Fractal Design R5 Housing Review – How well can be better




After two years Fractal Design has released a new cabinet in his popular Define Series. Define the R5 is a midtower with more than enough space for your hardware, including water cooling. The R5 is isolated to the cabinet as quiet as possible. That is very successful, but the downside is that components are slightly warmer than in competitor housings. Fractal Design has the MSRP kept happy moderate with 105 euros, so the Define R5 provides a very good mix of features, performance and price.

Very silent
Neat finish
Easy mounting
Extensive water cooling support
Cooling Performance average
Plastic lids somewhat fragile
Tweakers zegt: zeer goed!
That more is from Sweden than the flat boxes from Ikea proves include Fractal Design with its distinctive products. Especially the housings, which Tweakers past reviewde several variants, characterized by their sleek design. Define the series is not only shaped quite sober, but also focused on silence. The noise damping material of the incumbent cabinet components must nip in the bud.

The first housing Fractal Design, the Define R2, was released in 2009. A year later, in 2010, followed the Define R3 and mid-2012, followed the Define R4. The last version was updated in 2013, but those small adjustments. Time to give the popular series an update and Fractal Design now also finally comes with the Define R5.
The question is: how do you improve an enclosure that already performs well? The Define R4 cooled excellent and moreover produced little noise. The R4 was slightly broadened relative to the R 3 and was, inter alia, SSD separate bays. The R3 differed mainly from the original R2 by his new fans and improved airflow, another sound-absorbing material and improved cable management.

We were wondering if the changes can convince the Define R5. Fractal Design has enough innovations made to justify the purchase of a new housing or you can keep the better in your old cabinet? Time to scrutinize the latest Define.


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