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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 Front 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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Randy F.
  • 7/18/2015 3:54:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNewegg Rules The World

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

Pros: I ordered a different case, and I canceled after I found out who the carrier was. I was refunded my money - in full - a few days later. I ordered the Fractal Design, Define R4, and it arrived on time via UPS.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The case is still in the box, but I will break it out when I'm ready to build my machine.

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  • Brian W.
  • 7/11/2015 7:07:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust buy it!

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

Pros: Silent, not quiet, Silent
Solid build quality
Good cable management

Cons: It took me some time to find the screws, they were hidden inside the case.
The price fluctuated but I just used newegg's price alert feature and bought when it was @ my price.

Other Thoughts: It's a case. It's insanely quiet. Buy it! If you are sick of that humming case sitting by your feet like I was.... replace it with this! I built a friend a rig with this case about 6 months ago and I've been jealous since. The price went up right after I built it so I used newegg's price alert feature and I got the alert and literally bought it within minutes. I didn't care which color style got to the price first. It's not the looks of the case (although it's a nice simple sleek looking case) that I wanted. I wanted silence!

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  • Louis S.
  • 7/10/2015 8:06:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice roomy case, great cooling

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

Pros: This case was a delight to work with during the build. There's lots of room for the components and everything mounted quickly including the liquid cooling system. The noise level is almost imperceptible and my tower sits adjacent to the monitor.

Cons: The only two cons I have with this case in a year are:
1. The door is not reversible. A pain in some locations.
2. The power LED is too bright. Could use a dimming option.

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  • Eugene I.
  • 6/24/2015 5:16:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCase used for my first build

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

Pros: This case, bar some problems listed below, is a good case, and has served me well for my first build. I bought it in December 2014.
- Very Practical and Heavy Duty. Looks great for being a simple design.
- Plenty of room inside the case for parts. I have more than enough room for a large GPU and after market cooling fan.
- The detachable Hard Drive stand can clear up a lot of room and remove some of the weight.
- The power button is nicely illuminated and is a soft but bright blue.
- Plenty of USB ports, and some of them are conveniently placed next to the power button, making it easy to plug something in and rest it on top of the case.
- The front cover helps to keep the case look simple, and is easily opened, while closing securely.

Cons: The only real con that sticks out to me is that the quick reset button is a little to easily pushed. It isn't a major problem, but it has happened once or twice.

Other Thoughts: Now, the main issue I had with ordering this case was that I received a case in not-so-good condition. The panel that you mount the Mobo to was dented, so one of the holes for the pegs was made useless. To add to this,another peg hole was threaded to small, and another was threaded to large. Lucky for me, they were all on one corner of where I needed to mount, so I jerry rigged that corner of my mobo with a zip tie, and it has held well so far.

So while I agree that the case is a great case, the issue with the warped back wall has left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, especially for my first build.

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  • elbert y.
  • 6/23/2015 12:31:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Mid Tower

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

Pros: This case has lots of room for internal components. Plenty of space for disk drives. The hard drive trays fit SSDs as well. Cables can be hidden underneath the motherboard. The front filters and fan are easily accessible. Coming from an Antec p183, I find this case to be even more silent.

Cons: The power led doesnt work. I've tried connecting it to both the PWRLED and PLED pins on the motherboard to no avail. Sometimes I can't tell if my computer is on without the led indicator because this case is so quiet.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Elbert,

We're sorry to hear that the power LED on your case is not working properly. Included with all of our cases there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team. If you have lost that piece of paper you can contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

You can also call our toll free number : 855-446-3722

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm CT.

Please contact our Tech Support Team and they should be able to assist you in getting a replacement power LED for your case.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Gary R.
  • 6/8/2015 4:43:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsComputer Case

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

Pros: Great size, adaptable, tons of space, like the overall looks, quite and everything I was looking for. Last but not least the price unbelievable!!!!

Cons: None

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  • Dillon H.
  • 6/6/2015 8:59:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent, but seriously consider the upgrade option

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

Pros: Lots of room, great cable routing features, and overall solid build quality.

Cons: Noticeably inferior when compared to newer generation of this case. Cheap plastic component required to mount front fans.

Other Thoughts: We've used the Define R5 for our last few workstation builds, but I ordered the R4 by accident and didn't have time to wait for an exchange. Assembly went fine, but at every step I found myself wishing we were working with an R5. The R5 feels like it's constructed of thicker steel than the R4, is dependent on fewer plastic parts, and virtually every aspect of the newer case is superior (quality/fit/finish). Unless you're really pinching pennies, spend a few extra bucks and get a Define R5.

