Fractal Define R6 Review

Up Close: Interior Rear

Fractal Define R6 Review

Up Close:  Interior Rear

It's becoming the norm these days for there to be much more going on behind the scenes, or at least, behind the Motherboard, than there is round the front of the case, and the R6 is no exception.  Even from this overview image, it's clear there's a lot for us to talk about

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For starters, there's a good 23mm of cable routing space, OK, so not class leading, but 23mm is actually more than plenty for all apart from those that just stuff, cram, and hope.

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Centrally located towards the top of the case we find the Fractal Nexus+ "Smart Hub".  This little Stickle Brick of a chap is actually a fan controller hub that enables the control of up to six case fans plus three PWM devices via the motherboard. 

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A little lower down we see a pair of white QR mounts for 2.5" drives, although getting more popular, this sort of feature is far from commonplace these days and so can't yet be taken for granted. 

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The R6 will accept any PSU up to 300mm, so in other words, any PSU!  There's ventilation top and bottom, so it doesn't matter which way up you mount it, and either way, it'll be sitting on four good sized rubber pads. 

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Now we're round the back we can see how the individual Drive trays are secured.  Well we could, if the camera had pulled focus correctly.  Basically each is secured by a good old fashioned thumb bolt, and any of them can be relocated to any of twelve destinations.  Each tray will hold either one 3.5" or one 2.52 drive. 

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Although we might be getting ahead of ourselves a little here, we will point out at this point that between the back of the fans, and the edge of the HDD trays, there's actually 40mm of room.  What this does of course mean is that if you want shed loads of HDDs and water cooling, provided your rad is under 40mm thick it's winner winner chicken dinner all the way.  

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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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