Fractal Design Define C Series

With all round black paint, flat front panel, top panel, covered in sound dampening materials on the inside let me present to you the all new Define C series, made by the very well known company of Fractal Design. We have two main version of this line up so far, accompanied by windowed subversion that offer great looks and better view of your expensive or modest system components.

Define C exterior Define C interior
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Well, although it would completely honest to say that these two versions look pretty much the same as other Fractal Design cases, that doesn’t in any way mean they don’t have anything new to offer as in reality this is quite the opposite actually. Subtle design with aluminum like brushed design always looks great and is pleasing to the eye.

Let’s talk technical specifications. Slightly larger than Define Mini C, Define C comes in with physical dimensions of (LxWxH): 399 x 210 x 440mm and weight of 7.4 kg.

Interior-wise we’re offered with lots of options – ATX, Micro ATX and ITX motherboard compatibility, 7 expansion slots, 2 x  3.5″ HDD positions; 3 x 2.5″ dedicated SSD unit positions, 7 mounts for fans with dust filter on top, bottom and front panels. The famous velcro straps for easier cable management along with 15-35mm of cable management space behind the motherboard tray. PSU shroud, or the so called dual chamber design that houses PSUs of up to 175mm deep. GPUs up to 315mm with the front fans mounted and CPU coolers with up to 170mm of height. Speaking of fans here is the list of availability:

  • Front: 3 – 120/140 mm fans (includes 1 Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP12 fan)
  • Rear: 1 – 120 mm fan (includes 1 Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP12 fan)
  • Top: 2 – 120/140 mm fan (not included)
  • Bottom: 1 – 120 mm fan (not included)

For those you, passionate fans of water cooling solutions, the Scandinavian engineers have done their best to incorporate extensive radiator support:

  • Front – 360, 280, 240, 140 and 120 mm. Max width 144 mm
  • Top – 240 and 120 mm radiators. Max component height on motherboard 40mm
  • Rear – 120 mm. Max width 125 mm

Industry leading thick sound dampening material is installed on both side panels along with the front panel to keep things nice and quiet, while maintaining enough performance. Additionally you have the option of ModuVent top panels or an optional dust filter. The windowed version will allow you to admire all the interior goodness and tidy cables with a small sacrifice of not having it sound dampened.

Define Mini C exterior Define Mini C
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Smaller in size, not in features – Define Mini C comes in with the same black paint, physical dimensions of (LxWxH): 399 x 210 x 399 mm, 6.9 kg of weight and Micro ATX and ITX motherboard compatibility. Here we have 5 expansion slots and for the sake of storage the same capabilities of the Define C – total of 5 drive mounts. Moreover you have almost the same airflow capabilities with total of 6 fan mounts:

  • Front: 2 – 120/140 mm fans (includes 1 Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP12 fan)
  • Rear: 1 – 120 mm fan (includes 1 Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP12 fan)
  • Top: 2 – 120/140 mm fan (not included)
  • Bottom: 1 – 120 mm fan (not included)

If that’s not enough for you please feel free to admire the water cooling capabilities and radiator support:

  • Front – 280, 240, 140 and 120 mm. Max width 144 mm
  • Top – 240 and 120 mm radiators. Max component height on motherboard 40mm
  • Rear – 120 mm. Max width 125 mm

 

On the top panel you can find the standard 2 x USB 3.0 ports, Audio in/out, Power button with LED, HDD activity LED and Reset button.

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