Fractal Design Define R3 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅03-01-12

The front of the R3 features a swinging door that has a smooth surface, whilst round the back at the bottom there is an opening for mounting the PSU. Above this there are 7x PCI expansion slot covers each with ventilation holes for better airflow. To the side there is a mesh honeycomb section with 2x circular rubber grommets. At the top there is a 120mm rear exhaust fan and 2x circular rubber grommets.

The front and back of R3

At the very top is the front panel connectivity, here there is a headphone/microphone jack, large circular power button, 2x USB 2.0 ports and 1x USB 3.0 port.

Front panel connectivity with USB 3.0 via motherboard header

As previously mentioned, the door on R3 opens out to reveal access to fan slots at the front and optical drive bays. The inside of the door has noise dampening material.

To get the cover off an optical drive slot is very simple thanks to the clips on the outside. This saves having to go inside the case.

Swinging door

Removable optical drive bay covers

On the underside of R3 there are 4x rubber feet. The front feet are larger than the rear and there is a removable fan filter for the PSU fan. Consumers can also add in an optional case fan to the bottom – 120/140mm.

The underside of R3

With the external inspection now over, let’s take a look at the internal layout and features over the page.

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