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This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK-W Black Computer Case
Pros: Flexibility - You can arrange the bays just about any way you need, put a radiator on any side of the case.
Wiring control - Amazing amount of space behind the tray for routing a very clean install. Large CPU cutout for easy addition of a backplate when needed later. Cable tie down points and large grommet ports in the mother board tray were a pleasure to work with.
Construction - The case is very solid, decent amount of weight to it. Removing the large HDD bay helped a bit. Everything fits together nicely and is well thought out.
Sound - Very quiet with the exception of the con below
Space - Tons of room to work, never feels cramped. You could run 3 GFX cards in here with water cooling no problem.
Filters - The bottom filter spans the whole case and protects your PSU and a front covers both 140mm intake fans. Best filter layout I've worked with.
Rubber feet - Minor but appreciated. Coming from plastic feet these feel much classier.
Cons: Fans - Terrible, my front one is DOA, tried 3 different headers fan controller and not, nothing. Second one is quiet but has a noticeable ticking sound. These will be replaced with Corsair quiet series 140s but I shouldn't have to do that.
Front door - Feels a bit cheesy/plasticy, when you close it the top and bottom have to be pushed in separately. For the amount of times I go for the dvd-rom I'll live. Would have liked to see a nice black brushed aluminum piece here with perhaps a magnetic latch. R6?
Size - It's a bit on the large side, almost a full tower, so just be aware. It's also pretty heavy, removing the large HDD bay helped some but this is no LAN party box.
Other Thoughts: If bad fans are the only thing I have to deal with in a build I'm a happy customer. Maybe offer it sans fans if you can't provide quality, the rest of the case is top notch.
Overall I'd say 9.5 out of 10. Very close to perfection and easily remedied.
Pros: These are amazing for cleaning up a build. Slide it right into the m.2 slot and your done, zero wires. And talk about tiny, it's about the size of a small pack of gum.
Cons: Was a little worried when it didn't show up in my Asus Hero VII bios at first, but once I forced the PCI to M.2 instead of auto it detected it, no drivers or anything required. Also the price per GB is a little high, but that's what you pay to early adopt.
Other Thoughts: Read:641MB/s
Ran from AS SSD with OS running off the drive. I don't like the green PCB on my black board, but as another user suggested there's always plastidip for that!
Pros: Huge capacity, 15000 mAh can charge my phone (3300 mAh) about 4x or Ipad 4 once. Professional looking case, simple one button charging/auto shut off. Came 95% charged.
Cons: Only thing I've noticed so far is the USB ports are a bit 'tight'. Also the charging cord plug is a bit awkward, just be gentile when using it to make sure you don't jar the charging port lose from the pcb.
Other Thoughts: The charging on this pack is +12v (no USB charge) which I consider a plus. Some may desire to charge via USB, but with packs this large your talking over 24 hours to charge. The manual states the 12v 1.2a charger can bring the battery to full in roughly 5-7 hours, I haven't had the chance to do a full charge yet to test the speed however. I also consider this a plus for automotive charging, as long as the alternator is off most car batteries put off 12.5v which should allow charging without using a controller/smart circuit.
Really can't go wrong for the price. Just consider the size and weight for your application. This is more of a bag/purse type of item, you won't be shoving it in your pocket easily.
Display Name: Evan D.
Date Joined: 10/10/04
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