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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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  • Matthew B.
  • 9/23/2014 11:00:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSpacious Quiet Case

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 sleek and quiet. It also has plenty of room for my components. At some point in my life I stopped liking flashy LEDs and instead like sleek cases.

Cons: None. This is a quality product.

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  • Brian C.
  • 9/22/2014 6:31:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsreview

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

Pros: Nice look, quite, HUGE size and alot of nice features for a pretty good price.

Cons: Haven't really found any that I would call cons, some might not like how heavy it is but its built to be heavy, some might complain about the fans it comes with but really find better fans in this price range.

Other Thoughts: With out dropping a lot of coin its hard to find a better looking case this size with the features.

The dust screens are great, I live in an apt that gets dusty fast for what ever reason and the inside of my case is spotless after 7 months.

The fans that it comes with work well enough (I put mine as exhaust 1 in the upper back 1 in the rear top, I put 2 140mm bitpheonix high cfm fans in the front as intake and added 2 120mm fans 1 in the bottom and one in the top front of the top panel, I just happen to have the 2 120's.)

It was easy to hook everything up and and work inside the case even though it was my first DIY rig.

My system is seasonic 750 X psu , asus z87pro motherboard , WD black HDD, 8gig Gskill X ram, i54670k cpu. Now just waiting on getting a gtx 970 (probably evga's ftw or asus strix ver), and a SSD.

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  • William P.
  • 9/22/2014 1:42:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate to previous review

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

Pros: Tons of space
Quiet
Well Built

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is an update to my original review which I posted on 9/9/14. When I initially received my case, just about every tab holding the front face plate to the rest of the case was broken into several pieces, after contacting Fractal, I was sent a replacement front within 24 hours of my email.

The new faceplate arrived undamaged and in perfect shape. Now that the case is 100% complete, I can safely say that this is a fantastic case and Fractals customer support was awesome in getting me all squared away.

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  • Deborah W.
  • 9/13/2014 10:06:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: Well made. See other reviews and product description.

Cons: Heavy

Other Thoughts: On arrival the box seemed unusually heavy on arrival. On boxing to investigate I found that the case contained a live puma. It ran into the forest and I haven't seen it sense.
I feel that this case was a real score for the price point.

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  • Valentin P.
  • 9/12/2014 3:34:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis case is pretty good!

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

Pros: great case! nice and quite, esp when setting up the fans to scale down in power based on CPU load, when all fans go full blast sounds like a jet, but idle and mild load its nice and bearable to use!

Cons: will not fit the new efficient PSU's that are longer then standard

You either give up that bottom fan, or use 120mm not 140mm and make your own holding area for that fan

Should come with a magnetic screen cover for side fan, been using that stops small particles, fine ones still go through the mesh

Other Thoughts: I have had this case for quite some time, I had to upgrade the PSU to one of the new more efficient units, and the main issue with this case was that the bottom fan can not be 140mm, even at 120mm fan with a modular PSU you make your own new holding positions, as some PSU's are much longer like the Corsair HX750i, about 2 inches longer then old one that was replaced OCZ GAMEXStream OCZ700GXSSL

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  • Philip S.
  • 9/11/2014 6:43:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSturdy and Quiet

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

Pros: Very sturdy. Exceedingly quiet. Two included fans are almost inaudible at 100% (1000RPM). My CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo) the same at "normal" speed, ~1000 RPM. It is audible at full speed, 2K RPM, but not a problem.

This is a sturdy, heavy case. Not a negative for me, as I won't be moving the system that often. It is well built with plenty of room for cables, fans, etc.

Styling is very minimalist / Scandanavian . There is a power LED, some USB & audio ports and that's it.

Airflow is good. Stress test temps with case closed are within 2C of those with case open.

Case arrived well packed and in perfect condition. No delivery issues like some have mentioned.

Cons: The case does not have a POST speaker. I picked one up locally for ~$3. Not a big deal, but would be nice if one was included.

As others noted, the case is big and heavy, but I knew that when I bought it. The front plastic cover is secure, but easily removed. Not a negative to me, as I don't expect to lift a 27lb case by a plastic cover. It never pops off when opening/closing the door to access a DVD drive.

Other Thoughts: I did rotate the upper drive cage (empty) to increase air flow. I also moved the front fan to the upper position, so it blows through the empty cage, across the motherboard, to the rear fan. I can't say this was absolutely necessary, but increased airflow is never bad. Will revisit this if I ever need to populate the upper drive cage.

There is one LED for power on the front. You can use it for disk activity if desired by connecting it to the corresponding pins on your motherboard.

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  • William P.
  • 9/9/2014 4:47:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken Upon Delivery

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

Pros: None yet. I guess a pro would be that there seems to be enough space for everything I need. However, see my *cons first..

Cons: Received my case from UPS today. As soon as I opened the box and removed the case from the two flimsy pieces of Styrofoam holding it together, pieces of plastic started falling out. All but one of the plastic pegs that holds the front face of the case together were broken and just rolling around inside the shell of the case.

At first I thought maybe I was looking at the case wrong...no, no I was not. The front panel of the case just hangs in place now, dangling because it literally has no support to hold it in place, since all the pegs are shattered (well, all but one).

I have already called and sent an email to Fractal Designs in hopes to send this case back and either get a full refund or have a replacement case sent to me. Will update my review once Fractal Designs has contacted me back.

Other Thoughts: Will update when I hear back from Fractal.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello ChillyBilly,

According to our ticketing system your ticket has been resolved and your replacment front panel was sent out. Please do not hesistate to contact us again should you have any other questions or concerns.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Matthew C.
  • 9/4/2014 9:43:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case!

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

Pros: -QUIET - I can barely hear it even sitting 2 feet away from me on my desk - that's with a stock intel heatsink fan inside!
-Sturdy, well built
-Excellent cable management
-Stock fans are very quiet and move a decent bit of air

Cons: The only real "con" I can think of is they only included 2 fans with the case, for this price I'd expect the front fan panel to be full.

Other Thoughts: Absolutely can't go wrong here if you're looking for a good QUIET case!

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  • David M.
  • 9/4/2014 10:46:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's a tank

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

Pros: It's the studliest case I've ever owned. It has all of the space, screws, and drive bays I'll ever need.

Cons: The top section is bowed inwards due to some kind of manufacturing defect. It's not that noticeable, so I haven't decided if I want to return it yet or not.

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  • Thomas D.
  • 9/4/2014 10:01:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBigger than it looks

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

Pros: clean design
trays have holes for ssd's
lots of room.
easy cable management
quiet
comes with documentation
comes with mini tools
nice screws and bolts

Cons: *nit picking*
Heavy. sturdy build, noise padding, inner HDD trays adds alot to the weight.
large(wide) for a mid atx.

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