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Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey 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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  • Jonathan B.
  • 1/7/2016 4:30:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell built and solid, smart construction

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Allows 2X140 top fans and 2X140 front fans. Very thick steel and insulated construction which when combined with the right CPU cooler make it silent. Dont be scared that this is an older design, it is very moduler and rational. A couple of things to note: you can fit two SSD to the back of the motherboard tray but need to install them before the motherboard, you can take out the top 5 drive bays or the bottom 3, the top 5 out allows you to run huge graphics cards in the top slot of an atx motherboard. Dispite the silence airflow seems to be good especially if you add in another front 140mm fan. The two front 140mm fans sit in there own separate modal and dont require any screws to install. There is plenty of internal gromits and space for cables, of course like any case a modeler power supply will work best. It is amazingly well built for the price, every bit as good as high end Corsair or Lian Li cases, and better then coolermaster. Not so much cheap plastic. Yes its heavy but thats good if you plan to upgrade your build over time. Also has space to mount another graphics card via a riser card seperate from the main board if you want to space stuff out or have other things taking up card slots.

Cons: If you go liquid cooling it makes the most sense to get a 2X140 radiator and mount it with the fans outside and on top of the case in puller configuration due to space, its just a tiny bit too tight and depending on setup you run into motherboard clearance with ram issues otherwise but if the radiatior is mounted inside and just fans on top you have no issues. The two top USP 2.0 ports are obsolete already, fortunatly you have 2 3.0 ports also (all of this will be the past when USB -C comes out)

Other Thoughts: Would buy again

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  • Michael C.
  • 1/7/2016 12:50:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuilt like a truck, easy to work with

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Very sturdy construction
Lots of room for cable management
Sleek minimalist design
Quiet

Cons: No HDD light

Other Thoughts: I used this in my first PC build which featured an i5-6500 with the stock intel cooler. It came out of the box in great shape. It was easy to find my way around and there were lots of grommets and cable tie-downs for cable management. There is a ton of room behind the motherboard tray for cable management and also two spaces for SSDs. It's construction is very sturdy and, as a result, it is very heavy. For me that's not an issue since it just sits under my desk. There are lots of options for fan placement (it ships with two) but in some of the videos I watched they had trouble getting a 240mm radiator into space at the top of the case. Not an issue since I'm not overclocking and using the little intel CPU coolor.

I really have no complaints other than the fact that there is no light for hard drive activity. I find that annoying but not enough to take away an egg.

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  • Jon K.
  • 1/6/2016 9:40:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNicest case I have bought

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: I bought this case without the side window and without any LED fans for its size, weight and modest, unobtrusive, silent metal design.

All the pieces, except the motherboard standoffs and the rubber parts, are painted, including the machine screws. The hard drive trays and the slot covers are all white but the remaining painted parts are black.

The slot covers are held in place with thumb screws instead of the usual flat head screws. A generous supply of machine and thumb screws includes enough screws to bolt in 8 hard drives and two optical drives.

The HDD trays have holes for both 3.5" hard drives or 2.5" hard or SDD drives.

Both sides, the top and the front door have sound insulation.

The sound insulation for the extra fan ports (2 on top and one on the side) can be removed to install fans.

The top five hard drive trays are in a module and can be removed to accomodate very long video cards

The front door works without any problems and remains securely attached.

There are air filters in the front and at the bottom.

Design, fit and finish is excellent with one exception outlined below.

This case was designed to be quiet and it is.

Cons: The (two each) thumb screws for the side panels are difficult to manage because they are held in place so they won't get lost. This design makes them hard to coordinate - when one is in place and partially threaded, the other is jammed. It is easier on my other designs to have the side panel screws loose so I can fully close the side panels before I put the screws in. The side panels on this case cannot be fully closed before you start the thumb screws holding it.

Other Thoughts: The shipping weight on this case is 30 pounds. I like that and it is a selling point for me. The mass of the case helps it to quiet the contents and I like the idea that I can sit or even stand on the case without ruining it. Buying cases unseen and without hands-on is a risk. You don't know if you will like the case beforehand even with positive reviews because likes, dislikes and taste vary among reviews. I definitely favor buying this case again. The only improvement I would make, were I the designer, would be to change the side panel screws and round all square exterior corners.

