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Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl - now with USB 3.0

Elegant Design, Precision Engineered High Quality Case, Bitumen Lined for Sound Isolation, Silicone Hard Drive Mounts for Reduced Vibration Noise

Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl - now with USB 3.0
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Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl - now with USB 3.0 overview

The hugely popular Define R2 case has just been improved! The Define R3 reaches new heights in combining stylish, contemporary design with maximum functionality and noise absorbing features. The minimalistic, yet stunning front panel design, fitted with noise absorbing material on the inside, creates an aura of exclusivity.

The sleek interior is matched with pre-fitted dense noise absorbing material on the side panels, efficiently absorbing noise and vibrations. You can fit an astonishing total of eight 3.5" hard drives into this case, using the user friendly HDD-trays. All HDDs are mounted using black silicone mounts to reduce vibrations. The PSU is mounted in the bottom of the case, where it rests on four rubber pads. There is also a convenient pull-out air filter beneath the PSU which filters the air that comes into the PSU, assuming you are using a power supply with a 120mm fan.

Are you one of those users who always ends up with a case full of tangled cables? Not any more - the Define R3 offers a convenient and good looking way of hiding them away. The motherboard tray has rubber lined holes through which you can easily route the cables behind the motherboard, keeping things nice and tidy. There is also a cut-out on the motherboard tray. This is ideal if you are a user that changes their CPU cooler often. The cut-out will allow you to change CPU cooler brackets without having to remove the motherboard from the system. This hole has been increased in size compared to the Define R2, providing greater accessibility.

At the front of the case you will find space for two 120mm fans, with one 120mm fan supplied. Both fans have air filters and are designed to introduce cooler air into the case as well as to aid cooling of the hard drives. You'll also notice that the inside of the door is coated in noise reducing foam. The only downside to this is that due to space restrictions, the Define R2 can not accommodate a fan controller that fits into a 5.25" drive bay. But that should not be a problem because Fractal Design have supplied a very handy little fan controller that fits in one PCI slot, and can control up to three fans!

Improvements over Define R2

  • Improved air flow with updated fans
  • Improved noise absorbing material
  • Bigger hole in M/B plate for mounting of CPU Coolers
  • Improved cable routing possibilities
  • Reset button, located behind the front panel door
  • Many small quality improvements, including improved scratch resistant coating


  • Graphics card and CPU cooler compatibility

    The Define cases are very roomy, which means they can accommodate some of the largest graphics cards and CPU coolers available. Graphic cards up to 290mm in length are compatible. As for CPU coolers, the maximum height is 165mm. This means virtually all of our CPU coolers will be compatible with this chassis.
    General
    Part Number FD-CA-DEF-R3-USB3-BL
    Model Number R3 Black Pearl
    Case Form Factor Mid Tower
    Dimensions 207.40 x 440 x 521.2mm (W/O feet)
    Front Panel Material Aluminium
    Side Panel Material Steel
    External Colour Black
    Internal Colour Black

    Bays & Expansion
    5.25" External 2
    3.5" Internal 8 (all SSD compatible)
    Expansion Slots 7

    Supported Motherboard Formats
    Full / E-ATX / Extended ATX No
    Standard ATX Yes
    Micro ATX Yes
    Mini ITX Yes

    Cooling Features
    Front Cooling fan 2 x 120mm Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (1 x included)
    Rear Cooling fan 1 x 120mm Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (included)
    Side Cooling fan 1 x 120/140mm fan (optional)

    Connectivity
    Connectivity 1 x USB3.0
    2 x USB2.0
    1 x eSATA
    1 x Line In(Microphone)
    1 x Line Out(Headphones)

    Delivery Options

    Next Working Day Delivery

    Get your order delivered the next working day for £5.99, available when ordering Monday - Thursday and before 17:00 on that day if the product is in stock and your payment has cleared.

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    Get your order delivered the next working day before 12:00pm for £8.38, available when ordering Monday - Thursday and before 17:00 on that day if the product is in stock and your payment has cleared. Some orders if via PayPal and the first customer order may not clear in time.

    Weekend Delivery - Saturday & Sunday

    If you need your order at the weekend, for £9.98, you can specify the day you wish to have it delivered to you, Saturday or Sunday providing your order has been placed by 17:00 on the Friday before.

    Economy Delivery

    Economy delivery is available on all orders of any value being shipped within the UK.

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