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Fractal Design Define R5 Gaming Case Black
- Optimally designed for silent computing with high density noise-reducing material throughout the case for maximum sound absorption, while not compromising on airflow and cooling capabilities
- Extensive water cooling support for a case of this size; housing radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front
- Newly, configured front door with dual side mounting to better fir your work space
- Highlighting 2 dedicated SSD mounts cleanly placed behind the motherboard tray that feature innovative new brackets delivering a tool-free installation and removal
- The HDD cage system holds up to eight 3.5" or 2.5" drives and is more adaptable than ever, allowing the user to modify the case layout according to personal preference with more places to relocate the cages
- Sturdy metal HDD trays provide excellent dampening features for the hard drives while providing better airflow through the cage with an updated, more open design
- The new and innovative Quick Release System on the left side of the case provides secure mounting of the left side panel, yet grants quick and easy access to the system.
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Before I decked it out; it was already quieter than my little Zallman case. I lend the acoustic suppression more to the solid build of the case rather than the insulated side panels... I insulated the entire case with doubled up silverstone acoustic foam, cut out all stamped fan grills and sealed/insulated unused openings/vents and set it upon a custom insulated mdf intake box/stand that I built.
I run a 1k watt psu, full atx, A10 6800 w/evo 212 cooler w/dual 120mm, 32gb ram, 1x R9 380, 4-5 hdd, 4 ssd, 1 dvdr, USB powered Focusrite audio interface (this is daw machine), 6 fans total...
It runs near silent even while gaming/running vsti for an hour plus; after tuning fans etc of course...
After eight years of building pc's; I found "the one"
I highly recommend this case. It is a big case but, stop fooling yourself... If you're building a custom PC then you want performance, silence and ease of maintenance/upgrades. This is it right here. Buy it.
The sheetmetal, features and such are really good. BUT... the case is large (that, in and of itself is not a problem and may even be a bonus) and THEY FREAK’N CUT A BUNCH OF CORNERS when it comes to the fans and fan controller. It’s as if the design staff said, “whoever buys this is going to toss all of the OE fans so why should we bother spending (literally!) $0.019998 to ensure the provided cables ACTUALLY FIT the intended purpose. I’m sitting here with a 90% assembled machine. One where I had to toss the OE case fans in the trash and buy replacements JUST BECAUSE THE DAMN CABLES ARE 2-4 INCHES TOO SHORT! What really chaps my hide is after all that I go to hook up the fan OE controller daughterboard and the damn PWM cable servicing the board is a good 10” to short. Now, I have to go back to Amazon and buy a freak’n PWM extension.
SHAME ON YOU FRACTAL!
I also have a R6 Nano and that case is fantastic. This big brother has me all pissed off at Fractal.
If you buy this case ALSO get 3 Noctua case fans (140mm) and a PWM extension. If your build is super complex (mine isn’t) you also need some custom PSU cabling (because typical PSU cables will also be to short).
No sharp edges, rubber grommets that are soft and easy to work with; lots of room to work with on a well-engineered case. The way the side panels attach, the front door, the extra heaviness of the panels and such due to the acoustic lining to keep things quiet. And it is VERY quiet.
I see myself using this case for a number of years, a number of builds going forward...and would not hesitate to go with Fractal Design again.
I'm also not a fan of how 140mm fans installed at the top of the case leave a large (2.5") gap open to the right, sucking in dust and blasting sound out of the case. Big no-no if you like having internal case pressure or you actually care about how loud your system is. I ended up having to use a circular saw to cut the existing panels in order to cover it properly.
Those who plan to use the top radiator's full 420mm allowance should also know that (at least in my case), you must screw the radiator to the top of the case and the fans to the underside rather than vice versa. Doesn't fit the other way around, so plan accordingly.
As another viewer stated, you probably also want to buy quite a bit of Silverstone Acoustic material if you're after real silence. The supposed 'silence' of this case is mostly a gimmick unless you cover all of the non-essential exhaust holes. Any exhaust that doesn't have a fan on it should be covered.
Great case, despite all of those things. You could definitely do worse.
BIG caveat that I wish I had been aware of: The Fractal Design S is the same case, but with better watercooling options, no 3.5" / HDD cages, and alternative HDD mounting (3x 3.5" and 2x SSD). If you're going to do a full watercooling loop, save yourself some cash simultaneously and get the much more flexible and appropriate Define S instead.
I've been extremely impressed with how easily pieces can be swapped around or removed entirely. Super customizable and rock solid.