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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

Case Build and Finished Product




Since we left the interior stripped behind the front panel, we appreciate the bay covers, but if you want a triple radiator in the front, then you may want to remove them. We also went ahead and swapped the swing of the front panel, which took all of moving two screws and clips from one side to the other.




Since we do not have a window, leaving a few of the wires inside is not such a big deal, and allowed us to keep things really clean. There is plenty of room for all of our gear, and plenty more room for much more to be installed in the future.




Installing the dust shield was easy enough, and there was no flexing of the back of the chassis needed; the GPU lined right up with the holes, and even the PSU was a cinch to get installed.




Using one of the dedicated 2.5" drive trays allows us to gut the front of the chassis and still have everything we need. The wiring trail is mostly occupied by the front panel and controller wiring, and that does not leave a lot of room for PSU wiring, but we still managed to pull off a very clean build.




Once we bundled the chassis back up to get ready for testing, we found that our Define R5 looks exactly as it did when we started, and the only real difference is that it is much heavier now.




If not for the bright blue light peeking out through the slit in the front panel, we wouldn't be able to tell if the Define R5 was running after we fired it up, as we heard absolutely nothing when we took this image from three feet away. In fact, you practically have to be within an inch or two of the chassis to hear anything from inside of it.

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