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Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O front panel ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Vincent R.
  • 2/10/2016 10:26:51 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design for life

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: -Stays super clean. can of duster every few months does the trick, and most of the time its not even needed.
-way quiet, cant even hear the fans
-one of the best looking "basic" cases. No flash, still sexy
-Sturdy as hell
-the stock fans do a good job keeping it cool. (asus sabertooth z97, haswell 4790k, geforce gtx 980)

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: if youre comparing cases, dont. This is the one you want

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  • Karthik B.
  • 2/7/2016 7:56:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMostly OK..Faulty USB 3.0 cable and misaligned SSD mount screw holes behind the MB tray!!

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: - Solid construction
- Great packaging
- Decent cable management
- Quiet

Cons: - Faulty USB 3.0 Cable - Verified this by plugging in the USB 3.0 cable from my earlier case, and the ports worked fine.
- SSD mount screw holes behind the MB tray were off by a few mm. Mounting the second SSD was a hassle

Other Thoughts: - Overall this product was OK. Honestly I expected slightly better considering the stellar reviews I had read about this case
- I have contacted Fractal Design about the USB 3.0 cable. I will update this review once I hear back from them

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  • Justin S.
  • 2/6/2016 10:50:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcelent Case by Fractal Design

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: - Excellent size with great space inside leaving lots of room for upgrades.
- Great cable management, lots of paths and space to arrange cables and avoid clutter.
- Very sturdy build, great quality of material and I love the sound dampening material.

Cons: - Its a little bit on the large/heavy side if what you are looking for is portability, but that is the tradeoff for excellent case material and soundproofing which I prefer, so for me there are no cons.

Other Thoughts: - This is part of my first PC build and I am quite happy with it. I got it on sale and it is definitely worth more than I paid for. Everything arrived in perfect condition. The case has a professional appearance and doesn't need all the flashy lights, if anything it helps to hide the beast inside. Again if you are looking for an excellent portable case this will be a bit large/heavy but it is doable, but I would definitely recommend this case to anyone looking for a good sized quality tower.

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  • Tristan T.
  • 2/5/2016 11:23:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: -Plenty of fans with a switch on the front to govern how many are on at a time
-Easy to clean filters that slide out multiple areas on the case
-Simple design with plenty of room

Cons: -No cons that I can think of!

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  • Andrew M.
  • 1/26/2016 7:07:38 PM

5 out of 5 eggsExtremely well built and easy to work with

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: - Nice, sturdy metal build. There's nothing wobbly about this thing.
- Plenty of front-side ports that are positioned well.
- This thing is insanely quiet. I'm using a Noctua NH-U12S on a 4770K and the stock case fans. I've connected the case fans to the fan controller on the front, and at the highest setting, I can barely hear my system, even at load.
- Front door swings open and shut like a breeze. Once again, feels sturdy.
- Ability to customize fan setup and hard drive cages is a huge plus.
- Fits my two GTX 770's with room to spare.

Cons: - Thumb screws for case sides can be a little finicky and stiff.
- Power LED is really bright which can be really annoying when the system is asleep and it's blinking. It's a bit distracting. I may just unplug the power LED pins, so not a huge deal.
- HDD and SSD mounts aren't tool-less, but the added security and noise reduction from the rubber grommets is an added bonus, so screwing everything in isn't a big deal if you don't plan on swapping or upgrading drives often.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a clean, minimal, and quiet case with plenty of room for multiple GPUs and a large CPU cooler, get this case. You'll love it.

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  • Eric B.
  • 1/23/2016 3:45:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid, heavy case easy cable management

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: This case is extremely rigid, having very little flex that you will find in cheaper cases. Cable management inside of the case was very simple, especially because the upper drive cage was removable with two thumb screws. The padding and rubber screw gaskets make this a great option for a PC that you want to keep quiet, and the removable filters are nice for keeping the inside clean.
The drive trays are metal and quite solid, and it can be nice that you can attach drives to the tray with screws, and the rubber gaskets help reduce any noise from the drives.

