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Fractal Design announces Define R5 Blackout with all-black interior and chassis

By Koh Wanzi - on 8 May 2015, 3:33pm

Fractal Design announces Define R5 Blackout with all-black interior and chassis

Image Source: Tom's Hardware

Fractal Design has now announced an all-black version of its Define R5 silent computing case. While Fractal already makes a black variant of the Define R5, that version still has white hard drive bays, expansion slot covers and front and rear fans. The Define R5 changes that with an entirely black chassis and interior to complete the stealthy look.

The new jet black color scheme appears to be all that has changed and the new case sports specifications identical to the earlier Define R5 cases. This means that the Define R5 Blackout will support graphics cards up to 310mm in length with the top HDD cage installed, which should be plenty for even the lengthiest modern graphics card. It is similarly generous when it comes to accommodating CPU coolers and will be able to take large coolers up to 180mm in height.

The Define R5 Blackout is compatible with mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX motherboards. And like other cases in the Define series, the Define R5 Blackout will also sport dense sound-absorbing material for a silent computing experience.

When it comes to drive bays, the Define R5 Blackout has plenty. The case can take up to eight 3.5-inch hard drives and two 2.5-inch SSDs. And unlike the recently-announced Fractal Design Define S case, the Define R5 Blackout sticks to its roots and retains two 5.25-inch optical drive bays.

Other than its all-black interior, the new Define R5 Blackout retains the same internal layout and design as the original Define R5. (Image Source: Tom's Hardware)

While the Fractal Define R5 Blackout is nothing revolutionary, the Define R5 chassis should still play fairly well with current-generation hardware. But if you’re looking for more water-cooling options, you will probably be looking towards the Define S which sports a revamped internal design and a wide variety of radiator support.

The Define R5 Blackout will ship with a windowed side panel and can already be purchased on Newegg for US$129.99. The case is slated for a broader global launch on May 18.

Source: Fractal Design via Tom's Hardware