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Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower 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 x External 5.25" Drive Bays
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael L.
  • 6/2/2015 11:51:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSleek

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: An attractive case with plenty of space and good airflow + design. A little tight for an H105 but I made it work.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: get it

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  • Tiffani M.
  • 4/30/2015 5:35:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice, high quality, low-price case!

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: -Quiet.
-Good dust filters.
-Good design.

Cons: -Drive cage might need removal to install bigger video cards.
-A bit on the heavy side.

Other Thoughts: Case has been very quiet since I got it. In a typical room, Only perhaps the rear fan is audible at very low volume, or if I were to press my ear up to the side of the case can I hear the HDD or the fans inside. Case has a heavy, durable build, and good dust filters. The front case's door is a nice touch.

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  • Martin T.
  • 4/20/2015 12:49:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsa year later and no complaints

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Awesome, roomy, keeps my OCed system running cool on air alone. Amazingly quiet case, elegant and beautiful. Built for enthusiasts.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: There is an option to purchase a couple of extra fans. I would do so, especially the one up front. It adds no noise.

I have owned a year now, no complaints, it just sits in a corner in our basement looking elegant and beautiful Best case I've ever owned. A year later, I'm as pleased as I was the first week.

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  • Brad P.
  • 4/14/2015 8:20:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: What can I say? It's probably the best case I have ever purchased. I couldn't be happier with it. Everything about it is made to the best quality standards. With the fans set to the lowest, it's pretty silent.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case for a home office build, which I wanted a case that's silent. Yes, I can still hear it, but it's not loud compared to my gaming PC. I bought this case for $79 on sale and for what you get, it's a steal in my opinion. I would highly recommend to anyone.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/30/2015 7:02:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDefine R4 Blk Silent Mid Twr Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: After researching cases beyond reason, I stumbled across this case on Newegg during the 2014 holidays, and the price couldn't be beat. The R4 videos were tasteful and informative, and there are a bunch of Youtube fan vids on the R-4. The design anad build quality of this case is beyond exceptional, it's as close to perfect for it's class as any case can get. Everything about the R4 is as good as advertised if not better. If I could recommend a mid-tower case to someone who didn't have the need for a large water-cooling system, it would be the R4. The side window is a nice touch, and though not really necessary, when testing parts, it's nice to be able to look in and see if the fans are spinning. A few red or blue LEDs look cool if you route your cable and tubes, and the inside is well finished and painted black. All of he metal edges (everywhere) are all finishsed/rounded, and have good grommets-edge liners for routing to keep cords from being worn or cut.

Cons: Though I looked for cons, I honestly couldn't find anything truly deserving of a 'con' rating. This is the only china-made product I've ever given a 5 star rating to, the obvious quality and tolerances built into this case bear this out. That being said, there are a couple of nit-picking points: Since the product information said that a water-cooling system such as the H100i would work with the R4, I looked no further; if I had, I would have discovered the R5, which is everything I thought the R4 was. As it turned out, I was barely able to fit the H100i into the top of this case; it took several attempts and it wasn't easy, though it does look pretty now. I had to get the push fans within 1 mm of the top of my memory on the board; Fractal has corrected this space issue in the R5. I had never tried to set memory-retaining clips using a plastic tool inserted between the tabs and the top of the case below the fans, but I finally did it. The guys at Fractal support were simply awesome; they sent me solid info, diagrams for air-flow and more. When I foiund that there was a glitch in the intake fan control switch and the USB 3.0 circuit, they simply shipped out new ones, quickly and without charge.(They should get into the side business of selling their special rubber washers; there is nothing like them on the market, and I have looked everywhere!). Some switches and circuiits don't make the boat trip, but the replacements worked perfectly. I found there wasn't a groove in the front fan recepticle, to route the intake fan leads into the case for hookup. I did a work around, but I wasn't willing to cut into the case or fan bracket molding. That was the only item I submitted to Fractal that no one else had done yet. All my other suggestions had already made it into the new R5. I suggested that the next version should have an extra inch of headroom in the top, and that extra off-set holes be predrilled to facilitate mounting of the radiator and fans of the liquid cooler; that too had already been done with the new R5. I did manage to offset the 140mm top-mounted exhausst fans for the push-pull install of the H100i on the top of the case, but a trip to the hardware store was required to get extended length screws. This isn't really a con, just not something usually done with an R4. With the top rear fan pulling air in over the VRMs and water block, then exhausting up and out of the case, this build never gets overheated. The bottom intake fan actually helps the air flow quite a bit; if I hadn't reversed the top rear fan to intake, the case would've had enough air going through without the bottom fan being installed. The first auto-clock on the build pushed a stock FX8350 to 4.3 ghtz. The fans are near silent and never jump over what I set them to. The temps may climb a degree or two, but not more. I pushed the limits of the case; the air flow is top notch and the air filters don't slow it down; it stays cool and quiet, and that's no con.

