Fractal Design Define C Case Review – Windowed Version

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Specifications

  • ATX, Micro ATX and ITX motherboard compatibility
  • 7 expansion slots
  • 2 – 3.5″ HDD positions; 3 – 2.5″ dedicated SSD unit positions
  • 7 – Fan positions (2 Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP12 120mm fans included)
  • Filtered fan slots in the front, top and bottom (ejects from the front of the case)
  • CPU coolers up to 168mm in height
  • ATX PSUs up to 175mm deep
  • Graphics cards up to 315mm in length with front fans mounted
  • 15 – 35mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
  • Velcro straps included for easy cable management
  • Both side panels and rear HDD/SSD brackets feature smart captive thumbscrews
  • Dense sound dampening material on front, left and right side panels
  • ModuVent™ on top of case for further silent computing or additional ventilation
  • Colours available: Black
  • Case dimensions (LxWxH): 399 x 210 x 440mm
  • Case dimensions – with feet/protrusions/screws: 413 x 210 x 453mm
  • Net weight: 6.8 kg
  • Package dimensions (LxWxH): 543 x 290 x 484mm
  • Package weight: 8.4 kg

Key features

  • Define Series sound dampening with ModuVent™ technology for silent operation in a compact micro ATX form factor
  • Optimized for high airflow and silent computing
  • Side and front panels are lined with industrial-grade sound dampening material
  • Flexible storage options with room for up to 5 drives
  • Comes with two preinstalled Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12 120 mm fans optimized to deliver maximum airflow while still maintaining a low noise level
  • Open air designed interior creates an unobstructed airflow path from the front intake to the rear exhaust
  • Easy-to-clean high airflow nylon filters on the front and base with full PSU coverage and front access for convenience.
  • Includes optional top filter to prevent dust buildup when ModuVent is removed for additional fan slots.
  • Power supply shroud conceals drive cage and excess cabling for an even quieter and cleaner looking interior free of airflow obstructions

Cooling system

  • 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)
  • Dust filters: Bottom, top and front intakes

Water cooling compatibility – Radiators

  • 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

Front interface

  • 2 USB 3.0
  • Audio in/out
  • Power button with LED
  • HDD activity LED
  • Reset button

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  • Performance
  • Design
  • Value

Summary

Pros:

- Solid and elegant design
- Sound deadening material used in panels
- Very nice brushed aluminium finish on the front panel
- Lots of water cooling options for a mid tower case
- Removable SSD mount behind the motherboard tray is genius

Cons:

- Only 2 x 3.5" HDD bays

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