Fractal Design Define R3

  • Fractal Design Define R3
89
Based on 16 scores, 42 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    11
  • Good:
    4
  • Average:
    1
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Spacious interior.
  • Eight 3.5 hard drive slots.
  • Excellent out of thebox cooling (2x 120mm fans) and five additional enclosed/dampened mounts.

Cons:

  • No hard drive LED.
  • No USB 3.0.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Computeractive on

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

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

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

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

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 82

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...

By Techgage on

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

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

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 90

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...

By itreviews.com on 100

The Fractal Design R3 is an outstanding case for those seeking to build a quiet PC. Clever design decisions also make it just as suitable for performance users who like its clean lines and minimalistic styling....

By SilentPC Review on

The new version of the Fractal Design Define case has a few notable improvements over its predecessor. The bitumen sheets to dampen noise has an improved look and finish. The rubber grommets that were the source of the smell that some users compained...

By ITShootOut on 95

Overall the Fractal Design R3 is a triumph of case design. Its understated fridge-inspired looks will always polarize users but for those seeking low noise, intelligent design and good cooling the R3 strikes a near perfect balance.Ian Jackson We Like...

By Expert Reviews on 100

The R3 is a worthy successor to the old model, improving it with much better cable management and quieter fans....

By Tbreak.com on 100

It’s very rare that I get excited about a PC case. Back in the 90s a PC case was nothing more than a white colored piece of plastic to house various components, which turned yellow over time and was eventually discarded in some dump. Since the...

By Maximum PC on 80

Updated 06 Jan 2011 12pm PST; see end of review. Fractal Design’s Define R3—the first Fractal case that will be widely available in the States—marries cool Scandinavian design with a hefty dose of acoustic foam and lots of nice...

By techPowerUp! on 91

The Fractal Design Define R3 has some noticeable improvements over the Define R2 and I agree that these warrant a new revision. The only thing Fractal Design needs to watch out for is the fact that the market is not standing still. Many manufacturers...

By Pureoverclock on

The look of the Fractal Design Define R3 is impressive with its black exterior that contrasts beautifully against the white interior. While the R3 is very reminiscent of the venerable Antec P180 from the exterior, the similarities end there as we see...

By Bit-tech.net on 90

The Fractal Design Define R3 builds on the successes of the Define R2 and improves on it in many areas. The case feels more solid and sturdy and the noise dampening materials used thought the case are much improved in both appearance and...

International Review By PCWorld France on 80

Avec sa gamme Newton R3, Fractal Design propose une alimentation de 600W de haute volée. Certifié 80Plus Platinum, ce bloc est de très bonne facture avec une ventilation silencieuse et efficace. Cependant, on notera une ombre à ce...