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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 (labor): 1 year


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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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  • Timothy B.
  • 5/27/2015 10:13:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case with a few caveats

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

Pros: Tons of real estate; you could park a Volkswagen Beetle in this thing
Simple, sleek esthetic; this case just looks great
Has the feel of good build quality
I'm lovin the fan filters; goodbye to the macgyvered nylon stocking fan covers I've created in the past :)
I like the fan speed switch
CPU tempos remain cool without ompromise to sound dampening
So yes, he sound dampening works great

Cons: It's heavy!!
I had to mod it to fit my atx mobo (see below)
The drive bay cages still don't provide enough mounting options (see below)
Would be nice if the bottom fan filter was removable from the front of the case
The front power button is bright

Other Thoughts: I had to mod this out of the box. I have a Gigabyte GA H97 D3H ATX mobo (socket 1150). Like some other newer mobo's it includes an odd standoff point near the 24 pin power plug. I can't fault Fractal Design for this, as it's a generational thing between products - using an older, but not obsolete, manafactured case with a newer generation of mobo. So there was no no case standoff hole that lined up for this extra mobo hole. I dry mounted the mobo, scored the mounting point with a small nail, then removed the mobo and drilled the hole with a slightly smaller drill bit than the standoff size. It's important to use the slightly smaller drill bit to tap the standoff screw properly. After several attempts the standoff screw tapped, and fortunately it lined up perfectly.

The front blue power button is bright - this wouldn't be too big a deal if the light was confined to just the power button itself, but the light extends into a small vertical slit that faces forward and that's what is a bit ovnoxious. I have it covered with a tiny piece of fitted black tape - barely noticeable.

My main reason for deducitng an egg has to do with the HDD cage mounting options. For a case that advertises multiple HDD cage orientations it has two design flaws: no ability to mount the 5 bay cage on its own, and no ability to mount the 3 bay cage in a front to back orientation. Like so many componenets aimed at enthusiasts who are primarily gamers, it hits that mark beautifully, but tends to overlook the needs of a video editor, where HDD storage usually trumps the need for water cooling options or other considerations. So you can mount the 3 bay cage alone, or the 3 and 5 bay cages in the advertised configurations. However you can not mount the 5 bay cage alone. For me this would be the ideal option. Because I have 3 large capacity HDD's under heavy use in editing (creating higher drive temps), and an SSD, I don't like to stack the drives right on top of each other. But if I have to, then a front to back cage orientation is better to take advantage of the HDD cooling properties of an additional lower 140mm front fan. As I will add even more storage, the ability to mount the 5 bay cage alone becomes more pressing; both in order to acommadate them, and to still leave the upper portion of the case open for better airflow from the front upper fan. This is a bizarre oversight that I understand has been resolved with the R5. I solved this partially by buying a 5.25" to 3.5" adapter for the upper (usually optical) drive bays. This holds my SSD and leaves the lower portion for HDD's and open to more airflow. I didn't want to mount my SSD in the option behind the mobo as it then requires removing hte mobo to acces it again. Something that is also resolved on the R5

In terms of my CPU, fitting a 212 EVO is a piece of cake.Tons of room. Also, with three 140 mm intake fans (two front, one bottom) and only one rear 140mm exhaust (positive pressure) my CPU temps are still

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  • Anzhe L.
  • 5/21/2015 3:01:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

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

Pros: Perfect as a Computer Case,

Cons: There are a switch in the front panel, looks like useless

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  • Steven L.
  • 5/18/2015 9:00:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • 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: Great case. The cable management was great. There's tons of room and it's easy to work in. The materials quality is high. Very pleased.

Cons: The power light is quite bright and will flash when the computer goes into sleep mode. I was able to turn off the power light through the motherboard.

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  • Keith c.
  • 5/17/2015 8:31:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 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: My dog sheds a ton however all the nice vent filters have kept the system nice and clean several months after ownership. Also the vents filters are super easy to take out and clean.

Cons: Front Panel vibrates and sounds annoying at times. Touch the plastic front panel piece and it the sound goes away.

