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Case

Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition ATX Mid Tower Case

(6 Ratings, 5.0 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Fractal Design

Model

Define R5 Blackout Edition

Part #

FD-CA-DEF-R5-BKO

Manufacturer

Fractal Design

Type

ATX Mid Tower

Color

Black

Power Supply

None

Side Panel Window

None

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

    mister_scamp
    • 26 points
    • 33 months ago

    from completed build From zero to hero... hopefully

    I love, love, love this case. The blackout is cool but does make install harder because its like looking into a black hole. It runs soooo quiet with my setup and the airflow keeps all my temps nice a low.

    Cable routing is fantastic as is the build quality.

    Con - The only small thing is that the back panel screws are very similar but different and incompatible with the front panel lock screws. As long as you don't mix them up like I did it's fine.

    aBoxbot
    • 20 points
    • 36 months ago

    from completed build TM∀-1

    The only issue I have with this case is the obnoxious blue LEDs used for the power / drive activity indicators. Thankfully a quick go with a soldering iron and some red 3mm and 5mm LEDs solved that particular problem.

    This case is heavy and well built. I particularly like the nearly tooless design (you'll need a screwdriver to change the front door's swing direction and to fully remove the 3.5" drive cages). The black, unadorned exterior and modest sound dampaning are great if you're interested in making your rig as unobtrusive as possible, given that it's not exactly small. The fan filters (for the front and bottom intakes) are both accessible from the front which is nice, too.

    The cable routing holes all have rubber grommets and there is a deep cable routing channel, with velcro straps, running vertically along the back of the MB tray. There's a good amount of space between the back of the MB tray and the side panel and ziptie points are plentiful. All in all the case is roomy and very easy to build in with minimal cable clutter.

    relaxative_jr
    • 20 points
    • 29 months ago

    I like this case a lot but it does have some small issues. First is that the grommets above the motherboard are a bit small and hard to get larger connectors through. Second is that the fan controller should have more fans supported; like 5-6, not 3.

    There are some downsides with this case that come from it being a mid tower instead of a full tower. These include- no e-atx support, only two external bays instead of 3+, and no 8th expansion slot. Those are tempered by a presumably reduced cost and a smaller footprint.

    I would have gotten the version with a side panel, but I found this one cheap. The blackout just means that everything is colored black not that there are any new features.

    obsideo
    • 16 points
    • 43 months ago

    from completed build Home Media Server

    (UPGRADED) After scouring cases relentlessly, I finally found this gem. There maybe a handful of better cases for what I want. However, having a maximum height clearance of 19" under my desk restricted a number choices. I could put an overwhelming amount of information in this review. So, I'll stick to a few key points, and let you you check more thorough reviews from others. First off, OPTIONS! there are so many ways to build with this case. It is really impressive, and also a bit daunting. I stuck with a mostly stock configuration. Front access dust screen, for both front and bottom. Though they are only screens. The front dust screen can be augmented with with Silverstone ultra fine filters (14cm or 12cm). The bottom is not so easy for that though. If you want the side to be an intake, there is no included filter. Again with Silverstone, a 140mm magnetic ultra fine filter fits quite nicely there. SATA power extension cable could be a big help with the stealth 2.5" drive mounts. Despite any issues I've had with it, this is the best case I've ever worked with.

    misterjj
    • 12 points
    • 48 months ago

    from completed build Harpocrates Gaming Build

    It's Quiet! That was my main goal with this case and it came through. With a case there are always things that are done right, done wrong, and things that are okay, but could be better. This case hits the "done right" mark on nearly every point. It's big, and it's heavy, so that could be a negative if it matters to you. Otherwise, if you want a quiet case at a reasonable price, this is the way to go.

    WoolyFox
    • 2 points
    • 29 months ago

    From previous experience of bad case design from cheap tower cases supplied with my old gaming rig, I decided to splash out on this Fractal Design beauty based on the glowing reviews I've read.

    I was not disappointed.

    This case is BIG and very black. I love it's understated design and looking like a server case. The thought that went into designing this case is astounding and clearly implemented to a high standard.

    To start with, it's heavy. I wouldn't want to move this case often being over 20 Kg once filled with components. Heavy as the panels are not thin and are lined with sound deadening fabric. The front door is lined too and effectively silence the fans behind them, even with a the inch deep intakes on either side of the frame. The placement of the front ports is good and the satisfyingly big black metallic looking plastic power button in the centre really finishes the aesthetics of the case.

    The build in side is a breeze (I'll get to case cooling later) with the movable drive bays and HDD chassis inside the case. The instructions show the combinations possible as well as fitting the case fans and inter-coolers if needed. The motherboard mounting frame is by far the best I've seen. It has nice cable inlets/holes to allow for lovely cable management for behind the motherboard and you can mount 2 SSD drives there too. You make your internal wiring disappear very easily to show off your hardware. My only regret is not buying the windowed versions!

    If I ever make a tower build again, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another one of these cases! I would also like more colour options as a red case would like mega.

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