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Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 24, 2014 12:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower Chassis




There are two parts that make up the bezel on the front of the Define R5. First, there is the part that attaches to the chassis that affords room for the front I/O panel, the removable bay covers, dust filter, and side entry ventilation. Then there is the thinner flat door panel, which is made mostly of plastic, but offers a brushed metal appearance.




As shipped, the panel opens to the left and exposes the removable 5.25" bay covers under the PC power light and fan controller switch. The lower section has a plastic cover that pops out to allow the dust filter behind it to be removed and cleaned. Also note that the back of the front panel has sound deadening material applied to diminish noise coming from the front of the chassis.




At the top of the chassis, we find the front I/O panel as part of the bezel. The Define R5 offers 3.5mm HD audio jacks to the left, a tiny reset button, a large power button, and a pair each of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports to the right.




Where older designs had room for only two fans, there is room for up to three 120mm or 140mm fans in the R5. To cover this area, and keep the silence in check, Fractal offers this three-piece ModuVent system to cover the honeycomb mesh below.




Moving right along, we have run into the left side of the Define R5. Here we see the side ventilation in the bezel, tight lines around the panel, and some chromed feet at the bottom. We also see a ModuVent panel covering an optional fan location to provide fresh air to the video cards.




At the back, we see a slight offset at the top before running into the rear I/O area and adjustable fan location. Below those, we find seven expansion slots with ventilation next to them, and room for the PSU at the bottom. To the right, the panel offers a pin and latch system, so the thumbscrews aren't needed once the chassis is on a stable surface.




The right side of the chassis is very much like the left side, with the ventilation in the bezel, and an expansive black steel panel. This panel is secured by removable thumbscrews, and both panels swing in and out like car doors.




Under the chassis, we find four round feet placed near the corners, and the feet have rubber pads for added grip and protection. We also find one long dust filter that slides out of the front, and this will also provide you with access to HDD cage screws, and allow you to install optional fans.

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