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Fractal Design Define R5 Black ATX Midtower Silent PC Computer Case
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- Optimally designed for silent computing with high density noise-reducing material throughout the case for maximum sound absorption, while not compromising on airflow and cooling capabilities.
- Extensive water cooling support for a case of this size; housing radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front.
- Including two Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mmfans developed for superlative airflow while still maintaining low noise levels.
- Features quick release system on the left side of the case provides secure mounting of the left side panel, yet grants quick and easy access to the system
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|Item Dimensions||52.1 x 23.2 x 45.1 cm||23.2 x 52.1 x 45.1 cm||61.5 x 53.5 x 32.2 cm||52.1 x 23.2 x 45.1 cm||53.2 x 23.2 x 45.1 cm||54.31 x 29.01 x 48.41 cm|
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The Fractal Design Define R5 is the next evolution in the widely popular Define Series. Packed with intelligently designed enthusiast-oriented features delivering a silent case with powerful and expansive air and liquid cooling support, presented in a stunning Scandinavian inspired construction. The Define R5 case reaches the highest level of silent computing through strategically placed dense sound absorbing material, ModuVent fan vent covers and finely tuned Dynamic Series fans. The Define R5 was designed with configurability in mind, accommodating up to 8 hard drives and all modern graphics cards. Should you wish to expand your system with water cooling components or more fans the layout can easily be configured to meet your demand.
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This Case was an upgrade/ downsize from a very reliable full tower case the HAF X. I had the HAF X for around five years, and it was time to retire the old beast and get something a little smaller, flat friendly and eye pleasing.
Growing older I have steered away from getting the window panel and decided to get the all black quite edition. Window panels usually get scratches from moving or even cleaning, plus the case is on the floor where no one will be able to see it. The case its self is very solid, no too heavy but definitely not light. The case is a lot wider than I thought it was going to be, even looking at videos I was a little shocked but nice surprise as you will be able to fit a Noctua D14/15 in there.
"I'm in the middle of a upgrade so if you see any parts that look out of place in the picture they are most likely going to be replaced"
The case has a sound reducing mat on the top and sides to stop sounds this keeps things quite but adds more heat to your case. If you want a little more airflow in your case, you can remove the top and side fan covers and install fans. This will make your computer a louder, but if you choose the right fans and set them up correctly, you should be able to keep the case very quiet.There is also a fan controller too which you can fit 3, three pin fans and set them to 3 different settings. If you want to add more fans to this, I would recommend getting fan splitters.
I would like to say that having the side fan setup adds a loud whistling noise if its sucking air in unless you set the fan speed to 40%-50% and blowing air out is almost pointless for heat distribution and still add slight whistling noise. If you want to add more air into the case, I would recommend adding in a fan at the bottom sucking air in as it is less noisy. I set up the fan speeds in the bios so that it is whisper quiet when using it normally and add in more air when you’re doing your hardcore rendering.
Technically you can fit two 140mm fans on the front, a 140mm /120 mm fan in the back. 140mm /120 mm on the side, three 140mm /120 mm in the top and three more in the bottom. To be able to fit three fans on the top, you will have to sacrifice your optical bays.
Personally, I would think about replacing the fans that it comes with. There not loud but compared to others out there they could be better. Not too much of an issue for me as I had fans laying everywhere around but I would have also like to see two fans in the front installed not 1. Plus, the fans are very weak and can break very easily. This happened to me when a fan cable wasn’t tied back properly and got caught.
As for the fan speed controller, I like it a lot as it suits my needs. Now I know this will sound strange as I’ve been talking about setting fans up in bios but I’ve set up my CPU fans and the front two fans, so when I need more air in my case, quickly I can do so keeping everything cool. Saying that even at low to mid speed I can have enough air in my case to keep everything cool and quiet. It more for those really hot days.
Size and Hard drives
You can fit in all kinds of motherboards from itx all the way to extended atx motherboards. For graphic cards I just able to fit in my Asus 980ti Strix, which if you don’t know it is a HUGE card, but I was able to do so without taking out any Hard Drive Bays as for the HDD bays. The HDD is where the case lets its self down. You have to install four rubber grommets to stop any vibration of your HDD, and they are made out of metal so the ones that are not in use sometimes you will be able to hear them vibrating. Personally, I would have liked to see them made out of plastic and them to be tool-less also
There is not much more I can say about this case. It is a fantastic quiet case perfect for someone who is taking the setup from budget cases but still doesn't want to spend over £100.
The side panel mechanism of closing was tricky at first but after very easy to use.
The really down side is where you install the front fans, the screws are incompatible if you are not using the ones that the case came with.
If it wasn't for that downside it would've been 5 stars.
And yes the closed front panel does restrict airflow coming in the case but you sacrifice that for silence instead in which I'd say is alright because it just makes your fans rpm a bit slower.
- lots of room
- reasonably quiet
- 4f USB ports on front I/O panel
- with exception of front radiator, everything was easy to install.
- not great for front mounted 280mm radiator. Although there is ample room in the case if you remove the drive cages, and you can fit 2 x 140mm fans in the front fan compartment (a rather annoying 'feature'), then you can only attach the rad to the case with 4 out of 8 screws as the screw holes are in the wrong place. If tightened up greatly, the rad can warp. I don't want a top mounted radiator as it means using it as an exhaust (drawing in warm case air into it) and limits you to push or pull only.
- USB ports - one USB3 port was so stiff that it was impossible to get the USB plug out without a screwdriver to lever it out. I could literally lift the front of the PC up by the USB stick! After the above remove, it was slightly looser although still annoyingly stiff compared to the other ports. In addition, the cables to the USB 2 and 3 ports did not supply enough power from the mobo to power an external 320 GB G-Drive HDD with a USB splitter cable. I had to plug in this HDD into the USB ports on the mobo at the back of the case and it worked. I tested the same mobo in another case and using the Front I/O USB ports worked perfectly. If I had asked FD they would likely have posted me a new one, but I didn't bother.
- moduvents at top. Plastic isn't ideal although they have sound insulating material on the inside. If you place an external DVD drive or HDD on top of the moduvents at the front of the case, they vibrate annoyingly. This doesn't happen on the Silverstone KL07 for instance which also has a plastic top too.
- limited cable management area on right of case, despite a 23mm width. There was more than enough room in the main area of the case, too much if anything. Putting my ATX power cable along with all the other cables in the main vertical cable management run down the middle, even when tidied up (Corsair PSU cables are thick), meant it was hard to close the right panel and screw it in. The right panel bowed under the strain visibly. After 4-6 weeks of use, the hole in the back of the case where the thumb screw goes in was warped, pulled away from the case with the pressure. Also the bottom thumb screw on the right side panel was cross threaded and could not screw in but just turned and turned.
- Screws were supplied in a variety of styles with no explanation as to which was which so it was trial and error, proper labelling or experience to know which to put where once you'd disassembled it. Over time most of these would cross thread, I had little confidence in the holes.
- rear and bottom of case would flex excessively when working on it, e.g. installing PSU. The Silverstone KL07 was much better in this regard. Full length bottom mesh floor and dust filter good for bottom mounted rads but otherwise adds compromise in rigidity.
- mediocre fans (you really need to replace them all). This is normal for PC cases though, they ship with 'cheap' fans for economics.
- Not THAT quiet, even with quiet fans
- unattractive looks, no rounded corners. Very little design flair.
- Two ODD drive slots or none. Who needs 2 ODDs?
- Annoying to have to open the front door to access the ODD. The door with sound dampening does nothing to quieten the ODD bay when in use and could have been separate from the door (no filter there to access). Little difference in noise between having door open or closed TBH.
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