Date Joined: 04/23/11
Pros: Lots of storage at a reasonable price.
Cons: Failed after a month and a half taking my xbox downloads with it, oof lol.
Overall Review: Western Digital has never failed me until now. Extremely disappointing. This kind of unreliability in their hardware is as bad as C-Gate.
Pros: - Nice aesthetics, clean layout, easy to build in.
- Lots of ports for SATA and chassis fans.
- Neat rgb effects.
- Clean bios options to tweak settings, everything explained well.
Cons: - Wifi 6 dead.
- USB ports dead.
- M.2 drives (Gen3 and PCIE Gen 4) could not copy files for prolonged periods of time. Gen3 NVME would fail after 40GB. Gen4 NVME would instantly fail after a few seconds. When the file copying failed the system would slow down into a slide show before ultimately shutting down. Did I get a bad unit with a dead soutbridge (where the baby fan is located)?
Overall Review: If the board arrived functional this would have been my dream build. When it did work the 3900x benchmark numbers were fantastic. Things just fell apart a few hours into usage as I proceeded to experience hardware failure on different components. No matter how many times I'd try re-installing drivers or switching out components this launch day 3900x build was a failure, lol.
Newegg agent kindly issued a refund. Will try a different brand of mobo from a competitor and hope my next build goes better.
Pros: Dual system option for Evolv X case would be perfect for a two-in-one streaming build.
Cons: Received a used item that had been used by another buyer. Retail packaging was sliced up with razor blades, and then repackaged using shipping tape.
Overall Review: Receiving used items sold as new is a problem I never expected to have with a newegg purchase. Returned the item for a refund. Newegg customer support was very apologetic for this incident and quick to resolve the issue.
Pros: Lots of space. Clean design. Room for powerful components.
Cons: Motherboard kept popping out. There's something wonky going on with the stand off's and using the supplied screws would not secure it in place. Returned it for a refund. For the price I expected better quality control from this anticipated case.
Pros: Three face plates to match whichever Define R6 you purchased. Finally USB C functionality for those who need it or want it. Mostly easy installation (watch the Fractal youtube if you need help).
Cons: Install was mostly easy, as was guiding the new USB C through the case to the motherboard connector. Instructions were very vague with just airplane style drawings - the youtube video Fractal made kind of helped. At no point did any of the instructions indicate you had to route the newer USB C cable through the system, that could be explained better.
My main gripe with the product is the long delay in reaching market. When you launch a product do not tease accessories that only Tech Youtuber's will get to enjoy and then make the end customer wondering when the heck they'll be able to get it too (6 month wait for the Flex VRC-25 and then 7 months for the Connect D1). Other case manufacturers are including USB C in their products, why didn't the Define R6 come with it by default too.
Overall Review: Define R6 is a great case for my needs. I just wish Fractal didn't pull the extended bait and switch when sending their products out to reviewers who touted the accessories that took half a year to be delivered.
Pros: - Fantastic design, appearance, and ease of install.
- The pull out rack for SSD installs makes it easy to expand storage, plus if you ever decide to change cooling options on the CPU you can do that with the exposed backside of the motherboard.
- Enough space for clean cable management.
- High airflow keeps my components supercool without a need for watercooling.
Cons: - Pulling out the mesh front to install fans required watching Dmitri on hardware canucks to figure out how to do it without taking the whole front panel off. But I still needed to take the front panel off to get two 140mm fans inside as the left side of the black plastic panel obstructed the screw holes.
- The lower psu shroud area can get cramped with the 3.5 drive cage in the way.
- Black tint is really dark but I'm growing to love the void of darkness.
- Wish there was a fan hub like in the Define R6.
- No USB C option, would have been nice.
Overall Review: Case is only a little bit smaller than the original Meshify C by a few mm, which has the same limits for top radiator/front radiator cooling options, but oddly seems small in person when compared to Fractal's Define R6. Thermally this is so much better than the Enthoo Evolv mATX Tempered Glass case my system used to be in (gpu now at mid 60's vs mid 70's)
Pros: - Tempered glass mounting sets a new standard.
- Reversible front panel door orientation.
- Plenty of storage options.
Cons: - Where's the USB-C port on the front panel? An optional accessory that isn't for sale.
- Where's the vertical gpu kit? EVGA includes this free in their DG77 case. An optional accessory that isn't for sale.
- SSD mounting in the rear of the case is a pain to install vs the Meshify C rack.
- Included fans were so loud despite this being a silence orientated case (like my previous Define R5). Had to replace them with ugly Noctua's for the time being.
Overall Review: This is an expensive case to buy, not including the expensive shipping cost when ordering from newegg. Once delivered the regret started settling in. I paid so much money for a case lacking in core features that should be standard, as they are in cases from the competition. It's like Fractal were so impressed with their Tempered Glass implementation they thought that was good enough to call this a new revision to the Define series and just call it a day.
Still waiting on that one case that will get it right.
Cons: EVGA have indicated this card has a hardware problem resulting in games showing a black screen, followed by fans ramped up to 100%, and a total system hard lock. This card could have been amazing but it just won't work.
Even experienced the same thing in MS Word and was horrified I'd lose all the progress in a project I was authoring.
Other stuff: The rgb lighting on the side lost brightness after the first few days, looks like a cheap roadside motel sign. The shroud is kind of ugly and getting the plastic wrap off it was a pain.
Supposedly EVGA customer service is awesome but try your luck with a different brand. Two of these cards failed, not going to bother trying them any more a third time. Newegg customer service came through for me.