Fractal Define R6 Review


Fractal Define R6 Review


It's often the case that as reviewers we like to tease you along into reading the whole review, if not at least the whole of the conclusion.  we do this by not making our feelings clear until the very end.  On this occasion though we're going to make things crystal from the very beginning.  We like this case.  We like it a lot.  In fact, in many ways it's damn near perfect.  So let's run through what we have shall we.  To begin with, Fractal market this case as "Two cases in one".  It's fair to say we've been teased by this sort of marketing hype before, where a case is clearly aimed at a certain market sector, but manages a sideways glance at another.  On this occasion however Fractal are being 100% honest and abandoning the sideways glance, are able to interdependently stare down, and some extent dominate whichever sector you care to pitch it into, so let's take a look at them separately shall we.

OK, so case configuration "type one" is for the user who wants something ultra silent, perhaps with air cooling, or minimal water cooling, maybe in the shape of an AIO.  This user demands a lot of storage, perhaps for a home server.  If this is the case then the R6 with it's many heavy sound and vibration absorbing panels can be configured with as many as six HDDs up front as well as two SSDs round the back, and even another two in show off mounts on the false floor.  With the case set up this way, you can still get a decent rad in the roof, as well as a rad up to 40mm thick in the front, heck, you can even do this and still retain the optional 5.25" slot.  if you'd rather stick with air cooling then be rest assured that with 186mm of head room on offer the R6 will take the biggest air coolers on offer.

Configuration "type two" is more for the balls to the wall, custom loop water cooler, who at the same time wants something sleek and mature looking.  We're not going to go through the water cooling options again, if you want the detail, have a look back at the tech spec, but suffice to say, we're finding it hard to think of a case of this pedigree that offers the cooling options that the R6 does.  Seriously, and 360 in the roof, and a 360 in the front, even a 280 in the roof and a 280 in the front, or even up to a 420 in the roof and still a 280 or 240 in the front.  All of this and you still get decent storage as well as an optional show of vertical GPU mount.  Oh, and did we mention that there's 175mm of radiator space in the front? 

Now, don't go thinking that you have to configure the case in one of these two different ways, we're merely showing you the two extremes, as the sheer flexibility of the R6 offers you this, and everything in between.

Have we got anything bad to say about the R6?  Well, the issue of the false floor has caused much discussion here at TTL Towers.  We think unless youre going to put loads of 3.5" hard drives in the front you are likely to want to move the panel at the front of the case, if you have a huge rad in the front but for those of you that dont and thats probably most of you we think the case needs a panel to cover the hole and clean the line up a little.

To summarise, we're not sure if the R6 is perfect but my God it gets pretty damn close. 

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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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