Case Interior

Inside the rear panel of our windowed Define Mini C

As we open up the case I'll touch on the side panels briefly. Like the other Define cases, the Mini C has acoustic insulation on either the inside of back panel for the windowed version, or inside both side panels for the non-windowed version. Both have insulation inside the front panel and the removable top panel.

With the panels removed we are looking at a very familiar case, and it sits directly in between the smaller Define Nano S and larger Define S. The case is partitioned into an upper and lower section to hide the PSU and related cable mess, and all storage is located on the opposite side of the component chamber as well.

Inside the front of the case we have the intake fan mounts (with a single 120 mm fan pre-installed), and there is actually more available vertical space for longer radiators as we will soon see.

The back is well vented and includes a 120 mm exhaust fan, and there are 5 expansion slots, which means there will be some extra space below the micro-ATX motherboard (which has only four slots).

The case floor is actually the top of the PSU shroud, and if you look to the right you might make out the cover that can be removed to enhance cooler compatibility up front (more about this on the next page).

The top of the case is covered by default with one of Fractal Design's "ModuVent" panels, and this has the same type of acoustic insulation as the front and rear side panels. Simply pop it out to reveal the upper fan mounts.

In a welcome move, Fractal Design includes a magnetic screen filter for the top of the case, so choosing to remove the top panel won't introduce a lot of dust into the case.

The front panel pops out easily, and beneath it there is a snap-out screen filter for the front fans.

The side-vented front panel is lined with acoustic insulation to reduce noise.

Here's a view of the front panel with the cover and filter removed, showing the lower fan mount that is mostly hidden out of the box.

Finally we have a look behind the rear side panel, and this is a very streamlined design. The cables have a recessed space complete with velcro straps, there is support for a trio of SSDs from a removable panel behind the motherboard tray, and there is support for a pair of 3.5-inch hard drives in the lower section.

Next we'll look at some of the highlights of the build process with the Define Mini C.

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