Define R2, Black Pearl

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A new generation of style!

The long awaited Define R2 case is reaching 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 patent pending feature ModuVent™, in which you can choose whether to have side and top panels open or not, makes the case appealing for users seeking optimal silence, as well as the performance hungry ones.

The sleek black interior is matched with pre-fitted, dense bitumen material on the side panels, efficiently absorbing noise and vibrations. You can fit an astonishing total of eight(!) hard drives into this case, using the user friendly HDD-trays. All painted in a nice white color and using black silicone mounts.
PSU is mounted in the bottom of the case, with a convenient pull-out filter beneath it.

Are you one of those users always ending up with a case full of tangled cables? No more. The Define R2 offers a convenient and good looking way of hiding them away. The motherboard has rubber covered holes in which you can easily route the cables behind the motherboard.

Key features

  • 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
  • 8(!) 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 (10w Max)
  • 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)


  • 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 / Gross weight: 12.50 / 14.50 kg

Additional information

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

BitCity 2010-05-06

"The attention to details in making this cabinet deserves to be reported. For a price, however in line with competitors, Design and R2 gives the user a choice between a complete soundproofing system or to make a performance, however, equipped with special devices for noise reduction. In both cases, the sleek, modern design allows you to make a good display in any environment"

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Award from techPowerUp

techPowerUp 2010-04-30

"The sound dampening material along with the sealed off air intakes which are unused and the fan controller all make for a great feature set. Fractal Design seems to have a thing for offering cases which can hold a lot of hard drives, as the Define R2 can hold a eight disks, which is even above average for enclosures much larger than this one."

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Award from Nexthardware

Nexthardware 2010-04-30

"Con Define R2, Fractal design ci propone un case sobrio, dalle linee pulite ma forse, esteticamente, privo di un certo “carattere”. L'interno si presenta sufficientemente spazioso e le guarnizioni passacavo sono un plus che riteniamo piuttosto interessante. Ottima l'idea di rendere il prodotto adattabile alle esigenze degli amanti del silenzio a tutti i costi, così come a quelle di chi ama i cabinet con numerose predisposizioni per ventole aggiuntive."

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"Tijdens gebruik zijn de reacties over de Define R2 uitlopend wanneer de behuizing aanschouwt wordt. Tegenwoordig zijn behuizingen zonder teveel poespas hip, en behuizingen die wel veel poespas hebben worden vaak weggeschildert als 'kermisbakken'. De Define R2 haakt hier rechtstreeks op in en de mogelijkheden tot uitstekend cable management, het reduceren van geluidshinder en een stijlvolle uitstraling maakt deze behuizing interessant voor de gebruikers die graag een computer hebben die wat weg heeft van een wolf in schaapskleren. Fractal Design wilt de Define R2 positioneren als een behuizing die niet alleen gunstig is voor de portefeuille maar ook gunstig is voor je gehoor en ze slagen hier dan ook goed in. Fractal Design: hou ze in de gaten!"

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Award from FrazPC

FrazPC 2010-04-22

"Fractal Design połączył wiele pomysłów różnych producentów w czterech ścianach swojej obudowy dokładając przy tym swoje trzy grosze. Najważniejsze w tym wszystkim jest jednak to, że efekt finalny jest bardzo dobry a produkt naprawdę atrakcyjny."

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Award from Silentpcreview

Silentpcreview 2010-03-28

"It is rare to see a rookie manufacturer come out of nowhere and come up with well-thought out design right off the bat. Luckily for Fractal Design, much of the trail was already blazed by Antec: The Define R2 is a kind of homage to the P180. Fractal Design engineers kept true to its core design, added a few simple improvements, and cut corners in areas they believed were not fundamental to thermal performance and noise reduction. The result is an affordable, versatile, minimalist case that is suitable for housing a simple quiet PC , a well-cooled gaming machine, and anything in-between."

