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Fractal Define R6 Tempered Glass Case: Modular, Quiet, Beautiful - MMORPG.com

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Fractal Design is one of the most respected names in computer cases. Their award winning designs have provided for the needs of countless PC builders. Their Define series has lead the industry in “quiet case” design. We recently updated our benchmarking system and built from the ground up in the newly released Define R6 Tempered Glass Edition. As newcomers to Fractal, we’re here to tell you if it lives up to the hype.

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  • LenoxLenox Member UncommonPosts: 84
    edited April 20
    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!

    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case
    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price
    Post edited by Lenox on
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 17,226
    I like this case a lot. It's one I've looked at and would use, but their Meshify C Dark TG fits what I want a little more.

    We built our office workstations using Define R4s. Very roomy. They're nice except for the SSD mounting location behind the mobo. That ended up being a pain in the ass.
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  • ScotScot Member EpicPosts: 8,950
    Tempered glass does not help with noise reduction or cooling, indeed some studies show it can help noise transmission. this is fashion and nothing more. Your rig should perform well, that's its sole purpose, its not an objet d'art.

    Apart from that this is one of the best cases you can buy, so if you can overlook the gimmick its worth a look.

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  • TillerTiller Member EpicPosts: 6,957
    This is a nice case, and the price is reasonable. I have been using the same Antec Twelve hundred case for years now, but it is big, loud and hard to clean. I bought it years ago because at the time, it was one of the few cases you could fit a Noctua CPU fan in. I may consider this since instead of having to pull 4 dust filters, it's just one.
  • laseritlaserit Member EpicPosts: 5,517
    lenox said:
    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!

    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case
    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price
    Heat rises

    Ventilation is my #1 requirement.
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  • t0nydt0nyd Member UncommonPosts: 382
    laserit said:
    lenox said:
    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!

    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case
    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price
    Heat rises

    Ventilation is my #1 requirement.
    I wish Silverstone would refresh the ft02. Best case for air imo. 
    laserit
  • laseritlaserit Member EpicPosts: 5,517
    t0nyd said:
    laserit said:
    lenox said:
    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!

    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case
    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price
    Heat rises

    Ventilation is my #1 requirement.
    I wish Silverstone would refresh the ft02. Best case for air imo. 
    I use to love Silverstone boxes. Those all aluminum no plastic ones were kick ass.
    t0nyd

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  • t0nydt0nyd Member UncommonPosts: 382
    edited April 20
    I still use an ft02  for my wife's pc. 3x 180 mm fans at the bottom. Crazy airflow. I'm using a view 71 for my PC.
    Post edited by t0nyd on
    laserit
  • xxBoneZxxxxBoneZxx Member UncommonPosts: 84

    lenox said:

    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!


    Why anyone would want the heat of a PSU rising up from the bottom through the case is beyond me (as another poster mentioned). The heat from the PSU should ventilate out of the back and top vents. Not up through the case and through another fan.
  • LenoxLenox Member UncommonPosts: 84
    edited April 20

    laserit said:


    lenox said:

    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!



    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case



    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price


    Heat rises

    Ventilation is my #1 requirement.



    all my systems are full liquid cooled.. i stopped dealing with internal fans ages ago ...

    i have CPU and GPU both liquid cooled and SSDs do not really get hot :D besides that i have nothing in there that requires cooling as for the PSU i use FSP Hydro PTM
    Post edited by Lenox on
  • LenoxLenox Member UncommonPosts: 84
    edited April 20
    grr double post
    Post edited by Lenox on
  • laseritlaserit Member EpicPosts: 5,517
    lenox said:

    laserit said:


    lenox said:

    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!



    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case



    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price


    Heat rises

    Ventilation is my #1 requirement.



    all my systems are full liquid cooled.. i stopped dealing with internal fans ages ago ...

    i have CPU and GPU both liquid cooled and SSDs do not really get hot :D besides that i have nothing in there that requires cooling as for the PSU i use FSP Hydro PTM
    Why does the PSU need to be on the bottom? is it a center of gravity thing? I'm not seeing the importance, help me out. 

