Fractal Design Define Mini C TG Review
Category : Cases
Published by Luca Rocchi on 13.11.17
With the Define Mini C TG, Fractal Design updated their Mini C with a tempered glass side panel. Like the previous model, the new Mini C is a case capable of housing custom watercooling builds and micro-ATX motherboard. There is a lot of space available for radiators and there are mounts for reservoir and pump.





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Specifications

Model: Define Mini C TG
Case Type: Mid tower
Dimensions: 210 mm (W) x 399 mm (H) x 399 mm (D)
Material: Steel, ABS
Color: Black
Drive Bay: 5.25": 0
3.5": 2
2.5": 3
Expansion slots: 5
Form factors: mATX, mini-ITX
Cooling: Front: 3x 120mm / 2x 140mm (1x 120mm included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (1x 120mm included)
Top: 2x 120mm / 2x 140mm
Bottom: 1x 120mm
Side: /
Watercooling Front: 240mm / 280mm
Rear: 120mm
Top: 240mm
Link to the product: Define Mini C TG


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Features

PSU Cover

In order to hide all the cables connected to your power supply, there is cover hiding away the unit. This helps creating a neat and clean looking system.
 

Dust filters

There are washable dust filters covering all big openings of the Fractal Design Define Mini C TG. Thanks to a quick release system they are very easy and convenient to remove.
 

Watercooling ready

The Fractal Design Define Mini C TG prepared this case to be equipped with watercooling gear. If you wish to create a custom loop, there is the possibility to place two radiators in this case. One of them can be a 280mm and the other a 240mm one. In addition you can put another small 120mm radiator in the rear part.


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Product overview

Overview

  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
   
The Define Mini C TG features a simple and neat design, and is made of black metal and plastic of excellent quality. The front part is without any opening or slots, so you will be no able to install any 5.25" drives, card readers or fan controllers. The part features the I/O panel with two USB 3.0, power and reset button as well as the standard audio jacks. On both sides of the front panel there are small openings, which allow the front fans to pull in fresh air. The side panels, even if they look quite simple, are actually the most important piece, since noise dampening material has been added for additional soundproofing. Once again Fractal Design is doing a great job here, since the noise dampening is pretty effective.
The back panel is simple as simple as it gets, while there are five PCI expansion slots, the opening for the motherboard I/O panel, a 120mm fan slot and the opening for the standard ATX power supply. The bottom of the case has been equipped with four plastic feet with an alumium finish. There is also an air-inlet for the PSU to breath if the fan is facing downwards.
 
 



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Installation

Overview

  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
 
The inside of the Define Mini C TG is clean and simple, and it features a most classic design with some noticeable features. The Define Mini C TG is a case for water cooling enthusiasts and standard users alike. Nevertheless Fractal Design doesn't offer a huge number of HDDs or SSDs mounts, yet you can still equip this case with up to two 3.5" HDD or two 2.5" SSD. Both can be installed using tool-less sledges behind the tray. In addition behind the motherboard tray there is enough space for install two additional SSDs. The motherboard tray is made out of solid steel, and it features a big cut-out, where the motherboards's CPU socket is, which allows the installation of aftermarket CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard. The tray features four openings with rubber grommets allowing you to create good looking cable management. Between the motherboard tray and the side right panel there is enough space to hide plenty of cables. The whole interior, except the back and bottom, has been padded with soundproofing material to reduce the system noise.

For our test we've used an micro-ATX motherboard and a closed loop water cooler from Corsair with 240mm radiator. As you can see from the pictures there are plenty of slots for the fans and radiators. The Define Mini C TG is able to accommodate a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 172mm and graphics cards can measure up to 315mm in length. In other words you can install any graphics card without checking the space available.
 
 



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Ventilation options

Overview

  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
  • Define Mini C Tempered Glass
   
The Define Mini C TG offers plenty of places for fans. Included in the delivery you will find two 120mm fans with white blades and black frame. Overall, the case is able to accommodate three 120 or two 140mm fans at the front, one 120mm fan at the back and another couple of fans in the top part. If you are fan of liquid cooling systems you will be happy to know that the Define Mini C TG is also perfect for that type of cooling. Thanks to the fact, that there is a lot of space available on the inside, you will be able to mount a 280mm radiator at the front, a 240mm at the top and a 120mm on the back.
 
 



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Temperatures

Overview

   
   

For testing purposes we're using an MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC motherboard, an Intel Core i5-6600K CPU, which receives cooling through a SilentiumPC Fortis 3 HE1425 MCE cooler as well as a MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G graphics card. To put the CPU under full load, we're running prime95 for 10 min and in the case of the GPU we use Furmark also for 10 minutes. After these ten minutes, we're going to write down the temperatures. The ambient temperature is close to 24°C.



All noise dampening panels installed Idle (°C) Full (°C)
Intel Core i5-6600K 28 / 28 / 27 / 28 52 / 55 / 54 / 54
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 47 68
Less is better



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Conclusion

Rating

  Cooling Features Layout Build Quality Value for Money
Pros + Good compatibility for watercooling and aircooling
+ Water cooling
+ Dust filters + Tempered glass
+ Interior space + Good space for cable routing + High quality materials + Rubber groomets
+ Well priced
Cons   - No USB Type-C      


The Fractal Design Define Mini C TG is a mid-tower PC case designed for those who are looking for a silent rig, which is offering plenty of space even for high-end hardware as well as custom liquid cooling. Fractal Design decided to use the classic design approach common for their Define series but without the front door and there is no 5.25" slot as well. The materials and build quality are on very good level, which is something we certainly expected from Fractal Design and apart from that we like the updated looks thanks to the tempered glass side panel.

On the inside there is a lot of space available. If you fit an mATX motherboard you can easily install a radiator in the front and one in the top. Apart from that all drives bays have been moved to the bottom area of the case, which means that you will not see them. Since silence is also a the key point of this case, Fractal Design (again) added a sound-absorbing material on the right side panel. Testing the case as delivered with two 120mms fan in the front and one in the back, we found temperatures to be on a reasonable level, while the noise level was very low.

The amount of features you get with the Define Mini C TG make it a very interesting. We appreciated that there is a lot of space for custom water cooling setups, which means installing an all-in-one water cooler is piece of cake. Inside this case you can easily put pump, reservoire and one or two radiators, without having to worry about available space. When you have to built a custom loop you always have to figure out if there will be enough space for radiator, fans and all the other components necessary. With this particular case, you basically just go ahead and hit it with what you can fit. In other words, you don't have to think about how to fix the reservoir or if you need some extra supports because included in the bundle there are already a few useful supports and on bottom of the chassis there are pre-drilled holes for your needs.

The Define Mini C TG from Fractal Design is a PC case which we can definitely recommend. If you are looking for a mid-tower PC case with pre-installed acoustic insulation material as well as silent fans and on top of that it's fully compatible with custom watercooling gear, this is a great choice. With this case it is really easy to build a high-end rig. The Fractal Design Define Mini C TG is available on Geizhals for 82.69 Euro excluding shipping costs. The Fractal Design Define Mini C TG earns 5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 5 - Installation
Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Ventilation options
Page 3 - Features Page 7 - Temperatures
Page 4 - Product overview Page 8 - Conclusion