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Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PS Front USB

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   Part #: DEFINE-R3-BLACK
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Features    [ Edit | History ]

Define R3 – the successor to the best selling Define R2! Now available with a bunch of improvements, including improved cable routing, air flow and bigger hole in M/B plate for mounting CPU coolers. A detailed list of improvements;

Improvements from R2

  • Improved air flow with updated fans
  • Improved noise absorbing material
  • Bigger hole in M/B plate for mounting of CPU Coolers
  • Improved cable routing possibilities
  • Reset button, located behind the front panel door
  • Many small quality improvements, including improved scratch resistant coating
A new generation of style!
The Define R3 case is reaching new heights in combining stylish, contemporary design with maximum functionality and noise absorbing features. The minimalistic, yet stunning front panel design, fitted with noise absorbing material on the inside, creates an aura of exclusivity.

The patent pending feature ModuVent™, in which you can choose whether to have side and top panels open or not, makes the case appealing for users seeking optimal silence, as well as the performance hungry ones.

The sleek black interior is matched with pre-fitted, dense noise absorbing material on the side panels, efficiently absorbing noise and vibrations. You can fit an astonishing total of eight(!) hard drives into this case, using the user friendly HDD-trays. All painted in a nice white color and using black silicone mounts. PSU is mounted in the bottom of the case, with a convenient pull-out filter beneath it.

Are you one of those users always ending up with a case full of tangled cables? No more. The Define R3 offers a convenient and good looking way of hiding them away. The motherboard has rubber covered holes in which you can easily route the cables behind the motherboard.

Key features
* Stunning front panel design
* Patent pending ModuVent™ design, allowing the user to either have optimal silence or optimal airflow
* Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing material
* 8(!) white painted HDD-trays, with silicone mounting
* A total of 7 fan slots (2x120mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x120mm in back, 1x 120/140mm in side panel, 1x 120/140mm in bottom)
* 2x 120mm Fractal Design 120mm fans included
* Fan controller for 3 fans included
* Easily removable front fan filters with clip-on holders for 120mm fans
* Supports graphic card lengths up to circa 290mm and CPU coolers with height of maximum circa 165mm
* Supports PSU's with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU's, typically 200-220mm.

Cooling system
* Fan controller for 3 fans included
* 1 rear Fractal Design 120mm @ 1350rpm included
* 1 front Fractal Design 120mm @ 1350rpm included
* 1 front 120mm fan (optional)
* 1 bottom 120mm/140mm fan (optional)
* 1 side panel 120mm/140mm fan (optional)
* 2 top 120mm/140mm fan (optional)

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
* 8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
* 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
* On top of front panel: 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA and Audio I/O
* No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
* M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
* 7x expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
* Supports graphic card lengths up to circa 290mm and CPU coolers with height of maximum circa 165mm
* Supports PSU's with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU's, typically 200-220mm.
* Case size (WxHxD): 207.40x440x521.2mm
* Net weight: 12.50kg

Fractal Design DEFINE-R3-BLACK Customer Reviews

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Experience: 25 Days
-Very nice black finish
-Well sturdy
-Noise dampening
-Lack of USB 3.0
This has been a great case for me, I absolutely love the cable management. EXTREMELY silent as well, if you're looking to give up a little airflow for a LOT of noise reduction, this is your case.

Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Gorgeous Case, Sturdy but not overly heavy.
Some of the motherboard tray holes are poorly positioned: the top-most and bottom-most, either blocked by the PSU or by the case itself. Not a lot of room behind the motherboard--had to route atx power connector through the HDD cage instead.
Decent case, love the looks and it is easier to work with than some cases I've used before. Definitely not toolless, but only requires a screwdriver.

Experience: 1 Days
most enjoyable case i ever built in. quietest case i have ever built in. one of the nicest cases i have ever built in.
a few too many screws to deal with. fan filter below psu is too loose and has no way to secure.
bought this over the lian-li PC-A05NB and Antec Solo II only because this was only one in-store. Is slightly taller then i was hoping for but will make do. Absolute joy to build in. no sharp edges, tons of space for cable management behind mobo tray. thought i did something wrong the first time i switched it on before the monitor came to life, it was dead silent. not even the p1xx antec series comes close to this sound proofing. would buy this again for office or home.

Experience: 4 Months
Not Flashy
Sleek and Shiny
Removable parts for additional fans
Dust filters
This case is really heavy which makes it not easy to move around. Aside from that this case is awesome. Very quiet! It has dust filters at the bottom for the PSU, for an optional bottom fan, and 2 dust filters at the front for 2 optional front fans. All intake fans have dust filters! Easy to route cables as there are punch out holes along the mother board tray. Very satisfied!

Experience: 8 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Solid case
includes fans and controller
Good sound dampenning
Lots of routing options for cables
QC could use some improvement from Fractal
Very nice case, and my go to case for all my office builds now. Nice fans and easy to work with case.
Not sure what one of the previous reviews was refering too with limited SSD mounting options as a SSD drive will mount in any spot a 3.5" drive will.
My only spot of complaint is that I have had a few show up with the case corners a bit bent, while the box is in perfect shape. So I know it was not a shipping damage problem, but something that was boxed up like that. Nothing major, as I have kept and worked with all of them, but I have also not had the same issues with the Define XL or the Define Mini.

viet khanh_v
Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Quiet, Looks good
Price, Weight, internal design
This is a BEAUTIFUL case, super quiet but the downsides is that its really heavy and the HDD mounting trays aren't all that great, the part I disliked the most is the limited options on mounting an SSD

Experience: 14 Days
 Verified Owner
easy access
many fans available
lots of space for hdd
easy to work in with many openings for cable management
The side panels are of slide in type and close the case fairly well.

Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Very quiet case even with all fans installed.
Quality Build.
Good wire management.
Sound insulated.
A pleasure to build in. There is enough space so that you can add and remove parts without disturbing other parts.
I'm being picky but it's not exactly silent. Certainly very quiet.
Power button has a delay, I have to hold it for a second or two.
Sound insulation could be cut and fitted better.

I wanted this case for a long time but waited until the USB port issues has been resolved. Now I own the case and I am very, very happy with it.
The case is not silent but certainly very quiet. It has lots of space to work in and fits a total of seven fans.
The case comes with 2 (120mm) fans, one rear fan and one front fan. You can add more as you see fit.
Power supply is bottom mounted and exhaust to the bottom through a filter.

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Looks Great
Easy to Configure
I'm thrilled with this case. I've been building my own systems for almost 20 years now and this is the best case I've ever used.

The case feels rock solid, it's incredibly quiet, and there is plenty of room for expansion.

I think it's really incredible value for the money.

Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
i wish the power led was white, other then that best case i've ever owned.

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Revised case with USB 3 ETA? (jagerman- Oct 18, 11, 9 Replies) Read this message
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Comment: With its water friendly design and near silent operation, the Define R3 is a winner no matter how you look at it.
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