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Fractal Design Define R5


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The Fractal Design Define R5 is the fifth generation of this series, once again with updated features, looks, and functionality to meet the needs of those who want a quiet system and those looking to install a lot of liquid-cooling. It manages to impress in nearly every way with its unique and functional approach and great material mix.

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I like the boldness of the case. But yes, it looks fat due to increased width. Fractal Design should have noticed that, or could have used the space for rear PSU mounting and lighting (like Phanteks Enthoo Primo). Great space and neat routing ability - and truth be told, that S24 and PSU matches perfectly with the case :rockout:.
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I've not noticed any review or video show it so I think I know the answer but can you hang the 3-bay 3.5" cage where the 5.25" bays are? Looks like you can put the 5-bay one up there but just 3 would be perfect for me.
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Great case, ive had it for a month now. initially came with a broken power switch, but fractal sent me a new switch as soon as they could.
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Thanks for the review @Darksaber. :toast:

Excellent case. If I knew beforehand that Fractal Design would be releasing this, I would've waited a bit longer for it to become available before I bought the 760T.
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Superb case. I'm glad Fractal Design has continued updating the Define R series.
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My next case for sure =D
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What is the card that looks like a pcie ssd above the PSU?
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What are those stock fans? Cannot find those anywhere, those are not SS R2.

Sold My R4, bought this one. I am happy. If anything, just ask here.
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My favorite computer case, no hassle every component fits and its super quiet. i have my 240mm aio gpu radiator on the front and my 240mm aio cpu cooler on the roof of the case.
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You bumped a 7.5 year old thread to praise this case, but I don't blame you. What's stunning is that if you want a case in 2022 that has lots of HDD space, there still isn't anything obviously better than the Fractal R5, even at the inflated ~$140 price for which it was selling, last time I checked. That's why I own two R5s.

The Antec P101 is a compelling alternative, but I don't like the unremovable and unventilated PSU shroud. Two of the newer Fractal cases--R7 and Meshify 2--also look nice, but they're more expensive than the R5, and they don't come with a full suite of HDD trays. I am amazed at how overwhelmingly the market has moved away from flexible storage configs, and towards what I would consider gimmicks (RGB, transparent side panels).