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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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  • John J.
  • 1/29/2015 1:33:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

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

Pros: This is the best case I have ever owned, period! It has tons of room and it is about as quiet as you're going to find. Not to mention it's stealthy black monolithic form. It's a very classy looking, minimalistic case, that makes almost zero noise.

My System:

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

3 - Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-140 140mm 140mm Cooling Fans (Added One)

EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 (80 Plus Gold) Power Supply

ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Motherboard

MSI Twin Frozr 3/N660 TF GeForce GTX 660 2GB Graphics Card

CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

Dark Rock Pro 3 Silentwings CPU Cooler

SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Western Digital 3.5" 1TB Performance Caviar Black HDD Retail Kit (WD1003FZEX)

BitFenix SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Reader - Black

ASUS DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS

With all of this running Sniper Elite III at maximum settings, you have to almost stick your ear to it just to hear it running....... amazing!

Also, there is tons of room and tie downs for wire management in the case. There is also room for two more SSD's on the right side of the case, but seeing as how you have to remove the motherboard to get to the screws to tighten and release them, I didn't opt to use them.

Cons: Had a scratch on the door when I received it, which was promptly dealt with by Fractal Designs customer service, which is phenomenal! See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I received the case with a scratch on the door, which wasn't horrible, but being that the door is black powder coated aluminum, the raw aluminum sparkled like a diamond when the light hit it just right.

I contacted Fractal Designs Customer Service and sent them a few pictures of the scratch and was shipped a brand new unscratched door the following day. These guys customer service is 2nd to none, which is hard to come by these days.

A well thought out design, in an aesthetically appealing package.

If you're looking for a quiet build with good looks...... BUY IT!

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  • Kevin J.
  • 1/28/2015 5:39:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHeavy but quiet

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

Pros: The case has good arrangement for placing everything and very solid construction. The fans that come with the case are very quiet. In addition I like the removable, cleanable filters. A definite plus. Plenty of room. I have 6 3.5" HDD, a 2.5" SSD, and a 5 1/4" optical and still room if I want to toss a few more things in it. (Note: I do not have a discrete video card in this machine and don't know if that changes things as I have never planned for one with this build.)

Cons: The front face is comes off easily when moving this. It would be nice if there was some area on the front of the case to grab when moving it around. Especially given the weight. (I think all done this rig is >50 lbs) Not enough to loose an egg, but I do seem to forget every time I go to move it.

Other Thoughts: Definitely on the heavy side. You won't confuse it with a cheap flimsy case.

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  • Shahnawaz S.
  • 1/23/2015 12:07:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirst build R4 case

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

Pros: Nice solid case design for first build. Heavy tho, I like it. I enjoy the easy thumb screws on the back to open the side panels.

Cons: None so far

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  • michael m.
  • 1/15/2015 7:30:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsconstant vibration

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

Pros: Bays are custom/removable. Quite...when it isn't rattling

Cons: The dust screen is easy to remove(the front), easy to clean but loose in the tracks. The vibration starts out slow and steady and builds to a constant buzz, like an angry hornet with an attitude. Difficult to stop the noise. A folded paper jammed in the case is my latest effort.

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  • James S.
  • 1/14/2015 5:02:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLots of Room

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

Pros: Huge case, more than enough room for a large CPU cooler (I installed a Phanteks PH-TC12DX with room to spare. Cable management was fantastic and ability to have 6 case fans for cooling was nice (I only went with 3) The 2 supplied R2 fans were very quiet and seemed to move enough air, but just to be safe I ordered 1 more for front mounting. Has everything you would ever need in a case.

Cons: Only thing I can think of is the upper portion honeycomb area where 2 fans can be mounted seems a bit flimsy. It flexes with a little pressure. Not big enough of an issue for me to dock an egg. If they would have stamped that area to give the case a bit more ridgity it would have been perfect.

Other Thoughts: Really awesome case in my newb rig building opinion

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  • Josh I.
  • 1/13/2015 3:03:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Refine R4

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

Pros: -Extremely Quiet
-Plenty of room
- Speed control for fans is nice
-This is an A+ case

Cons: none

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  • Andrew D.
  • 1/9/2015 6:40:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig, Bulky and Brilliant

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

Pros: -Cable management is a breeze
-Super quiet, tons of cooling potential
-Build quality and features above expectation for price ($79.99)
-Simple, effective, modern design that will satisfy the gamer and the home owner.

Cons: -Jumbo size, case is much bigger and bulkier than I expected, so make sure you have room for it, if I were to buy again, I think I'd drop down a size.
- I would recommend getting some PSU cable extensions, especially if your secondary 4-pin MB power connector is located at the top left of the board.

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  • John C.
  • 1/9/2015 4:13:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspoor quality

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

Pros: Fans spin
i/o shield fit into case

Cons: Put a stack of books on top of case to keep the case from making a LOT of noise. Fan controller shorted. Computer will not boot with the controller wired in. Nothing worse than short cables in a case.
Almost as bad as cooler master cases. I will purchase no more fractal products in the future. Is there anyone that makes quality cases anymore?

Other Thoughts: No user manual shipped with product.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/7/2015 10:10:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing case

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

Pros: Quiet-Great fan options-Minimalistic look-Sturdy build quality-Price-Lots of parts and lots of options
It's not the very best case ever but for 80 bucks you can't go wrong at all with this one.

Cons: Kinda hard to put my side panels on since they weigh a ton
The door only opens one way
None other than that so far

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this case for anyone that wants a quiet and stury build. Looks great in any room.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2015 8:33:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgood case, great support

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

Pros: Size, weight, cable routing, fan control, dust screens, sound proofing, shock absorbant hdd bays

Cons: Clips that hold front cover on shipped broken. Quick call to tech support and I got replacement clips in mail.
Huge case, much bigger than former z77 atx with same form factor
Ssd mounts behind motherboard. Must remove mobo to access those bays which can be highly impractical. This issue is fixed in the r5

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