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Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I like the clean, uncluttered aesthetics.

Solidly built, great HD bays (6 of them in a small case), room for a full-size graphics card in a small case, and room for larger air coolers - I'm using a Corsair A70.

With the stock fans replaced by a pair of Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P fans (one front, one rear) (also used these on the A70), this case is dead silent.

Flexibility of having the top blowhole and side intake available is nice.

NO SHARP EDGES

Cons: As with the Define XL, there's really not enough space behind the motherboard for cables. Putting the back cover on was an exercise in frustration, even with all of the cables neatly bundled with zip-ties and secured to the many convenient zip-tie loops.

The fans it comes with are OK but not spectacular.

The front door barely opens past 90 degrees, and the doors to access the fans up front open less than 90, making installing new fans a pain.

Other Thoughts: This is a very heavy case, the cost of using high quality materials and building solidly. I don't mind, but you might if you plan to take this to LAN parties.

While this is a compact case, it is by no means "small". It's almost as tall as my old beige full ATX case. In retrospect, I probably would have bought a full ATX mobo and a Define R3 instead.

Weak points aside, compared to the other options on the market and the price of this case, this is very clearly a "5 egg" case.

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Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P 120mm
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Super fans 05/07/2012

This review is from: Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P 120mm "Slip Stream" 120mm PWM CaseFan

Pros: Anything below 700RPM or so, they're Dead Silent. Above that, barely a whisper.

Even though they're fairly slow-speed fans, they move a lot of air.

4-pin PWM, what more can you ask for.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I'm using 4 of these in a Fractal Design Define Mini - one on the front, one at the rear, and two on a Corsair A70 CPU cooler mounted to an i7 3770K. Even with all 4 cores cranked to the max running FEA simulations, the computer is so quiet that I can sleep in the same room.

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XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Blazing fast, low power consumption

Dual fans are whisper quiet

Cons: There's some intermittent capacitor whine, literally the loudest thing in my case. That said, it's pretty quiet, the only reason I can hear it is that new computer is totally silent. My old one was a windtunnel, so maybe my old 8600GT did this as well and I just didn't notice?

Other Thoughts: Note that this card has two (2) 6-pin power connectors, which most 7850 cards do not.

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Adem R.'s Profile

Display Name: Adem R.

Date Joined: 09/30/05

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 17
  • First Review: 05/31/06
  • Last Review: 05/07/12
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