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Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

  • ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 USB 2.0, 1 eSATA, Audio Front
  • 2 Fans included / 7 Optional
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The award winning Define R3 combines minimalistic yet elegant styling with extraordinary performance, noise reduction features, premium build quality and unparalleled value in this price range. This mid-tower case is a great choice for everything from gaming/enthusiast systems to silent home theater and corporate applications. The R3 comes pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing bitumen material on the front, top and side panels. The exclusive ModuVent System provides three 5.5”X 5.5” panels which also have noise absorbing material; these panels can be removed to expose three air vents for additional fans for high air flow applications. Rubber padding on the case feet, and anti-vibration pads for the power supply and HDDs also help reduce noise.

The cleverly designed, (8) white HDD trays, with black silicone mounting grommets, can be used for 3.5” HDDs or SSDs. The spacious sleek black interior can support graphic cards up to 290 mm and CPU coolers up to 165mm high. If cooling becomes more of a priority, this system can support up to 7 fans with removable filters to provide airflow from 5 sides of the case. The case also includes several rubber grommeted routing holes and extended cable space behind the M/B mounting plate which allow for efficient cable management. The bottom of the case has a filter over the power supply which can be easily removed for cleaning.

It's easy to see why this case has won so many awards; the attention to detail, clever design, high-performance features, understated yet elegant style, quality workmanship, and unparalleled value, put the Define R3 in a class of its own.

  • newegg OPTIMIZED FOR NOISE REDUCTION The case includes dense, noise absorbing materials on the front, top and side panels.
  • newegg UNIQUE MODUVENT SYSTEM If cooling becomes more of a priority than noise reduction, the ModuVent panels can be removed to expose additional air vents for fans.
  • newegg FLEXIBLE VENTILATION OPTIONS Up to 7 fans can be installed (2 x 120mm - front, 2 x 120/140mm - top, 1 x 120mm - back, 1 x 120/140 mm - side panel, and 1 x 120/140 mm - bottom).
  • newegg CONVENIENT FRONT PANEL The aluminum look front panel has a stunning, minimalistic design with easily accessible USB 2.0, eSATA and Audio I/O ports. The reset button is intelligently placed inside the front door.
  • newegg STYLISH and FLEXIBLE HDD TRAYS 8 HDD trays (painted Fractal accent white) can support 3.5” HDDs or SSDs. The silicone mounting pads reduce noise caused by drive vibration.
  • newegg ADVANCED CABLE MANAGEMENT Cables can be conveniently routed through 5 rubber grommets into a generous compartment behind the motherboard to reduce cable clutter and improve airflow.

Learn more about the Fractal Design Define R3, Black Pearl

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Model
Define R3, Black Pearl

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2 x External 5.25" Drive Bays with one 5.25 > 3.5 inch converter included
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1 x External 3.5" Drive Bay (when converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
8 x Internal 3.5" Drive Bays compatible with SSDs
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA and Audio I/O

Cooling System

120mm Fans
2
Side Air duct
Yes

Physical Spec

Dimensions
20.52" x 8.17" x 17.32"
Weight
27.50 lbs.

Features

Features
Stunning Aluminum look Front Panel design

ModuVent System offers optimal silence and performance capabilities

Pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing material

8 x HDD user friendly white trays with black silicone mounts

Sleek black interior with Fractal white and black accent colors

Convenient top I/0 panel for easy access

7 x Fan Slots (2 x 120mm - front, 2 x 120/140mm - top, 1 x 120mm - back, 1 x 120/140mm - side, 1 x 120/140mm - bottom)

2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans included

Fan Controller for 3 fans included

Removable and Washable air filters

Advanced Cable Management System

Supports graphics card lengths up to 290mm

Larger hole in M/B cover to support large CPU coolers

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Nathaniel B.
  • 2/14/2012 6:25:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet

Pros: This case is very quiet, I can have all my fans with the exception of my graphics card running at 100% and it I can not even hear it. The overall build quality is great, a very solid design. The dust filters are a very nice feature, I have had the case for around 6 months now and there is almost no dust in the case. I do have to clean off the filters every once and a while but it is not that difficult.

Cons: There is not a lot of extra room behind the motherboard tray to run wires. The power button light is a fairly bright, at least in my dorm room.

Other Thoughts: When I got the case the back lower two thumb screw areas were bent in but i believe this was the shipping companies fault. It was not enough to make me send the case back but it is a little annoying some times.

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  • Adam O.
  • 10/6/2011 1:23:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat quality, very quiet

Pros: -solid black w/ subtle blue power LED looks fantastic
-you can tell it is very high quality by just holding one of the side pannels; it is very solid and well constructed
-VERY quiet - I installed an extra 120mm in the front and in the top, and even under full load it stay cool and hardly audible
-easy to remove dust filters on all the intakes

Cons: would be nice if the hinges of the front door could be switched, but this is just nitpicking

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  • Mark N.
  • 9/22/2011 9:30:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost perfect

Pros: It is quiet. Having sideways facing hard drives is great. It looks good.

