Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R3
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Perfect for my tastes
Bennett S., 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 dust filter under the PSU This case definitely is quiet. I have all 6 fan options installed. Used the 2 that came with it and 4 plain jane rosewill fans. Even after removing th...
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.
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.
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-wise.
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...
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. I can easily hear the fans when the computer is on across the room. I'm still in love with this case, but I may invest in some water cooling to get the result I want.
Pros: Solid construction, great design, excellent utility for water cooling and extra fans.
Summary: I built a computer with the non USB3 version of this case before this revision and this latest revision seems like much better build quality.
Pros: -Sturdy Built -Inaudible from more then 3 ft away -Good Airflow -240mm Water Cooling Radiator Compatible -Easy fan installation -Good Cable Management -Plenty of room to work -Clean look
Cons: -Emits a slight vibration noise, I think it may be from the hard drive cage or one of the default fans. I will change the fans around Christmas time and update the review -Power LED can be a bit bright -No HDD LED - To compensate for the above two problems, I plugged the LED headers into my HDD pins on the motherboard
Does what it say on the tin (well product description)
11 August 2012
Excerpt: "The Fractal Design R3 is a nice case that allows you to optimize for sound or cooling performance much like other cases but you get a bit more control through the use of foam panels. The case comes with two fans with one positioned in the rear as an exhaust and the other in the front as an air intake fan. In total there are 7 available fan slots; 2 top, 2 front, 1 bottom, 1 rear and 1 side. The two top fans and the side fan come with the foam panels ...
Pros: Great concept for sound proofing/cooling, price, smart front panel design
Cons: Internal hardware needs to be chosen carefully to fit, door
Summary: Haft i ca 8 månader. Snyggt och diskret, tycker att det gör sitt jobb i å med att utge sig för att vara ett chassi för den ljudkänslige. Chassifläktarna är tysta (på lägsta varvantalet), och kanske skulle det bli bättre om man satte in ett par chassi-fläktar från Noctua istället (Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm). Tänkte återkomma om det senare! Gummibussningarna är precis som alla säger, fasligt dåliga. Åker ur hur lätt som helst.