Cons: This case is heavy without anything in it, once you add a power supply and any drives (there's space for 8 3.5" HDD, I was adding 5 right now), it becomes very heavy, so don't expect to be moving a PC with this case around a lot. While the drive trays are very solid, it can be nice to have them secured to the drives (with the rubber gaskets reducing noise) would be nice if you didn't have to attach the drives to the trays with screws, but that would probably require that they be plastic instead.
The case is also quite a bit larger than other cases that I've worked with, so make sure that you have space available.

Other Thoughts: - This case is quite heavy, and is a bit larger than I am accustom to using in the past.
- I would personally prefer if it was possible for the front door to swing the opposite direction, or have the option for you to change the door swing.
- I also think I would prefer having the power button hidden behind the door, instead of located on the top, but that's just a personal preference.
- It would also be nice if they provided an adapter for the USB 3.0 header pins, so that you can split it onto the 9-pin connectors, but those are pretty cheap to pick up.
- It may not be the absolute best case I've worked with, but it is definitely high on my list, and I would definitely consider buying another.

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  • Alexander P.
  • 1/19/2016 8:43:52 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest case I've owned.

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: -Number of bays for hard drives
-Lots of space for lots of components. If you like to have a looooong motherboard with a lot of cards this case is perfect.
-Space for more than one SSD sized drives
-Fans that come with the case are very quiet

Cons: -None

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  • Blake J.
  • 1/19/2016 6:31:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice, solid case

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: Well Built, very sturdy does not feel flimsy or fragile at all.
Cable management system is excellent.
Sound dampening works well, this is the quietest case I've ever owned.

Cons: Heavy - the price you pay for having a well built case.

Other Thoughts: I'm really happy with this case, it fits everything inside easily, plenty of room to grow. The cable management makes a clean build a lot easier than other cases I've used. I wish it had come with a couple more fans but I'm not docking this case since I knew how many it came with when I purchased it. Overall very happy with this case.

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  • Jeffrey G.
  • 1/18/2016 7:27:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful and Elegant

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: -Filled with fans and HDD's, this case is SUPER quiet!
-When putting the system together, I took off the side panel and just couldn't get over how sturdy this side panel was, now picture that throughout the whole case.
-Easy to work with. HDDs were easy as pie to install. Was able to install 8 HDD's very quickly.
-They give you plenty of extra hardware to fill this case to capacity with components.
-Aesthetically pleasing

Cons: -Rather heavy case. Far more heavy once you fill it with hardware. But won't deduct an egg because how sturdy this case is makes up for the weight.
-I'm using this case for my home media/file server and didn't want all the bells and whistles and lights of other cases. That being said, the power on LED around the power button is very bright. Some might see this as a pro, but it's a con for me.

Other Thoughts: -I filled this case up with the same fans that are pre-installed, used some of the resistors to help keep the noise down on some fans, and hooked up other fans to the built in fan controller. Even with all of them and the HDD's, this case is super quiet, not silent, but is very quiet. Would recommend
-Once you have all your components inside, don't lift it by yourself if you have back problems like I do, you'll hurt yourself.

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  • Greg J.
  • 1/10/2016 3:32:11 PM

4 out of 5 eggsGreat design, great customer service

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: The design is top-notch, and this case really does do a great job of blocking out noise. Fan controller is minimalistic but definitely gets the job done (it's a switch that lets you choose from 5V, 7V, or 12V to the fans). One of the three connections on the fan controller didn't work, so I asked if a new one could be shipped to me - Fractal Design quickly verified my purchase and quickly sent me another fan controller.

Cons: The power light is extremely bright (it blinks when the computer is sleeping). If I'm leaving the computer on overnight, I have to use something to cover up the light because of how bright it is.

Other Thoughts: The R5 seems to have a less bright power light, so that would be one reason to go with that instead. Based on the current prices and other advantages that the R5 has over this one (not going to list them all out here but it's covered in detail elsewhere), I would go for the R5 if this isn't on sale (it was when I got it). But I'm very happy with what I got.

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