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Award from 59Hardware

59Hardware 2010-03-17

"Rare sont les surprises lorsqu'il nous est donné de tester un boîtier, mais ce Define R2 de Fractal Design nous paraît être une tour complète, autant du point de vue des performances que de l'esthétique. En effet, le boîtier et son design très sobre n'est pas sans nous rappeler la gamme LanCool de Lian Li, en partant de cette ressemblance, la barre est placée très haute, mais cela n'arrête pas ce Define R2 puisqu'il s'en sort également très bien lors de nos tests pratiques. Ajoutez à tout cela un revêtement complet permettant de réduire les nuisances sonores, une ventilation basée sur pas moins de 7 ventilateurs de 120 ou 140 mm au choix, bref, ce boîtier à vraiment tout pour plaire, sans oublier son prix de 89,90 Euros !"

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Award from OverclockersHQ

OverclockersHQ 2010-03-10

"Overall the Fractal Design Define R2 was literally the quietest case I have ever used. I was very impressed when we did the review on the Cooler Master Silent case but the one problem I had after prolonged use was the front panel was exposed and when reading media you would hear it loud and clear. The fractal design, although not 100% sound dampening, still remained a lot quieter. The build quality and ingenuity Fractal Provides in this case should make it a much higher ticket item. I have paid $120 for cases with half the features of this case so for $110 this is an unbelievable deal."

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Award from Video Review Video Review 2010-03-07

"YouTube video review, please see link."

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Award from Overclockers Tech

Overclockers Tech 2010-03-03

"The design and price of this case should force other manufacturers to step-up their game. This chassis is indeed a black pearl amongst the rest."

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Award from PC World Norge

PC World Norge 2010-02-17

"På det jevne ga kabinettet et godt kvalitetsinntrykk, og sett i forhold til prisen må vi si oss svært godt fornøyd med den tekniske løsningen og funksjonaliteten."

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Award from 2010-02-12

"This case has paired a sleek and elegant design with silent operation and a range of thermal options to suit the needs of the most demanding enthusiasts."

Read full review at 2010-02-11

"Il modello analizzato è quello con lo sportello frontale in grigio titanio, molto elegante, ma sono disponibili anche i modelli in nero lucido e argento. L'anta si chiude magneticamente, ed è rivestita con materiale fonoassorbente."

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Award from 2010-02-09

"Uma nova geração de estilo!

  • Preço
  • Combinação de cores
  • Qualidade geral dos materiais
  • Acessórios incluídos
  • Bom isolamento acústico
Está uma caixa muito bem conseguida para o valor estimado para o nosso mercado!"

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Award from 2010-02-07

"Die Möglichkeit USB-Sticks, ein Headset oder eine e-SATA Festplatte anzuschließen, rundet den edlen Anblick ab. Powerschalter leuchtet blau im On-Modus. Der schwarze Define R2 von Fractal Design wurde Fehlerfrei verarbeitet und wir können dem Tower keinerlei Kritik oder ähnliches überreichen. Deshalb bekommt er eine 100% Kaufempfehlung."

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Award from 2010-02-01

"Dette er definitivt et genialt kabinett vi vil anbefale til de som ønsker en "lydløs" maskin."

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Award from 2010-01-29

"Dla obudowy Fractal Design Define R2 za znakomite połączenie najlepszych pomysłów"

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Bit-tech follow-up 2010-01-26

"We knew adding extra fans into a case will obviously improve cooling performance, but were amazed at the result of combining the R2 and the trio of superb Sharkoon silent eagles. At idle the GPU temperature from our passively cooled GPU dropped 8°C to a lowly 16°C above room temperature and under CPU load our 130W TDP test CPU dropped a healthy 3°C to a delta T of only 24°C - on par with the Antec 902!"

