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Fractal Design Define R2 (& other Define cases) modified to 140mm fans, bottom & back grills removed, front refitted to 140mm fans

Originally Posted by Wijkert View Post

Update: I bought a Dremel 3000 and cut away the grills. The increase in airflow is quite noticeable, especially from the fans at the bottom, since those grills actually have a thicker pattern. I have left the Titan and pci bracket area alone. Still thinking about upgrading to a 980ti or 390x in the near future. If I decide not to, I will work on the bracket of the Titan. Considering it was the first time I took on a project like this, I am happy with the result. Before & After Images (Click to show)


Originally Posted by Wijkert View Post

The noise actually was reduced by removing the grills. I still use the fan filters (just removed them to take the pictures).
It is not the temperature, but the noise that was bothering me. Never had good results lowering the the temp/noise by using a sidepanel fan. It messes up the airflow in the case as well.

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