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Fractal Design Define R3 USB 3.0 Black Pearl Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 8:50 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Inside the Define R3 Black Pearl

 

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Removing the panels you can see where most of the soundproofing goes into the chassis. Both of the panels on the inside get the full coverage treatment. The panel standing is the left side panel with the soundproofing cover still in place.

 

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The first look into the chassis shows that the wiring has been routed and bundled up as not to fly around during transit. You will also find the hardware box in the top white tray for the HDD bays.

 

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Getting closer so we can get into more detail, the top of the chassis supports two 5.25" bays. The bottom bay has a floppy drive conversion tray installed currently, but loosening a couple of screws gets that right out of the way.

 

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The hard drive bays are designed to offer little resistance with the wide openings on the sides leading to the larger wire management holes near the back. Each of the eight whit trays use one set of screws to mount to the bottom of a 3.5" drive through the rubber grommets. For 2.5" drives you get different hardware to mount to the floor of the trays without grommets as there aren't vibrations in an SSD.

 

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Looking up at the top of the chassis you can see two more of the ModuVent system. Just like in the door panel, these soundproofing panels can be removed to add fans for better cooling, but also giving up some of the silence the Define R3 is made for.

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