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Fractal Design Define R3 Titanium Grey w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0 + 1 x USB3.0 and Audio I/O Front Ports
  • 2 x External 5.25" Drive Bays with one 5.25 > 3.5 inch converter included External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 x Internal 3.5" Dri
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The award winning Define R3 with USB 3.0 combines minimalistic yet elegant styling with extraordinary performance, noise reduction features, premium build quality and unparalled 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 unparalled value, put the Define R3 in a class of its own.

  • newegg BUILT-IN USB 3.0 SUPPORT The Aluminum look front panel has a stunning, minimalistic design with easily accessible USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and Audio I/O ports. The reset button is intelligently placed inside the front door.
  • newegg OPTIMIZED FOR NOISE REDUCTION The case includes dense, noise absorbing materials on the front, top and side panels.
  • newegg EXCLUSIVE MODUVENT SYSTEM If cooling becomes more of a priority than noise reduction, the ModuVent panels can be removed to expose additional air vents for optional fans.
  • newegg FLEXIBLE VENTILATION OPTIONS Up to 7 fans can be installed (2 x 120 mm - front, 2 x 120/140mm - top, 1 x 120mm - back, 1 x 120/140 mm - side panel, and 1 x 120/140 mm - bottom). And a fan controller, which can be mounted in an expansion slot in the rear, is included. It can control up to three fans with one knob.
  • 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

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Model
Define R3

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Titanium Grey
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
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
8 x Internal 3.5" Drive Bays compatible with SSDs
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB2.0 + 1 x USB3.0 and Audio I/O

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
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)
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
20.85" x 8.17" x 17.4"
Weight
27.56 lbs.

Features

Features
Stunning front panel design

Unique 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

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.

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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  • Joshua F.
  • 8/22/2012 8:43:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat looking case

Pros: - Not as tall as most mid towers
- Very quiet
- Beautiful inside and out
- Well built

Cons: - Rubber grommets for liquid cooling don't stay in place. Sort of annoying, not detrimental.
- No HDD status LED

Other Thoughts: In my long history of PC cases, I can definitively say this is the best one I've had so far. It's more compact than most mid towers, but plenty roomy inside. There's no HDD status LED, so I just hooked up the power LED to be the HDD status LED. I'm kinda old school in that I like to see when my HDs are working.

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  • Martijn d.
  • 5/29/2012 12:28:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to use

Pros: - Easy to build a computer in this case, even for a first-timer like me.
- Nice fan controller
- Fans are silent at a low setting (the lowest is fine for me)
- Versatile
- Good quality construction

Cons: - I wish the drive tray came in 2 parts so I could remove one. Seems to obstruct the airflow (no egg deducted because I don't actually have a problem with controlling the temperature, using just a Hyper 212 Plus and the two case fans with a fanless power supply and fanless graphics card).
- I wish the top and side vent options weren't there for esthetic reasons. Versatility vs. esthetics ....

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  • Matt M.
  • 5/27/2012 7:27:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsKeeping it quiet and cool

Pros: Quiet
Keeps things cool
Easy install
Nice cable management

Cons: Stupid rubber grommets keep falling off, especially the ones for the water cooler tubes.

Other Thoughts: I read tons of case reviews. I wanted to build a mid to high level machine but have it run very quiet. This case looks nice, builds nice, and lived up to all the expectations I had based up on research.

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  • Stephen P.
  • 5/25/2012 1:16:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent case

Pros: I'll state right off the bat, i never tried the stock fans. I've had silenx 120mm fans that i spent good money on for my last build, and loved them, so I installed 2 in front, and 2 in the back, replacing the stock ones. From what i'm reading though - the stock ones were plenty quiet anyways, so this shouldn't impact it much. I also installed a corsair 140mm in the bottom. I did not make use of any of the expandable cooling options, as I favor quiet over cooling for this build.

With that said, my cpu (phenom 955 BE, with a slight OC) temps dropped about 5 degrees at idle, and over 15 degrees loaded (with no other changes than the case) - More importantly the case is QUIET. I can't get over how quiet it is compared to the last one I had. The only fan that makes itself apparent over the ambient noise is the CPU fan when the temps creep up and it pushes itself to 5k rpm. I might make the move to a better cooler, or water cooling and banish the noise altogether.

Cons: grommets were hard to deal with - popped out easily. Also - it's on the larger side of the mid-tower spectrum, so keep that in mind if you need to fit it to a desk's cpu holder, or etc. Also - 1 usb 3.0 port, but took up the whole 19 pin header with it? Give me 2, guys.. its backwards compatible :)

Other Thoughts: Like some others - I went from having ugly, neon lit cases that looked like star trek convention rejects to a grown up case, simple in it's appearance, and quiet. I've seen NO drawbacks, and love the silence. my mechanical keyboard seems too noisy now, in fact.

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  • Anthony R.
  • 5/17/2012 12:17:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case

Pros: 8 HD trays that are easily accessible without tools - This sold it for me
Professional looking case
Perfectly placed cable routing holes for my Gigabyte Z77 board
Very quiet case, almost completely silent

Cons: The space behind the motherboard tray was a bit tight, but I was still able to route all my cables back there.

