be buying this case instead. Looks a lot nicer and having the power button on top rather than behind the door seals the deal.
13eightyfour 31st December 2010, 14:22 Quote
Aside from the array R2, ive got to say im not a fan of any of fractals cases. Its nice to see a unified look to the whole range, but id like to see something new tbh, not just smaller/bigger versions of the same case.
subtec 31st December 2010, 14:51 Quote
40 liters is small? If you say so...
Zinfandel 31st December 2010, 15:31 Quote
As above... Pretty much bigger than most uATX cases...
Denis_iii 31st December 2010, 15:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by nemo
Nice, but the first photo of the article should have included a coke can or something to give a sense of scale

+1 but i'm sure BT will be doing a full review ASAP.

Now just need to find a company that does nice wooden boxes for transport of full rig.
das_mod 31st December 2010, 19:33 Quote
I hope the other side panel is removable with easy access to the CPU area...

Im sick and tired of cases that force me to remove the whole motherboard to install a bracket for cpu cooler upgrades.
Unicorn 31st December 2010, 19:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by das_mod
I hope the other side panel is removable with easy access to the CPU area...

Im sick and tired of cases that force me to remove the whole motherboard to install a bracket for cpu cooler upgrades.

Yeah, they'd cut that massive hole in the motherboard tray then rivet the far side access panel on just to piss you off.

Think about it.
Cthippo 31st December 2010, 19:57 Quote
It's honestly cuter than I was expecting, but I still prefer the more cubish designs.
HourBeforeDawn 31st December 2010, 20:34 Quote
wow actually that looks great.
das_mod 1st January 2011, 00:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unicorn


Yeah, they'd cut that massive hole in the motherboard tray then rivet the far side access panel on just to piss you off.

Think about it.

Have you seen the Corsair Obsidian 800D ???

:)
rickysio 1st January 2011, 02:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by das_mod
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unicorn


Yeah, they'd cut that massive hole in the motherboard tray then rivet the far side access panel on just to piss you off.

Think about it.

Have you seen the Corsair Obsidian 800D ???

:)

Do you even know what you're talking about? Both panels can be removed for the 800D.
das_mod 1st January 2011, 05:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rickysio


Do you even know what you're talking about? Both panels can be removed for the 800D.

before the confusion carries on ..... this is what im talking about

http://www.swisspac.com.my/home/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Corsair-800dgallery7.jpg
rickysio 1st January 2011, 05:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by das_mod
Quote:
Originally Posted by rickysio


Do you even know what you're talking about? Both panels can be removed for the 800D.

before the confusion carries on ..... this is what im talking about

http://www.swisspac.com.my/home/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Corsair-800dgallery7.jpg

Yes, because that hole is too small.

Where's my rolleyes emoticon?!
eddtox 1st January 2011, 09:22 Quote
As a proud owner of a Mini P180 I can honestly say there doesn't seem to be much between them.

Yes, the Define Mini, is slightly smaller, although that is likely to make it even more difficult to build a system inside it, and you may have trouble if you want to use large coolers like the gelid tranquillo.

It seems to me that the Define is aimed at lower-spec machines, while the Mini180 caters to those who want a high-performance system in as small a package as possible.

Overall, it looks like a nice case, though.
eddtox 1st January 2011, 09:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by FelixTech
How does this compare size wise with that 'Beast' PC Custom PC made?

What's this?
gurboura 1st January 2011, 20:30 Quote
This would be a great case to do a Companion Cube theme on.
<A88> 2nd January 2011, 03:07 Quote
I so desperately want to use this to build a NAS/WHS box to go next to my R2 but I'm not sure that's what Student Loans were intended for.
Xir 3rd January 2011, 12:56 Quote
Hmmm, I'd need a ASUS Sabertooth-Mini for this :D
Okay, just read the Sandy-bridge article...scratch the sabertooth.
mnpctech 3rd January 2011, 16:38 Quote
Fractal's Mini also made Engadget! which is pretty amazing, because they rarely if ever, post articles about computer cases.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/fractal-designs-define-mini-custom-pc-case-ditches-leds-for-sty/