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  • Matthew R.
  • 6/3/2015 2:53:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEdit...Best Case I've Ever Owned

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

Pros: Sorry about the edit but when I read the original over again, there were several mistakes...(Newegg needs an edit button) and I decided to add a little more detailed information.

- Great Price
- Solid Design
- Heavy Duty Construction
- Perfect for Gamers
- Phenomenal Airflow
- Very quiet
- Noise Dampening Insulation
- Runs Remarkably Cool
- Easily Accommodates up to 280mm Radiators for Extreme Liquid CPU Cooling
- LOTS of Space
- Room for the Largest Video Cards You Can Find
- Removable Hard Drive Cages
- Alternative SSD Mounting
- Fan Filters
- 140mm Fans (up to 7 available mounting points)
- Excellent Cable Management
- Separately Packaged Screws
- No Sharp Edges

Cons: - No Side Fan Filter
- Front I/O USB Ports a Bit Tight at First but Loosened up Later
- Bottom 140mm Fan Opening May Not Be Accessible With Larger Power Supplies

Other Thoughts: I'm actually here to purchase this case again for my roommates build while it's on sale. He was so impressed with this case, he had to have it too. Thought I might leave a review to help others.

I absolutely love the Define R4 Silent! So many features. I've owned this case over a year and had no issues whatsoever. I was originally looking for a case with lots of space and airflow (my gamer needs). This fit the bill and then some. My build was the smoothest I've ever had because of the massive amount of space, well designed cable management, no sharp edges and the versatility of this case. Yes, it's not flashy but, that's a definite plus for me. I prefer function over flash any day. I also like the heavy duty black matte finish. I tend to overclock quite a bit and even running my high wattage AMD 8-core at a steady 4.8Ghz... nothing but cool air flows out of this case, even in heavy gaming sessions. I have (9) Phanteks 140mm fans running along with a push/pull Corsair 280mm radiator, which by the way, slipped in without any difficulties. I did remove the hard drive cages for maximum air movement as I use 2 Samsung 500GB SSD's in RAID 0 mounted behind the motherboard. My setup is lightning fast with a crossfire Sapphire R9 270X Vapor-X setup and yet, still remains ice cold. Everything is tied together with an Asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard and according to the UEFI thermal readings, all components are running below the normal operating temperatures. The few cons I had with this case were quickly and easily overcome. I would expect a case like this to sell for much more given all that's included.

Anyways, I hope this review helps anyone thinking about getting this case. Thanks to Fractal Design for building such an amazing case and thanks to Newegg for stocking it. Cheers.

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  • Matthew R.
  • 6/3/2015 11:13:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case I've Ever Owned!

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

Pros: - Great Price
- Solid Design
- Heavy Duty Construction
- Perfect for Gamers
- Phenominal Airflow
- Very quiet
- Runs Extremely Cool
- Easily Accommodates up to 480mm Radiators
- LOTS of Space
- Room for the Largest Video Cards You Can Find
- Removable Hard Drive Cages
- Alternative SSD Mounting
- Fan Filters
- 140mm Fans (7 Possible)
- Excellent Cable Management
- Separately Packaged Screws
- No Sharp Edges

Cons: - No Side Fan Filter
- Front I/O USB Ports a Bit Tight at First but Loosened up Later
- Bottom 140mm Fan Opening May Not Be Accessible With Larger Power Supplies

Other Thoughts: I'm actually here to purchase this case again for my roommates build. He was so impressed with this case, he had to have it too. Thought I might leave a review to help others.

I absolutely love this case! So many features. I've owned this case over a year and had no issues whatsoever. I was originally looking for a case with lots of space and airflow (my gamer needs). This fit the bill and them some. My build was the easiest I've ever had because of all the room, well designed cable management, no sharp edges and versatility of this case. Yes, it's not flashy but that's a definite plus for me. I prefer function over flash any day. I also like the black matte stealthy look. I tend to overclock quite a bit and even running at a steady 4.8Ghz... nothing but cool air flows out of this case. I have (9) 140mm fans running along with a push/pull 480mm radiator, which by the way, slipped in without any difficulties. The few cons I had with this case were quickly and easy overcome. I would expect a case like this to sell for much more given all that's included. Anyways, I hope this review helps anyone thinking about getting this case. Thanks to Fractal Design for building such an fantastic case and thanks to Newegg for stocking it. Cheers.

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  • Gary R.
  • 6/1/2015 2:56:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsComputer Case

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

Pros: A very functional case and tons of space for expantion, like the 3.0 usb ports

Cons: None

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