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Fractal Design Define R3 Review

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I would like to thank Fractal Design for providing the review sample.

Most of you may not know Fractal Design, but the company has been making a splash with their unique enclosures at a competitive price. The company also sells power supplies, case fans, and a few accessories on top of that.
Not much else to say really, but this is their official vision:
Our vision is to have a constant, healthy growth together with our partners worldwide. Our goal is to be widely recognized for our designed products and to have them available in all major market regions within EU and US. We should be a good alternative to the already established retail brands of today. It's of great importance for us that our partners understand the values of Fractal Design, therefore we are putting great effort into choosing the right partners from the start. We will work actively to maintain sales territories and profitable business for our partners.

We are taking a look at the Define R3 today, which is available in four different colors. Fractal Design sent us the all black variant for review. They were also kind enough to send us the Define R2 back in the day - check out the review. Fractal does not go out and release a new case under a new name, but actually improves on the existing designs and calls it R1, R2, R3 and so on. The Define R3 features the following improvements over the R2:
  • Improved air flow with updated fans
  • Improved noise absorbing material
  • Bigger hole in M/B plate for mounting of CPU Coolers
  • Improved cable routing possibilities
  • Reset button, located behind the front panel door
  • Many small quality improvements, including improved scratch resistant coating


Case typeMid-Tower
Net / Gross Weight 12.50 / 14.50 kg
Dimension207.40 x 440 x 521.2mm
Cooling System Fan controller for 3 fans included
1 rear Fractal Design 120mm @ 1350rpm included
1 front Fractal Design 120mm @ 1350rpm included
1 front 120mm fan (optional)
1 bottom 120mm/140mm fan (optional)
1 side panel 120mm/140mm fan (optional)
2 top 120mm/140mm fan (optional)
ColorBlack exterior and interior
MotherboardsMini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
PSUStandard ATX PSU of up to 200 - 220 mm
I/O Ports USB2.0 x 2, MIC & Speaker (support ACí97 & HD Audio), eSATA x 1
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