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Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PSU Front 2XUSB3.0 Audio

Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PSU Front 2XUSB3.0 Audio (Fractal Design: FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK)
Vendor: Fractal Design
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Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK Black Computer Case
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Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PSU Front 2XUSB3.0 Audio
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 9/10
With 4 User Reviews

Review Date: 04/18/15
Cons: -no upper fan spoiler/awkward size vent

Pros: -designed well-sleek and minimal appearance-quiet-bottom dust filter removes easily
Overall I love this case. It is quiet and looks great. With one of the panels on top removed, a top exhaust fan allows for even more efficient cooling, with little extra noise. The only negative I have found to this case is that when the top fan slot cover is removed, the result is not pleasant to look at, and is too easy for dust/cat hair to fall inside due to the extra space around fan, and large hole size. A fan spoiler might be a good solution to that problem, or a dust filter shaped appropriately.

Review Date: 04/02/15
Cons: a bit on the expensive side for cpu cases, but you pay for what you get.

Pros: the noise reduction is pretty good. design is well thoughtout. the dust filters and the 2 provided fans are a bonus
cpu fans are so noisy these days that even a small reduction of noise goes a long way. the covers are a bit hard to remove, I did break the small tips on the cover trying to remove it, but not a big issue, since the covers stay in place anyway even with one tip remaining. more usb 3.0 slots on the front would have been nice and even 4 usb 3.0 rather than 2 usb 2.0 and 2 usb 3.0 would have been better, since usb 3.0 is backwards compatible. hard drives could be mounted more firmly and tool-less, but these are just after thoughts. the 2 fans provided along with a cpu cooler was more than adequate for cooling, but if you are going to over clock this setup might not be enough. I went with 1 intake and 2 outtake fans.Overall, I like the functional,but minimalistic design and more importantly the noise reduction of the case. if you have the cash, just get this case.

Review Date: 01/30/15
Cons: A little large. Cables are stretched to the max. awkward left panel removal.

Pros: nice look. good air flow.
Great case but not perfect. Extremely solid case.

Review Date: 01/11/15
Cons: There are no tooless ssd/hhd/odd8pins CPU cutout/grommets is very tight and hard to pass the cable inUSB 2.0 cable is a bit tight to reach my motherboard headers (Gigabyte H87-D3H)

Pros: QuietGreat airflow. My GPU and CPU is not at least 5C coolerSSD brackets on the back of the motherboardHDD trays (compared to my old case)Grommets on the cutouts for the cablesEnough space for cable management on the back of the motherboardBig CPU cutout for changing heatsinksTop IOs and buttons (my case is on the ground)Excellent radiator support
A case review, in my opinion, can be made right after the build has been done. I did this 2 days ago and had some time to look at everything and make up my mind.It is a very, very good case. Quality is there, no doubts. I upgraded from an 8 years old Antec SLK-3000B. This was a much needed update  to get USB 3.0 headers, possibility of longer graphics cards and better SSD/hard drive support. I will not go into all the details of the R5. I would recommend reading or watching a review on the web. My experience has been pretty similar to all these reviews.I am not watercooling; only air cooling. By switching from my previous case, I saw a 5C lower temperature on the GPU and the CPU. I removed the middle hdd cage and only kept the ODD and bottom HDD cage to provide better airflow to the motherboard. The included Fractal Design fans are very quiet. Though, not PWM, only 3 pins.None of the drives (SSD, HDD, ODD) installation is tooless. I wish a case of that price would include tooless installation of the drives. However, this wasn't a dealbreaker for me. I would expect Fractal to provides this feature on the R6 though.This case is very silent. The noise dampening material does it works properly. You can hear the difference when opening the door and closing it. I like that.All the filters are great and easy to remove. The front filter is very easy to remove and fan installation on the front is only removing the filter and screwing the fan in. The bottom filter (for PSU) comes out from the FRONT.The door can be set to open either on the right or on the left by unscrewing few screws.Every single screws is provided. This is nice as all their screws are black. This prevents to use your own silver screws and mismatch colors inside. There is a plastic tool to screw in motherboard screws on the backplate, however this tool broke after the 3rd screw out of 6. I guess I pushed it too far with my screwdriver (it stripped).I really don't have a lot of complaints. Nothing is perfect and I did enjoy building with it. I highly recommend this case but not a full price. I got it on Boxing Day at 109$CAD. Which is a very good deal :)Go read and watch the reviews. You will know what to expect and if this case is for you.

Product Features

Product Specifications

BrandFractal Design
SeriesDefine R5
Motherboard CompatibilityMicro ATX / ATX / Mini-ITX
Side Panel WindowNo
External 5.25" Drive Bays2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays8 - 3.5" HDD positions (can also accommodate 2.5" units)
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays2 - 2.5" dedicated SSD unit positions
Expansion Slots7
Max Graphics Length Supportedup 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
Front Panel Ports
Front Ports2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 / Audio
Cooling System
120mm FansFront: 2 – 120/140 mm fans (included is 1 Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
Rear: 1 – 120/140 mm fan (included is 1 Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
Top: 3 - 120/140 mm fan (not included)
Bottom: 2 – 120/140 mm fan (not included)
Side: 1 – 120/140 mm fan (not included)
140mm Fans2
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (H x W x D)18.19" x 9.13" x 20.91" with feet/screws/protrusions

17.76" x 9.13" x 20.51"
Weight22.69 lbs.
Additional Info
FeaturesOptimally designed for silent computing with high density noise-reducing material throughout the case for maximum sound absorption, while not compromising on airflow and cooling capabilities.

Extensive water cooling support for a case of this size; housing radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front.

Equipped with new tool-less ModuVent™ fan slot covers allowing the user to install more fans if desired or keep fan slots covered to maximize sound absorption.

Including two Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans developed for superlative airflow while still maintaining low noise levels.

Maintaining a dust-free interior with the help of dust filters that cover front and bottom air intakes that are easy to access from the front on the case.

Newly configured front door with dual side mounting to better fit your work space

Highlighting 2 dedicated SSD mounts cleanly placed behind the motherboard tray that feature innovative new brackets delivering a tool-free installation and removal

The HDD cage system holds up to eight 3.5” or 2.5” drives and is more adaptable than ever, allowing the user to modify the case layout according to personal preference with more places to relocate the cages

The ODD cage can easily be removed to gain additional interior space; the area can be freed up to allow for increased airflow, to provide a new place for HDD cage mounting or to make more room for water cooling components.

Sturdy metal HDD trays provide excellent dampening features for the hard drives while providing better airflow through the cage with an updated, more open design

The new and innovative Quick Release System on the left side of the case provides secure mounting of the left side panel, yet grants quick and easy access to the system.

Three-speed fan controller is strategically integrated in the front panel and supports up to 3 fans.

Define R5 model is available with window side panel

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