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Fractal Design Define R6 Review: The Modular Housing for Builders

Fractal Design has developed the Midi-Tower Define R6, which promises extensive modularity. On delivery – also called standard mode – the Define R6 is apparently a mature workstation, especially because it offers a lot of space for drives. The housing can also be transformed into an open layout in just a few steps. Then there is also plenty of room for your own water cooling system. Both layouts offer enough space for hardware, with graphics cards, for example, there are hardly any restrictions. Fractal Design has also added some surprising features to the Define R6.

In our test, we not only look at the quality of the case, but also try out the conversion to an open layout. Overall we liked the Define R6 very much. But then we discovered some flaws.

Scope of Delivery

In addition to the pre-installed fans and dust filters as well as the PWM hub, the housing is supplied with extensive mounting material:

  • 6x drive bays (pre-assembled)
  • Vibration damper for drives
  • Drive screws
  • Mainboard spacer
  • Mainboard screws
  • power supply screws
  • Screws for conversion
  • Cable ties
  • Microfibre cloth for cleaning
  • Comprehensive manual

Altogether more than enough screws are included for the conversion from standard to open layout.

Technical Data:

Product name Fractal Design Define R6 Gunmetal TG Comments
Material Steel, tempered glass, plastic
Color Titanium grey
No. of PCI slots 7 + 2 Vertical Riser cable is not
Front connections 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Audio, Reset, On/Off white LED ring, narrow stripe protrudes into the front
Memory components
Standard layout 6x 2.5″/3.5″ Racks
1x 5.25″
Open layout 2x 3.5″ Rear side of drive support
1x 5.25″ official, see Text
Both layouts 2x 2.5″ Behind the mainboard tray
2x 2.5 with the brackets from the mainboard tray
Fans
Front 2x 140 mm, 3x 120 mm 2x 140 mm pre-installed
Rear 1x 140/120 mm 1x 140 mm pre-installed
Cover 3x 140/120 mm without 5.25″ bracket
Floor 2x 140/120 mm
Radiators
Front max. 280/360 mm
Rear 1x 140/120 mm
Floor max. 280/240 mm Official specification with reservation, see text
Lid (max. 35 mm height of the motherboard components) max. 280/360 mm Standard layout
max. 420/360 mm open layout, partly without 5.25″-bracket
Dimensions 543 x 465 x 233 mm Length x Height x Width
Motherboard size E-ATX (up to 285 mm width), ATX, mATX, ITX
Maximum component sizes
Graphics card max. 440 mm In standard layout max. width 155 mm from 300 mm length with fan mounted on the front
CPU cooler 185 mm
Power supply unit 300 mm
Weight 12.4 kg
Price € 127.99
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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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