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  • Paul W.
  • 5/17/2015 11:45:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 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: Disclaimer, I've always bought simple, cheap cases previously and this is my first step up to a nice chassis. That being said, I'm in love. I can't imagine anything else I would want or need. It looks simple, so if you're going for flashy I can understand choosing something else, but the number of fan mounts, the dust covers, cable management options, fan controller, just all the flexibility in general make this perfect. You have complete control over the airflow with the ability to close or open unused fan ports, plenty of room for large cpu coolers, liquid systems, graphics cards.

Cons: The only con, and it doesn't bother me at all but possibly others, is that its rather large for a mid tower.

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  • Dustin D.
  • 5/15/2015 9:06:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Case with some flaws

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

Pros: The construction of the case is great. It's also a great looking case. One of the best looking cases in my opinion. I also like that the case can be customized quite a bit depending on what you'll be using it for. I chose to purchase this case because of it's ability dampen noise.

Cons: I haven't been able to finish putting my computer together, so I can't give a full review. The reason I'm not able to put it together is because there were some quality control issues with the included hardware. There's something wrong with the motherboard screws and they can't be tightened down all the way into the standoffs. This was disappointing because I didn't realize this was an issue until I'd already installed the motherboard. I almost stripped the threads in the case trying to tighten them down all the way.

Other Thoughts: A case that looks and feels this great, I would expect the hardware to be fully functional. Now, I understand that sometimes things slip through the cracks and as a result things like this will happen. I'm just disappointed that my build is being held up because of something that shouldn't be an issue.

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  • Daniel P.
  • 5/12/2015 9:45:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsElegant and functional

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

Pros: There are so many fantastic things about this case:
- Spacious (plenty of room for my after-market cooler)
- Cable management holes are excellently placed
- Filters on all air intakes to help keep the inside free of dust
- Very quiet stock fans, and the case itself seems to suppress noise
- Exterior and interior design is just gorgeous
- SSD / 2.5" mounts against the underside of the motherboard plate are a nice touch
- Solid metal construction, but somehow feels lighter than my old Antec 900.

Overall a great buy that I would recommend to anyone looking for a sharp, clean-cut case.

Cons: - The swinging front panel does not stay open. I have my tower close to the wall so I can only open the panel about 110 degrees. At this angle the panel swings back shut. I need to prop it to keep it open
- My PSU only came with 90 degree SATA power cables, and the angle is not compatible with SSDs mounted against the underside of the motherboard plate -- the power cords would have to bend *into* the plate. This is probably the fault of my PSU, but it's worth keeping in mind before purchasing!
- Some may find the large size to be a downside.

Other Thoughts: My previous case was an Antec 900. For my new build I wanted a more sleek and professional-looking case, and with the R4 I have found exactly what I was looking for.

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  • Scott M.
  • 4/19/2015 5:55:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwweome!!

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

Pros: Great case for silence. I barely hear this thing running.

Cons: Not made for H100i. It was a last minute decision as my stock cooler would not fit on my new MB. The pins would not snap back in. So I decided to buy the H100i. The positioning of the MB is just a little to high.I mounted the radiator on the top. But from my understanding mid tower cases are not meant for water cooling, but I'm no expert on the matter.

Other Thoughts: Awesome customer service. I had a problem with a fan regulator. For some reason I had to tap on the case to make it work at 7 volts and 12 volts. Wire must have got pinched during packaging or something, who knows. But I contacted Fractal and doing some diagnostics we decided on replacing the wiring from fan controller.

They sent me a new one free of charge, no questions asked and fast. That's the way support is supposed to be. Nice job!! Thx again.

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  • Zachary L.
  • 4/8/2015 11:19:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal R4

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

Pros: I am very happy with this case. It has a nice finish and a simple design. Internally there is a TON of space, and a lot of expansion drive slots.The panels are metal and well insulated, and the entire case emits very little sound. I have 2 drives and 3 fans including the CPU fan, and I cannot hear any of them and the tower sits behind my monitor. It also keeps dust out pretty well.

Cons: The size might be a problem for some people if you are short on space.

Other Thoughts: A great case for the price.

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