For our Fractal Design Define Mini C build, we wanted to focus a bit more on aesthetics while targeting a price point around $850. To give a baseline for the performance we wanted to see at this budget, we started with an Intel Core i5 6500 in an H170 motherboard and opted for a GTX 1060 video card.
The Define Mini C prides itself on keeping things quiet while still promoting good airflow. To help with that admirable goal for quiet, and to make things look a little nicer through the large side window, we opted for an aftermarket CPU cooler. In this case, the Cryorig C7 offered a nice improvement over the stock cooler for both noise and looks without breaking the budget.
Rather than split our storage budget between two drives, we decided to just go with a larger M.2 SSD. A secondary HDD could always be added later if needed, but using an M.2 drive kept things clean and simple internally while still allowing plenty of storage for some games.
If you have any questions about the build let me know!
A big thanks to Fractal Design for providing the case and power supply used in this build.
Now on to some benchmarks.
|Benchmark||3DMark Score||Graphics Test 1||Graphics Test 2||Physics Test||Combined Test|
|FireStrike v1.1||9942||63.17 FPS||53.02 FPS||20.7 FPS||22.14 FPS|
|Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0||1608||63.8 FPS||8.6 FPS||136.2 FPS||Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Custom Preset: Quality: Ultra, Tessellation: Extreme|
|Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0||2754||65.8 FPS||24.3 FPS||132.8 FPS||Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Extreme HD Preset|
|Overwatch||Epic||1920x1080||105 FPS||CPU@98%, 67°C; GPU@90-95%, 73°C|
|Battlefield 1||High||1920x1080||65 FPS||CPU@100%, 66°C; GPU@75-84%, 68°C|