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Yeeah! Fractal is on my floor right now! Tomorrow I will start the change from Antec 300 to R3
Yet now I don't have any air cleaner thing to blow the dust away..
 

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Originally Posted by stimr2 View Post
The front panel door pretty much restricts air flow to the fans. There is very little space between the door and front bezel. I don't see a lot dust on the doors for the front fans. However, when I do open to doors the fans filters are covered in dust. The fans seem to pull air from the side and bottom vents on the front bezel. There is about a 1/2 inch space between the fan filter and the doors. You can actually see the fans and filters through the side vents.

Ye gods that looks like a bad design; the filter isn't flush with the front mesh? Can air enter the case without passing through a filter? It looks like it can.

Seriously considering one (they're cheap in the UK relative to the 600T etc.) but not sure about that front mesh. Surprised nobody's modded it to remove it...
 

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The design isn't the most optimal for air flow but it really isn't that bad. The filters are part of the assembly that attaches the fans to the chassis. So the filters sit flush with the fan. There's a decent amount of space in front of the fan/filter to draw air from the side vents on the bezel. So the side vents on the right and left of the bezel are the air intakes for the front fans. The fan doors are pretty much there so you can easily get access to the fan/filter for cleaning or removing/installing.

Unlike the Antec Performance One cases, the side vents on the Fractals are located behind the fan doors but in front of the fan/filter. While on the Antecs the side vents sit in front of the fan doors. Basically on the Fractals the fan can pull air directly through the side vents. While on the Antecs the air is pulled from the side vents through the grill on the fan doors.

I'm a big fan of the Antec Performance One cases. I was planning on getting a P183 before I got my R3. Antec really needs to update the Perfomance One cases. It really sucked paying for the shipping to get it to the States from Canada.

Fractal: Fan--->Filter--->Side Vent--->Fan Door--->Bezel Door


Antec: Fan--->Filter--->Fan Door--->Side Vent--->Bezel Door (BANDIT_COROLLA's picture from the "Official" Antec Performance One Owners Thread )


The fan snaps in to the assembly and you have the option of using 2 fans screws.




The fan actually sits flush with the filter.


Here's a pic with the front bezel detached from the chassis.


There's actually a good amount of room for the fans to draw air from the side vents.


The stock fans that come with the R3 are only 1300rpm. If you want more air flow you could always get better fans. I currently have the 2 stock fans in the front. I also have 2 Scythe S-Flex Gs on the top and 1 in the rear as exhausts. I got some Zalman ZM-F3s in my closest but I haven't bought a 3 pin power cable splitter to use them with my Lamptron fan controller. They would definitely pull more air in than the stock fans.
 

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Hey guys!
It seems that here are some experts about Fractal Design!
I have a little question and I hope someone could help me out:

About the FD Fan....does them make some annoying or ticking noise when placed horizontally? (on top for Exaust for example).
If you don't know it, could you try with the one you have for me?
In particular I was referring to the 140mm version, but maybe the 120mm would have the same behaviour...

Thank you and good ggod case!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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LOL I thought this thread was people that wanted to get together and make "FRACTALS" like chaos theory and geometry etc. Oh well.
 

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Originally Posted by pelplouffe View Post
I have a 120mm on the top and dosent make anynoise. I love these fan so quiet
Not even any soft tick tick noise either? That seems good! If someone have a 140mm for confirming, that will be nice too


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mmmm, something doesn't seems what you told, maybe your percepition of noise is different?
That's what I read from Silentpcreview HERE:
Both the 120 and 140 mm fans are very quiet on their own, close to our anechoic chamber's noise floor. However, they both exhibit a noticeable ticking quality. It is particularly bad on the 120 mm model
 

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There aren't any US retailers who carry Fractal cases. NCIX is the only North American retailer and if you buy it from them the shipping will cost you. Also I don't think NCIX carrys the R2 any more, the R3 is it's replacement. When I ordered my R3 it took over 2 weeks to get it from NCIX.
 
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