Saturday, 31 December 2011 23:55

Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl reviewed

Written by Sanjin Rados


Review: Stylish and versatile

Fractal Design’s Define R3 case became quite popular in 2011 and it’s definitely a case worth loking at. The company tried to cater to users who like silent, tidy and stylish cases with plenty of room for 3.5’’ drives. Define R3 comes as successor to Fractal Design’s Define R2, and the company did its best to fix any shortcomings of the latter.


We tested Define R3 Black Pearl case. In case you don’t like black, or it simply doesn’t look right in your room, you can choose among the following colors: Arctic White, Black Pearl, Silwer Arrow, Titanium Grey. Note that the white Define R3 comes with white interior as well.



Model Number

Define R3 Black Pearl


All Black




( W ) 207.40 x ( H ) 440 x ( D ) 521 mm

Net Weight

12.5 KG

Motherboard Type

Mini ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX

5.25" Drive Bay

2 x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included

3.5” Drive Bay

8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD / HDD

2.5” Drive Bay

8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with 2.5” SSD/HDD

Cooling System


120 mm fan x1 ( 1350 RPM )

1 front 120mm fan (optional)


2 top 120/140 mm fan ( optional )


120 mm fan x1 ( 1350 RPM )


1 bottom 120/140 mm fan ( optional )


1 side panel 120/140 mm fan ( optional )

Fan controller for 3 fans included

Expansion Slots

7x expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets

I/O Panel

On top of front panel: 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and Audio I/O

Power Supply Type

Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V
No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)

Maximum Compatibility

CPU cooler height: 165 mm
GPU card length: 290 mm

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Last modified on Saturday, 31 December 2011 23:55
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0 #1 milkod2001 2012-01-02 13:40
nice review, good description, nice decent quality pics, but what I'm missing here is a simple comparison to similar cases like Corsair 400-500R, CM 690II ect + noise and thermal testing, some charts ect. If someone read review he/she must know if it's better then others or not. About this case: it looks great,I'll get myself its brother FD ARCH which looks even better

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