Frac­tal De­fine Mini C TG

Cus­tomi­sa­tion is key in this mini-PC tower.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

As one of the most ex­pen­sive mini-PC cases on the mar­ket, we ex­pected big things from the Mini C TG. Yet Frac­tal doesn’t have so many small cases for no rea­son; they were one of the first manufacturers to get in on the trend of ditch­ing big tow­ers for tiny boxes.

It’s smaller than most mini-tow­ers, mea­sur­ing 39.9 x 21.2 x 39.9cm, and uses tem­pered glass on the left hand side while the ma­jor­ity of the rest of the case is steel. The front has a brushed metal­lic look that will nicely sit along­side your de­signer fur­ni­ture, and it’s also packed with sound damp­en­ing ma­te­rial on the metal sides, keep­ing those an­noy­ing buzzing fans away from sen­si­tive ears.

Like most Frac­tal cases, it’s highly mod­u­lar, al­low­ing you to move var­i­ous com­po­nents around for your ideal con­fig­u­ra­tion. The five drive bays can be swapped in­di­vid­u­ally and each can hold up to a 3.5-inch drive or 2.5-inch SSD. There’s also a PSU shroud, with room for a full-sized ATX PSU, which hides away the myr­iad messy ca­bles ex­tend­ing from your power box. Four ex­pan­sion slots on the rear are per­fect for this mi­croATX and mini-ITX com­pat­i­ble case, while ny­lon fil­ters on the front and base can be quickly re­moved to make clean­ing sim­ple.

You’re lim­ited to a 240mm ra­di­a­tor at the top or front, and room for five fans. Your graph­ics card can be up to 31.5cm in length, while there’s 17.2cm of space for your heatsink. For the price, we would have liked more than just two USB ports and twin 3.5mm mini-jacks on the ex­te­rior. This is a qual­ity piece of kit, but the price is a lit­tle high.

Ver­dict

Silent, mod­u­lar and with a nice sub­tle de­sign, only the price stops this case from get­ting top marks.

Tem­pered glass side panel and sound-damp­en­ing; mini-ITX and mi­cro-ATX $149 | WWW.FRAC­TAL-DE­SIGN.COM

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