What we said in the begging of this review rings true, as the Define R6 is the best chassis Fractal Design has ever produced. Its strong as an ox, it looks fantastic, and the cooling capabilities of this chassis are better than most. Silence is still the key components, and Fractal Design makes every attempt to eliminate sound as much as possible.
Whether it is angling the intake, use of solid covers, or use of industrial sound deadening materials, when idling, we never heard the Define R6. Even with the system ramped up in testing, the noise levels got to 35 dB, but mainly due to the NZXT fans cooling the radiator, not due to the fans provided by Fractal Design. Another point to this topic is the Nexus + PWM Fan Hub, which allows one point of control for all of the fans in your chassis, as long as that does not surpass ten used in the chassis. Aesthetically and audibly, the Define R6 is a champion.
We have to touch on the tempered glass panel, as it is the first flat side panel that does not require gaudy thumbscrews sticking out on top of the glass. The ball and socket idea has been seen before, but using it here is as brilliant as with any other we have seen use it. The modularity of the interior means that as long as you think things through, you can build a powerhouse of a system, and even sufficiently water cool a processor and a few video cards.
The trio of pre-installed fans are more than sufficient to cool the interior of the Define R6, and as such, our thermal testing proves better than that of many of the mainstream mid-tower cases we have seen previous to this. As we said, and it is worth repeating, No matter where you look, the design is near perfection to suit anyone.
Even if this is your first build ever, Fractal design not only provides you with everything you need, including hardware and instructional help but deliver a chassis that will last many builds to follow as well. When you build it right the first time, and customers get their hands-on them, the only real issue is trying to sell them another chassis, as once the Define R6 is in hand, Like the TJ11 we keep using, it's hard ever to let it go.
The base price for the Define R6 is appealing, and we do not feel that at $129.99 for the vanilla versions of the R6, or the $149.99 for the TG Editions is in any way out of line. We do wish the PCI-E riser came with the chassis, even if we had to fork out the $39.99 on top of the case price right from the gate. As for the optional I/O panel at $29.99, we feel that if USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB Type-C is important, it is a no-brainer to get one for your chassis.
Granted, there are many $50 mid-tower options, but most are "build in once" and toss away cases. $100 options do get better, but even then, you will not find everything that Fractal Design offers in the Define R6. For the Fractal Design Fanboys out there, we already know you are saving right now for this chassis.
For everyone else out there, if you know of Fractal Design, but have yet to try one of their products, now is the perfect time to climb aboard. The Fractal Design Define R6 Mid-Tower Chassis is as good as it gets right now, and we see no reason anyone would be disappointed with the purchase of it.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
|Quality including Design and Build||100%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||99%|
The Bottom Line: Undoubtedly the best chassis Fractal Design has ever produced! The Define R6 is as strong as it gets, sleek and sexy, noise eating, modular, feature rich, the list goes on and on! At this price, you cannot pass it by, and it is a mid-tower chassis that will be with you for builds you cannot even fathom yet!
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