Other Thoughts: With Fractal, I finally found the size and quality of case I wished for over 20 years ago when I started my own PC business. Most cases built prior to 2008 were factory-built monsters and though case manufacturers eventually figured out the logical way to make a good case, they sure took their time. THe old cases were all A: too expensive, B) hard toi get the parts into without cutting your fingers to shreds, and f there's a C:, then was the lack of quality of the cases. I've yet to find a honestly negative review of a Fractal case, they make one for practically any size or need. If Fractal could truly make a bad case, I'd have to see it to believe it. Fractal listens to everyone who makes a valid suggestion, and if it's a good idea, they'll put it into the next version; I really can't say that about any other vendor. Unless you have an obscene amount of extra drives, video cards or other gear (in which case, you have more money than I to purchase an equally obscenely-priced case to hold it all), and if you don't need an extra-large water cooler for the front, the R4 is the case in this class to beat. Get an R4 or R5 and be happy; our next case will be the R5.

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  • Ryan P.
  • 3/26/2015 12:22:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, quiet case with a lot of room.

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: This case has so much room it's awesome. The room for cable management alone makes for the cleanest build possible. It is also lined with sound proof foam and even with a side window, the only thing I can hear are my fans when they are at high RPM's. The built-in fan controller is very handy if you choose to use it although I went with software controlled. The input/USB ports on the top front make hooking hardware up easy. The filters located on the front and bottom help a lot in filtering dust out and they are very easy to clean. Moving air through this case is so easy as you have room for up to six 140mm case fans, a 140mm CPU fan, and GPU fans. Also, it has a removable cage for your hard drives so you if you are only running three drives, the cage will not get in the way of the front fans. It's just very functional.

There are just so many good aspects about this case so it's hard to list them all. It's just a solid case. It's easy to clean as you can gain access from both sides and the front and the temp's are great as long as you get the air flow right.

Cons: There are a few cons about this case but nothing serious in my opinion except for the front panel.

Even though it is listed as a mid-tower case, it is BIG and heavy. The front of the case is a bit sketchy as if you pick it up and grab under the front, it CAN pop the front off and.... *CRASH* right into the floor. Luckily, that hasn't happened. Fitting the case into spaces that a normal mid-tower case will fit is an issue as well. The front magnetic door will not stay open on it's own.. you have to pop the filter down to prop it open. The LED light on the front can be annoying as it is too bright... it will light up a dark room. The silent series fans that came with it are decent fans and are very quiet but there are better fans that will move more air (Noctua for instance although I may be bias). I'm sure there are some other minor issues but I just wanted to go over the ones I've noticed.

Other Thoughts: I made sure that I took ALL measurements into consideration before purchasing this case for clearance issues and was still surprised how big it was when it showed up. My CPU Cooler cleared easily and I use a Noctua NH-U14S which is fairly large and 1.7lbs with one fan. The size of the case allows for great temp's as I mentioned before. I run a i7-4770K at stock unless I NEED my OC XMP profile enabled for gaming and at stock, the idle temp's are about 30C on each core +/- 1C. The same for the GPU which is a EVGA 770 GTX 2GB SC w/ ACX and my SSD/HDD. In sleep mode.. my CPU has been down to 13C.

My power supply cables are routed through the side panel and are completely out of the way of ANY fans. The sound dampening keeps everything nice and quiet. Overall, it's a great case and as long as the size and weight aren't an issue, you can't really go wrong with this one. Good job Fractal.

Build:
Fractal R4 Define w/ Window (Black)
ASUS Maximus VI Hero
Intel i7-4770K @ 4.5Ghz (run stock most of the time)
Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler - 6 Year Warranty
8GB G.Skill Sniper Series RAM @ 2133Mhz
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB SC w/ ACX
SeaSonic 750 X-Series PSU (Gold) w/ 7 yr. Warranty
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD X 2 in RAID 1
Western Digital Black 1TB HDD
23" ASUS IPS Monitor

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  • Rebecca M.
  • 3/21/2015 10:48:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsperfect case for my build

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: -Loads of space to build and alot of behind the mobo cable space
-comes with pretty good pre-installed 140mm fans
-has amazing vibration reduction
-has all of the hdd bays you could ever need

Cons: ***these are not cons***

most have said the case bows inward i dont see thing as a con if they were flat they would bow if you put pressure on the out side. so this is a pro in my eyes

Other Thoughts: nice case fits my coolermaster 212+ evo no problem and has enough room for 6 hdds and a 11.5 inch gpu.

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  • Michael C.
  • 3/2/2015 1:05:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good case

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Love this case. It's a bit on the heavy side, but definitely sturdy. The noise-dampening is really good, my case stays relatively quiet, lots of room, cable management. Sleek and minimalistic design.

Cons: None, case is great.

Other Thoughts: Well worth the money, and would recommend to anybody.

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  • Samantha F.
  • 3/1/2015 2:09:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Sturdy, great cable management, heavy duty wiring, good air flow

Cons: It's on the heavy side. But that's a trade off for being as sturdy as it is.

Other Thoughts: This was my first build. I initially tried to save some money on the case but found that didn't work so well. I bought this as a replacement and was much happier with it.

I loved how much space it had for cable management. The built in wiring was a nice gauge and not too thin and fragile. The case is very heavy duty and din't flex.

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  • Phillip S.
  • 2/27/2015 11:58:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet and awesome

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: This case is awesome. Very functional, very quiet. You lose a little of the quietness with the side window I think, but that's no big deal, cause I like looking at my mobo. The space in this thing is perfect. I love the front door for the optical drives. I just covered it in stickers. So yeah great case.

Cons: None for me, its functions as advertised. and the USB slots have never failed me in over a year.

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