Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Computer Cases › Fractal Design Define R3, My Opinion.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Fractal Design Define R3, My Opinion.

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
I know I'm going to get a few people to hate me by saying this, but...

The Define R3, what a freaking waste of money. I bought it cause I liked the looks and it was quiet. Or so I thought.

When I first bought my Sig Rig, I had to run it caseless for awhile, cause my first Define R3 arrived smashed up. And even caseless my rig was pretty damn quiet apart from when gaming and the GTX480 would start screaming, but that was expected.

But then I got my replacement R3 2 days ago, and its actually bloody louder than when it was when it was caseless.. I was absolutely baffled, and it turns out the fans were spinning a lot faster to try and keep the temps down, so there was a lot of extra fan noise, and still the CPU got 15c hotter than when I was caseless.

So I just thought 'screw that', No way am I spending £80 on something that doesn't do what I bought it for, I was well looking forward to getting this case as well as its the first time I've ever had an expensive case. What a let down.

But yeah I spent all of yesterday looking for a cheaper replacement case, couldn't find anything I liked as much as the R3, but I just took a chance and got a CM 690 II.

And WOW, am I impressed. Cable management is so much easier for a start, and there's so much more space inside the case.

And..... IT'S SILENT. It's just as quiet as it was when it was caseless as it's not fighting to keep the temps down, just the added sound insulation of the case has made it even quieter.

This is easily the best case I've ever used, and I really wasn't expecting much as it was so cheap (£55) so I was expecting it to be pretty noisy, just hopefully a bit cooler than the Define R3. But I was just so damn impressed, I thought I'd bring it up here.
Clevo P650RP6-G
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX1060 6GB Kingston HyperX Impact 2133MHZ 16GB INTEL 600p 128GB 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Windows 10 Pro 64 
  hide details  
Reply
Clevo P650RP6-G
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX1060 6GB Kingston HyperX Impact 2133MHZ 16GB INTEL 600p 128GB 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Windows 10 Pro 64 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 33
Did you try using the Fan controller to slow down the fans? I have that case and mine is dead silent, and my GPU and CPU temps are excellent. I'm not using the stock fans though. I am using the scythe sflex 800 rpm fans. I think cable management is great. But I do think you are right, the case is a tad to small. I wish it were just a little bigger. I know they also have the XL, but that is too big IMO. I looked at the CM 690 when I was getting a new case, I just didn't like the look of it. But at least you are happy with your purchase now and that's what counts...Throw some pictures up of it...
post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 
Yeah I used the fan controller to drop the speeds of the case fans, but the airflow came to a stand still in the case and the GPU fan was kicking up to cool down, and when the 480 kicks up, it KICKS UP.

Heres my case now;
Clevo P650RP6-G
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX1060 6GB Kingston HyperX Impact 2133MHZ 16GB INTEL 600p 128GB 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Windows 10 Pro 64 
  hide details  
Reply
Clevo P650RP6-G
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX1060 6GB Kingston HyperX Impact 2133MHZ 16GB INTEL 600p 128GB 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Windows 10 Pro 64 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 33
you have a 480, it will forever be hot.
Vibrant Curiosity
(15 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K Maximus IV GENE-Z 2x Galaxy 570 SLI Adata 1600 8GB (4x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 120 & Seagate 1TB 7200 Lite-On Blu-ray combo 620 + 2x Akasa Viper Windows 7 HP 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 160 GB 5400rpm 
OSMonitor
Mac OSX 10.6 13.3" 1,280 × 800 
  hide details  
Reply
Vibrant Curiosity
(15 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K Maximus IV GENE-Z 2x Galaxy 570 SLI Adata 1600 8GB (4x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 120 & Seagate 1TB 7200 Lite-On Blu-ray combo 620 + 2x Akasa Viper Windows 7 HP 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 160 GB 5400rpm 
OSMonitor
Mac OSX 10.6 13.3" 1,280 × 800 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 33
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
you have a 480, it will forever be hot.
? Not really.

It's idling at 43c atm and loads at 77c.

In the Define R3 it idled at 62 and loaded at 98c, and was much louder than usual.
Clevo P650RP6-G
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX1060 6GB Kingston HyperX Impact 2133MHZ 16GB INTEL 600p 128GB 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Windows 10 Pro 64 
  hide details  
Reply
Clevo P650RP6-G
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX1060 6GB Kingston HyperX Impact 2133MHZ 16GB INTEL 600p 128GB 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Windows 10 Pro 64 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 33
less airflow = CPU fans and GPU fans spin faster (from experience)

got my haf 912 and SO MUCH AIRFLOW! i keep my fans at 40% unless im running Bc2 or some other intense game.but i my cpu stays at 38 degrees @ 40% and 42-45 @ Full load 100%

my GPU stays very cool since i have a hawk. :/
Blipper
(20 items)
 
