Fractal Design -
Define R2

Well thought out case
Author: Jyri Kuusela
Published: 30.11.2009
Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Product Group: System enclosures
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In the last year or so, I have noticed that there has been more and more competition in the computer case market. There are and have been many new manufacturers trying to challenge the big companies like Antec.

A while ago I saw a case called Define R2 from a Swedish manufacturer, Fractal Design. I hadn't heard about Fractal Design before, but I was quite excited about their new product. I thought the specs were great and the price was very reasonable, if it was able to deliver what it promised. Now we will find out!


Fractal Design Define R2

The case comes in a black box, with the name of the manufacturer and model of the case printed on it. There's really not much more info about the case. No specifications, no pictures, no handles, nothing, just the name and color of the R2. The case inside is protected with polystyrene and a plastic hood, like usual. Straight out of the box, the Define R2 does have a strong smell of bitumen and it fills the whole room very fast, not that it's rare with sound isolated cases.



Product name Define R2
Available colors Black Pearl, Silver Arrow, Titanium Grey
Dimensions 207.4 x 440 x 521.2 mm
Weight 12.50 KG
Drive Bays
  • 2x external 5.25" ( 1 x 5.35" to 3.5" inch adapter included)
  • 8x internal 3.5"
  • Expansion slots 7 x slots
    Motherboard Support Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
  • Not included
  • PSU fan intake covered with a dust filter
  • PSU fits in fan up or fan down
  • Equipped with anti-vibration rubber feet
  • Supports PSUs up to 220 mm in length
  • Cooling Front:
  • Included - 1x Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (black frame with white blades)
  • Optional - 1x 120mm fan

  • Rear:
    Included - 1x Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan(black frame with white blades)

    Optional - 2x 120mm/140mm fans

    Optional - 1x 120mm/140mm fan

    Side panel:
    Optional - 1x 120mm fan

    4 rubberized pipe holes for water cooling Included with ModuVent cooling system and speed controller for up to 3 fans.
    Front I/O panel Power button, mic in, audio out, 2x USB 2.0, e-SATA

    So, the Define R2 is yet another well ventilated case with a wide selection of optional fan configurations. Many of the specs do remind me of the Xigmatec Midgard, for example the I/O, PSU positioning and the cooling. All together it sounds like a stylish and solid choice for a heavy user or a gamer. It also features a thing called Moduvent, which we'll discuss later on.




    Fractal Design Define R2

    Excluding the usual variety of screws, there's not much to say about. Included with the case there is a user manual, which is a folded sheet of A4 introducing the user to the technical specs which were listed above.

    There are also two Velcro straps, which can be used to wrap cables and a basic fan controller. Fractal design has also put in some thumb screws, which is a definite bonus.

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