Fractal Design's long-awaited Define R5 mid-tower has finally arrived, and it looks like a worthy successor to the popular R4. The styling is practical identical, which should please fans of the family's clean lines and Scandinavian sensibilities. The focus on silence remains, as well. Fractal insulates the case with sound-dampening materials to complete the low-key theme.
Despite its stealthy aspirations, the R5 can still be loaded with potent cooling. There are nine fan mounts in all, two of which are occupied by the stock 140-mm spinners. The integrated fan controller offers a choice of three speeds—but only for three fans. On the liquid cooling front, the chassis can can accommodate radiators up to 240 mm at the bottom, 360 mm in the front, and 420 mm up top.
Some of the supported radiator configurations require removing various drive cages. The dual HDD cages pop out, and in a new twist, so does the 5.25" cage. All in all, the case stacks two optical bays and eight 2.5"/3.5" bays. A couple of dedicated 2.5" mounts can also be found behind the motherboard tray.
What else? The Define R5 has filtered front and bottom intakes, plus redesigned vent covers to prevent sound from escaping from unused fan mounts. Fractal has also added a quick-release mechanism for the left panel and a front door that swings either way.
Like its predecessor, the Define R5 is eminently affordable. Standard versions should be priced at $109.99, while windows ones sell for $10 more. Looks like we've found ourselves another review candidate.
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