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Hardware Fractal Design launches Define Mini case

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by arcticstoat, 31 Dec 2010.

  1. Unicorn

    Unicorn Uniform November India

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    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.
     
  2. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    It's honestly cuter than I was expecting, but I still prefer the more cubish designs.
     
  3. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    wow actually that looks great.
     
  4. das_mod

    das_mod What's a Dremel?

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    Have you seen the Corsair Obsidian 800D ???

    :)
     
  5. rickysio

    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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

    das_mod What's a Dremel?

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    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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  8. eddtox

    eddtox Homo Interneticus

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    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.
     
  9. eddtox

    eddtox Homo Interneticus

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    What's this?
     
  10. gurboura

    gurboura TopLevel Computers

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    This would be a great case to do a Companion Cube theme on.
     
  11. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    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.
     
  12. Xir

    Xir Modder

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    Hmmm, I'd need a ASUS Sabertooth-Mini for this :D
    Okay, just read the Sandy-bridge article...scratch the sabertooth.
     
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  13. mnpctech

    mnpctech bit-tech sponsor

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    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 :thumb:

    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!
     
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  14. djzic

    djzic Bokehlicious!

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    This, an i7 2600K, and a water chiller... Voila instant (semi) portable lan pwnage
     
  15. eddtox

    eddtox Homo Interneticus

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    Wouldn't you be better off with one of the new SandyBridge i5's?
     
  16. Jqim

    Jqim What's a Dremel?

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    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.
     
  17. Gizmo1990

    Gizmo1990 What's a Dremel?

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    Can this case take atx psus?
     
  18. Repo

    Repo What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice! Small, unobtrusive design and sound deadening material. Perfect for HPTC, media server or just an understated mini PC :)
     
  19. dangak

    dangak What's a Dremel?

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    Have just shelled out for the R3 instead, it's only a negligible amount of centimetres larger and will fit my planned ATX build.
     
  20. Dexx

    Dexx What's a Dremel?

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    Whats with these so-called mini cases being so large? Surely the point of an mATX build is to actually be small?
     
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