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Fractal Design Define R3
9.0 out of 10

Fractal Design Define R3

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Overall 4
4.0

Not the greatest building experience.

James M., Newegg
21 July 2012
  • Summary: Other cons... - The feet are too flimsy, one broke on me while building. I superglued it back on, but it doesn't look real strong. - Unless something with my mobo is wonky, the front panel audio and mic jacks don't work.
  • Pros: Pretty solid build. The cable management holes are well placed, and there's plenty of room for everything. I guess I was a bit reluctant to only have 2 3.5" drive slots, but I'm only going to ever likely use 1 of them anyway. The sound dampening works wonderfully. I can't even tell that the thing...
  • Cons: - The reset button is under the door so you don't accidentally press it. The power button is not, and is VERY easily pressed where it is, which can be a downside. Especially with a cat that likes to sit on your computer tower. - The rubber grommets that cover all of the cable management holes and...
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Overall 4
4.0

You get what you pay for...

Gregory R., Newegg
10 May 2012
  • Summary: Did anyone at Fractal actually try to build a computer in this rig before selling it? I don't think so. First and last Fractal case I ever buy. Other options (550D) are simply superior for not that much more money.
  • Pros: ...which is, unfortunately, not much. Low cost case if you don't have the budget. Front door is nice, being able to hold 8 hard drives is nice. Being able to add as many fans as you could possibly need is nice.
  • Cons: BUT, there are a ton of issues. Flimsy construction, way too many screws when building even a simple rig, one or two parts arrived bent or broken, grommets are very weak and fall out, the grommet near the PSU area is actually partially blocked by the PSU, the top grommet near where the CPU power ...
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Overall 4
4.0

RMA'd (sticking to my Antec 300) for now...

Jasdeep C., Newegg
16 April 2012
  • Pros: Started writing this article with 3 stars... Excellent case. I was trying to replace my Antec 300 with this case, as my version of the Antec 200 has no heat sink window behind the motherboard, and the drives are facing towards the motherboard and not the side window. This case has a lot of room o...
  • Cons: After writing this section, i chose to take away one star to make it 2... -The motherboard seemed a little bit too deep (about 1/8"), had to use rubber washers to make it pop up a little for the 580 GTX SLI setup to sit in nicely. -Cable management on the rear side is a mess. The motherboard is t...
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Overall 4
4.0

Disappointed

mike o., Newegg
21 February 2012
  • Summary: I was coming from a haf 922 when I decided to purchase this case. I loved the air flow but thought that I could sacrifice a few degrees for a more quite system. After much research I landed on the Fractal define R3 as the case to get for what I was trying to accomplish.
  • Pros: If I could I would have given this item a 2.5 out of 5. The compactness and overall ascetics of the case are nice. Paint job was nice and would not easily scratch. Added fan controller was a nice touch. Good bags worth of different types of screws to use. Less 5.25 bays and more 3.5 are a plus to...
  • Cons: Sound dampening material doesn't seem to actual do anything and can make cable management a tad bit harder behind the motherboard tray. Removable fan vents are nice but when top or side were opened a lot of sound would come through. More then 2 fans are needed to reach decent temperatures. With a...
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Overall 4
4.0

I'd like to blame UPS but I can't

Michael M., Newegg
15 February 2012
  • Summary: I bought the case for $70 and regret my purchase. The rear panel is dinged up on both sides but more on the right which allows for chatter. This was not UPS's fault as there were no holes in the box which would be the only way to bend this small thumbscrew hole.
  • Pros: Case is quiet and spacious, fits my 560 Ti perfectly and everything the company promoted about the case it delivered.
  • Cons: This is where things go downhill. The case is quiet but unfortunately due to poor quality control my right panel and the place where the panel screws down was bent pretty badly. This doesn't allow me to screw in the top right panel thumbscrew and it will vibrate and make chatter and sort of kills...
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Overall 4
4.0

Incorrect mounting holes on back plater

Michael B., Newegg
23 December 2011
  • Summary: I sent email to the Fractal help desk last night, and to date approx 12 hours, I have not heard anything. I will be updating this when/if I hear back from them.
  • Pros: A very nice case overall. Well-constructed and finished with cut-outs to improve cable routing and rubber/silicone mounts to help deaden noise. The side and front panels are also lined with acoustic dampening materials.
  • Cons: It is bizarre, but several of the holes needed to mount the stand-offs for a normal ATX motherboard is too large or not threaded and thus the standoffs cannot be installed. I fixed this by using #32 nuts to secure 5 stand-offs to the back board. One of the stand-off holes for the ATX motherboard ...
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Overall 4
4.0

POOR design

Borys K., Newegg
10 November 2011
  • Summary: You really get spoiled by Antec
  • Pros: Cheap
  • Cons: This case has several severe issues -Front grill very restrictive for air flow to cool HD, a joke that will clog with dust in days. -Top grills also much more restrictive than need be aka Antec etc. -Side panels do not fit snug. -Blocking inserts for side and top grills should be WHITE NOT BLACK....
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Overall 4
4.0

Also came dented

Justin B., Newegg
25 May 2011
  • Summary: Will update the review when new case is received.
  • Pros: From the few minutes I looked at it it seemed nice...
  • Cons: Like a previous reviewer said, mine also came with a dent. Mine was on the top of the case towards the power button. If it had been somewhere less noticeable I might have let it slide, but it was right on the front/top and very visible. Newegg was helpful with the RMA process....assuming I don't ...
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