I posted my comments in support of Fractal, which most "E" readers haven't heard of until now... I also linked to bit-tech, in regards to Fractal's presence here, in responding to member feedback about their products bit-tech has posted in past. Please post comments too, if you're a Fan of Fractal ;)

My video review of the define R2, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw6U0w2eWos

Fractal's initial focus was making cases for "Silent PC" consumers, but discovered their simple exteriors appealed to a much broader range of users. The comparison to Antec's P series isn't a bad thing, but "P" is showing it's age. The last revision Antec made, was this strange cover on the access panel, so "P" could accommodate taller and modern CPU coolers. This is an example of "Lazy" manufacturing and a reminder that Antec wants to focus more on cases aimed at Gamers, not Silence. Compared to Antec, Fractal's cases have more space for HDs, more fan options, better cable routing holes with grommets and a filtered intake for bottom mounted PSU..

fyi: Fractal Design will be at CES this weekend, at the Venetian Hotel and they will have US Retailers very soon!
djzic 4th January 2011, 05:32 Quote
This, an i7 2600K, and a water chiller... Voila instant (semi) portable lan pwnage
eddtox 4th January 2011, 10:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by djzic
This, an i7 2600K, and a water chiller... Voila instant (semi) portable lan pwnage

Wouldn't you be better off with one of the new SandyBridge i5's?
Jqim 10th January 2011, 15:30 Quote
R3 = (WxHxD): 207.40x440x521.2mm
vs
Mini = 210 x 395 x 490mm

Diference = +2.6mm -45mm and - 31.2 mm

Why bother with the 'smaller' version, In my opinion its hardly smaller at all. You gain a few cm of desk/floor space and loose ATX compatablility and some hard drive slots.
Gizmo1990 15th January 2011, 16:27 Quote
Can this case take atx psus?
Repo 16th January 2011, 13:43 Quote
Very nice! Small, unobtrusive design and sound deadening material. Perfect for HPTC, media server or just an understated mini PC :)
dangak 25th January 2011, 15:59 Quote
Have just shelled out for the R3 instead, it's only a negligible amount of centimetres larger and will fit my planned ATX build.
Dexx 31st January 2011, 02:44 Quote
Whats with these so-called mini cases being so large? Surely the point of an mATX build is to actually be small?
Denis_iii 6th March 2011, 22:10 Quote
any ETA on UK availabityly and or Bit-tech review?
<A88> 7th March 2011, 00:58 Quote
According to QuietPC they're coming late April now.
Gizmo1990 27th March 2011, 15:49 Quote
Just a update on this, May release now. :( Still.. at least it give me time to save up for! Please review well!!
EvoDOOM 27th March 2011, 16:01 Quote
Looks like a cracking case
GeorgeK 27th June 2011, 19:21 Quote
Anyone heard any word about this - can't find stock anywhere so I'm guessing not released yet?
Parge 7th August 2011, 12:49 Quote
Seriously, why haven't you reviewed this yet?
Denis_iii 18th November 2011, 10:39 Quote
Seriously, why haven't you reviewed this yet?
Noob? 18th November 2011, 10:50 Quote
I'm gobsmacked, thats so....what can I say?
jrs77 17th July 2012, 05:36 Quote
Anyone got the case and tested what fansetup is better?

http://www.abload.de/img/hptehz6zx8an2.jpg

A or B.

With A I'll get rid of both the drivecages and install the HDDs into the 5.1/4" slots, and with B I could use the lower drivecage.
The_Beast 17th July 2012, 05:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by docodine
Looks like an improvement over the Mini P180 in every way.. It's a shame that the only way for me to get one is to order from Canada (Is NCIX still the only place selling Fractal Design products to Americans?)

I got my R3 from Newegg, so I assume they'll be carrying this new case too. After looking for 5 seconds here it is
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352011


It look amazing, now they just need a full tower


edit, holy thread revival batman
doyll 17th July 2012, 12:28 Quote
I've had my R2 for awhile now and love it. Only change is raising it up for better airflow to bottom fans.
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