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The Quiet ATX
Gaming Build Guide we posted last week was an obvious hit, judging by
the traffic and discussion it provoked. Nice that our work is appreciated, but
no resting on laurels this week.
In the middle of our work on that system, we took delivery of a sample of the
new Fractal Design Define R5, the next generation of the R4 which will
be in the stores in December. A 10-minute examination was enough to convince
us: It is a better case than the R4.
How much better? Usually we answer this kind of question in a series of exacting
tests with a reference system so acoustic and thermal performance can be compared
easily with other competitors. In this case, knowing there wasn't enough time
to do a complete case review, we decided to do the next best thing. Just swap
it in place of the R4 used in our Quiet ATX Gaming Build and examine the differences.
Quicker, and about as good, killing two birds with one stone: A pretty thorough
silent-slanted review of the R5, and an upgrade to the ATX Gaming PC with a
single component swap.
So here is SPCR's Quiet ATX Gaming Build, R5 Version. We'll be referring to
our article on the first version, so hopefully you have read it already, or
have it open in another browser tab.
No other components have been changed, just the case. Here's the component
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