    And your not watercooling your chipsets?  Are your radiators separate and external or are they on or in your box? And what about your ram? You still need good ventilation through the case no matter what. Like I said heat rises, that's just good old Mother Nature and physics. Might as well use it to your advantage.

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  • MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community ManagerAdministrator RarePosts: 6,342
    Fractal Design cases are the best.
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  • MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community ManagerAdministrator RarePosts: 6,342

    Scot said:

    Tempered glass does not help with noise reduction or cooling, indeed some studies show it can help noise transmission. this is fashion and nothing more. Your rig should perform well, that's its sole purpose, its not an objet d'art.



    Apart from that this is one of the best cases you can buy, so if you can overlook the gimmick its worth a look.



    Pretty sure you can pick up every Fractal Design case windowless to reduce noise. For sure, tempered glass is definitely noisier than going windowless. That said Fractal Design cases tend to be quieter than most other designs, so it's probably not as large of a tradeoff here as it may be with other cases.
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 17,226
    edited April 20
    laserit said:
    lenox said:
    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!

    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case
    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price
    Heat rises

    Ventilation is my #1 requirement.
    The power supply should vent out the bottom and back, so it's not blowing air in the case.

    For noise, the size of fans and their speed is probably a much greater factor than tempered glass. With some classy lighting, a nice box can be art and functional like classic stereo equipment.
    Post edited by Torval on
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  • ScotScot Member EpicPosts: 8,950
    MikeB said:

    Scot said:

    Tempered glass does not help with noise reduction or cooling, indeed some studies show it can help noise transmission. this is fashion and nothing more. Your rig should perform well, that's its sole purpose, its not an objet d'art.



    Apart from that this is one of the best cases you can buy, so if you can overlook the gimmick its worth a look.



    Pretty sure you can pick up every Fractal Design case windowless to reduce noise. For sure, tempered glass is definitely noisier than going windowless. That said Fractal Design cases tend to be quieter than most other designs, so it's probably not as large of a tradeoff here as it may be with other cases.
    I have one myself, so can but agree. :)

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  • WizardryWizardry Member EpicPosts: 14,364
    I should patent it but i can't believe i have yet to see "doesn't mean it doesn't exist" but sliding windows to make access easier.Windows can be done with rubber around the seams to reduce noise
    IDK about noise i never think about,i guess because i am listening to mine right now and there is no noise lol and mine is a real cheap case.

    IMO if there is noise,your PSU is cheap,your fans are cheap and the connections to tighten the case are also cheap/not tight enough and rubber can be used in some areas to reduce vibration noise.

    None the less ,i have to take my pc cover off and stick my head right in there to hear any noise,so if my cheap machine is that quiet,others should b e as well especially if your spending big money.

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  • GruntyGrunty Member RarePosts: 8,393
    edited April 20
    Scot said:
    Tempered glass does not help with noise reduction or cooling, indeed some studies show it can help noise transmission. this is fashion and nothing more. Your rig should perform well, that's its sole purpose, its not an objet d'art.

    Apart from that this is one of the best cases you can buy, so if you can overlook the gimmick its worth a look.
    Yup, I got my R6 case 2-3 years ago with the metal side because it comes with sound deadening material.  It's the most quiet case I've had.  The loudest thing in the system is the GPU fan.

    The one thing they went cheap on is the drive bay pod.  
    Post edited by Grunty on
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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member EpicPosts: 19,081
    xxBoneZxx said:

    lenox said:

    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!


    Why anyone would want the heat of a PSU rising up from the bottom through the case is beyond me (as another poster mentioned). The heat from the PSU should ventilate out of the back and top vents. Not up through the case and through another fan.
    The airflow is supposed to be that the power supply fan blows air from inside the case into the power supply and then out the back of the case.  The real question is why would you want to be blowing hot air that just came off of your CPU into the power supply?
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 17,226
    Quizzical said:
    xxBoneZxx said:

    lenox said:

    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!


