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Fractal Design Define R3 Silver Arrow 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
Silver Arrow
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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  • Bennett S.
  • 6/16/2012 1:01:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect for my tastes

Pros: Absolutely love the discrete design. That brushed aluminum door is my favorite feature of every single computer case on the market right now.
-Good looking, rubberized feet
-Included fans are quiet, I moved them both to the front
-Easy cable management
-Comes loaded with thumb screws
-Removable dust filter under the PSU
This case definitely is quiet. I have all 6 fan options installed. Used the 2 that came with it and 4 plain jane rosewill fans. Even after removing the 2 sections of sound dampening for the top fans this is still a quiet case, with very good airflow. (at least with all the fans installed) Even with the fans on my 7870 turned all the way up you only hear a slight hum coming from the case that isn't there otherwise.

Cons: It seems they left out the power cord that goes with the included fan controller, which to me was a shame since I was quite looking forward to that.

It's also pretty heavy.

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  • Keith F.
  • 5/12/2012 4:01:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWell worth it

Pros: Nice-looking case, very quiet and airflow is just fine for the kind of over clocking you get with motherboard auto tuning. The front door isn't a hassle, because the power button and USB ports (including one USB 3.0) are on the top, and these days how often do you need to put in a disc?

Cons: The rubber linings in the cable grommets can get pulled out when you push cables through. It's a minor pain to put it back in place, but they should have glued it. And one of the grommet holes is too close to the power supply, moving it a couple of CM to the front would be less cumbersome, cable-wise.

Other Thoughts: Overall, a great case and good value.

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  • Joshua W.
  • 2/16/2012 2:58:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost perfect

Pros: Solid construction, great design, excellent utility for water cooling and extra fans.

Cons: Not as quite as I had hoped

Other Thoughts: So this is a wonderful case to work with, and it was well thought out. I watched the videos and looked it over and I figured it would have to be as quite as my sonata case I've had for five year with a better layout/features. I am slightly disappointed that that is not true. I can easily hear the fans when the computer is on across the room.

I'm still in love with this case, but I may invest in some water cooling to get the result I want. I'd give it a five star overall as a case, but its only a 4 star silent case.

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  • David M.
  • 12/27/2011 8:49:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice case, but not as quiet as expected

Pros: Sturdy construction. Lots of HDD bays, which can fit 3.5" drives with rubber grommets or 2.5" drives without. Lots of fan options, with covers over many of the optional locations to help control airflow. Looks nice, if you're not looking for something flashy. Decent cable management options (though to be honest, this is the first case I've owned that addresses this at all, so I don't know how it compares to other modern cases). Plenty of space. Easy to work with. Includes expansion-slot-mounting fan speed controller to throttle down the speed of the case fans.

Cons: Not nearly as quiet as expected. There's a small vibration that I can silence by pressing gently on the top of the box. I haven't had a chance to delve into what the main culprits are for the rest of the hum, but it doesn't appear to be any one particular fan. It's not *loud*, but it's not any quieter than my previous case, which did not have any special acoustic features.

No acoustic dampening on the fan mounts. Must unscrew (and unplug?) entire fan assembly to remove filters for cleaning (except the power supply intake, which can nicely be removed). No HDD light.

Other Thoughts: Overall nice case. While it's not as quiet as I expected with stock components, it's quite possible that it has the features needed for an expert to bring it down to silent levels. If I had it to do over again, I might spend a little more for one of the more established players in quiet computing, but as it was more of a goal than a requirement for me, I'm reasonably satisfied with the case overall.

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  • Terry C.
  • 11/11/2011 8:29:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice and quiet

Pros: Quiet; good cable management; solid construction quality; nice durable finish; decent airflow even without top or side fans installed; nice tactile feel to the power button; reset button is placed out of the way to prevent accidentally hitting it; tool-free installation (except for fans). Really like the clean minimalist appearance.

Cons: Be nice if the upper hard drive cage was removable as it is with other Fractal cases; rubber cable hole grommets are easy to dislodge; side panels could fit up a little tighter...all minor quibbles, not worth docking an egg.

Other Thoughts: With the two fans that came with the case mounted in the front, along with a bottom fan, exhaust fan, and CPU fan all running around 1000 rpm's, this case is very quiet...not dead silent, but I have to stop and listen to hear it. Airflow at this setting is sufficient for gaming without the system getting too hot (it's not overclocked). The video card fan does add audible noise if it's turned up much. Note you may have to add an extension to run the 8-pin mobo power cable up behind the motherboard (I did).

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  • J.D. M.
  • 11/7/2011 1:52:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUSB 3.0 is not working

Pros: I've owned a few cases and this is one of the best though out cases I've encountered. The sound deadening is fairly effective, but unlike the competition does not intrude into the interior of the case.

The layout facilites good airflow even with lots of hard drives.

With Cougar Vortex Fans and a Noctua ND-14 the case is almost silent!!!

I love doors on cases and the addition of noise absorbing foam really makes a difference on this model

It has a good layout that allows excellent airflow even with lots of HDDs.

I removed the fractal fans and added 2 Cougar CF-V12HP fans to the front. I reused a thermaltake silent fan from my

Cons: The metal frames that hold the harddrives are very flimsy and bend with just finger pressure. The powder coating was very soft in a couple of areas.

The front panel USB connector is not working at this time. I've contact Fractal and will update my review if they fix it.

Other Thoughts: For me the power LED is just too bright. I turned it off in my BIOS.

I love the layout and if Fractal upped the build quality it would easily be the best case under $200.

Also, this case is not tool less. I don't mind because i prefer to screws to plastic spring clips anyday!!!

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