Fractal Design Define R2 ATX Tower Case

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Test Results - Configuration #1 (IGP)


Case with test system installed (IGP).

System Measurements (IGP)
System State
Idle
CPU + GPU Load
Active Fans
none
none
front & rear @12V
SPL@1m
18 dBA
18 dBA
19~20 dBA
CPU Temp
31°C
63°C
51°C
SB Temp
34°C
49°C
38°C
HD Temp
38°C
42°C
36°C
System Power
49W
181W
190W
CPU fan set to 100% speed.
Ambient temperature: 22°C.

Our test system running integrated graphics got quite toasty when placed on load with none of the fans turned on. The CPU heated up to above 60°C, the Southbridge almost hit 50°C and the hard drive stabilized at 42°C. The system was very quiet, measuring only 18 dBA@1m. Running both the front and rear fans at 12V improved the thermal situation dramatically with a more than 10°C temperature drop for both the CPU and Southbridge, while the hard drive, with a fan blowing directly over it, cooled down by 6°C. Thankfully the increase in noise was minimal, about 1~2 dBA, and the ticking we observed earlier from the stock fans was less noticeable when combined with noise generate by the CPU and power supply fan. It was undetectable at even a half meter away.


The system measured 19~20 dBA@1m with the HD 4870 configuration.

Comparisons

IGP Configuration Comparison (Load)
Case
Define R2
Antec P183*
Antec Sonata Elite*
Active Fans
front & rear @12V
rear @low
rear @low
SPL@1m
19~20 dBA
19~20 dBA
20 dBA
CPU Temp
51°C
50°C
55°C
SB Temp
38°C
38°C
37°C
HD Temp
34°C
37°C
30°C
*CPU fan set to 9V rather than 12V.
Ambient temperature: 22°C (results adjusted accordingly)

Compared to the Antec P183 and Sonata Elite, two known quiet cases, the Define R2 holds its ground. It gave us temperatures comparable to the P183 at an equivalent noise level, holding a small advantage over the Sonata Elite in CPU temperature as well as noise. It should be noted that the two Antec cases were tested with the CPU fan at 9V rather than 12V, which in our experience typically results in a 3~4°C increase in CPU temperature and about half a dBA less noise at the 20 dBA level. Also, both Antec cases were tested with a single fan in the rear exhaust position, a 120 mm Antec TriCool fan, which, even at low speed, is louder but more effective in cooling than a pair of Fractal 120 mm fans.



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