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  • Todd V.
  • 12/26/2015 6:26:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood product..but..

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Excellent case, but the rubber feet on the bottom come off easily.

Cons: This is an expensive case, and I didn't expect it to have a defect like this....I was disappointed.

Other Thoughts: Recommended.
But needs to be cheaper...

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  • Tyler D.
  • 7/13/2015 9:16:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExtremely Happy

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: - Sleek
- Minimalistic
- Quality Materials
- Great Features

Professional looking with great cooling performance. There are no sharp edges in this nicely painted and constructed case. Removing the fans and their respective filters is extremely easy. The magnetic door on the front is a nice touch as well. Running wires behind the motherboard tray (that can also hold 2 SSDs) is fuss-free and makes for a very clean looking and professional setup. Airflow will not be a problem with this case, even with the fans (using the nifty fan controller) on the middle setting. Overall the price, performance and aesthetics of this case are absolutely on point.

Cons: The feet on the bottom may not be tall enough to elevate the bottom fans off the floor enough to breathe properly if you place this case on a carpeted surface.Not a big deal in my case, however.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case after a decent amount of research. I was looking for a crisp, professional looking case that would keep my components cool while staying quiet. My last case (Raidmax Smilodon) had Green LEDs and many, many 80mm fans that annoyed some... visitors in my dorm room. It was cool when I was younger but as I prepare to join the work force and begin a life my own, I needed something more mature and fitting.

The amount of space behind the motherboard tray fit the tons of wires that remain unused by my non-modular power supply. I also managed to cram an SSD back there, which I found to be a pretty neat feature. Removing the middle Hard Drive case is recommended and also very easy to do for better cooling. The two fans that came with the case are extremely quiet on the 7V setting. For extra cooling I added a top exhaust fan and a bottom intake fan (140mm and 120mm cooler master fans, respectively). The case, while not silent, is very quiet and barely audible from more than a few feet away during the day. Cooling performance is great, lowering my idle temps by a few degrees Celsius when compared to my old case. I attribute this to fewer but larger fans and the absence of all the wires strung about, disturbing airflow.

The quality of materials is, for the most part, fantastic, minus the door and front plastic panels which feel a bit cheap. That being said, there are no sharp edges to be encountered in this case. Setup was easy and frustration free. The cable braiding is of extremely high quality and really impressed me.

Overall, I couldn't be happier. This purchase was a major upgrade over my last case and it's everything I wanted it to be. Cool, quiet, sleek and easy. What more could you want?

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  • Milan K.
  • 6/30/2015 8:02:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: I am absolutely impressed with this case. Especially with the price tag. Paid 75 with tax.I build a few PC's a year and so far this case beats anything I have ever used. Even cases that cost double than this one. I love how easily you can take the air filters out for cleaning. Supplied fans are good enough to keep the case in low temps with overclocked CPU cooled by air. Hyper 212 EVO works best and it is silent.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: If you like how it looks, buy it and you will never have need to replace the case.

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  • Richard P.
  • 3/21/2015 8:10:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCombo power/HDD LED

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Sturdy, well thought out design.

Cons: Getting the side panels on right is a 2-man job.

Other Thoughts: To make the single LED into a combination power/HDD LED, connect the power LED leads to the HDD+ and HDD- pins, and connect a 22K resistor across the LED- and HDD- pins. The LED will glow dimly to indicate power and flash at full brightness for disk activity.

Oh, and don't change the fan speed switch with the power on.

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  • Razvan B.
  • 12/4/2014 8:00:33 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuiet, but not perfect.

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: It's quiet, compared to any of my cases to date. Easy to build in, cable routing is handled decently, HD rails are easy to work with.

Cons: Runs hotter than most cases because of insulation, which of course makes fans run louder.

Other Thoughts: Recommend water cooling to really make it shine.

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  • Justin S.
  • 12/1/2014 12:56:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent product!

