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Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Gaming Midi Tower Case
The hugely popular Define R2 case has just been improved! The Define R3 reaches new heights in combining stylish, contemporary design with maximum functionality and noise absorbing features. The minimalistic, yet stunning front panel design, fitted with noise absorbing material on the inside, creates an aura of exclusivity.
Improved model over Define R2
Stunning front panel design
Patent pending ModuVent™ design - removable vents!
Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing material
Motherboard tray cut-out, allows easy access to rear of motherboard
Eight HDD-trays, with silicone mounting
Can accommodate up to seven 120/140mm fans, two supplied
PCI fan controller for 3 fans included
Easily removable front fan filters with clip-on holders for 120mm fans
The patent pending feature ModuVent™ allows you to choose whether to have side and top air vents open or not. This makes the case appealing for users seeking optimal silence, as well as the performance hungry ones.
The sleek interior is matched with pre-fitted dense noise absorbing material on the side panels, efficiently absorbing noise and vibrations. You can fit an astonishing total of eight 3.5" hard drives into this case, using the user friendly HDD-trays. All HDDs are mounted using black silicone mounts to reduce vibrations. The PSU is mounted in the bottom of the case, where it rests on four rubber pads. There is also a convenient pull-out air filter beneath the PSU which filters the air that comes into the PSU, assuming you are using a power supply with a 120mm fan.
Are you one of those users who always ends up with a case full of tangled cables? Not any more - the Define R3 offers a convenient and good looking way of hiding them away. The motherboard tray has rubber lined holes through which you can easily route the cables behind the motherboard, keeping things nice and tidy. There is also a cut-out on the motherboard tray. This is ideal if you are a user that changes their CPU cooler often. The cut-out will allow you to change CPU cooler brackets without having to remove the motherboard from the system. This hole has been increased in size compared to the Define R2, providing greater accessibility.
At the front of the case you will find space for two 120mm fans, with one 120mm fan supplied. Both fans have air filters and are designed to introduce cooler air into the case as well as to aid cooling of the hard drives. You'll also notice that the inside of the door is coated in noise reducing foam. The only downside to this is that due to space restrictions, the Define R3 can not accommodate a fan controller that fits into a 5.25" drive bay. But that should not be a problem because Fractal Design have supplied a very handy little fan controller that fits in one PCI slot, and can control up to three fans!
Improvements over Define 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
Graphics card and CPU cooler compatibility
The Define cases are very roomy, which means they can accommodate some of the largest graphics cards and CPU coolers available. Graphic cards up to 290mm in length are compatible. As for CPU coolers, the maximum height is 165mm. This means virtually all of our CPU coolers will be compatible with this chassis.
Comments, Questions & Reviews:
USB3 revision? by Beej
Is this the the new USB3.0 revision of the Fractal R3?
Answer by daniele on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I don't think so. From what I can see on Fractal's website, there isn't currently a version of this case with USB3.0 (although they do list a USB3.0 upgrade kit for this case on their site)
ETA on stock by Beej
Do you have an ETA on stock please? Thanks!
Response by daniele
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for stock related enquiries
Size? by Aidan Cavander
Was just wondering since it is classed as a midi, whether this will fit a Asus P8P67 MoBo, Nvidia Quadro 1700 graphics card Comfortably? Will just be using the stock fan for i7 2600k for the time being so can't see that being a huge problem.
Answer by daniele on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Hard Drive Cage by James
Is it possible to remove the uppper half of the hard drive cages to increase air flow and possible room for longer graphics cards?
Answer by niall on Thursday, June 9, 2011
i dont believe the top half of the HDD enclosure can be removed.
Question by marv
Couple of questions on this
1. Will a GTX 590 fit into this?
2. Can a Corsair AX1200 fit into this, can the bottom fan mount be simply removed or will it have to be snapped of
Answer by niall on Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The bottom fan mount can be unscrewed, however the graphocs card in this case might be a bit of a squeeze so i'd recommend looking at a full tower case.