Fractal Define R6 Review
In the Nip (Stripped down)
Published: 20th December 2017 | Source: Fractal | Price: TBC |
In the Nip (Stripped down)
Most review sites don't take the time to totally strip down the case and see what's going on under the pretty external trim, but then OC3D isn't "Most review sites". So, the first thing we've done is push that little button in the rear top corner of the case and released the smooth top panel. In doing so we can see that the're quite a hefty bit of sound deadened, mesh covered goodness underneath.
Removal of the top panel reveals to us the inner workings of the top of the case. This set up was hard to see when we peered up at it from inside, but with the roof off, all becomes clear. What we have here folks is a roof that will take a 360mm rad, or for that matter a 420 rad, should you desire. there are though few caveats to the 420, as we guess you supposed there might be. as always, RAM clearance is an issue, so provided you haven't got anything over 36mm in height on your motherboard in the area of the rads and fans, then any 140mm based solution is good to go. Oh, and that little hole? Well that's just a handy dandy fill port bracket. We see them all the time don't we??? Yeah, and that's kinda the point.
How good is it that the whole of the roof panel unscrews easily and lifts off! This sure makes mounting rads much easier as we're sure you can appreciate.
With everything removed we can peer down into the case interior. God we love the way Fractal cases are like Meccano sets for grown ups.
With the top dismantled we now turn our attention to the side and front. Remember we said Fractal see this as two cases in one? well here's why. If you don't like the big baffle hiding your ample storage then you don't have to have it, you can whip it out and re design the interior the way you want it. First step, as seen below is to remove the baffle, a few screws and it's gone.
Having removed the baffle, it's now time to dig down into the various layers of the front of the case. The first thing we doe then, aside from opening the door and removing the filter, is to give a firm tug on the whole assembly. Doing so reveals that we have one hefty bugger of a front case assembly. Seriously, this chap weighs at least a Kilo on its own, and there's no wonder when you think about the mesh and anti vibration and noise dampening there is in here.
With everything stripped off, we finally see the case "in the nip" as it were. The basic chassis isn't too dissimilar to many OEM examples we have seem but it's where Fractal have made their mark that counts, and boy, does it count.
Most Recent Comments
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.
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.
-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