The drive cages are very similar to that of the original D-Frame and are surprisingly simple to detach and attach although we would have preferred it to having a true tool-less design since taking the plates off requires a screw driver and was a bit of a hassle compared to most newer cases that are tool-less. But with a case that is designed to be moved we understand that securing the drives properly is important. For that we can’t really knock the decision.
Just like the original D-Frame, The D-Frame Mini lacks any sort of filtration as it is an open air chassis, this may be a huge turn off to some but is definitely not a deal breaker to us! Keeping it clean is definitely an issue but something as unique as this case has its trade offs.
The back has cut outs for cable routing on the lower portion in addition to the pass-throughs, which are well placed but we would have liked a bit more room for the 4-8 Pin CPU connector and a bit more clearance for wires from the glass as well as a cutout behind the CPU socket for cooler changes, which means the motherboard must be removed every time you would want to change the CPU Cooling solution.
The case also features a bracket for fans or a Radiator as explained in the last page. This is something the original D-Frame lacked and is a very welcome addition. Unfortunately like the original D-Frame there is no vibration dampening for fans.
The D-Frame Mini can accommodate a PSU up to 220mm in length and most if not all PSUs will fit with extra room to spare for your cable routing. Which is something we like quite a bit. You also have the ability to mount it from the bottom or top of the case another nice touch.