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Anyone here have a picture of the Fractal R5 vs the Phanteks Evolv ATX?

I have the Evolv ATX but it's pretty big for a mid tower (much bigger than my NZXT S340) and incredibly heavy with parts inside case.
post #14092 of 16134
You can find pictures of cases online just search. Sizes and weights are often on product pages or in reviews.

R5:
Case dimensions (WxHxD): 232 x 451 x 521mm
Case dimensions - with feet/screws/protrusions: 232 x 462 x 531mm
Net weight: 10.7 kg
Package dimensions (WxHxD): 327 x 615 x 540mm
Package weight: 12.5 kg

Evolv:
Dimension 235 mm x 495 mm x 510 mm (W x H x D)
Package: 10.2 kg net, 11.9 kg gross

Most cases of equal sizes have almost equal weight, unless you buy some cheapo case with thin panels and no dampening, filters, etc.

I have R4 with 850 G2 and for me it's the PSU that makes the case heavy and rear heavy. Plus you have water cooling and a piece of cover panel inside to add even more weight.
Evolv seems like a neat case but the price for the midtower is insane. The smaller versions seem more reasonable.
Considering all cases are just 4 metal sides cube and you still have to cut out the stupid grills yourself I don't find it worth it to spend a lot of money on a case that is far from modding needed free.
Alu panels are nice but not sound proofed which means even more money for sound dampening materials.

R5 can't take all EATX, R4 can take any EATX without modding. Define series is relatively quiet and sound dampened at least a bit including the front panel.

The non removable internal panels in Evolv are gonna be a PITA if something you want to mount doesn't fit.
Edited by JackCY - 5/5/16 at 6:07am
post #14093 of 16134
My R5 with rgb led:)
post #14094 of 16134
hi, I am a newbie here.
I have recently moved my rig from CM690 case to my new R5:

I love that, and I am thinking of building a watercooling loop in it. I have in mind 2х140 rad in front, 1x140 on bottom and 1x140 in back. The idea is to leave case's top sound insulation as it is, so I wouldn't like to have large radiator on top.
Do you guys think it is possible? Any possible problems or something to be considered?
post #14095 of 16134
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Originally Posted by JackCY View Post

You can find pictures of cases online just search. Sizes and weights are often on product pages or in reviews.

R5:
Case dimensions (WxHxD): 232 x 451 x 521mm
Case dimensions - with feet/screws/protrusions: 232 x 462 x 531mm
Net weight: 10.7 kg
Package dimensions (WxHxD): 327 x 615 x 540mm
Package weight: 12.5 kg

Evolv:
Dimension 235 mm x 495 mm x 510 mm (W x H x D)
Package: 10.2 kg net, 11.9 kg gross

Most cases of equal sizes have almost equal weight, unless you buy some cheapo case with thin panels and no dampening, filters, etc.

I have R4 with 850 G2 and for me it's the PSU that makes the case heavy and rear heavy. Plus you have water cooling and a piece of cover panel inside to add even more weight.
Evolv seems like a neat case but the price for the midtower is insane. The smaller versions seem more reasonable.
Considering all cases are just 4 metal sides cube and you still have to cut out the stupid grills yourself I don't find it worth it to spend a lot of money on a case that is far from modding needed free.
Alu panels are nice but not sound proofed which means even more money for sound dampening materials.

R5 can't take all EATX, R4 can take any EATX without modding. Define series is relatively quiet and sound dampened at least a bit including the front panel.

The non removable internal panels in Evolv are gonna be a PITA if something you want to mount doesn't fit.

Is the define S or R5 the best fractal midtower atm?
post #14096 of 16134
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Is the define S or R5 the best fractal midtower atm?

I'd say the Define S is well up there in terms of it being the best mid tower full stop.
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I'd say the Define S is well up there in terms of it being the best mid tower full stop.

I have the Phanteks Evolv ATX atm.



It has a lot of space which is great for building, but it's very heavy and big for a mid tower, which I don't like. I actually don't like the front panel design either; I like more "boxed" angular/square-cases, obviously I love the aluminum though.

Would the define S be a down grade and does it come in white? I also watched a Hardware Canucks video where his fingernail scratched the acrylic glass? mad.gif
post #14098 of 16134
Quote:
Originally Posted by XxAlbertoxX View Post

Is the define S or R5 the best fractal midtower atm?
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Originally Posted by Benjiw View Post

I'd say the Define S is well up there in terms of it being the best mid tower full stop.

I don't disagree that the Define S is well up there.

To me the decision points between the R5 and the S are:

Water cooling leans toward the S. Air cooling, more of a tossup.

1) do you need a 5 1/4 optical drive in the case
2) do you need more than three 3 1/2 inch HDDs and two 2.5" SSDs?

If yes to either, the R5 wins, but it gives up one front fan and gives up airflow from the front in general. ( my opinion, just from looking, no hard data to prove this)

Had the S been available when I bought my R5 it would have been a tough choice.

I like having a DVDRW without having to dig the portable burner out of a drawer, or wonder if I left it at work or ...

But a third front intake would be nice to have.

Ok, both are good choices.
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post #14099 of 16134
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I don't disagree that the Define S is well up there.

To me the decision points between the R5 and the S are:

Water cooling leans toward the S. Air cooling, more of a tossup.

1) do you need a 5 1/4 optical drive in the case
2) do you need more than three 3 1/2 inch HDDs and two 2.5" SSDs?

If yes to either, the R5 wins, but it gives up one front fan and gives up airflow from the front in general. ( my opinion, just from looking, no hard data to prove this)

Had the S been available when I bought my R5 it would have been a tough choice.

I like having a DVDRW without having to dig the portable burner out of a drawer, or wonder if I left it at work or ...

But a third front intake would be nice to have.

Ok, both are good choices.

I hate HDDs and don't use Opptical drives (eww ... outdated).

I wanted white though..does the S come in white? and does the window really scratch that easily?
post #14100 of 16134
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Originally Posted by Dan-H View Post


I don't disagree that the Define S is well up there.

To me the decision points between the R5 and the S are:

Water cooling leans toward the S. Air cooling, more of a tossup.

1) do you need a 5 1/4 optical drive in the case
2) do you need more than three 3 1/2 inch HDDs and two 2.5" SSDs?

If yes to either, the R5 wins, but it gives up one front fan and gives up airflow from the front in general. ( my opinion, just from looking, no hard data to prove this)

Had the S been available when I bought my R5 it would have been a tough choice.

I like having a DVDRW without having to dig the portable burner out of a drawer, or wonder if I left it at work or ...

But a third front intake would be nice to have.

Ok, both are good choices.

You can fit 3 hard drives in the Define S and I've not used a CD for years now. Everything is either on a USB or the cloud.
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