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Fractal Design Define R5 Black Window ATX Midtower Silent PC Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs I can't say it lived up to the hype 02/26/2015

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 Black Window ATX Midtower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: It is quiet as advertised unless you mount fans in top. The door while being plastic is sturdy and attractive. Simple fan controller that works better than most other brands. Loved all of the tie down spots for cables, flexibility with drive cage and case fan arrangements. It does have the best fan filters I have seen so far in a case that are very easy to remove and clean without having to move your tower because you can access them from the front. The case feet were a nice addition, most companies skip on it and give you flimsy plastic feet with no vibration dampening rubber. It came with plenty of screws and accessories that were neatly organized.

Cons: I have some rather big complaints about the case that I wasn't aware of going in. The first and most obvious ones would have to be the quality of metal and plexi glass they used to make the case. People on here say it is "heavy" and "sturdy" but I disagree coming from a full tower made by thermaltake. The metal is so thin and flimsy that the case flexes pretty good, with everything installed, when I go to move it. I actually slightly bent the thin metal around the pci slots when installing my motherboard I/O cutout. I bent it back, but it took such little force... I knew about the cheap plastic they used for the window and figured I would replace it with different plexi glass, but at this point I am wishing I just bought the windowless version and saved money and cut the window how I wanted if I was going to have to go through the hassle anyways. Also, Because of the thin metal, it makes the top fans LOUD. The vibration was ridiculous. In fact, it seems like everywhere they didn't put the sound dampening material, it vibrates.
My other, rather huge complaint was the cable cut outs by the side of the motherboard. In pictures and at first glance, it looks great, but when you try to sneek an extremely thick and stubborn USB 3.0 connector through a slightly angled cut out and try to bend it to connect it to your motherboard.... well needless to say I have a bent pin on my mobo's USB 3.0 header now. My board is a msi z77 gd-55. I don't know if they moved the header on the newer boards or what, but all I know is that my motherboard didn't like this case. I also had a large amount of difficulty installing my 8pin cpu power connector because it was hard to fit the connector through the cut out provided. I had already installed my cpu cooler when I discovered this and I had to angle the connector ever so perfectly to get it to go through... so you can see my frustration.
Also, as others have stated... the drive mounts aren't very secure. The only secure thing I feel is holding them in the cage would be the cables connected to the drives. I opted to just remove both cages and only use the 2x5.25 bay for my 2 hard drives. This configuration also gave me great airflow for my SLI'd 670s.

Other Thoughts: I know they were trying to keep the cost down by using thinner metal and cheap plastic, but I feel like if they fixed the issues I mentioned, it would be perfect. I would have payed more for a sturdier case. I went with the define R5 because everyone was saying it was an improved R4 and I really like the configuration, looks, and sound dampening. My old case was huge, loud, and looked like megatron. So it is still an improvement and I can't say there would have been much competition for me with this case with what is in stores today. I wish I could have brought myself to buy a caselabs case so I would never have to buy a case again, but you know... maybe next time.

It's a great case, don't let me mislead you. It just had some big downfalls that ticked me off. You really can't get better with other case makers unless you spend a lot more money and don't use newegg. I hope my review helps others plan their builds accordingly with minimal issues.

NF-F12 iPPC-3000 PWM Fan with Focused Flow™ and SSO2 Bearing
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs I am in love 01/22/2015

This review is from: NF-F12 iPPC-3000 PWM Fan with Focused Flow™ and SSO2 Bearing

Pros: Noctua fans without tan lines!
3000 RPM... mother of.. son of...
Dropped my cpu temps by at least 7c on idle, and I'd say around 10c on load.
I am pretty sure they are the best fans money can buy while maintaining a respectable noise/performance ratio. (Other than the 140mm version of this fan which is completely insane overkill)
They are very quiet 1500-1800rpm, above that you can hear them, but its just air moving. I admit at 3000rpm, they can be pretty loud, but they will only rev up that high when you need them which I like.

Cons: Although they finally made some fans without tan color, Noctua still leaves room to desire in the aesthetics department. At least I can do a little painting if I get tired of the full black because they are a blank canvas. For almost 30 bucks a pop, LEDs would make these fans the absolute best for multiple crowds.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 of them on my hyper 212 evo, on push/pull obviously. I swear my non overclocked 3570k never goes above 45c on load. Yes, that means I am going to push the clock and see what I can get. They destroy the brush bearing xigamateks that I had before which were by far the loudest fans I have ever heard. My computer is whisper quiet now when I am just browsing the web, listening to music, or whatever light duty I am doing and it keeps it cooler. I also have the security of knowing that when I do push my system, these bad boys know how to kick it up and perform. Noise at that point doesn't matter to me as long as my baby stays cool. I'd have my headphones on most likely anyways.
I bought them else where from a major online retailer that starts with an A and ends with a N that is about 4 bucks cheaper. So yeah... the most I have ever spent on a fan, but you get what you pay for. Fans aren't insignificant... your system's performance, longevity, and stability rely on your cooling aka fans so take my advice and don't skimp! If you got the cash for these, go for it!

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Velvet cable bag and the modular was nice.
Worked great while it lasted.

Cons: Died on me just recently after just over 6 months of use. My pc shuts down as soon as any game is loaded. No errors, blue screen, or anything just shuts off. When I bought this higher end power supply from a reputable company I was expecting great quality that I obviously didn't get. 750w at 90% efficiency is more than enough for my system.

Other Thoughts: This is the first time I have ever had to RMA a pc part. Very disappointing coming from a company like this.

z77a-gd55 msi
gtx 670 PE msi
256bg samsung 830 series
2x4g Gkill 1600mhz at cas 8


Jeremy R.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeremy R.

Date Joined: 09/28/06

  • Reviews: 40
  • Helpfulness: 25
  • First Review: 12/03/08
  • Last Review: 02/26/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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