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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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  • Christopher R.
  • 12/18/2014 6:46:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery solid case overall

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

Pros: - Looks awesome.
- Good cable management. Plenty of room to route cables behind the motherboard in particular.
- Easy access for maintenance. Side panels are easy to take off and put back. Front panel can easily be pulled off. Front ports can be replaced with a screwdriver.
- Sturdy -- went through 1 move without any damage
- Great customer service. I received replies within 24 hours to my emails and replacements parts within 2 days. If you have any problems with your case, make sure to contact Fractal Design's CS.

Overall, great case at its price point.

Cons: - Swinging front door is a nuisance when moving it around or performing any maintenance.
- Front panel is easy to pop open. Great for maintenance. Not so great when moving it around. It doesn't fall off easily, but be careful where you grip the case when picking it up. The handhold at the bottom near the front of the case is really for pulling off the front panel.

Other Thoughts: I posted an earlier review in which I mentioned a defective audio port. As mentioned in the Pros section, Fractal Design's customer support quickly contacted me and got me a replacement audio port and cable. My new audio port works great, and I wanted to amend my rating to reflect the experience.

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  • Younes C.
  • 12/18/2014 3:22:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow

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

Pros: I used this case for my first build ever, and I have to say, I am more than happy with it!

-> Price: got it on sale, at 84.99.
-> Awesome quality build. Metal everywhere, heavy case, you feel that this is something that you can trust.
-> SILENT! When i finished building, I was concerned about how much noise the computer will make. I had my answer : NONE. In some regard, this is quieter than my laptop (Dell XPS 12)! (See other thoughts for my configuration).
-> A lot of space for pretty much everything you want.
-> Removable HDD cage.
-> A lot of room for cable management at the back
-> Come with fans controls (5, 7, or 12 v) and with quality cables.
-> And at last, and that's me really... This thing look absolutely awesome, neat and professional, especially with the window...

Cons: Hummm... None.

Other Thoughts: If you can have it on sale, go for it, but even if you can't, this is really something that will not disappoint you. There's a lot of reviews on youtube about this product, go check them, they might help you with your choice.

The level of noise obviously depends on what you have inside your case:

-> Core i7 4790k, 4.0 ghz (not OC)
-> Asus z97-a motherboard
-> 2x 4gb ram gskill (1866)
-> Tower cooler for CPU hyper evo 12
-> Gygabytes GTX 750, 2gb GDDR5 128bits
-> Crucial mx100 256gb SSD
-> PSU Evga SuperNova 750 G2
-> Running three fans (two stock, one cooler master) at 7v
-> Dual monitor (dell s2240l)

Like I said, with this configuration, I can't hear a thing. it's absolutely perfect.

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  • Dalton H.
  • 12/13/2014 10:45:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case

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

Pros: This thing looks amazing, without a doubt one of the most sleek looking computer cases. I love this thing, super quiet, fit my 240mm Radiator in it no problem. Will purchase the next gen case for my next build when that comes. Really opens up the space inside by taking out one of the hard drive bays, as I am only using 2 of them.

Cons: only con is that like all brushed aluminum, it attracts fingerprints rather easily.

Other Thoughts: Also thank you so much to Kat with NewEgg customer service! Very helpful when i sent her an email about a wrong shipping charge!

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  • Chris N.
  • 12/8/2014 3:48:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case

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

Pros: Bought this for a decent gaming build. This case has so much HD storage bays I could store google on it. Kidding - but it has a ton of bays.

The case is SOLID. I cant hear a thing from it either. Very well thought out case with great cable management. Love it.

Cons: Manual is a bit shotty with not very good indication of what some cables are.

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  • Christopher R.
  • 12/5/2014 10:23:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSolid, with a few problems

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

Pros: - Sturdy case, made it through one move without taking any damage
- Generally solid case for the price point given the features
- Looks like the Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is awesome

Cons: - Front panel swings open to allow access to optical drive bays. This is a pain when moving the case or during installation/maintenance either because it gets in the way or because it doesn't open easily depending on the case's orientation.
- Front panel headphone jack appears to be damaged. I only get full audio if my headphones are adjust *just right.* Moving the headphones/headphone cable even a little seems to disturb the contacts and causes audio loss. This is not a headphone problem as my headphones work fine with my laptop and iPhone.

Other Thoughts: - Front mounted fan is non-obvious, as it's hidden behind the swinging front panel. You need to keep the front panel open while the computer is running, otherwise the dust will build up in the front fan's dust screen.
- Fan voltage can be controlled via 3-way switch on the front of the case. Fans are audible at 12V, though not loud. Personally I have no issue with this but it's something to keep in mind.

Considering replacing the case due to the cons.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Chris,

We're sorry to hear that the audio ports on your Define R4 is not working properly. Included with all of our cases there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team. If you have lost that piece of paper you can contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

You can also call our toll free number : 855-446-3722

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm CT.

