Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower Case Review


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Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower Case Review

By David Shields

Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Product Name: Define Series R5
Model Number: FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK
UPC: 817301012584 EAN: 7350041082583
Price As Tested: $109.99 (Available December 2014)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Fractal Design.

Fractal Design is probably best know for it’s Define series chassis lineup, cases designed for high performance while keeping a low noise level and budget price tag. The current version, the Define R4, was much praised for its customization options, cooling performance, and noise control. However, at the beginning of last year NZXT released their H440 chassis, a case that was called the “Define R4 Killer,” because of it’s enhanced cooling options, quiet operation, and stunning looks. But now Fractal Design have given their answer to the H440, and it’s a big one – the Define R5.

This new and improved Define series chassis features additional cooling options, incredible customization, noise cancelling features, and a sleek, untouched look that somehow manages to look all the better for it. In this techplayboy.com review, we’ll look at the many features the Define R5 has to offer and why it should be on the list of anyone looking for a new chassis for their next build.

Define R5 Full View

Features & Specifications

Dimensions 232 x 462 x 531.
Weight 10.2 kg.
Color Options Black, white, titanium (black with titanium front panel).
Front I/O Two USB 3.0 + two USB 2.0, audio in/out,  power button with blue LED,  blue HDD activity LED, reset button.
Motherboard Compatibility ATX, mini-ATX, mini-ITX.
Cooling System Nine fan positions (2 Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans included), filtered fan slots in front and bottom, CPU coolers up to 180 mm in height.
Storage Capacity Two 5.25” bays (removable), eight 3.5″ HDD positions (can also accommodate 2.5″ units), two additional 2.5″ dedicated SSD unit positions.
PSU Compatibility ATX PSUs up to 190/170 mm with a bottom 120/140mm fan installed, when not using any bottom fan location longer PSUs up to 300mm can be used.
Expansion Compatibility Graphics cards up to 310 mm in length with the top HDD cage installed, with the top cage removed, graphics cards up to 440
mm in length may be installed, seven expansions slots.
Additional Information 20 to 35 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate, velcro straps included for easy cable management. front door can switch opening direction,  left side panel has a Quick Release System for easy access and provides a secure closure of side panel, right side panel features smart captive thumbscrews.


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