Other Thoughts: I used this case to build my photo/video editing workstation, and I needed something that looked professional, meaning no flashing lights, or windows or that non-sense. It really is a good looking case.

Also not sure on other reviewer about the standoffs not being correct. Mine were spot-on and I was able to screw in the standoffs and they aligned perfectly.

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  • Brian B.
  • 5/8/2012 1:13:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs solid as it gets

Pros: Cable management is great.
Really well finished.
Large enough opening to swap CPU coolers easily.
Looks great, I'd even go with "classy".
Very, very quiet.

Cons: Only con would be the PSU filter, more than once I picked up the case only to realize I almost poked right through it. Eventually I just removed it and put it back in once the case was buttoned up and in place.

Other Thoughts: I went from a big ol' neon lit, loud fan, see-thru, sharp-edged, too big for it's own good case to this guy. I've got 7 HDD's and a DVD-DL burner in it very comfortably and the internal temps are lower than the previous.

I bought another 120mm smart fan for the exhaust and moved the rear that comes with it to the front so they match. I can hear it when it kicks on full, but it sits right by my head, so I'm not complaining. It's awesomely quiet and heavy duty!

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  • Gerardo D.
  • 4/21/2012 6:11:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great looking case, sound absorbing material is of high quality and not a cheap piece of foam and rather dense. All fan locations are covered with sound deadening material unless needed where you can remove them. Cable routing at the back is good, will get to that later, nice button and io placement on top. Front door cover is made of metal and heavy plastic for a sure feel, magnetic closer is tight. Chromed bottom feet adds a nice classy touch.

Cons: No HD activity light unless you mod the case. They added a reset switch inside the door which is barely used rather than an activity led. The rubber grommets could be glued on or at least made to fit tighter they fall out if too much movement are made routing cables. The cable routing at back of the case behind right panel door must be done carefully. This area is not deep enough for thick cable routing, snakes of wires is a no no and must be concealed behind the drive cage. My power supply Antec 750W bronze gives you tons and tons of power options this must be hidden behind the drive cage as there is not enough room underneath motherboard. The corsair 600T gives you more room for this problem.

Other Thoughts: Great build for a main stream build with a decent power supply. Power supply that gives you countless power options is a problem to route cables.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/28/2012 2:42:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, But Not Great

Pros: Nice interior layout and design. Front door looks pretty cool. Power button/USB/audio on top of the case. Good cable routing options, including wire tie anchor loops, plenty of grommeted access holes. Sits a nice 3/4" or so off the floor. Adequate fan options. Fan controller is a nice addition. 2 sets of grommets for liquid cooler tubing. Has good dimensions for where I needed to place it.

Cons: No HDD LED...at all! Not quite as silent as my Antec P182 case. Sides/top made of rather thin sheet metal, and plastic mouldings have a thin, almost cheap appearance on close inspection. Most thumbscrew holes seem just a tiny bit skewed. Need to remove 4 screws to remove each of the front fan holders/filters for cleaning. Hard drives mount so that the sides of the mounting brackets face the fans (slightly impeding airflow I'd think). These, by themselves, aren't really too big a deal--except lack of HDD LED--but they are enough to add up to subtracting one egg.

Other Thoughts: Overall quality is generally good. The front door, with its brushed metal look, looks nice but the rest of the case is bland, black painted metal. I bought this case for a computer that's going in a music studio, so it needed to be QUIET! It's pretty quiet, but still makes enough noise that I'll probably have to account for it given the sensitivity of my microphones. It's not horrible, mind you, but if I'm sitting at my console, this case on the floor to my left, the other, built with an Antec P182 case on the right, I can't hear the Antec at all; I can hear the Fractal.
Still, I wouldn't recommend against this case, unless you REALLY need quiet. Next time, I'll go ahead and fork over the extra thirty bucks and get an Antec.
I get what Fractal Designs is trying to do; build a nice case for the cost conscious, and they did that. I just felt that the corners they cut to do that aren't really worth it. I won't even think of returning it, but had I known, I wouldn't have bought it.

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  • Shannon R.
  • 3/24/2012 8:48:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Absolutely beautiful case; very slick design. Extremely easy to work in and allows for very good cable management. Sound dampening is terrific. Even under heavy load, my computer is almost completely silent.

My case was missing one of the circular rubber grommets. So, I emailed Fractal and they mailed me 4 replacement ones which arrived 3 days later. Great company, amazing case.

Cons: None.

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  • ERIK B.
  • 2/23/2012 11:30:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Awesome case. Really really nice. Looks great and feels well made/sturdy to me. And it really does a great job keeping the noise down. I had to open to the doors just to make sure the fans were on at first. Stock fans that come with it are fine too. I'm running i5 2500K, 560ti, 2hds, dvd-r, & 16gigs ram, and the temp is not bad at all. I was worried it would get hot in there, but its not an issue.

lastly, the HD trays are great too, really dig it. Nice cable routing options too

Cons: Little tight behind the mobo area, so getting the cables in there and shutting the door is a little tricky, but if you just take your time, you'll be fine.

Other Thoughts: It looks great.

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