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Fractal Design Define R6 Review: The Modular Housing for Builders

Power Supply Cover Is Firmly Riveted

The power supply cover extends from the back to the end of the mainboard tray or to the support panel of the HDD cage, then there is a recess in the cover cover. At the top there are diagonally arranged ventilation slits. For the ATX power supply, which can be up to 300 millimetres deep, there are rubber feet on the floor. According to the manual, radiators up to 280 millimeters can be placed on the floor in the open layout. But since the power supply cover is firmly riveted, and double radiators cannot be forced through the much too small recess at the front, they must instead be pushed from the back to the intended position before the power supply is installed.

For AiOs with fixed connections, this is likely to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, due to the limited height. In addition, the recess for the power supply unit is considerably narrower than 140 millimetres, which is why a 120 millimetre wide radiator without connections, which must also be fitted with fans beforehand, can pass through without much fiddling at most. To ensure that the cables for the power supply have enough space, the radiator must also be pushed all the way to the front. Only then can it be connected to the water circuit through the recess. It may then collide with another radiator on the front. In the open design, i.e. without the drive cage, a 120 mm or 140 mm radiator at the bottom of the front panel or better a compensation tank as part of a custom water cooling system fit stress-free in the open design.

Comprehensive Conversion Campaign

The conversion from standard to open design is to move the HDD cage support panel to the rear of the case. It then forms an extension of the mainboard tray and the space behind it for the cable management, which is kept tight at 23 millimetres, but still offers sufficient space. During conversion, the housing must be taken apart as far as possible. The front door and frame as well as the lower air filter, which fortunately can be pulled out to the front and extends over the entire underside, have to be removed as well as the lid with the upper bracket and the short holder for the 5.25-inch drive. The screen with the Fractal Design logo must also be unscrewed; it will later hide the view of the back and the data carriers and cables attached there.

The support is then removed and turned 90 degrees before it is fastened again at the bottom and from the front with two screws each. With two further screws the support is finally screwed to the upper bracket. There’s nothing to complain about about the stability afterwards. Two vertically screwed 3.5-inch data carriers still fit on the back of the offset support. For SSDs there are no fixings provided, we have found a remedy with double-sided adhesive tape and were able to accommodate two more of them.

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