Fractal Define Mini C TG
Customisation is key in this mini-PC tower.
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.
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