    Why anyone would want the heat of a PSU rising up from the bottom through the case is beyond me (as another poster mentioned). The heat from the PSU should ventilate out of the back and top vents. Not up through the case and through another fan.
    The airflow is supposed to be that the power supply fan blows air from inside the case into the power supply and then out the back of the case.  The real question is why would you want to be blowing hot air that just came off of your CPU into the power supply?
    In the R4 case I have at work the PSU doesn't vent in the case at all. I like that.
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  • laseritlaserit Member EpicPosts: 5,517
    Torval said:
    laserit said:
    lenox said:
    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!

    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case
    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price
    Heat rises

    Ventilation is my #1 requirement.
    The power supply should vent out the bottom and back, so it's not blowing air in the case.

    For noise, the size of fans and their speed is probably a much greater factor than tempered glass. With some classy lighting, a nice box can be art and functional like classic stereo equipment.
    The intake of a psu is the bottom and they vent out the rear. If you feel the top of a psu enclosure in operation it will be warm to the touch.

    My latest build has a reversed case with 1.5" of bottom clearance. The door is on the right instead of the left and the mother board is rotated 180deg with the io's at the top and the cpu at the bottom. The rad is on the bottom and draws from the bottom with two 90mm fans. I have two 120mm intake fans at the front and a single 120mm exhaust fan at the rear.

    I've often though about making my own box

    I've got two twenty three year old Sony N9000ES's that I run with a newer Denon, JBL L7's , Definitive center and sub, Energy C4 mid's and Energy rears and a Sony E9000ES being stored in the closet (can't bear the thought of getting rid of it) ;)

    I had some Haflers back in the day :)


    Torval

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  • nameusernameuser Member UncommonPosts: 42
    My next build will use the Define R6 Blackout better without the TG. Sexy af
  • RukushinRukushin Member UncommonPosts: 245
    I don't really care about noise cause I guess my Corsair ML fans are quiet enough. I also am usually wearing my headset which blocks almost all noise anyway.
    Torval
  • AvanahAvanah Member RarePosts: 1,362
    I have the 

    Define R5 Black ATX Mid Tower Case

    in my current system I built back in Oct 2015. I will build a new system this Fall/Xmas.

    I usually get New everything but I may just keep this Case for my next build. I love it.
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 17,226
    laserit said:
    Torval said:
    laserit said:
    lenox said:
    my #1 requirement for any upright standing case is PSU at the bottom !!!!

    especially if i am paying over $100 for a case
    I have a case by this company .. i use Define C for one of my desktops and it looks extremely similar to this one but for 1/2 the price
    Heat rises

    Ventilation is my #1 requirement.
    The power supply should vent out the bottom and back, so it's not blowing air in the case.

    For noise, the size of fans and their speed is probably a much greater factor than tempered glass. With some classy lighting, a nice box can be art and functional like classic stereo equipment.
    The intake of a psu is the bottom and they vent out the rear. If you feel the top of a psu enclosure in operation it will be warm to the touch.

    My latest build has a reversed case with 1.5" of bottom clearance. The door is on the right instead of the left and the mother board is rotated 180deg with the io's at the top and the cpu at the bottom. The rad is on the bottom and draws from the bottom with two 90mm fans. I have two 120mm intake fans at the front and a single 120mm exhaust fan at the rear.

    I've often though about making my own box

    I've got two twenty three year old Sony N9000ES's that I run with a newer Denon, JBL L7's , Definitive center and sub, Energy C4 mid's and Energy rears and a Sony E9000ES being stored in the closet (can't bear the thought of getting rid of it) ;)

    I had some Haflers back in the day :)


    Yeah, I had the vent path backward. The big thing I like is the air cycles outside the case. I also like the new design that has the shelf above the PSU acting as a thermal barrier to keep radiant heat from power supply housing from traveling up into the case.

    I'm just glad that there are decent functional cases that also don't look like a cast-off prop from a b-rated seventies sci-fi TV series.
    laseritScot
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