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ATX Mid Tower
Side Panel Window
Power Supply Shroud
Front Panel USB
Motherboard Form Factor
- Micro ATX
- Mini ITX
Full-Height Expansion Slots
Half-Height Expansion Slots
Maximum Video Card Length
315 mm / 12.402"
Internal 2.5" Bays
Internal 3.5" Bays
- 17 points
- 25 months ago
from completed build Ryzen Development and Gaming Build
It's Fractal Design of course it's going to be great. It gets a little cramped under the PSU shroud but that's my only gripe.
- 17 points
- 18 months ago
from completed build College Build
Way better than my old case, the Corsair Carbide Spec-02. Cable management is easier and the tempered glass doesn't hurt. The sound proofing is also noticeable compared to my previous case.
- 17 points
- 15 months ago
from completed build The Unreal (Engine 4) PC
Awesome design, great cable management, sturdy overall, lots of dust filters and it's pretty silent too. However, choosing the right fans plays a big role in silence. The only complaint I have it the fact that its stock fans and PCI-E covers are white... I mean, why would you do this Fractal? Anyway, the stock fans aren't that great for high-end hardware that need as much cooling as possible and the PCI-E covers can be painted or replaced easily so I wouldn't consider it an actual flaw.
- 14 points
- 33 months ago
from completed build Amy, the Above Average Gaming PC
This case is amazing. It looks beautiful in an understated way, there are many unobtrusive cutouts for minimal cable presentation to the front, plenty of space behind the motherboard for cable routing, and many tie-down points (though I didn't need them; everything in my build could be routed down the main routing channel and the bottom.
Front cover and grille are easy to remove, and the bottom of the case has a full length dust filter which can be removed from the front. The tempered glass is a bit difficult to get in place, so keep that in mind if you need to remove the main panel often.
- 10 points
- 5 months ago
from completed build Silent and Powerful CAM Programming Workstation
If I could give this 4.5 stars I would. It's a fantastic case, and I've built 5 machines in them at this point.
Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first, and start with why I didn't give this 5 stars.
For one, this case doesn't come with pre-installed motherboard standoffs. Corsair does it with their Carbide 275R TG (Same price) and NZXT does it with their (cheaper) H510, two other compact mid-tower cases in this category. It's not the end of the world to install them yourself, but given that other manufacturer's are doing this at the same or lower price point, Fractal has no excuse.
Secondly, Fractal made the odd decision of painting the rear PCIe shields white. Now, if you're planning on leaving the stock fans in, than this isn't a huge deal, as the stock fans have white blades and can tie things together. However, if you are like me and want to swap in some premium fans from the likes of Noctua, for example, then those rear shields are likely to become the only white thing in your case, and it really becomes kind of an eyesore. Fractal should just paint them black. Hell, throw in some black case fans too and call it a "Blackout Edition" or something like that, as they've done with other cases they make. Doesn't seem like it'd be that hard.
Anyway, those are the only two complaints I have about the Define C.
Here's all the stuff I like about it:
For one, I love how efficiently this case uses the space it occupies. It gives you exactly what you need, and nothing more. The costs they save by not making this case anything more than it needs to be are instead used to improve build quality, making this a very satisfying and easy case to work with.
With 2.5" and even M.2 SSD's becoming more and more affordable, there isn't much reason to use 3.5" HDDs in desktops like this anymore, and I've actually removed the drive cage in every system I've built (easily done by removing four screws in the bottom). This gives me more room for cable management.
I love how quiet this case is. The front and side panels have noise dampening foam in them (with the exception of the glass side if you get the tempered glass version, of course). I outfitted a couple of my builds with all Noctua fans, and those systems were literally inaudible at full load. It's pretty awesome.
I also like that both the bottom and the front have easily accessible and removable dust filters. Makes cleaning a lot easier.
In summary, if you're hoping to build a complicated water cooling setup with a highly overclocked CPU, than this probably isn't the case for you. That said, if you want a case that gives you everything you need and nothing you don't, with excellent build quality, and a reasonable price to match, than this is the one to beat.
- 8 points
- 9 months ago
from completed build First (but not complete) build
The design is nice, it is silent and building on it is a dream.
- 6 points
- 13 months ago
from completed build Transitioning to Mini ITX
It's a good case. I prioritize silence and it does the job.
- 5 points
- 32 months ago
from completed build Red Build
Only Complaint is wish there would be more room between the Harddrive bay and the power supply to put cables, Could have made it a little longer and it would have been awesome. also a few more tie down points would be nice behind the mobo tray
- 5 points
- 23 months ago
from completed build Nothing Flashy - Wife's Gaming Upgrade
The case layout is fantastic. It is very easy to work in, and looks very clean. I recommend it for anyone wanting a full-ATX case, but is tight on space. The Define C removes unnecessary space if you aren't using a custom water cooling loop, but leaves plenty of room for all-in-one water coolers in many sizes. The temperd glass is nice, but adds a little extra weight to the case, along with a constant need to clean the window. All in all, great case.
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