With everything up and running I spent a little time with it setup here in the office while installing Windows 7 and then installing a collection of steam games prepping for our LAN. While leaving it running here in the office I had a lot of time to listen to the case in comparison to our test benches and even my HAF X based main PC. As I expected after seeing all of the built in sound deadening the Define Mini was very quiet. Obviously any noise generated by the GPU couldn’t be quieted, but everything else was near silent. With three 120mm fans installed, this is impressive. Because of the use of all of those fans, the Define Mini also does a great job of keeping everything cool, even without having to look like all of the other high air flow cases.

Outside of noise and cooling I was also happy to have a USB 3.0 port built into the front I/O panel. At the LAN I found this very useful a few times when sharing files and it helps greatly in the office also.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #20696 03 Nov 2011 18:53
Forgot to post here yesterday when we posted this :)
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Wingless92 replied the topic: #20704 03 Nov 2011 21:14
Small cases have a soft spot in my heart. Loved this case when I saw it at CES and it continues to offer great spec's for a low cost of entry.
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Hasbeen replied the topic: #20718 04 Nov 2011 07:47
I have to admit it is a nice case, but I think I'd prefer its cousin the Arc Mini. It is the door that does it for me, I just don't like them. The rest of the case seems fairly similar to the arc mini so that would be my choice. Great review though and still a good case to have.

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