Fractal Design’s latest Arc Midi R2 swapped the side panel window with a solid side panel which is enough to give a new face to the device. The other changes made aren’t that much visible nor enhanced the looks.
Out of all the Fractal Design cases the one I’ve really wanted to get my hands on has been the Define XL, what can I say I am a fan of big cases. Well Fractal Design has recently revised the Define XL, coming out with the Define XL R2 case. The R2 takes the best parts of the original Define XL case and adds upon it. The Define XL R2 supports large motherboards like E-ATX and XL-ATX, has room for up to 8 hard drives, 4 optical drives, 9 expansions slots, has three included fans with a fan controller and much much more! Did I mention Fractal Design intends this case to be pretty quiet as well. Let’s jump in!
Over the past couple of months we have been taking a look at Fractal Design’s line of power supplies. We started with the high-end Newton R3, we then moved down the line to the Tesla R2 and now we have the budget and mainstream Integra R2 750W. This power supply is currently selling for $89.99 at my favorite online retailer. It features a 80PLUS Bronze certification, a silent temperature controlled fan and the great styling we know from Fractal Design. This power supply is a great choice for anyone who is on a budget for a power supply, especially if you are not looking for a modular power supply. Let’s take a look…
We know Fractal Design for some really sleek cases that give you great cooling options and room for a lot of storage. They have shown up at Computex with a few new cases, most notable are the new Arc XL and Arc Mini R2. The Arc XL is a full tower case and the Arc Mini R2 is a more compact mirco-ATX case.
Not that long ago we took a look at Fractal Design’s Node 304 case. This small form factor case was made for mini-ITX motherboards. Today we have the Node 304’s big brother the Node 605. This case is designed the be a home theater PC case. It supports full ATX motherboards, which is great as many people repurpose old systems into home theater PC’s. The front of the case has a nice brushed aluminum finish and inside you have room for up to 4 hard drives. Other features include USB 3.0 support, a card reader and two 120mm fans included. Is this the case for your next HTPC build?
Coming to us from the frozen north of Scandinavia is a product from Fractal Design. The Adjust 108 is a 6 channel fan controller from this award winning Swedish company. The minimalistic controller looks great on paper, but how does it perform? Follow along as we test this controller and see if it’s up to par.
Fractal Design is definitely making a name for themselves not only in the power supply market, but in the case market as well. Their cases have been popular with gamers and enthusiasts alike a we can see why. It has been a while since we have taken a look at a larger case from Fractal Design and today we are taking a look at the Define R4, which of course the successor to the extremely popular Define R3. This case features room for up to 10 hard drives, two included fans with a fan speed controller, USB 3.0 support and more than enough room inside to work with. This case also has many sound dampening features to keep your system nice and quiet. Read on as we take a look…
Just a Fractal Design XL Black Pearl USB3.0 version modded up. Wanted something very simple but eye-catching. Had planned on not having a window, but once I got started…kept adding this and that. Ripped the window in it because everyone I showed build pics to said it would be a shame to not be able to see the interior. Not 100% finished yet. Still got a few odds and ends to get to.
Not that long ago we took a look at our first power supply from Fractal Design, the Newton R3 600W. While that unit sits as Fractal Design’s top tier power supply today we are checking out one of their more mainstream units the Telsa R2 650W power supply. While this power supply is not modular it still features an 80PLUS Gold certification, single 12V rail, and a temperature controlled 135mm cooling fan. The Tesla R2 still has the same great looks we saw on the Newton R3, but can it perform? Read on as we find out!
Small form factor systems have become increasingly popular over the past year. The main reason for this is the availability of Mini ITX motherboards that have some of the same features as full-sized ATX motherboards. Having a smaller system means it is easier to take with you to LAN parties, takes up less space on your desk, and is able to fit in your home theater setup. Today we are taking a look at a case that is perfect for building a small form factor system. The Fractal Design Node 304 has that familiar cube design that many SFF systems has, but inside you are able to fit a Mini ITX motherboard, up to six hard drives and a full sized ATX power supply. Read on as we take a look…
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