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Fractal R3 vs NZXT H2 vs Any Others That are Recommended

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September 12, 2012 1:57:01 AM

Hi guys, I can't decide whether I should go for the Fractal R3 or the NZXT H2. I want a dead silent case, and will probably have anywhere from 3-4 fans inside. I won't be buying a graphics card, and will be using a Corsair CX430. For the cooler I'll be using the stock cooler that comes with the i3/A10. Which case would be better, and do you have any other suggestions?

Also, since I don't have a graphics card, would a lower priced case still be dead silent? I've heard graphics cards can add quite a bit of noise to your case. I was looking into the Fractal Design Core 3000. Would that case be sufficient in terms of noise reduction? I don't know if that case is supposed to be quiet or not but Fractal has a good reputation for quiet cases.

I'm leaning towards the R3 at the moment.
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September 12, 2012 12:12:29 PM

Review for the NZXT H2, which includes noise and temperature comparison to the R2 (according to SPCR the R3 is similar enough to the R2 that you can read the R2 results as R3 results).
http://www.silentpcreview.com/nzxt-h2

They use an AMD Phenom II X4 955, which is hotter and more power hungry than either an i3 or A10. So your results would likely be better than theirs.

They have the results of the IGP test results on page 6. These show that the R3 is as quiet and as cool as the H2, but with it's fans at full speed and the H2's fans at the low speed setting. Which indictates that the R2/R3 is the better case in terms of thermal/acoustic performance. So with the R3, you would potentially be able to reduce noise even more so compared to H2.

You are definitely right that if you are not going to be installing a graphics card then you don't necessarily need a large ATX mid tower case. I also don't think it's necessary to add fans to either case (R3 or H2) if you are not going to be installing a GPU.

Another good case is the Antec SOLO II. Review at SPCR:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/antec-solo2
Results on page 6 show it outperforming the R2. They like the fans used in the SOLO II so much that they have added them too their updated CPU/GPU cooler test bed.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/2012_Graphics_Card_Cooler...
I don't know if that's any cheaper for you though.

Fractal have also released an updated version of the R3; the R4, which is supposed to be improved in a number of ways compared to the R3.
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September 12, 2012 1:18:51 PM

Have a R3 and you won't be sorry to get it. Cool and quite.

I did move the rear 120mm fan to the front to make a matched pair and then ordered a Fractal 120mm for the rear and 2x Fractal 140mm white fans for the top.
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September 12, 2012 10:59:26 PM

Silvune said:
Review for the NZXT H2, which includes noise and temperature comparison to the R2 (according to SPCR the R3 is similar enough to the R2 that you can read the R2 results as R3 results).
http://www.silentpcreview.com/nzxt-h2

They use an AMD Phenom II X4 955, which is hotter and more power hungry than either an i3 or A10. So your results would likely be better than theirs.

They have the results of the IGP test results on page 6. These show that the R3 is as quiet and as cool as the H2, but with it's fans at full speed and the H2's fans at the low speed setting. Which indictates that the R2/R3 is the better case in terms of thermal/acoustic performance. So with the R3, you would potentially be able to reduce noise even more so compared to H2.

You are definitely right that if you are not going to be installing a graphics card then you don't necessarily need a large ATX mid tower case. I also don't think it's necessary to add fans to either case (R3 or H2) if you are not going to be installing a GPU.

Another good case is the Antec SOLO II. Review at SPCR:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/antec-solo2
Results on page 6 show it outperforming the R2. They like the fans used in the SOLO II so much that they have added them too their updated CPU/GPU cooler test bed.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/2012_Graphics_Card_Cooler...
I don't know if that's any cheaper for you though.

Fractal have also released an updated version of the R3; the R4, which is supposed to be improved in a number of ways compared to the R3.


The R3 is 20 bucks less, is the R4 worth it?

Thanks, I'll look into the SOLO II
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