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Fractal Design Define R3
9.0 out of 10

Fractal Design Define R3

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Overall 10
10

Nicest Case I Have Ever Owned!

Sharon M., Newegg
4 December 2014
  • Summary: I bought this Older R3 model because I didnt need the removable drive cage or 1 extra usb 3.0 port, so I saved the money instead and bought the what turned out to be the last R3 in stock. THIS CASE IS AWESOME! Its beautiful and just plain clean.
  • Pros: Great Layout, exceptional quality.
  • Cons: Its not a newer R4 or R5 model
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Overall 8
8.0

Perfect for my tastes

William M., Newegg
16 June 2012
  • 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 d...
  • 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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Overall 8
8.0

Well worth it

Keith F., Newegg
12 May 2012
  • Summary: Overall, a great case and good value.
  • 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-...
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Overall 8
8.0

Almost perfect

Joshua W., Newegg
16 February 2012
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: Solid construction, great design, excellent utility for water cooling and extra fans.
  • Cons: Not as quite as I had hoped
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Overall 6
6.0

Nice case, but not as quiet as expected

David M., Newegg
27 December 2011
  • Summary: 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.
  • 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 (thou...
  • 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 qu...
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Overall 10
10

Nice and quiet

Terry C., Newegg
11 November 2011
  • Summary: 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

USB 3.0 is not working

John M., Newegg
7 November 2011
  • Summary: 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!!!
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
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User Review

Greg King, Techgage
3 August 2011
  • Conclusion: 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 never once found a sharp edge.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great case broken front panel headphone jacks

Ed, Amazon
12 November 2012
  • Summary: Got this case as im a bit picky on sound ect when i got it i was amazed of how well build the case was for the price. I only had one problem with it and that was that one of the front panel jacks was broken which did not really bother me as i use a internal sound card.
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Overall 10
10

Really nice

ref, Amazon
14 October 2012
  • Summary: Short review Pros: - Quiet, effective noise insulation Fans: 2 top fan slots (with sound barriers as the default, it comes with these) One on the side One on the bottom (with a dust filter) Two on the front (with a dust filter) One on the back All 120mm I think...
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