First LEGIT Rig!
(17 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K @4.5Ghz (1.32v) Asus Maximus V Extreme Asus Strix GTX 1080 OC Edition Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 Samsung Evo 840 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Corsair H100i Windows 10 Professional Dell Gaming S2716DG 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
BenQ GW2760HS 27" BenQ GW2760HS 27" Ducky Shine II (Red LED,Cherry MX Blue) CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850  
CaseMouseAudioOther
Corsair 650D Logitech G502 Yamaha R-v703 w/ Yamaha Monitors Obbuto Revolution for Desk/Cockpit 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 P45 Neo-F (MS-7519) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460  Value Ram 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Value Ram  Value Ram Western Digital Blue some DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair A70 Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung SyncMaster T260 26" Steelseries 6Gv2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec TruePower 550 Haf 912 Razer Lachesis Razer Goliathus 
Audio
Yamaha R-V703 w/ ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
Blipper
(20 items)
 
First LEGIT Rig!
(17 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K @4.5Ghz (1.32v) Asus Maximus V Extreme Asus Strix GTX 1080 OC Edition Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 Samsung Evo 840 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Corsair H100i Windows 10 Professional Dell Gaming S2716DG 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
BenQ GW2760HS 27" BenQ GW2760HS 27" Ducky Shine II (Red LED,Cherry MX Blue) CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850  
CaseMouseAudioOther
Corsair 650D Logitech G502 Yamaha R-v703 w/ Yamaha Monitors Obbuto Revolution for Desk/Cockpit 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 P45 Neo-F (MS-7519) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460  Value Ram 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Value Ram  Value Ram Western Digital Blue some DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair A70 Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung SyncMaster T260 26" Steelseries 6Gv2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec TruePower 550 Haf 912 Razer Lachesis Razer Goliathus 
Audio
Yamaha R-V703 w/ ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by frankth3frizz View Post
less airflow = CPU fans and GPU fans spin faster (from experience)

got my haf 912 and SO MUCH AIRFLOW! i keep my fans at 40% unless im running Bc2 or some other intense game.but i my cpu stays at 38 degrees @ 40% and 42-45 @ Full load 100%

my GPU stays very cool since i have a hawk. :/
Yep thats the point I'm making and is why the Define R3 sucked for me.

The CM 690 II doesn't have airflow problems though so
Clevo P650RP6-G
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX1060 6GB Kingston HyperX Impact 2133MHZ 16GB INTEL 600p 128GB 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Windows 10 Pro 64 
  hide details  
Reply
Clevo P650RP6-G
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX1060 6GB Kingston HyperX Impact 2133MHZ 16GB INTEL 600p 128GB 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Windows 10 Pro 64 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 33
i have it only complaint is the lack of space at the top... i would have liked half an inch more so the rad rits with fans
post #9 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyph3r View Post
Yep thats the point I'm making and is why the Define R3 sucked for me.

The CM 690 II doesn't have airflow problems though so
yea i always find cases that doesnt have any openings for airflow a full watercooling case. :/
Blipper
(20 items)
 
First LEGIT Rig!
(17 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K @4.5Ghz (1.32v) Asus Maximus V Extreme Asus Strix GTX 1080 OC Edition Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 Samsung Evo 840 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Corsair H100i Windows 10 Professional Dell Gaming S2716DG 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
BenQ GW2760HS 27" BenQ GW2760HS 27" Ducky Shine II (Red LED,Cherry MX Blue) CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850  
CaseMouseAudioOther
Corsair 650D Logitech G502 Yamaha R-v703 w/ Yamaha Monitors Obbuto Revolution for Desk/Cockpit 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 P45 Neo-F (MS-7519) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460  Value Ram 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Value Ram  Value Ram Western Digital Blue some DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair A70 Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung SyncMaster T260 26" Steelseries 6Gv2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec TruePower 550 Haf 912 Razer Lachesis Razer Goliathus 
Audio
Yamaha R-V703 w/ ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
Blipper
(20 items)
 
First LEGIT Rig!
(17 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K @4.5Ghz (1.32v) Asus Maximus V Extreme Asus Strix GTX 1080 OC Edition Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 Samsung Evo 840 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Corsair H100i Windows 10 Professional Dell Gaming S2716DG 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
BenQ GW2760HS 27" BenQ GW2760HS 27" Ducky Shine II (Red LED,Cherry MX Blue) CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850  
CaseMouseAudioOther
Corsair 650D Logitech G502 Yamaha R-v703 w/ Yamaha Monitors Obbuto Revolution for Desk/Cockpit 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 P45 Neo-F (MS-7519) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460  Value Ram 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Value Ram  Value Ram Western Digital Blue some DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair A70 Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung SyncMaster T260 26" Steelseries 6Gv2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec TruePower 550 Haf 912 Razer Lachesis Razer Goliathus 
Audio
Yamaha R-V703 w/ ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 33
My 6870 is idling at 32 and load about 50 but that's with the Artic Cooling Twin Turbo Pro on it :-) at 30% fan speed only and its dead silent...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Computer Cases
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Computer Cases › Fractal Design Define R3, My Opinion.