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Bit-tech 2010-01-15

"The Define R2’s minimalist and straight forward styling will be very appealing to many – particularly the old school PC builders who enjoy clean cut looks instead of a UFO on their desk. The choice to include multiple 3.5”/2.5” drive bays over 5.25” is sensible and forward looking, build quality throughout is solid and the array of noise reduction features throughout is superb - the case really is wonderfully quiet. In fact there’s really not a lot to find fault with here. Cable routing is well catered for, removable dust filters abound (although you’ll need a screwdriver to remove those fitted in the front of the case), the bitumen plating makes an audible difference and you even get plenty of spare screws and fittings included too. Lovely! Fractal Design seems to beat Antec at its own game here!"

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Award from MikroDatorn

MikroDatorn 2010-01-13

"Fractal Define R2 är ett trevligt chassi som är snyggt, har gott om bra funktioner och samtidigt har ett riktigt bra pris. Vi tycker det är ett bra val att dra ner på antalet 5.25”-platser och istället satsa på fler hårddiskplatser. Att det dessutom går att installera SSD-enheter i alla vaggor är ett stort plus. Chassiet är välbyggt och har inte alls någon billig känsla. Det är trevligt att ha möjligheten att välja om vi vill täcka för de tomma fläktplatserna eller inte då det ger en ökad flexibilitet."

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"Fractal Design hat mit dem Define R2 einen grandiosen Einstieg in den Gehäusemarkt geschafft. Man schafft es sich von der Masse abzuheben, verzichtet auf optische Spielereien und bleibt edel und schlicht. Der Innenaufbau ist durchdacht und an vielen Stellen überraschend und gut gelungen."

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Award from Muropaketti

Muropaketti 2009-12-31

"Fractal Design Define R2 osoittautui tämänkertaisen vertailun positiivisimmaksi yllättäjäksi ja samalla vertailun voittajaksi. Kotelo on varustettu hintaansa nähden lähes uskomattomilla ominaisuuksilla ja yksityiskohdilla. Koteloa suunnitellessa ei asioita ole selvästikään jätetty puolitiehen. Define R2:n parasta antia on ehdottomasti mahdollisuus valita hiljaisuuden ja tehokkaamman jäähdytyksen väliltä. Fiinillä nimellä varustettu ModuVent-ominaisuus on yksinkertaisuudestaan huolimatta erittäin toimiva idea, jota vaativa käyttäjä osaa varmasti arvostaa."

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Award from 2009-12-21

"...Fractal Design Define R2 Black Pearl combineren goed ontworpen behuizingen met gebruiksvriendelijkheid en klasse.""

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Award from 2009-12-14

"Fractal Design Define R2 - vienas geriausių korpusų, kuriuos man yra tekę matyti. Gražus dizainas, patogus komponentų išdėstymas, geras aušinimas bei gera komplektacija - gerosios šio korpuso savybės. Patiko ModuVent sistema - ji padės sumažinti dulkių patekimą į korpusą, kuomet nereikalingi papildomi ventiliatoriai."

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Award from 2009-12-08

"Für rund 89,- Euro bekommt man ein schönes und gut verarbeitetes Gehäuse mit vielen netten Features und ausreichender Kühlung. Die edle Lackierung Innen und Außen runden das Paket perfekt ab. Unserer Meinung nach ist das Define R2 derzeit eines der schönsten und funktionalsten Miditower überhaupt. Unsere Meinung: Sehr schick mit vielen Extras!"

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Award from 2009-12-03

"Die letzte Besonderheit ist das das Gehäuse komplett mit Dämmmatten ausgelegt ist und somit Vibrationen und andere Störende Geräusche zwar nicht komplett entfernt aber schon gut verringert, gegen einen Intel Boxed Kühler kommt natürlich auch die beste Dämmung nicht an. Gut durchdacht ist von Fractal das alle nicht genutzten Lüftungsöffnungen mit verschraubten Dämmmatten versehen sind welche bei Bedarf einfach herausgeschraubt werden können."

