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Fractal Design

Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Mid-Tower USB 3.0 Case

Mfr#:

FD-CA-DEF-R3-USB3-BL

Quicklinx: 7QQ2WS00
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Discontinued

Description

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.

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

  • 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 USB 3.0 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 ~290mm
  • Supports CPU coolers with height of ~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): 207.40x442x521.2mm
  • Net weight: 12.50kg

Specifications

Summary

Case Form Factor
Mid tower
Motherboard Form Factor
Mini ITX/ATX/MATX
Power Supply
None
Colour
Black

Customer reviews

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Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Mid-Tower USB 3.0 Case
4.0 2
£73.99
Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Mid-Tower USB 3.0 Case
Silent
Reviewed by . Review Posted 16/11/2011
5 5

This is a must buy for those who want a tower that is quieter than a SKY+ HD box. Under load is is as load as a DVD/BLU RAY player, playing a DVD/BLU RAY. The fan filters work perfectly, and loads of room for an Artic cooler 7 CPU cooler. Asus P8Z68 PRO, Intel 2500k CPU, 8gb ddr3 corsair 1600, Asus Nvidia GTX560Ti OC "factory" , Artic cooler 7 CPU fan, all bought from DABS, fast delivery as usual, CPU load temp maxes out at 50c " Idle temp 28c" Graphics card temp maxes out at 60c " idle temp 29" Motherboard never goes above 35c "idel temp 29/30"

  • Overall 5*
  • Ease of use 5*
  • Value for money 5*
 
An excellent case at an amazing price
Reviewed by . Review Posted 31/05/2012
3 5

For the money this case is outstanding, apart from one glaring omission which I will mention later.

This case is very sturdy and has been well thought out. The 8 HDD bays make this very suitable for a home server or a client with lots of disks - each tray has rubber mounts for sound deadening.

The mounting spot for the power supply also has rubber feet and there is alot of sound deadening material on the inside. One of the marketing points is either go for a quiet pc or go for cooling - there are around 6 spots for 120mm fans!!!

There are also lots of holes cut in the frame plate where the motherboard mounts for feeding cables through to help keep it tidy - these holes have rubber surrounds to stop the leads chaffing - although, they do appear to fall out very easily.

The 1 complaint I have about this case is that it does not come with an inbuilt speaker. This means when you use a motherboard and have a booting problem you are unable to hear what the problem is!

  • Overall 3*
  • Ease of use 5*
  • Value for money 5*
 

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