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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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  • Eric P.
  • 12/18/2014 7:46:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Case

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

Pros: Lots of space
Removable drive bays
Sound-dampening padding is really nice

Cons: Hard to read labels on screw holes
Included documentation is lacking
Came with one hard drive tray slightly bent

Other Thoughts: This seems to be a recurring problem with Fractal Design. You guys need to have better manuals for your products. I had to figure out how to do almost everything myself, and I think that I may have still messed up installing the front fans. Please, please, fix your manuals.

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  • Christopher R.
  • 12/18/2014 7:07:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Worth when on sale

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

Pros: Great amount of grommets for wire management. The dampeners on the panes make the difference.
If you are looking at the newer version the R5 or so on, this is fairly up to date and will not be any major upgrades on the newer models that make this one truly obsolete.

Cons: Still don't like bottom mounted power supplies main reason, CPU power connectors are always the farthest point form the PSU and if you don't have a long enough connector (common with not modular PSU) then you cant manage that wire around the back side of the case and it feels like its will break.

Other Thoughts: don't get the new one it is not worth its unless its on sale.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/17/2014 10:39:09 AM
  • Tech Level: 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. build quality is just outstanding for such a case. Great Simple design. Thanks Fractal Design for a great case.

Cons: Heavy. I mean HEAVY!

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  • Eric A.
  • 12/16/2014 9:46:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappily surprised

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

Pros: Well designed - understated which I love
Easy to work in - I can't image anyone needing more internal space
No sharp edges
Quality materials - heavy duty
Excellent soundproofing - very quiet
Modular drive bays with rubber mounts
Great cable management
Fan controller

Cons: Prominent, blue LED power light (can we stop it with blue already?)
Monolithic. I had an Antec 300 case before this that I thought was big.
Unbelievably heavy - 30 lb shipping weight

Other Thoughts: Picked this up for $69 and wasn't expecting a high end case. I was happily surprised to find this is the nicest case I've ever owned. Great build quality and sturdy materials. Lots of nice touches.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 12/16/2014 9:25:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPeace and QUIET!

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

Pros: *Quiet
*Sleek
*Stylish
*Modular and easy to work with
*Did I mention Quiet!

Cons: *Motherboard stand-offs are a little small and hard to work with

Other Thoughts: Far and away the most quiet case I have ever used. It is amazing!

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  • Ian G.
  • 12/14/2014 3:07:23 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: - Simple, minimal appearance
- Simple versatility of drive bay configs.
- Fan dust filters on bottom and front (my intake spots) If you're doing intake from top or rear provide your own.

Cons: - Motherboard tray had 4 out of 9 mounting holes improperly drilled. The holes were too small. I could not fit the standoff motherboard mounting screws in no matter what I tried short of taking a drill to the case. Google shows a small number of other users with similar issues.

-The properly attached side panel picks up HDD vibration from properly mounted drives in their trays. This leads to a noticeable humming unless even slight pressure is placed against the panel. For example, I used a piece of tape.

- If you use screws to mount your SSDs on the back of the motherboard tray, you will have to remove the board to get at the screws later. Being experienced with putting together systems, I just used velcro to mount a couple SSDs on the back.

Other Thoughts: The cons I experienced are likely limited production defects, I just got lucky. I expected more from this case though.

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  • Mike C.
  • 12/12/2014 12:11:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 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: Silent
Lots of HD expansion bays
Excellent cable management

Cons: None

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  • Robert A.
  • 12/11/2014 10:47:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA very nice case

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

Pros: Very well built, high quality case. The fan controller works well, the fans are reasonably quiet, and the sound dampening is very effective. Plenty of room for cables on the back side and the holes are located right where they should be for neat cable management. Plenty of room for hard drives and optical drives.

Cons: The case allows mounting two SSDs flat against the back side by providing eight holes under the motherboard. This makes for a neat installation, but you have to remove the motherboard if you need to swap out a drive later. They could include two brackets to hold the drives.

Other Thoughts: I replaced a Silverstone Fortress FT02 with this case because the FT02 was too large for the space I had available. I was surprised at the amount of room in the R4, even in comparison with the cavernous FT02. The R4 has a smart layout that makes good use of the available space. The FT02 cools a bit better but the FT04 is more compact and is an excellent case for almost any build. You can add extra fans and the case has plenty of room for a radiator at the top.

My case arrived with a little scratch on the door. The Fractal Design support team answered my email the very next day, asked for a photo, and shipped a replacement without any fuss. I'm usually not very impressed with tech support but their team is on the ball.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 12/11/2014 9:45:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Define R4

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

Pros: I can't say enough positive things about this case.
- it's extremely well built
- it's very easy to work in
- all the room for cable management you could want
- it's wide enough to fit even the largest of air coolers
- it's gonna help silence all of that coil whine from your gtx 970
- it just looks sexy

Cons: 2 small gripes. First I'll probably never use the behind the motherboard ssd mounts. They just aren't practical, but you really don't need them. I do wish it came with 2 front 140mm fans instead of one, but I'm sure this helps keep the price down a bit. Neither of these minor complaints are enough to knock off an egg.

Other Thoughts: All in all, this case is amazing. Highly recommended.

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  • Salvatore D.
  • 12/11/2014 8:50:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpresed

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

Pros: Excellent case. Roomy and well laid out. The website has plenty of videos to get an idea of how it works.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've used three different cases and this one, by far, is the best!

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