Cons: No hard disk activity LED. The space for cable routing should be about a quarter inch wider so the motherboard power cable isn't pressed hard against the side panel. The hole for routing the motherboard 12-volt connector is located too close to the front of the case so my cable wouldn't reach.

Other Thoughts: I bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812201031 (APEVIA 26.5" HDD LED and Power LED cables) to get a hard disk activity LED.

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  • David S.
  • 9/21/2011 8:36:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful, wonderful case

Pros: -Beautiful exterior
-Internal soundproofing
-Extensive cable-management options
-Tool-free, hot-swap HDD/SDD cages
-Wonderful internal cable management tools
-Large, efficient silent fans, with included fan controller.

Cons: -The perpendicular "PCI" slot is mounted in a way that–if one places anything there (I have a header-mounted USB bracket there, for example), that part will needed to be removed in order to access the PCI slots below. In addition, since the thread for this bracket adjoins the rear exhaust, if you have a fan mounted in the case's rear, you'll need to remove the fan, then remove this PCI bracket, then access the brackets below. It's a bit tricky if you need to swap out or add another card.

-No HDD activity light. But now that I think of it, maybe I don't miss it. Heck, maybe the HDD activity light--much like the PS/2 and parallel ports, has gone the way of the dodo...

-A bit larger than I'd like for an HTPC/micro-ATX case: it's essentially the same width and depth as a standard ATX mid-tower, but slightly shorter. Still, you should be able to model what you're getting based on their quoted dimensions

Other Thoughts: This is really a wonderful case; a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to look at. If you're on the market for a small(er) silent (*silent*-paired with my Antec Kuhler and OCZ modular PSU, I can barely here the thing with the fans at full blast.) case with a pure, sleek aesthetic, look no further. It'll be hard taking your eyes off it, frankly.

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  • Nikeem C.
  • 9/17/2011 10:49:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Magnificent case, very silent.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Recommended.

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  • taher j.
  • 9/2/2011 6:51:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case/design/build

Pros: Dead silent (so much internal padding, love it), cable management in the front side is beautiful. Standard/easy computer build. Flawless case, sleek, classy, well built. Case comes with extra screws and everything you need. Would buy again!

Cons: None. Worth every penny!

Other Thoughts: Came with a broken fan (due to shipping) Gave them a call (ryan) and they Imediately offered to send me a new one! Great customer service, you get what you pay for!

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  • Alex H.
  • 8/29/2011 12:07:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case!

Pros: Beautiful case, has good aesthetic. Room for everything I need and more. Black inside, way better than old case. Quiet fans.

Cons: I experienced a clicking noise during audio playback when I had power supply cables routed through hdd cage area at first. It went away after I rearranged the cables differently. Very odd occurrence.

Other Thoughts: Love Fractal Design and will continue to go to them first for case needs.

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  • Brent K.
  • 8/25/2011 8:21:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsquiet aesthetics

Pros: -monolithic styling
-very quiet
-really nice paint
-filters on every intake
-has a bounty of cable routing options
-front door closes with magnets, no latches to break
-gloss white on matte black makes me wet
-not huge
-no stupid window
-super customizable for more cooling

Cons: -not completely silent
-side panels are a little fiddly to put back on
-no front usb 3.0
-could use more room under the mobo tray for cables
-front intake filters are a pain to remove
-power led is kind of bright

Other Thoughts: gigabyte z68x-ud4-b3
intel core i5 2500k
crucial m4 64gb
seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm
xfx radeon 6950 1gb
8gb mushkin blackline pc16000
crucial hx650

first pc build in a long time and it was a breeze in this case.

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  • Alan S.
  • 8/23/2011 2:11:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy I chose the Define R3

Pros: It arrived in great condition even though the box took a beating. Case is very rugged, discrete, quiet and roomy (see my specs below). Filters work great (had to clean one of them already). Look forward to owning this case for a long time!

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: Specs:

Biostar TZ68A+
Core i5 2400
Xigmatek Loki SD963 cooler (keeps cpu 19 degrees cooler than stock Intel)
Zotac GeForce GT 430 Zone edition (fanless)

Didn't add any fans to the case (using 2 stock), and it stays quiet and cool, even while folding for a few hours at a time (55 celsius max, 38 idle).

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  • Christopher M.
  • 8/23/2011 2:08:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty nice

Pros: The case is fairly roomy, lots of sound dampening material, nice cable routing cutouts, sleek design, and allows for a lot of fans should you want them. The case is pretty quiet and I think it looks pretty good.

Cons: No usb 3.0 support (Fractal says theyre going to sell a $10 front panel USB 3.0 upgrade kit however) and the rubber grommet things fall off kinda easily. The cable management holes could be a little bigger/have better placement but YMMV since its going to depend on your motherboard.

Other Thoughts: System Specs:
Asus P8Z68-v Pro
Intel i7 2600k @ 4.5Ghz
EVGA GTX 570 SC
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600
1TB Samsung Spinpoint
Corsair H70

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