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PC Chip 2009-12-02

"Decentní skříň s dostatečným prostorem pro velké karty a osm pevných disků. Oceňujeme použití dobrých materiálů, odhlučnění a tiché ventilátory."

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Award from 2009-11-30

"Thanks to the bitumen interior and quiet fans, the R2 is very silent. With automatic fan control it's almost completely silent in desktop use. The fan controller is a very nice accessory to control the noise levels with on-the-fly fan speed adjustment. Bitumen, ModuVent and the Fractal Design fans seem to make a perfect combination. [...] Fractal Design Define R2 is a good choice for everyone, who's looking for a stylish and quiet case in the mass of enclosures."

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Award from Xtremehardware

Xtremehardware 2009-11-11

"Il Fractal Design R2 black è senza dubbio un prodotto di altissimo livello in grado di soddisfare una clientela molto ampia. Questo case infatti può essere usato permolti scopi come ad esempio per alloggiare un server. Alcuni utenti potranno divertirsi con l'installazione di un buon inpianto a liquido, mentre invece chi predilige l'air cooling potrà montare fino a ben 7 ventole! Insomma il Fractal Design R2 è un midi-tower polivalente, curato nei minimi dettagli, molto robusto e soprattutto elegante."

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Award from AwardFabrik

AwardFabrik 2009-11-10

"Mit dem Define R2 liefert Fractal Design ein optisch eher unaufregendes Case mit tollen inneren Werten. Alles wirkt gut verarbeitet und durchdacht. Es sind keine scharfen Kanten oder wackligen Bauteile zu finden. Das Case wirkt sehr elegant und kann überall aufgestellt werden, ohne in Auge zu stechen. Im Inneren leistet sich das R2 keine Patzer."

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Award from Cowcotland

Cowcotland 2009-11-06

"Ce boitier Fractal est une franche réussite. Il est sobre et simple avec une petite touche à la Antec, bien fini, et il possède un excellent chassis. Paniers HDD/SSD, montage par l'ntermédiaire de vis à main, ventilation en double 120 mm, câble management, filtres, isolation phonique et mélange de noir et de blanc à croquer, voilà certains des points très positifs de ce boitier."

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Award from Review Base

Review Base 2009-11-02

"Wir empfingen das Define R2 Black Pearl mit großen Erwartungen. Dies sollte auch keine Sekunde getrübt werden. Die Verarbeitung und das Design ist einfach nur "WOW" . Das Zusammenspiel der edlen Optik und des sehr gut durchdachten Kühlungskonzeptes lässt das Gehäuse einige Herrsteller alt aussehen."

Read full review at Review Base 2009-10-28

"The firstfruits of Fractal Design has some strengths, like its sleek appearance and high level functionality, and the fact that there is thought to dust. The black interior also plays a role, while the honeycomb grilles, which are covered with soundproof material, and the included fan controller to provide additional credit."

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Award from 2009-10-05

"Fractal Design Define R2 är ett chassi med potential att vända upp och ner på hela marknaden. Modellen kombinerar en förhållandevis låg prislapp med kvalitet och smarta lösningar i en låda vars design smälter in precis överallt. Generellt är chassit välkonstruerat och gediget. Bitumenplattorna hjälper till även här och bidrar till en stadig känsla utan vibrationer. Alla vaggor och fästen håller god kvalitet; det krävs mer än lite våld för att ta sönder dem. Fractal har dessutom satt fast ordentliga dammfilter på alla möjliga platser. Sist men inte minst skickar företaget med en enkel men välfungerande fläktkontroller för upp till tre fläktar."

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Award from ExtraHardware

ExtraHardware 2009-10-04

"Jestliže hledáte skříň pro co nejtišší provoz, Define R2 je jedna z nejlepších možností. Proti skříním od Antecu pro ni jasně hovoří cena a možnost osadit více pevných disků i delší grafické karty. Není nad čím váhat: v součtu si Define R2 naše ocenění Smart Buy určitě zaslouží."

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