Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R3
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Great looking case
Joshua F., Newegg
22 August 2012
Summary: In my long history of PC cases, I can definitively say this is the best one I've had so far. It's more compact than most mid towers, but plenty roomy inside. There's no HDD status LED, so I just hooked up the power LED to be the HDD status LED. I'm kinda old school in that I like to see when my HDs are working.
Pros: - Not as tall as most mid towers - Very quiet - Beautiful inside and out - Well built
Cons: - Rubber grommets for liquid cooling don't stay in place. Sort of annoying, not detrimental. - No HDD status LED
Pros: - Easy to build a computer in this case, even for a first-timer like me. - Nice fan controller - Fans are silent at a low setting (the lowest is fine for me) - Versatile - Good quality construction
Cons: - I wish the drive tray came in 2 parts so I could remove one. Seems to obstruct the airflow (no egg deducted because I don't actually have a problem with controlling the temperature, using just a Hyper 212 Plus and the two case fans with a fanless power supply and fanless graphics card). - I wish the top and side vent options weren't there for esthetic reasons. Versatility vs. esthetics ....
Summary: I read tons of case reviews. I wanted to build a mid to high level machine but have it run very quiet. This case looks nice, builds nice, and lived up to all the expectations I had based up on research.
Pros: Quiet Keeps things cool Easy install Nice cable management
Cons: Stupid rubber grommets keep falling off, especially the ones for the water cooler tubes.
Summary: Like some others - I went from having ugly, neon lit cases that looked like star trek convention rejects to a grown up case, simple in it's appearance, and quiet. I've seen NO drawbacks, and love the silence. my mechanical keyboard seems too noisy now, in fact.
Pros: I'll state right off the bat, i never tried the stock fans. I've had silenx 120mm fans that i spent good money on for my last build, and loved them, so I installed 2 in front, and 2 in the back, replacing the stock ones. From what i'm reading though - the stock ones were plenty quiet anyways, so this shouldn't impact it much. I also installed a corsair 140mm in the bottom. I did not make use of any of the expandable cooling options, as I favor quiet over cooling for t...
Cons: grommets were hard to deal with - popped out easily. Also - it's on the larger side of the mid-tower spectrum, so keep that in mind if you need to fit it to a desk's cpu holder, or etc. Also - 1 usb 3.0 port, but took up the whole 19 pin header with it? Give me 2, guys.. its backwards compatible :)
Summary: I used this case to build my photo/video editing workstation, and I needed something that looked professional, meaning no flashing lights, or windows or that non-sense. It really is a good looking case. Also not sure on other reviewer about the standoffs not being correct. Mine were spot-on and I was able to screw in the standoffs and they aligned perfectly.
Pros: 8 HD trays that are easily accessible without tools - This sold it for me Professional looking case Perfectly placed cable routing holes for my Gigabyte Z77 board Very quiet case, almost completely silent
Cons: The space behind the motherboard tray was a bit tight, but I was still able to route all my cables back there.
Summary: I went from a big ol' neon lit, loud fan, see-thru, sharp-edged, too big for it's own good case to this guy. I've got 7 HDD's and a DVD-DL burner in it very comfortably and the internal temps are lower than the previous. I bought another 120mm smart fan for the exhaust and moved the rear that comes with it to the front so they match. I can hear it when it kicks on full, but it sits right by my head, so I'm not complaining. It's awesomely quiet and heavy duty!
Pros: Cable management is great. Really well finished. Large enough opening to swap CPU coolers easily. Looks great, I'd even go with "classy". Very, very quiet.
Cons: Only con would be the PSU filter, more than once I picked up the case only to realize I almost poked right through it. Eventually I just removed it and put it back in once the case was buttoned up and in place.
Summary: Great build for a main stream build with a decent power supply. Power supply that gives you countless power options is a problem to route cables.
Pros: Great looking case, sound absorbing material is of high quality and not a cheap piece of foam and rather dense. All fan locations are covered with sound deadening material unless needed where you can remove them. Cable routing at the back is good, will get to that later, nice button and io placement on top. Front door cover is made of metal and heavy plastic for a sure feel, magnetic closer is tight. Chromed bottom feet adds a nice classy touch.
Cons: No HD activity light unless you mod the case. They added a reset switch inside the door which is barely used rather than an activity led. The rubber grommets could be glued on or at least made to fit tighter they fall out if too much movement are made routing cables. The cable routing at back of the case behind right panel door must be done carefully. This area is not deep enough for thick cable routing, snakes of wires is a no no and must be concealed behind the driv...
Summary: Overall quality is generally good. The front door, with its brushed metal look, looks nice but the rest of the case is bland, black painted metal. I bought this case for a computer that's going in a music studio, so it needed to be QUIET! It's pretty quiet, but still makes enough noise that I'll probably have to account for it given the sensitivity of my microphones.
Pros: Nice interior layout and design. Front door looks pretty cool. Power button/USB/audio on top of the case. Good cable routing options, including wire tie anchor loops, plenty of grommeted access holes. Sits a nice 3/4" or so off the floor. Adequate fan options. Fan controller is a nice addition. 2 sets of grommets for liquid cooler tubing. Has good dimensions for where I needed to place it.
Cons: No HDD LED...at all! Not quite as silent as my Antec P182 case. Sides/top made of rather thin sheet metal, and plastic mouldings have a thin, almost cheap appearance on close inspection. Most thumbscrew holes seem just a tiny bit skewed. Need to remove 4 screws to remove each of the front fan holders/filters for cleaning. Hard drives mount so that the sides of the mounting brackets face the fans (slightly impeding airflow I'd think). These, by themselves, aren't reall...
Pros: Absolutely beautiful case; very slick design. Extremely easy to work in and allows for very good cable management. Sound dampening is terrific. Even under heavy load, my computer is almost completely silent. My case was missing one of the circular rubber grommets. So, I emailed Fractal and they mailed me 4 replacement ones which arrived 3 days later. Great company, amazing case.
Pros: Awesome case. Really really nice. Looks great and feels well made/sturdy to me. And it really does a great job keeping the noise down. I had to open to the doors just to make sure the fans were on at first. Stock fans that come with it are fine too. I'm running i5 2500K, 560ti, 2hds, dvd-r, & 16gigs ram, and the temp is not bad at all. I was worried it would get hot in there, but its not an issue. lastly, the HD trays are great too, really dig it. Nice cable routing o...
Cons: Little tight behind the mobo area, so getting the cables in there and shutting the door is a little tricky, but if you just take your time, you'll be fine.