Fractal Design Define R5 Review

Published by Luca Rocchi on 19.01.15
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General   + -
The Fractal Design Define R5 is a well though, mid-tower PC case which puts a lot of attention to the noise insulation features. At this point the engineers have really been thinking about how to reduce noise as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, we also liked the two removable hard drive cages as well as the possibility to place two SSDs on the backside of the motherboard tray. There even is a small fan controller where you can choose between 5, 7 and 12 volt settings.  

- Price - Fan controller - Design
- Noise insulation

Manufacturing quality / Ergonomics   + -
Overall, the build quality is on a very good level. Fractal Design didn't make the mistake to go for a super thin side panels in order to save weight. They used solid metal sheets which are paired up with noise isolation material which ended in a stable and reasonably stiff panels. Furthermore, hardware installation is quite simple and straightforward. We also quite appreciated the fact that there are several holes in the motherboard tray to route cables to the backside of the board. Fractal Design decided to make the case a bit wider, therefore, the cables, which have been routed to the backside, can be easily placed there.  

- High quality materials
- Rubber groomets
- Internal space

Design / Layout   + -
As far as the design is concerned, we think that nobody could ever say something negative about the Define R5, mainly because it features a simple look, and has no strange details nor aesthetic flaws. It is a simple case, with an elegant look that could fit in any kind of environment. Despite the classy and elegant design, the Define R5 features a very good aircooling setup and is also able to accomodate high-end liquid cooling systems.   - Design
- 2 pre-installed fans - Aircooling / Watercooling
Recommendation   + -
We can recommend the Define R5 to anybody looking for a mid-tower PC case which features pre-installed acoustic insulation material as well as silent fans and a fan controller. With this case it is really easy to build a silent rig. The Fractal Design Define R5 is available on Geizhals for 89 Euro excluding shipping costs and is available also in both White and Titanium color options. In addition, the Define R5 is also available with a side panel window.  

- Silent-PC
- Gaming-PC
- Enthusiast build
- Desktop PC
- File Server


The Fractal Design Define R5 gets good 5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 5 - Installation
Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Ventilation options
Page 3 - Bundle Page 7 - Conclusion
Page 4 - Product overview  

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