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Fractal Design Define R5 Black


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Fractal Design's Define R5 chassis is a generational upgrade to their quiet case series. The look and finish of the case has been changed compared to previous versions, which is most noticeable in the design of the top panel. The front door is now reversible and easier to remove, along with other small changes all around the chassis.

The new R5 retains a flexible design layout. There is support for two 5.25-inch external bays and up to eight 2.5- or 3.5-inch internal drives. Two quiet 140mm fans are included, with room to fit up to five more. The front connections are located at the top of the case, directly above the front door, and include two each of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports alongside headphone and mic plugs.

This particular version is 'Black' in color. The entire exterior is black, with some white accents internally (drive bays, expansion slot covers, and fan blades).
William George (Puget Labs Technician)
William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
This is the exact same as the "Titanium" version of the Define R5, except that the door is a flat black color rather than a brushed metal style. All the other parts of the case exterior are black on both models.
Jeff Stubbers (Technology Consultant Lead)
Jeff Stubbers (Technology Consultant Lead) Says:
This case does a great job cooling your components, and dampening the noise of your system with its built-in noise dampening material.
Nick Jaynes (Production Technician)
Nick Jaynes (Production Technician) Says:
We strive to pick the best cases which we feel suit the needs of both our customers and our assembly technicians. Does it look too flashy? Can we make this look neat? Will this offer us sufficient airflow for our higher end systems? I find the Define R5 is highly customizable to allow quiet configurations without sacrificing airflow or performance. The case itself is made of steel while the front is durable plastic. The Define R5 supports up to six 140mm fans and self-contained liquid cooling units, has sound dampening material on both side panels as well as the front door. The front and bottom grills of the case are protected by a removable mesh filter which catches hair and dust. The front door, configured for a right-hand opening but easily changed for a left-hand one, hides your optical drive bays and the fan controller for a neat and discreet appearance. At the top of the case is where you will find your power and reset buttons, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a speaker jack and a microphone jack. The case boasts some of the best hard drive cages on the market, offering durable and versatile mounting options. Fractal outdid themselves on this computer case and for the price this thing is a steal. To put it simply, this thing is pretty great.
Beth Smasal (Production Technician)
Beth Smasal (Production Technician) Says:
Personally, this is my favorite case. The R5 looks sleek, has a lot of room to add drives and video cards, and it's quiet. I'm partial to the look of the black-out case, the matte black panels and door give it a minimalist edge.

Note: We have designed custom shipping materials for this case. Specially made foam and boxes provide superior protection during shipping! Click here for more details.

Model: Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK

Color  Black
Material  Plastic shell, steel frame
Type/Size  Mid Tower
Maximum Motherboard Size  ATX
Case Window  No
Power Supply  None
Height  462 mm (18.2 in)
Width  232 mm (9.1 in)
Depth  531 mm (20.9 in)
Net Weight  11.2 kg (24.7 lbs)
Maximum CPU Cooler Height  180mm
Maximum GPU Length  310mm or 440mm with top HD cage removed
Maximum PSU Length  170mm with a bottom fan or 300mm without
Drive Bays
External 5.25 inch  2
External 3.5 inch  0
Internal 2.5 inch  2
Internal 2.5/3.5 inch  8
Front Panel Connectors
USB 2.0  2
USB 3.0  2
Firewire  0
Audio In  1
Audio Out  1
eSATA  0
Cooling System
Cooling Method  Air
Included Fans  140mm front and rear
Total Fan Mounts  120/140mm front, 3x 120/140mm top, 1x 120/140mm bottom

  • Optimally designed for silent computing with high density noise-reducing material throughout the case for maximum sound absorption, while not compromising on airflow and cooling capabilities.
  • Newly configured front door with dual side mounting to better fit your work space
  • Maintaining a dust-free interior with the help of dust filters that cover front and bottom air intakes that are easy to access from the front on the case.
  • The HDD cage system holds up to eight 3.5" or 2.5" drives and is more adaptable than ever, allowing the user to modify the case layout according to personal preference with more places to relocate the cages
  • The new and innovative Quick Release System on the left side of the case provides secure mounting of the left side panel, yet grants quick and easy access to the system.
  • Three-speed fan controller is strategically integrated in the front panel and supports up to 3 fans.
  • Equipped with new tool-less ModuVent fan slot covers allowing the user to install more fans if desired or keep fan slots covered to maximize sound absorption.
  • Including two Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans developed for superlative airflow while still maintaining low noise levels.

The Fractal Design Define R5 is the next evolution in the widely popular Define Series. Packed with intelligently designed enthusiast-oriented features delivering a silent case with powerful and expansive air and liquid cooling support, presented in a stunning Scandinavian inspired construction.

The Define R5 case reaches the highest level of silent computing through strategically placed dense sound-absorbing material, ModuVent fan vent covers and finely tuned Dynamic Series fans.

The Define R5 was designed with configurability in mind, accommodating up to 8 hard drives and all modern graphics card. Should you wish to expand your system with water cooling components or more fans the layout can easily be configured to meet your demand.

Configure a custom computer with the Fractal Design Define R5 Black.