Fractal Define R6 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Fractal Define R6 Review


It's been a while since we've reviewed a Fractal case, but boy has it been worth the wait, as up for review today we have the brand new Define R6.  On the surface it might not look that special, but delve inside it's cavernous interior and we think you'll find it's pretty well thought out.  If you don't like the model we have here then you'll be delighted to know it comes in Black, Blackout, White, and Gunmetal, with or without the tempered glass side panel.  Is it the perfect case?  Will it be taking the case crown?  To be honest if first impressions are anything to go by, there's a chance it might.  If you want to learn more then best you read on, starting as always with the all important Technical Specification

Technical Specification 

Dimension (Approx)543x233x465mm (LxWxH)
Motherboard Support E-ATX (up to 285mm wide) ATX, M-ATX, M-ITX
3.5" 6 (option of 2 stealth mount) 
2.5" 10 (6 shared with 3.5") 
Air Cooling 

Front:   2x140mm, 3x120mm (2x140mm included)

Roof:    3x140mm, 3x120mm

Rear:    1x140mm, 1x120mm (1x140mm included)

Floor:    2x140mm, 2x120mm

Water Cooling Front:    Up to 360mm, 280mm 

Roof:     Up to 360mm, 420mm 

Rear:    120mm

Floor:    Up to 280mm, 240mm

Max PSU Length 300mm
Max GPU Length 465mm
Max CPU Cooler Height 185mm
Front I/O Power, Reset, HD Audio, 2xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots 7 (+2 vertical)


Key Features

Full-size seamless scratch-resistant tempered glass side panel (Tempered Glass Version Only)

Optimized for silence with high-density industrial dampening on side, top and front panels

Reversible front door with anodized aluminum cover and dual mounting system for adaptability with elegance

Nine fan positions with intuitive layout and clear airflow paths offer massive cooling capacity

Nexus+ Smart Hub offers superior fan control of six additional case fans and three extra PWM devices via your motherboard.

Three silent, airflow-optimized Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 140 mm fans come pre-installed helping ensure superior airflow via two intake fans and a single exhaust.

Extensive water cooling support with room for up to a 420 mm radiator in the top, 360 mm in the front, and up to 280 mm in the base

Power supply shroud and Modular Storage Plate conceal HDD trays and excess cabling for a clean, clutter-free interior

Third generation ModuVent™ technology gives users the choice between a soundproof steel cover or filtered multi-fan ventilation setup in the top panel

Easy-to-clean high airflow nylon filters on the front, top, and base with full PSU coverage and front access for convenience

Modular Storage Plate lets users easily convert between the Standard Layout for maximum storage capacity or the new Open Layout for superior water cooling support and clear air flow paths

Vertical 2.5 slot GPU mount, compatible with the Fractal Design Flex VRC-25 PCIE x16 Vertical GPU Riser Kit, showcases your graphics hardware with full visibility and secure fastening (sold separately)

Highly modular interior includes six universal SSD/HDD trays that can be independently repositioned to suit components, cooling, and cable routing

Customizable 2.5” storage solution consists of two brackets and a choice of four tray locations to keep drives hidden behind the motherboard tray or display them prominently on top of the PSU shroud

Compatible with Fractal Design Connect D1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Upgrade Kit for ultra-fast file transfers and fast charging (sold separately, requires a compatible motherboard)

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Most Recent Comments

20-12-2017, 11:20:19

Oh Fractal. This could have been the best case of the decade.

Things i like:
-All that Fractal white...
-White bezels on the glass. So many manufacturers (Lian Li, NZXT) just put black bezels on white cases. Not good. Thank you Fractal for not cheeping out on that.
-Modular front part. You can have R or S beautiful.

Epic fails:
-What is going on with the top? Why put that monstrosity there? Why eat up top radiator space? Just make it like Define S and give it magnetic filter in the box, and make moduvent from metal. No need for that bulky thing. You could have saved a lot of money from pintless tooling.
-Front.. OMG! Why put stupid CD drive bay and waste such a good case. Tom you said you wanted to mod that vent mesh onto it. Imagine white Meshify front on this one. I am getting funny feeling in my pants only by thinking about it.

Because of that transformer front thingy i assume that there wont be a new Define S. This is kinda both. All i think about now is how to bash metal mesh with a hammer just to make that front panel look good.

Every single review i saw of Meshify C was "How masterful is that front?!" and every comment was "Where is Meshify S?". And this case could be that one. And what does Fractal do? Slab a big BLACK metal plate on white case only to have CD drive bay in which you probably can't put ROG DAC, or Fan controller because the door wouldn't close over the knob. If there was no CD drive bay there would be no point for a door. And we could have white Meshyfy R5. Are you reading this Fractal???

I know R series was your most popular case. But that was decades ago. When we had 80GB HDDs and we needed 10 bays in the front so we can install games and have music on our system. And we needed CD drive bays, because internet was slow and games came in small plastic boxes. Cmon Fractal...

Tom please give me a hint if there will be Meshify S. I wont tell. PM me.Quote

20-12-2017, 11:33:18

Is it me or should this be the perfect case after six revisions? Or does the perfect case simply not exist?Quote

20-12-2017, 11:43:20

Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Is it me or should this be the perfect case after six revisions? Or does the perfect case simply not exist?
It does exist, and it is made by HEX-GEAR (in my opinion). This could be the one to take the throne (i'm a poet now) if only it had better front and top. Every other thing is perfect.Quote

20-12-2017, 11:46:56

I find Fractal cases boring as hell, and this looks to be no different. Great to work in for sure, but it's so boring looking, plain jane black box.Quote

20-12-2017, 11:53:05

Originally Posted by Avet View Post
It does exist, and it is made by HEX-GEAR (in my opinion). This could be the one to take the throne (i'm a poet now) if only it had better front and top. Every other thing is perfect.
I can't say that HEX Gear don't make amazing cases, but I can't say they're perfect either.Quote

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