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Fractal Design Define R3
Eight 3.5” hard drive slots.
Excellent out of thebox cooling (2x 120mm fans) and five additional enclosed/dampened mounts.
No crazy LEDs.
Transparent side panels.
Sound Dampening Materials.
Space For 8 HDDs/SSDs.
Fan Controller Included.
No hard drive LED.
No USB 3.0.
HDD Trays Could Be Better.
No Room For Graphics Cards Over 290mm In Length.
Heavy at 13kgs for just case & PSU.
Only two fans.
Clips of front covers won't last long.
By Computeractive on May 15, 2012
There is something about white PC cases that seems to catch people's attention more than any other colour, so when the Arctic White version of Fractal Design's excellent Define R3 appeared it was met with a fair degree of cooing and oohing.The...-
By X-bit Labs on April 16, 2012
The abundance of functionally identical elements with different design (disk guides, fasteners, fan filters, chassis feet, etc.) make us suspect that Fractal Design is still trying different solutions in practice in search of the best one. The...-
By hardCOREware on January 25, 2012
sSince cooling performance depends entirely on hardware used, and environmental factors, there is little point in temperature testing. My system will almost certainly be different from yours or the next person’s, and it would be impossible to get...-
By Vortez on January 03, 2012
We may have been a little late to the party with this review but it was still worthwhile to observe why so many have heralded it as a successful computer chassis. For some time now I have been keen to take a look at this case and its plain to see why...-
By AnandTech on November 11, 2011
One of the perks of this job is getting to see some up-and-comers get championed by our readership and then turn around and find out what the fuss is all about. Such is the "case" (pun wholly intended) with Fractal Design's Define R3 enclosure....-
By APH Networks on September 29, 2011
Have you ever been annoyed by people who have distorted tastes with regards to desirable versus undesirable noise? When a Ferrari 458 Italia whizzes by you on the highway, the sound of that fire pumping, heart thumping 562hp 4.5L V8 is simply music to...82
By Techgage on August 03, 2011
I walk away with two things from my time with the Fractal Design Define R3. The first is that it's a very well designed chassis. All edges on the interior of the case had grommets around them and even when digging around in the hard drive bays, I...-
By Missing Remote on July 05, 2011
With outstanding build quality, expandability, cooling, noise levels and design I can find very little to dislike with the Fractal Design Define R3. Use of the word “investment” to describe any PC, or Consumer Electronics, purchase is pet...-
By Real World Labs on June 21, 2011
Compared to the previous Define R2 the Define R3 comes with quite a few improvements such as a better noise-dampening coating, better quality/performance fans, easy removable front 5.25" bay covers, better paint job and a reset button. Another...-
By PCWorld New Zealand on June 15, 2011
Swedish tech company Fractal Design have been busy forging a name for themselves as purveyors of high quality, well designed PC cases and accessories. The Define R3 lives up to that name, proving an excellent addition to their product portfolio.I was...90