Fractal Design Define R2 ATX Tower Case

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Fractal Design Define R2 ATX Tower Case

March 28, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Fractal Design Define R2
ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Market Price
US$100

Fractal Design is a young Swedish company providing products to the DIY PC market with an emphasis on design, quality, functionality and pricing. Its product catalog is currently rather sparse with the bulk of it comprised of a few power supplies, quiet fans, and noise reduction items.

Fractal also has a couple of cases, the Array, a mini-ITX cube, and the Define R2, an ATX tower case that takes more than a few cues from the ground-breaking Antec P180. The P180 was a fantastic case that hit the mark on every level at the time: Cooling, noise reduction, and expandability. Its current iteration, the P183, retails for about US$150, while the R2 looks to hit North American shores at just over US$100. If it is indeed a comparable case, the R2 would represent excellent value.


The Define R2.

If not for the side fan placement, one could easily mistaken the Define R2 as a new Antec Performance One case. It has simple, understated aesthetics, a large front door with air vents running down on both sides and a pair of 120/140 mm fan placements at the top. On closer inspection, you'll also notice it's a lot shorter, by 3" compared to the P183 and by 4" compared to the P182. The Define R2 is available in three colors: black, grey, and silver.


Provided accessories. Note: the R2 does not ship with retail boxed fans.

In its retail form the R2 ships with an external fan controller mounted on a PCI slot, a 3-pin fan extension cable with 3 inputs, a pair of velcro straps for bundling cables, screws/standoffs, and two hard-mounted 120 mm fans. Our sample had no pre-installed fans, but rather included retail boxed fans which ship with rubber fan isolators. Fractal Design sent us with three fans in total: 2 x 120 mm and 1 x 140 mm.

Product Details: Fractal R2
(from the product web page)
Key features * Stunning front panel design
* Patent pending ModuVent™ design, allowing the user to either have optimal silence or optimal airflow
* Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing bitumen
* 8(!) white painted HDD-trays, with silicone mounting
* A total of 7 fan slots (2x120mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x120mm in back, 1x 120/140mm in side panel, 1x 120/140mm in bottom)
* 2x 120mm Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fans included
* Fan controller for 3 fans included
* Easily removable front fan filters with clip-on holders for 120mm fans
* Supports graphic card lengths up to circa 290mm and CPU coolers with height of maximum circa 165mm
* Supports PSUs with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSUs, typically 200-220mm.
Cooling system * Fan controller for 3 fans included (10w Max)
* 1 rear Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (included)
* 1 front Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (included)
* 1 front 120mm fan (optional)
* 1 bottom 120mm/140mm fan (optional)
* 1 side panel 120mm/140mm fan (optional)
* 2 top 120mm/140mm fan (optional)
Specifications * 8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
* 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
* On top of front panel: 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA and Audio I/O
* No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
* M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
* 7x expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
* Supports graphic card lengths up to circa 290mm and CPU coolers with height of maximum circa 165mm
* Supports PSUs with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSUs, typically 200-220mm.
* Case size (WxHxD): 207.40x440x521.2mm
* Net / Gross weight: 12.50 / 14.50 kg
Additional information * EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080299
* Product code: FD-CA-DEF-R2-BL
* Also available for System Integrators


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