Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R3
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Keeping it quiet and cool
Matt M., Newegg
27 May 2012
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: 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: 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
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. I would highly recommend this case and also the fans that come with it are great. Very pleased with my build.
Summary: This is a positive review hence the 4 stars. I won't cover the positives of the case since you can read them in the other reviews. It's a great case overall. My only issue with the case and the reason I am docking it a star is the front panel jacks (for headphones, mic etc). My front panel headphone jack stopped working. It's a standard barrel type jack - a little plastic box with some contacts and springs inside.
Summary: I perhaps had too high expectations given some of the glowing reviews I had read. The pros include its decent size, 8 hard disk bays (which I'll probably never all use), sound proofing, and a non-descript appearance (I'm in my late 40's!). The negatives include the poor user manual (effectively 2 pages of terse text plus a diagram) and a build quality that's commensurate with the relatively low price.
Summary: Haft mitt chassi väldigt länge, och ser inga större anledningar att byta ut den. Dämpar ljud något otroligt bra. ++ Tyst, så bra ljuddämpat. + Snyggt och stilrent. Fin matt metall, svart på insidan. + Användarvänlig. Enkel att bygga med. Medföljer många thumbscrews. - Gummigrejerna lossnar. - Plastigt dammfilter, gick sönder. - Plastiga fötter. Hade ett som lossnade. - Tråkig fläktkontroller. - Ljuset ifrån powerknappen är något starkt.
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.