Does what it say on the tin (well product description)
11 August 2012
Excerpt: "The Fractal Design R3 is a nice case that allows you to optimize for sound or cooling performance much like other cases but you get a bit more control through the use of foam panels. The case comes with two fans with one positioned in the rear as an exhaust and the other in the front as an air intake fan. In total there are 7 available fan slots; 2 top, 2 front, 1 bottom, 1 rear and 1 side. The two top fans and the side fan come with the foam panels ...
Pros: Great concept for sound proofing/cooling, price, smart front panel design
Cons: Internal hardware needs to be chosen carefully to fit, door
Summary: In my long history of PC cases, I can definitively say this is the best one I've had so far. It's more compact than most mid towers, but plenty roomy inside. There's no HDD status LED, so I just hooked up the power LED to be the HDD status LED. I'm kinda old school in that I like to see when my HDs are working.
Pros: - Not as tall as most mid towers - Very quiet - Beautiful inside and out - Well built
Cons: - Rubber grommets for liquid cooling don't stay in place. Sort of annoying, not detrimental. - No HDD status LED
Pros: Absolutely love the discrete design. That brushed aluminum door is my favorite feature of every single computer case on the market right now. -Good looking, rubberized feet -Included fans are quiet, I moved them both to the front -Easy cable management -Comes loaded with thumb screws -Removable dust filter under the PSU This case definitely is quiet. I have all 6 fan options installed. Used the 2 that came with it and 4 plain jane rosewill fans. Even after removing th...
Cons: It seems they left out the power cord that goes with the included fan controller, which to me was a shame since I was quite looking forward to that. It's also pretty heavy.
Pros: - Easy to build a computer in this case, even for a first-timer like me. - Nice fan controller - Fans are silent at a low setting (the lowest is fine for me) - Versatile - Good quality construction
Cons: - I wish the drive tray came in 2 parts so I could remove one. Seems to obstruct the airflow (no egg deducted because I don't actually have a problem with controlling the temperature, using just a Hyper 212 Plus and the two case fans with a fanless power supply and fanless graphics card). - I wish the top and side vent options weren't there for esthetic reasons. Versatility vs. esthetics ....
Summary: I read tons of case reviews. I wanted to build a mid to high level machine but have it run very quiet. This case looks nice, builds nice, and lived up to all the expectations I had based up on research.
Pros: Quiet Keeps things cool Easy install Nice cable management
Cons: Stupid rubber grommets keep falling off, especially the ones for the water cooler tubes.
Summary: Like some others - I went from having ugly, neon lit cases that looked like star trek convention rejects to a grown up case, simple in it's appearance, and quiet. I've seen NO drawbacks, and love the silence. my mechanical keyboard seems too noisy now, in fact.
Pros: I'll state right off the bat, i never tried the stock fans. I've had silenx 120mm fans that i spent good money on for my last build, and loved them, so I installed 2 in front, and 2 in the back, replacing the stock ones. From what i'm reading though - the stock ones were plenty quiet anyways, so this shouldn't impact it much. I also installed a corsair 140mm in the bottom. I did not make use of any of the expandable cooling options, as I favor quiet over cooling for t...
Cons: grommets were hard to deal with - popped out easily. Also - it's on the larger side of the mid-tower spectrum, so keep that in mind if you need to fit it to a desk's cpu holder, or etc. Also - 1 usb 3.0 port, but took up the whole 19 pin header with it? Give me 2, guys.. its backwards compatible :)
Summary: I used this case to build my photo/video editing workstation, and I needed something that looked professional, meaning no flashing lights, or windows or that non-sense. It really is a good looking case. Also not sure on other reviewer about the standoffs not being correct. Mine were spot-on and I was able to screw in the standoffs and they aligned perfectly.
Pros: 8 HD trays that are easily accessible without tools - This sold it for me Professional looking case Perfectly placed cable routing holes for my Gigabyte Z77 board Very quiet case, almost completely silent
Cons: The space behind the motherboard tray was a bit tight, but I was still able to route all my cables back there.
Pros: Nice-looking case, very quiet and airflow is just fine for the kind of over clocking you get with motherboard auto tuning. The front door isn't a hassle, because the power button and USB ports (including one USB 3.0) are on the top, and these days how often do you need to put in a disc?
Cons: The rubber linings in the cable grommets can get pulled out when you push cables through. It's a minor pain to put it back in place, but they should have glued it. And one of the grommet holes is too close to the power supply, moving it a couple of CM to the front would be less cumbersome, cable-wise.
Summary: I went from a big ol' neon lit, loud fan, see-thru, sharp-edged, too big for it's own good case to this guy. I've got 7 HDD's and a DVD-DL burner in it very comfortably and the internal temps are lower than the previous. I bought another 120mm smart fan for the exhaust and moved the rear that comes with it to the front so they match. I can hear it when it kicks on full, but it sits right by my head, so I'm not complaining. It's awesomely quiet and heavy duty!
Pros: Cable management is great. Really well finished. Large enough opening to swap CPU coolers easily. Looks great, I'd even go with "classy". Very, very quiet.
Cons: Only con would be the PSU filter, more than once I picked up the case only to realize I almost poked right through it. Eventually I just removed it and put it back in once the case was buttoned up and in place.
Summary: Great build for a main stream build with a decent power supply. Power supply that gives you countless power options is a problem to route cables.
Pros: Great looking case, sound absorbing material is of high quality and not a cheap piece of foam and rather dense. All fan locations are covered with sound deadening material unless needed where you can remove them. Cable routing at the back is good, will get to that later, nice button and io placement on top. Front door cover is made of metal and heavy plastic for a sure feel, magnetic closer is tight. Chromed bottom feet adds a nice classy touch.
Cons: No HD activity light unless you mod the case. They added a reset switch inside the door which is barely used rather than an activity led. The rubber grommets could be glued on or at least made to fit tighter they fall out if too much movement are made routing cables. The cable routing at back of the case behind right panel door must be done carefully. This area is not deep enough for thick cable routing, snakes of wires is a no no and must be concealed behind the driv...