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: -It's a great thing to look at. It's just slick and uncomplicated. I also like the finish on the side panels. Seems robust but I take care not to test the finish.

-Sound dampening is wonderful. In my setup, it sets several feet away but it is virtually silent even at normal desktop distance. I'm not even certain whether I'm hearing it or the Playstation on standby.

-The front door hinge and latch have a surprisingly good feel to them. Not a huge plus but it's nice that the door matches the feel of the rest of the case. I've owned other cases with a front door and it was the tackiest, flimsy piece of plastic.

-Plenty of room for a tall cooler if you go that way. Just for reference, I have a Phanteks PH-TC12DX cooler installed and there is ample room above.

-Decent amount of cable tie down points on the back side of the motherboard tray.

-Ample hardware for mounting.

Every other positive point would just be me repeating some facts from the listing. It really is a fantastic, well designed, and uncomplicated case.

Cons: I do have a couple small, nitpicky problems with it. Not enough to warrant dinging my rating but I think it's worth mentioning.

-I wish both harddrive mounting racks were easily removable. The top rack of 5 bays is made to come out leaving the bottom rack of 3 in place. It looks like you can take the bottom out and leave the top in but then the rack wouldn't have any bracing. Emphasis on the "looks like" as I haven't tried it and likely won't bother. Like I said, very minor gripe.

-The mobo tray could do with a couple more tie down points.

-I'd like it if the case were just a few millimeters wider or otherwise given a bit of extra space behind the tray for cables.

-You may either need a flat power connector or to reverse the connector if you're going to utilize the SSD mounting spot on the mobo tray. My PSU only came with 90 degree connectors so I just took the plug off the cables and flipped it. It might have cleared normally but it would put far more pressure than I'm comfortable with on the SSD's power port. If you had a screw of the right length you could also put a spacer behind the drive. Either way, it's something to bear in mind.

-The included fans are very quiet but I'd like it if the cables were just a bit longer. The rear fan's cable is too short to properly route and plug into the motherboard. However, it is fine if you run it out the back of the tray through the grommet and plug it into the built in fan controller.

Other Thoughts: I can't over emphasize how happy I am with the case. It's exactly what I was looking for. Any problems I have with it are either a wishlist kind of problem or involved such a minor fix as to be barely worth a mention.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/24/2014 1:26:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressed

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Well laid out case with plenty of space for all but the most outrageous of space-eating GPUs. My R9 290 fits with plenty of room to spare. More drive bays than you can shake a stick at.

It actually has an honest-to-goodness reset switch. I had almost given up hope that any case would have a reset switch, seems like everyone decided to stop including them ages ago.

Nice "hidden" bays for a pair of SSDs behind the motherboard tray, with enough room left on that side to stuff as many power supply and any other cables you want to hide/tuck.

Every fan mounting location can take either 120mm or 140mm fans; 140mm does wonders for keeping the noise levels down. Even with six 140mm fans spinning in this case it's half as noisy as my previous case.

Cons: Doesn't contain both power & HD LEDs. You get a single LED you can use for power or HD. It'd be awesome if they had a red LED for HD activity and blue activity for power, both directed into the same ring around the power light. When both LEDs are lit the LED would appear purple, when just power is lit it'd be blue. As it is now I gave up and made the "power" LED around the switch the HD LED. The SATA bus gets initialized moments after power on it turns solid, so I figure I only have a couple seconds before it turns blue.

I wish it used coarse foam air filters like my previous case. They didn't clog as quickly as this mesh.

I also wish it had a couple more USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports up front. It has 2 of each, but I got spoiled by my last case.

Cleaning the front air filter is a little clunky, you have to lever out (but not remove) the front fans to free up the filter for removal. If you dislodge the front fans it's a bit clunky fitting them back into their designated spot - it always takes me a couple tries.

I wish the drive bays were split the other way - they're 4 & 3, with 3 in the bottom and 4 in the removable cage. I'd rather have 4 in the bottom and 3 in the cage.

Other Thoughts: Even with the cons it's still a great, well thought out case. My biggest gripe is the lack of LEDs - I'm sorely tempted to try and retrofit in a red LED on my own.

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