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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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  • Jason L.
  • 3/3/2015 6:39:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat but not perfect -- but still great!

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

Pros: All in all I love this case. It looks really slick. It has a great paint job, the case design does a good job at hiding wires, and the included fans are very quiet, even at full speed. The price is fantastic for the quality. Lots of spare hardware included. I like the included fan controller and the case is quiet as a mouse, even with my Radeon R9.

Cons: But there are a few things that prevent the case from being top of the line. Like another reviewer, I found the 5.25 screw holes don't line up perfectly for some reason, so I only put 3 screws in to hold my internal DVD drive. Not a deal breaker, but it is one of those things that catches you off guard, and you sit back and say to yourself, "Really?"

And the user manual. Oh, the manual. *sigh* They call it a user manual, but it's basically a welcome note and an exploded parts view. For someone like me who builds a new machine once every 4 years, it's particularly painful to flip through. It's not like I screw in motherboard offsets every week. I had to jump on YouTube to find out how to do some basic install work, as well as the more case-specific stuff like hooking up the fan controller.

Other Thoughts: Just a couple things I wish I had known before buying: there's no speaker to hear motherboard tones, and there's only one light. For the light, that means you either get a power LED, or you can hook that light up to be your HD access LED instead. I did the latter, but I really wish I had both lights. I like lights. I think I'll scavenge my speaker and an extra LED from my old case and stuff them into this box.

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  • Mary C.
  • 2/28/2015 7:51:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSilent and awesome.

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

Pros: Well made
Sleek design
Good IO

Cons: Fan Controller Switch Feels cheap

Other Thoughts: Fan controller switch feels like it will wear down over time (Only reason for 4 eggs).

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  • Andrew W.
  • 2/28/2015 9:11:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFinally, Silence!

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

Pros: I wanted the latest and greatest R5, but NewEgg had the R4 on sale for $79, so I saved a lot of money, and got a very good case.

If silence is what you are after, then this case is the one. I bought a third Fractal fan, and I have them all running at 7v on the built in fan controller. Cooling is just fine, and I don't hear even hear it unless I put my ear close to it.

This case is easy to build a system because there is so much room in it. Hiding the power supply wiring is very easy, and there is plenty of room to hide the wires on the back side. I used a SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM power supply, and I was able to rout everything behind the motherboard tray including the 12v EPS.

The case overall is just top notch quality. It's not futuristic looking or nothing like that, but it would be right at home in an upscale office setting.

The drive bays are steel, and they have rubber vibration dampeners on them to keep the noise down. They lock in very nicely. Way better than those cheap plastic ones that's on a lot of cases now.

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: If you can get this one on sale, I would not hesitate buying it. It is a very heavy case, but on the other hand it's made of high quality rolled steel, so heavy is expected just the way it should be.

Big thumb way up if you can buy this one on sale.

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  • Yu Z.
  • 2/19/2015 12:36:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Customer Service

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

Pros: Good looking, good cable management, fan speed control, great customer service, and fast shipping of course.

Cons: a little big than I was expected.

Other Thoughts: Fractal Design has great Customer Service. I got my unit 2 or 3 days after ordered. Sadly after the build, there are some issue when I'm using front panel I/Os, I thought it's because of the case, so I contacted the Customer Service. The representative asked some details and sent me a new front panel with no extra cost! That's amazing.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/18/2015 9:07:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet and quality.

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

Pros: Suppresses noise well
Parts are quality and well made
Sealed well
No sharp edges
Able to take drive bays out easily if you dont use them
SSD mounts on the back.. but need to put them in before you put the motherboard in.

Cons: SSD mounting is a pain.

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  • Charles M.
  • 2/12/2015 9:24:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThere is a newer product...

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

Pros: Will do the job, reviews look great.

Cons: I accidentally ordered this instead of the Define R5 (N82E16811352048).

I went to cancel this before the product even left the warehouse and Newegg is shipping this to me for $9-- but restocking fees and the return label are prohibitively expensive ($71) leaving me with no choice but to use this case.

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  • Kenneth B.
  • 2/8/2015 6:02:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • 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: Great case. I got it specifically to reduce noise, and it's nearly silent, when combined with components that are also pretty quiet. It was super easy to build with too. Lots of room makes cable management a breeze. I came from an Antec P180, and this is a better case for sure. Also, the front dust filter is easy to access and clean.

Cons: I don't like how the bottom dust filter has to be removed from the back. Also, the front LED is stupidly bright. Other than that, great case.

Other Thoughts: The new R5 is out, and it addresses the bottom filter, so if this is a concern, get that. Otherwise, this is a steal for the price.

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  • Ryan F.
  • 2/4/2015 4:36:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsProbably the nicest case I've ever used.

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

Pros: Keeps noise down well. Good for cooling. Very adaptable. Durable. And spacious. All the cable management features are incredibly useful. I'm terrible at cabling, and I've never had a neater looking or better ventilated case.

Cons: It weighs a ton. The finish is very easily scratched. Everywhere a screw has gone in from the exterior has the paint stripped off. There are thin, but visible, scratches on various parts of the case from contact with my wooden desk, and even abrasion from cotton table cloths. Its a bit weird. The face plate that contains all the front facing ports isn't attached very firmly. Knock it the wrong way and you'll disconnect some of the ports.

That's it, those are the only things I dislike about the case.

Other Thoughts: I got a great deal on this case, and it seems to be very frequently on sale. Even at full price it'd be a great deal. I've never had an easier time tinkering around inside a box. The general quality leads me to believe this will survive for several more builds.

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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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