Fractal Design Define R5
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Fractal Design Define R5 Review
Anyone familiar with other enclosures from Fractal already knows how good the company is and with its newest release we would only hope for a better experience. The Fractal Design Define R5 is similar to its sibling the Fractal Design Define R4 and it might be a deal breaker to some but that all comes down to personal choice. If you are out looking for a simple but sleek design, then Fractal got you covered. However, if you want something out of the ordinary, you'll probably skip the R5.
We think at shopbot that the design isn't that bad, but it would have helped if they did try to make it look a bit different from its predecessor. However, the build quality is superb. You will be looking at a case built with steel and plastic for the front door. The I/O ports are in place as you would expect them. The case comes with two USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, the poser button, audio jacks and the reset button. All of these except the reset button are surrounded by a silver trim.
If you have come across its predecessor the R4, you'll have noticed how intrusive the LED light looked. However, this time round Fractal realized this mistake and made sure that the Blue LED light was tucked a bit to avoid distractions. The case comes with four padded feet that keep it off the ground and you will also realize its better dust filter that lies on the chassis. The dust filters almost cover the entire casing and it's also removable for easier cleaning. The side panels don't only have the dust filter on them; they also come with sound proof material that ensures everything is running quietly. Of course this wouldn't be possible without the extra special fans. Running the PC as quiet as possible is one of the selling points and so the guys at Fractal had to do some extra work here. They even included a 3-step fan controller to keep things running quietly.
To be honest, there is much to experience with the Fractal Design Define R5 enclosure. Everything that you have seen in the Fractal R series is incorporated in this model plus a few more extras such as the 3- step fan controller. There is very little to complain about, and that is if you would be very keen on some of these issues. The team at fractal could use a few tricks to make the airflow a bit better for hardcore gamers. Otherwise, the average PC user and gamer won't find anything to complain about. The test results show that its performance was average on the GPU and the CPU. This means that you would need to really stress it out to notice the airflow problem.
All in all, this is the best enclosure that Fractal has produced in the last few years. Being their best product and I am sure many experts agree to this, there is very little to complain about.
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- The Fractal Design Define R5 is manufactured by Fractal Design and was added in March 2015 in the Cases section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
- The best price of the Fractal Design Define R5 in Canada is $149.00 at Staples.ca
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
- You can find this product at Staples.ca, Amazon Canada