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Fractal Design Define R3 Review

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MiNiMaL_FuSS 31st October 2010, 00:00 Quote
the spirtiual sucessor to the p180 at last? looks like it too me :)
TheTourist 31st October 2010, 00:48 Quote
this has to be my next case. I for one am growing tired of the overly "extreme/enthusiast" cases flooding the market. Excellent performance and an elegant design, what's not to like?
The_Beast 31st October 2010, 01:07 Quote
Good now just take that stupid fan grill off the side panel and I'll buy 2
Synay 31st October 2010, 01:49 Quote
I just built a new system in this case and I have to say it's a very well thought through and well built case. I have only one issue with it (rather theoretical) - why on earth they went all the way for the screw less design and then skipped on designing front fan bays better, I mean, they attach easily to the tray and then you have four screws each to put it in place. Otherwise I recommend it. Very silent as well.;)
cool_dude 31st October 2010, 02:03 Quote
Anyone buying this case for silence, remember you will need to use the top two fans to keep the case at decent temperatures. The R2 I had got so hot with just 3 fans running (front, side and rear) - IMO really poor airflow and the metal is really thin on the top.
Synay 31st October 2010, 02:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by cool_dude
Anyone buying this case for silence, remember you will need to use the top two fans to keep the case at decent temperatures. The R2 I had got so hot with just 3 fans running (front, side and rear) - IMO really poor airflow and the metal is really thin on the top.

I have no such problems. Have Corsair H70 with two Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000 on it, then two the same fans for front intake and one on the side to take the air away from my Zotac GTX 470 AMP. Entirely silent set up no problem overheating or even being too hot. I also run folding@home on both heavily overclocked i3 and the GPU, I can leave it 24/7, no issues. Still have two top covered for silence.
Salty Wagyu 31st October 2010, 02:18 Quote
Got an R2 with 3 fans as well and don't see a problem with heat?

1x front intake
1x back intake (intake cos of Corsair H50 CPU cooler)
1x top exhaust

Room is a bit warm tonight, but the temps are CPU 33c, GFX 37c, HDD 31c
Material 31st October 2010, 10:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by cool_dude
Anyone buying this case for silence, remember you will need to use the top two fans to keep the case at decent temperatures. The R2 I had got so hot with just 3 fans running (front, side and rear) - IMO really poor airflow and the metal is really thin on the top.

Did you read the review? They've upgraded the fans they use in the R3 which made a huge difference to its cooling potential. They kept our relatively high end system cool without the need to add an extra fans.
wafflesomd 31st October 2010, 17:55 Quote
Ordering one immediately when I have the funds.
Synay 31st October 2010, 18:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Material
Did you read the review? They've upgraded the fans they use in the R3 which made a huge difference to its cooling potential. They kept our relatively high end system cool without the need to add an extra fans.

I can testify to that, plus the fans are very, very quiet too. On par with the Sharkoons Silent Eagle 1000 I'd say, as I have both in this case and can't tell which one is running louder (relatively of course :))
MiNiMaL_FuSS 31st October 2010, 18:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Ordering one immediately when I have the funds.

LOL!
Phoenixlight 31st October 2010, 21:34 Quote
Looks like a good alternative to the poorly cooled corsair 600t. This maybe a silly question but how do the front intake fans take any air in with that big door in the way?
d3fiant 1st November 2010, 11:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phoenixlight
Looks like a good alternative to the poorly cooled corsair 600t. This maybe a silly question but how do the front intake fans take any air in with that big door in the way?

The air is drawn in from the sides of the front door and causes no obvious restriction to the front fans, i.e. you dont hear an increase in RPM/noise from the fans on closing the door like you do if you restrict the front of a fan normally
mikkig 1st November 2010, 21:43 Quote
Does anyone know why the Arctic White version is more expensive than the others?

Quite PC has the white at £99.99 while other colours are £89.99. Scan on the other hand have the white R3 at £110.50 and other colours at £88.10 (that's nearly £24 difference!).
Material 1st November 2010, 22:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikkig
Does anyone know why the Arctic White version is more expensive than the others?

Quite PC has the white at £99.99 while other colours are £89.99. Scan on the other hand have the white R3 at £110.50 and other colours at £88.10 (that's nearly £24 difference!).

I can only assume that the white finish costs more. It can be quite difficult to get a nice consistent white colour - just look at apple and the problems they are having with the white iPhone 4
Xir 2nd November 2010, 10:25 Quote
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with hot air only being expelled by the rear exhaust fan
Turn around the PSU, let it do what it was designed to do, such in Air from within the case and exhaust it out the back.
ATX-design had it's reasons, sheesh.

Does the intake Fan have filters?
Do you have a picture with the door open (how are the hinges?)
Do you have a picture from the top? (which is what most people look at all the time)
lyzis 2nd November 2010, 20:44 Quote
I would to know which one of the Fractal Design Define R3 or the Lian Li B25S is the best, since both are silence oriented solutions!
Here is the Lian Li: http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=517&cl_index=1&sc_index=26&ss_index=69
Xir 4th November 2010, 12:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by lyzis
I would to know which one of the Fractal Design Define R3 or the Lian Li B25S is the best, since both are silence oriented solutions!
Here is the Lian Li: http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=517&cl_index=1&sc_index=26&ss_index=69

Whatever the outcome...the Lian Li is three times the price :|
VarnaBG 27th February 2011, 12:26 Quote
I really like this case and due to space considerations it's a lot more useful for me than the haf x which won't fit under my desk but I was wondering what would be the actual test results if the used graphics card is open ended like 560 ti rather than the closed radeon 6950 which exhausts the air out the back of the case rather than into the case. Perhaps the 560 is quieter and colder when it’s on idle or not fully loaded and I like it more than the radeon but which card is more suitable for quiet system with the R3. I would like to have some comparison between noise and temps of the two cards when they are used in the default R3 case.
rogerrabbits 4th June 2011, 11:18 Quote
I just ordered this case. I also happen to have two spare 120mm fans. Where would you guys suggest I fit them to be the quietest? I was thinking that for the best cooling, the obvious option is one in the front and one on the top. But I am concerned that the one on the top would be noisy. Not sure what else I could do. Maybe have one in the side panel as an exhaust? And then set the PC up to the left of my desk so it exhausts away from me?
rogerrabbits 7th June 2011, 19:19 Quote
Case arrived today, I rly need your advice! Shall I just give it a shot with the two fans that come as standard? And if that's no good, where shall I put my two extra fans to be the quietest?
Picarro 7th June 2011, 20:41 Quote
Try it out. See what works best for you. That's the only way it is with noise tbh. It's a very subjective matter.
rogerrabbits 8th June 2011, 10:37 Quote
Ok thanks, I just installed it all with just the two fans as standard and it's actually very cool already. So I think I'll just leave it as it is. I'll keep an eye on it over the summer and if it gets too hot I'll just put another fan in the front and one in the left side, and then I'll sit on the right side. But judging by my temperatures, I probably won't need to do that!

Nice case!
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