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Fractal Design Define R2 Silent Chassis PC Case Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:NOfKDJKGwC2tQM:http://www.quietpc.com/files/images/products/fd-definer2-large.jpgIf you are in the market for a new PC for a workspace chances are that bright LEDs and loud high RPM fans are not exactly what you are looking for. A lot of people would love to run their PC’s 100% passive but cannot afford to lose the cooling ability of fans. This is where Fractal Design Comes in with the new Define R2 Series Silent Chassis line. These cases are designed to be fully modular. If you need more airflow you will sacrifice a little sound dampening and in like manner if you need more silence you will lose some airflow. This is the first case I have ever seen that covers the front with sound dampening material so you can block out the sound from the ODD drives, this is a great case that has received some great reviews so let’s get into it and see it in action:

Provided by: Fractal Design

Price: $109.99 (when it comes to Canada this spring)

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

Key features

  • Stunning front panel design
  • Patent pending ModuVent™ design, allowing the user to either have optimal silence or optimal airflow
  • Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing bitumen
  • 8(!) white painted HDD-trays, with silicone mounting
  • A total of 7 fan slots (2x120mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x120mm in back, 1x 120/140mm in side panel, 1x 120/140mm in bottom)
  • 2x 120mm Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fans included
  • Fan controller for 3 fans included
  • Easily removable front fan filters with clip-on holders for 120mm fans
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to circa 290mm and CPU coolers with height of maximum circa 165mm
  • Supports PSUs with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSUs, typically 200-220mm.

Cooling system

  • Fan controller for 3 fans included
  • 1 rear Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (included)
  • 1 front Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (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)

Specifications

  • 8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
  • 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
  • On top of front panel: 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA and Audio I/O
  • No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
  • M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
  • 7x expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to circa 290mm and CPU coolers with height of maximum circa 165mm
  • Supports PSUs with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSUs, typically 200-220mm.
  • Case size (WxHxD): 207.40x440x521.2mm
  • Net / Gross weight: 12.50 / 14.50 kg

Conclusion:

Overall the Fractal Design Define R2 was literally the quietest case I have ever used. I was very impressed when we did the review on the Cooler Master Silent case but the one problem I had after prolonged use was the front panel was exposed and when reading media you would hear it loud and clear. The fractal design, although not 100% sound dampening, still remained a lot quieter. The build quality and ingenuity Fractal Provides in this case should make it a much higher ticket item. I have paid $120 for cases with half the features of this case so for $110 this is an unbelievable deal.

Would I recommend this case? Absolutely, I have used a lot of different chassis and been impressed with several different features of cases over the years, I must say this case has just about every one of the features I have come to expect from top quality chassis. If you are in the market for a silent PC you can used for sound engineering, workstations, or HTPC’s this is a great choice, It is quiet and the airflow is still very impressive at 38,3 CFM per fan (two 120mm). If you were wondering which case to buy look no further than the Fractal Design Define R2, but if you are in the US or Canada you will have to wait till next month to order one from the only distributor in North America NCIX.

Pros:

  • Price
  • Design
  • Silent
  • Black and White Color Scheme 
  • Build Quality 
  • Tool-Less
  • Front Panel Fan Access
Cons:
  • Only One North American Distributor (but They are Canadian so for me That's Great) for those of you that don;t know OCHQ is Based in Canada


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