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Case

Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition ATX Mid Tower Case

(16 Ratings, 4.9 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Fractal Design

Model

Define R5 Blackout Edition

Part #

FD-CA-DEF-R5-BKO-W

Manufacturer

Fractal Design

Type

ATX Mid Tower

Color

Black

Power Supply

None

Side Panel Window

Acrylic

Power Supply Shroud

No

Front Panel USB

  • USB 3.2 Type-A
  • USB 2.0 Type-A

Motherboard Form Factor

  • Mini ITX
  • Micro ATX
  • ATX

Full-Height Expansion Slots

7

Half-Height Expansion Slots

0

Maximum Video Card Length

  • 310 mm / 12.205" With Drive Cages
  • 440 mm / 17.323" Without Drive Cages

External 5.25" Bays

2

Internal 2.5" Bays

2

Internal 3.5" Bays

8

Price History

    Reviews

    Papparone
    • 125 points
    • 34 months ago

    from completed build W.O.B. BLACKOUT

    Great Case, super quiet, easy cable management, great space and options and a sleek blackout and clean look. Would definitely buy this case again. Love the front door and dust filters included.

    Shakaron
    • 32 points
    • 34 months ago

    from completed build Rebirth in Oz

    I good quality case. I like how well it is designed and the way you can reconfigure things, like the 3.5" drive mounts, switch up the left/right windows, configure which way the front opens, etc. I also like how silent it is compared to my previous case (the hardware was the same inside both cases).

    This is my first quality case and I like it a lot, but I found the grommets are a bit not that high quality as they many times come off easily from the cable holes. One of them even got cut by the hole.

    Also, the hidden SSD mount points on the back of the case do not have enough clearance for cables. At least, for my cables.

    Overall, it is a pretty good case with minor rooms for improvement. And hey, it has a window. :)

    rsvanarnam
    • 23 points
    • 43 months ago

    from completed build Skylake Classified

    Two very minor complaints about this case. 1. The included fans are silent, but they also don't move very much air. 2. It's so easy to make the wiring look nice that I actually did a pretty sloppy job in the back. Sigh. I'll fix it later. =)

    But really, bar none the best case I've had the pleasure of working with.

    Billyharris123
    • 19 points
    • 39 months ago

    from completed build Joining The Master Race

    I initially purchased the non-windowed version of this case, but after taking the time to make my build look decent I really wanted a window. Found a guy about 2 hours away who traded me his window side panel for my non-window panel. Such a lucky break. The case is amazing with nice airflow and 2 SSD mounts on the back of the motherboard tray. It looks great as well.

    Kozzy72
    • 13 points
    • 44 months ago

    from completed build KONQUERER

    I love this case, plenty of room to work with. Great cable management options. Very clean look and very quiet. Built in fan controller!

    RogerDoger53
    • 12 points
    • 30 months ago

    from completed build Reaper II

    This is technically not the case I have, although it's extremely similar in size and features. Mine is actually a Fractal Design Define S, which is just a bit more custom watercolor friendly. I chose this case because of its extensive radiator support, roomy interior, clean cable management options, and great value. I could not find this case in the PCPartPicker list though! Am I just a noob? Probably.

    Slade84
    • 11 points
    • 45 months ago

    from completed build Blackbox

    Great Case

    livend
    • 10 points
    • 47 months ago

    from completed build Silent Resident Build

    Pros: design, accessible fan filters, plenty of space for cable management, solid case overall, excellent airflow with 2 included PWM fans

    Cons: missing a few cable management loops at the back, left side panel latching mechanism makes the panel fall down easily and difficult to put back, no captive thumb screws on the left panel (WHY)

    Badman91
    • 10 points
    • 4 months ago

    from completed build Badmans Bargain Build

    • shroud and glass window but my preference so not downgraded
    Drolo
    • 7 points
    • 27 months ago

    I LOVE THIS CASE. Where to start? It's sleek, smooth, sharp around the edges. The internal components of it are very modular, suitable to most builds. It has genius cable management placements, enabling all those ugly cables to be tucked away and shunned for being ugly. All of the walls have foam for sound proofing, plus if you aren't mounting fans along the top grate, there are sound proofing squares that snap perfectly into place (I might've snapped off a couple of the mounting pins but coordinated correctly they still seal and stay in place). The bottom grate has an external dust guard as does the front fan slot. I love that the front face has a swinging door for when you're gaming and need the extra air flow vs. just browsing the net. The window is perfectly square around the mobo so you can see all the dope parts, plus the illuminated fans and parts light it up beautifully. CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE SSD CARD MOUNTS? They're on the back side of the mobo mount, enabling me to remove the HDD cages -- with the disc drive cage also removed, the interior of the case is extremely spacious, if I wanted to I know I could mount three fans along the top of the case along with a fourth fan on the bottom (but why bother in a water-cooled, sound-proof system?). As you can see, I * love this case. I have not listened to it under load yet but thus far it has been literally dead silent. Oddly enough, while the system was running with both side panels of the case removed (while using a temporary disc drive setup) there was hardly any noise, probably due to the nature of both water cooling systems. I could only see a need for a different case if you're aiming for a custom water loop, though I'm sure you could make space for a water reservoir in this case. Lastly, the included fans are very silent and fast, I also love the built in fan controller for up to three fans (though I only use two of the slots, since the other three fans are controlled by a water cooler).

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