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Reviews Fractal Design Define R6 Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 20 Dec 2017.

  1. bit-tech

    bit-tech Supreme Overlord Staff Administrator

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  2. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees Nebuchadnezzar's fixit man.

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    Buy the version with the sound dampened side panel, if that's what you want.

    I won't be buying one of these, only because I bought an R5 earlier this year, which I expect to be using for many years.
     
  3. Anfield

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    Some people need space for several properly cooled HDDs, homebrew NAS Cheesecake.
     
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    Not the cheapest, is it? The standard version in particular looks very dear.
     
  5. Anfield

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    Including the R4 I use for that purpose.
    But same product series and all that.
     
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    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    I'm so, so tempted to buy one... just got to wait for Fractal to get back to me.

    I absolutely loved the R5, so the R6 will be equally loved. :D
     
  8. Wakka

    Wakka Yo, eat this, ya?

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    Considering the quality of the competition from the likes of Phanteks, In-Win, NZXT and even smaller guys like Raijintek, this seems like too much "playing it safe" for too much cash imo...
     
  9. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    Simple yet elegant, no?
     
  10. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    I hate that they lowered the number of actual drive cages to 6, while aparently they could go as high as 11-12 considering the mount spots ? If they are going to sell extra cages, i am all for R6. If not, then R5 is the superior case.
     
  11. bawjaws

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    Yeah, I love Fractal stuff and don't really think of it as playing it too safe - I'd rather have a functional case with excellent build quality that's pleasant to build in over a blinging windowed LED-fest with razor sharp edges or poor design choices :D But I have to say that this R6 does feel overpriced for what's on offer, especially compared with its predecessors. Just feels like £120 for the non-windowed version is at least £30 too expensive imho.
     
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    "It opens to reveal a single optical disk drive bay. This is surprise inclusion in 2017, "

    I LOVE an optical bay.

    they are still the law in my house!
     
  13. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    The R5 was topping £100 new when I last checked months back. I got mine for £70 and was so very happy with it.

    I guess that's how it is these days... prices are on the up and looks to be setting the trend.
     
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    That's true enough - there's definitely an upward trend with most hardware these days. I don't mind so much when you're getting more for your money but I just don't think iterations like this do enough to justify the extra cost.

    £70 for an R5 is good. I think I paid £65 for my R3 back in the day and at that point it was the best case I'd ever owned. Only retired it earlier this year when I went mITX, so it's gathering dust in the loft. Shame, really, as it's still a great case but it weighs a ton so it's more trouble than it's worth to flog it.
     
  15. Salty Wagyu

    Salty Wagyu moo

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    Worth upgrading from the Define R1? What other notable revisions has it had apart from USB3 ports and larger backplate?
     
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