Please contact our Tech Support Team and they should be able to assist you in getting a replacement part for your case.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Troy F.
  • 12/4/2014 3:34:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Quality Case

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

Pros: This Case is Everything I ever wanted in a case, Has good cable management routes, also is a VERY quiet case, cant even hear a noise coming from this thing

Cons: No cons at all

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  • Zack H.
  • 12/2/2014 1:59:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsQuality Control?

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

Pros: The case looks amazing and is very quite. Cable management was a breeze and I like the modular cages. I relocated both of the included fans to the front panel and used my own fans for exhausting and has great flow.

Cons: Neither of the side panels on my case fit properly without some effort and at least one screw on each side would not go all the way in with hand tightening alone. most of the front IO is too tight and one of my USB 3.0 slots doesn't seem to work.

Other Thoughts: I love this case and if it wasn't for these fairly big issues from a well known case supplier, it would be 5 eggs without hesitation.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Zack,

We're sorry to hear that the side panels on your Define R4 are damaged. It sounds as though your case could have been mishandled during transit. Is there any damage to the chassis itself?

Included with all of our cases there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team. If you have lost that piece of paper you can contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

You can also call our toll free number : 855-446-3722

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm CT.

Please contact our Tech Support Team and they should be able to assist you in getting a replacement part for your case.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • johnny r.
  • 11/24/2014 4:36:48 PM
  • 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: Looks great, quiet, lots of storage options, able to accommodate a ton of fans.

Cons: Front filter and fan tray somewhat awkward to maneuver.

Other Thoughts: The R5 just came out and looks to have addressed the front filter and fan tray issue.

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  • Jeffry C.
  • 11/17/2014 11:51:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLovely case

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

Pros: Looks beautiful on the outside and even more so on the inside. The level of intelligence that went into making this case is astounding.
1) Reduces any noise coming from inside my computer.
2) The front is gorgeous.
3) Fan controller works like a charm.

Cons: no cons

Other Thoughts: The fan controller has 3 fan cables, which means you can plug up to 3 fans.

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  • FREDERIC J.
  • 11/14/2014 1:13:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsDebatable "satisfaction"...

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

Pros: I am a "verified owner" of the Blackout version with window (bought at Newegg), which is the exact same chassis but with different colors...

PROS:
Well built, sturdy, quiet, nice monolithic design, excellent clearance for cable management, every part you can accommodate (read the "cons" and a simple solution in "Other Thoughts"), will fit well and strong.

For any build not requiring a decent water cooling (e.g. anything that has 240mm or 280mm radiator), and not requiring expansions in the front bay that are protruding (even slightly), well this can be an excellent choice that I would recommend.

Cons: 1) As opposed to what's advertised, this chassis WILL NOT accommodate any decent 240mm or 280mm radiators on the top (thus anywhere inside the case), unless you don't need any HDD (removing both HDD cages for a vertical radiator mounting), or mod the case with a drill for a top mount (read "Other Thoughts" where I explain the basic design flaw and the solution), unless you have a cheap and/or "oldy" motherboard without any Power heatsink.

2) Cheap HDD mounting rubbers - They did not provide the correct screws for HDD mounting over the rubbers : head is not large enough and length should be slightly longer. The supplied screws tear open those rubbers which are of cheap quality.

3) Considering point 1), modding the chassis so as to accommodate a radiator broke the clean looks. This should not happen since it was advertised as being compatible with 240/280mm rads...

4) The front-panel's door flushes with the 5.25" bay area, thus I could not install an expansion for a swappable SSD/HDD enclosure which is slightly protruding and making it impossible to close the door (even the tiny fan switch has a hole in the door for allowing the later to be closed). A 1cm clearance would've been welcome (I couldn't see this via the pictures before hand).

5) Front panel - The I/O ports are assembled in the front panel instead of the chassis armature, thus that front panel can't be completely removed, and wires are much too short resulting in useless modularity. The plastic panel covering the filter feels cheap and flimsy, I could have done without it, or with a more robust material if not a simpler design. The front door also feels like cheap plastic but it looks good. The filter itself can be removed easily though, no cons there. No eggs removed for this even though I could (it must be for the fact that they are Nordics like me, and that I want to encourage any company that's not a traitor by having moved its manufactures in "Slavery-camps-China" for building cheap disposable guyzmos ;-P ).

Other Thoughts: The design flaw (as you'll understand, the solution is much simpler than adding height to the chassis) - With the R4 line they've added clearance behind the motherboard, for cable management. Which of course enlarged the top panel. However, since the motherboard's position didn't change, then they shouldn't have changed the position of the top fan mounting holes : they left it centered on the top panel. Which is a design flaw, since moving the mounting holes towards the right panel of the case (to keep them centered on a larger top panel), has also removed the required clearance for any water cooling radiator mounting, from then on invariably bumping onto any motherboard Power heatsink that's above the CPU (most gen 4/5 mobos have that heatsink, except for a tiny number of really cheap mobos that you wouldn't want to put in such chassis). A simple solution that I did was to drill new mounting holes : this chasis has cost me much more in the end, in terms of time and money (and a couple of minutes of aggravation). But I feel like a happy camper now... Somewhat, the looks is broken.

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