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Fractal Design Define R6 Review: The Modular Housing for Builders

No Lightweight

When we accept the packaging from the extremely annoyed DHL courier, we are surprised by the weight and were happy that we didn’t have to lift the almost 12 kilogram parcel up to the fourth floor ourselves. Unpacked, the Define R6 presents itself remarkably simple, the surfaces are flat, the case has clear edges. It is clearly deeper than high, the width corresponds to the usual Midi Tower.

The front is made of brushed aluminium throughout, except for a small recess at the top in the middle, which releases the lower part of the white LED of the Power Button. The front is a door that opens to reveal a blind-like screen with the first of a total of three dust filters. The screen can be removed with a handle on the top. Behind it are two of the three pre-installed fans. Fractal Design has opted for 140mm fans that draw in air through side inlets that are located in the frame around the front door. Alternatively, three 120 fans can be installed here. The fans can also be replaced with correspondingly large radiators. The frame itself is made of plastic. The hinges of the internally insulated door can be placed on the right or left side. All you have to do is remove the screws of the hinges on the door and reposition them.

Easily Accessible I/O panel

Below the LED is a slot for a 5.25-inch drive or a fan controller – no longer a matter of course. The corresponding bracket is about one third as long as a standard optical drive. According to the instructions, the plug-in unit is only available in the standard configuration. More about that later.

The I/O panel has Fractal Design attached to the front of the top. Besides the power button, there are two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 slots, which are not color-coded but labeled. There is also a reset switch and the usual plugs for audio in and out. Behind the I/O panel is a flap that covers almost the entire surface of the top. Like the frame of the lid, it is also made of steel and turns out to be the heaviest removable part of the entire housing. It can be released by simply pressing a button on the back of the housing.

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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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