Monday, 15 February 2010

Fractal Design Define D2 Computer Case

Fractal Design Define R2 Computer Case, this is not your run of the mill computer case it has been tinkered with and is for those who like to see their computer but not hear it.





Perfect for those who make music on their PC, or if you just dont want the sound of fans blowing and churning at full whack.
The panels of the case have been treated with a bitumen type material to help mass load the panels and help stop the sound. Even the front panel door is insulated.

All the drive bays feature rubber style grommets to help with noise and vibration from DVD/CD Drives, Hard Disks, etc.

It has plenty of space for hard disk drives, so you could use it as a NAS type storage box or your own mini server, etc.

The build quality is high, the panels are tough and not flimsy, it has been designed with optimal cooling in mind, with 2x fans at the front, rear fan, 2x fans at the top, 1 side and 1 at the bottom.

Removable dust filters to help keep the dust out of your system.

The unit supports the PSU at the bottom, unlike most other cases which places them at the top, there is also an intake hole at the bottom so the PSU fan can suck air in. It also has a removable dust filter, which will help keep your PSU from clogging up with dust, etc.

It comes pre fitted with nice silver feet (HiFi Seperates Style), with rubber base's on them.

Its available in 3x Colours Black Pearl, Titanium Grey, and Silver Arrow, all are very sleek and stylish.
You wont be dissapointed with this unit.



The only gripe I had with the unit was that I wish it maybe had another one or two 5.25" drive bays, so you could have a DVDRW, DVDROM, Blu-Ray Drive, etc. It only has room for two. or you can use the one drive bay as a 3.25" drive for a Floppy Disk Drive, or a Media Card Reader.
It does allow you to access 2x USB items, 1x eSATA, and Audio Input/Output, via the top front of the case.



Some of the bitumen panels were coming off, I dont know if this was just on my case as it had been transported in very cold weather so that probably affected it. I stuck it back on by heating the part up with an hairdryer and then re-applying it. No big deal.

When you build your system up and turn the unit on, you should notice an immediate difference to your old computer system case, as it is alot quieter.

The D2 doesnt come with a PSU, but they do manufacture PSU's which are also ultra quiet.

We give the Define D2 Computer Case a 7/10, its a great stylish case, with features to match, just a shame it doesnt have an extra 5.25" drive bay spare.

Official Features and Specifications

Stunning front panel design

Patent pending ModuVent™ design, allowing the user to either have optimal silence or optimal airflow

Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing bitumen

8x White painted HDD-trays, with silicone mounting

A total of 7 fan slots (2x120mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x120mm in back, 1x 120/140mm in side panel, 1x 120/140mm in bottom)

2x 120mm Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fans included

Fan controller for 3 fans included

Easily removable front fan filters with clip-on holders for 120mm fans

Supports graphic card lengths up to circa 290mm and CPU coolers with height of maximum circa 165mm

Supports PSUs with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSUs, typically 200-220mm.

Cooling system

Fan controller for 3 fans included

1 rear Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (included)

1 front Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan (included)

1 front 120mm fan (optional)

1 bottom 120mm/140mm fan (optional)

1 side panel 120mm/140mm fan (optional)

2 top 120mm/140mm fan (optional)

Specifications
  • 8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
  • 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
  • On top of front panel: 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA and Audio I/O
  • No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
  • M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
  • 7x expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to circa 290mm and CPU coolers with height of maximum circa 165mm
  • Supports PSUs with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSUs, typically 200-220mm.
  • Case size (WxHxD): 207.40x440x521.2mm
  • Net weight: 12.50kg

Additional information

EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080299
Product code: FD-CA-DEF-R2-BL
Also available for System Integrators

Manufacturers Website; http://www.fractal-design.com/

1 comment:

JD said...

Hi

You left a comment on AUDIOJED a while back regarding my studio build. Apologies for not getting back to you - I must have missed your comment! Many thanks for following the Blog - it's been a while since I made any posts, but I will be installing underfloor heating this summer ready for the winter so I will document that! It has been far too cold in there recently!

Cheers.