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Fractal R3 vs BitFenix Shinobi Windows

Poll Results: Which is better?

 
  • 12% (2)
    BitFenix Shinobi Window
  • 87% (14)
    Fractal Design R3
16 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
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I'm in the market for a new case for my gaming rig, and the Fractal R3 and BitFenix Shinobi Window seem to be two of the best. Things that I'm looking for are low noise levels, reasonably good cooling, and a low profile design (Eg none of the useless plastic bobs and whistles that come attached to many gaming pc cases)

Shinobi Window

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139...ctdetails.html

R3

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139...ctdetails.html

Any advice on which is better would be appreciated! Thanks in advance
post #2 of 8
So far, I love the R3, it's quiet and with some fans it keeps everything really cool. It's also very simplistic and I find it very easy to clean the dust from the front and underneath filters.

the shinobi looks ok, I'm just not a fan of windows.


If you have any questions about the R3 let me know.
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post #3 of 8
which is "better"? R3, far and away

the shinobi is a budget case, though. it's not supposed to outperform a case that costs more than twice as much as it
    
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post #4 of 8
You can get a fractal design xl for the same price on newegg as the r3 on your site. Is there a certain reason why you have to buy your case there?
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by Sterisk View Post
You can get a fractal design xl for the same price on newegg as the r3 on your site. Is there a certain reason why you have to buy your case there?
I'm in New Zealand so I can't access Newegg
Playtech and Computer Lounge are the only decent sites available (That I'm aware of..)
post #6 of 8
As mentioned before already you are comparing 2 chassis of a totally different price segment... If you have no money issue you should first decide on which one you like better and then see if based on specs it fits your needs...

If you want to save money by not sacrificing in specs, build quality and features I suggest you go for the Shinobi...

BTW - Here you can get the Shinobi even cheaper... http://www.acquire.co.nz/acquire/def...ept_id=1600040

If silence is an issue for you the Shinobi is a great pick... Computerbase the biggest German media is checking the noise level of every chassis they test and since several months the Shinobi is on #1 - Find below:

http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/g...-pc-set-a43/5/



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post #7 of 8
I had a Define R3 and while I loved the looks, the case seemed to be appaling for airflow, so my fans had to run overtime making it a lot louder which defeated the point of the case. And cable management was a squeeze.

So while I loved the look of it, from a functionality point of view, I hated it. I returned it and got my CM 690 II
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post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyph3r View Post
I had a Define R3 and while I loved the looks, the case seemed to be appaling for airflow, so my fans had to run overtime making it a lot louder which defeated the point of the case. And cable management was a squeeze.

So while I loved the look of it, from a functionality point of view, I hated it. I returned it and got my CM 690 II
For real I think the case is good apart from the cable management squeeze I bought mine in NZ from comp lounge, Also mine is quiet as and cool.
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