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Fractal Design R3

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by x51m017x, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. x51m017x

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 1, 2008

    Posts: 116

    Anyone got any build pictures of the above?

    Thinking about purchasing one, but i would like some user feedback.

    Upgrading my case from an original 690. Would love a 700d but space is an issue.

    Any help is much appreciated.
     
  2. Ekim

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 2,892

    Location: London

    I've bought one and am planning on getting some time this evening to move my home server in to it.

    I can let you know how I go?
     
  3. Moeks

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Feb 24, 2003

    Posts: 8,223

    I don't have any pictures of it, but I have been using a couple of R2's for a while now, and they are very nice cases, good value for money, well made, nicely finished ...plenty of space etc ...nothing to complain about really ...other than the fact that the access hole in the motherboard tray for getting at the back of the cpu socket is too small ...however they fixed that in the R3.
     
  4. gee3000

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 28, 2007

    Posts: 1,397

    Location: London

    Love the R2, very very quiet, a bit heavy due to the sound dampening lining, but well built and very slick looking.
     
  5. pioneer2000

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 20, 2004

    Posts: 5,512

    Location: Essex

    Anyone that has either an R2 or R3, could you measure how far apart the feet are? Need to figure out if it'll fit on a stand I have!

    The front foot seems set back quite a way from the front of the case from the photos i've seen..
     
  6. Moeks

    Sgarrista

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    Posts: 8,223

    The distance between the feet is a shade under 4 inches, the distance from the the outer edges of the feet is 8 inches ...which is basically the width of the case.
     
  7. pioneer2000

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 20, 2004

    Posts: 5,512

    Location: Essex

    Thanks but I need the length measurements moreso! :p
     
  8. Ekim

    Mobster

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    Location: London

    Just measured about 13" is the space between them.
     
  9. batfink

    Gangster

    Joined: Jan 6, 2006

    Posts: 290

    Finished my build last week. Significantly nicer to build in than my old Coolermaster Centurion. Most of the time was spent working on cable management and I'm still not completely happy with it but that's not a fault of the case, there are plenty of options for good cable management. Haven't taken any pictures yet but I'll try and post some photos later this evening.
     
  10. x51m017x

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 1, 2008

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    Thanks, just sold a faulty 4870x2 on MM. So my Finger is hovering over the buy button.

    With the this week only on it...... VERY tempting!
     
  11. pioneer2000

    Soldato

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    Location: Essex

    Surely 13" isn't right? That would make the case incredibly short?!
     
  12. batfink

    Gangster

    Joined: Jan 6, 2006

    Posts: 290

    Apologies. Forgot about this last night but managed to quickly take a (poor quality) pic with my phone. Hopefully it gives you an idea though....

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  13. x51m017x

    Gangster

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    Well, it should be arriving tomorrow.

    I'll stick some pictures up of the build.
     
  14. x51m017x

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 1, 2008

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    OK time for some pictures, I got this finished late Friday night. I'm quite pleased with the build.

    The case is very grown up no big sticky out flash in your face bits, nice and simple imo.

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    The front door is kept shut with a very positive magnet, on opening the door you have 2 5 1/2 inch drive bays and 2x120mm fans with dust filters. With having the door, I could not have my fan controller exposed. I still wanted the controller, so i mounted it set back and replaced the 5 1/2 inch bay blank.

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    Still keeping it simple you have the power button, audio, 2 usb and e sata on the top of the case. The power button has a blue led.

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    The case is VERY heavy as sound deadening material is mounted on a lot of the inner faces. This dose a good job in keeping the noise down.

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    Air flow is good, it keeps a q9550 4.0 ghz @ 65 deg c. And the 470's in sli at a max of 72 deg c when folding / running fur mark. I could fit 2 more fans, but I don't think they are required for this build.

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    Internally the case gives a nice build, all the cables are routed around the back of the mobo tray. There a re convenient cut outs for you to bring them back round to the mobo. The cpu has a cut out in the tray, so you can remove the cooler, without removing the mobo. It also allows you to mount 8x HDD. I like the black and white combo.

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    This is a case i would buy again. Any questions please ask.
     
  15. mod1fied

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 11, 2007

    Posts: 639

    Location: Borstal, Kent

    Anyone have more than 2/3 hdd's in one of these? My fileserver has 8 hdds and is rather noisy - was looking to get this as a replacement case.
     
  16. x51m017x

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 1, 2008

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    I have 5 see above, 2 of them are Raptor 10k's. Masks the noise of the hdd well imo.
     
  17. SPARC

    Mobster

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    Location: Scotland

    Brilliant pictures x51m017x. I'm very tempted now but don't have any monies :(
     
  18. x51m017x

    Gangster

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    Posts: 116

    The this week only helped me.
     
  19. pioneer2000

    Soldato

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    Location: Essex

    Could you measure the distance (length of case) between the feet? I realise 13" was quoted previously, but this can't be right...?
     
  20. waynio

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 1, 2008

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    175mm from center to center of the small feet at the back.
    148mm from center to center of the big feet at the front.

    193mm from outer end to outer end for the small feet at the back.
    190mm from outer end to outer end for the big feet at the front.

    Just got this case as a prize for being featured in CustomPC :).

    Doh, just noticed you said length :D
    406mm from begining of the front feet to the end of the feet at the back.
    And 340mm between case feet from the end of the front feet to the begining of the back feet.
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2010