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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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  • Razvan B.
  • 12/4/2014 8:00:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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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  • Zachary C.
  • 10/2/2014 3:00:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: -Quite large and spacious for a mid-tower, especially in width
-Heavy and solid construction
-Side panels are also very solid, no bowing whatsoever
-Titanium finish on the front looks amazing, as does the entire case
-Strong magnet close for the front panel, feels very secure
-Sound dampening foam is plentiful
-Removable/rotating top drive cage, oodles of room for gpu if removed
-Airflow on the front fans is surprisingly good even with the front panel closed
-Thumbscrews were tight but not so much that I needed to use a screwdriver

Cons: -Almost too heavy, entire case without components is nearly 30 lbs
-The blue led around the power button is extremely bright
-If you plan on adding a case fan on one of the two top slots, expect them to be the majority of your noise. However, with the moduvents left in place there is very little noise. Ignoring the top slots for case fans is ideal for reducing noise levels.
-No hdd led connector
-Bottom external drive bay had a metal adapter that was quite difficult to remove

Other Thoughts: Beautiful, quiet, tons of room to work with. I would gladly use another one of these cases in my next build. None of my cons are enough of an issue to warrant dropping an egg from the score. Shipping was also quite fast, only took two days to get here using the supersaver option.

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  • Timothy G.
  • 9/20/2014 3:45:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid and Sleek Case

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

Pros: - Sleek and attractive look without unnecessary bells and whistles
- Very easy to work inside
- Great vent/fan positioning
- Nice amount of room behind the motherboard for hiding excess cabling
- Acoustic dampening
- Included fans run quietly
- External fan 3-speed switch for quiet operation when needed

Cons: - Very little documentation
- No hard drive access LED (can be swapped with the power LED)
- Extra SDD mounts behind motherboard require removing the motherboard to access

Other Thoughts: I wanted a sleek case with plenty of room and ventilation but that didn't make me look like a 13 year old attending his first rave. This case fit the bill perfectly - a very attractive and professional look that places function far above lights, lasers, and dragons. There is ample room inside for my 6 hard drives while still permitting plenty of room for air cooling. I've placed 4 chassis fans inside the case and the temperatures always stay comfortably cool.

A great bonus is the fact that this is a quiet case. The acoustic dampening does make a slight difference, albeit not as much as others may lead you to believe, but more so the layout of the case allows for large and quiet 140mm fans in optimal locations, reducing the need for pushing tons of air and causing turbulence/noise. I work with sound recording and production and a quiet system is a big factor for me so this is a significant draw.

The two included fans run very quietly - I went with some Phanteks for my two additional chassis fans and my CPU cooler and they tend to push a bit more air. Although I believe the Phanteks do run slightly quieter they make up for it by pushing more air and creating a bit more turbulence, so in the end they are about the same volume.

The documentation is minimal but it's not much of an issue if you take a look around the case and take stock of the included hardware. Once you get an idea of how it's laid out you can figure out what screws go where and so on.

The case includes only one LED for power, but this can be easily swapped to function as the hard drive LED just by plugging it into the drive LED header rather than power (it's even explained in the manual). I prefer this approach anyhow as I don't need a blue light constantly telling me the computer is on when idling - I can kind of figure that out on my own.

The case includes two "extra" SDD mounting spaces behind the motherboard, which you can see when you remove the opposite side panel. The thing is, you can only screw a SDD into these spaces when the motherboard is not in place - meaning if you ever need to swap one of those SDDs you're in for a nightmare of basically disassembling your entire system. With the huge amount of hard drive spaces in this case (even when removing the larger drive cage) I really think tossing an SDD into one of the extra rear slots is just going to make you regret it some day.

Overall I was pretty picky about my case and I'm very pleased with the choice I made.

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  • JARED B.
  • 8/6/2014 7:57:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Define R4 ATX Mid Tower Case

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

Pros: Very nice looking case. Spatious. Plenty of fan options for cooling. Good cable management.

Cons: The instruction manual that came with the case was basically little more than a "Thanks for buying" message in multiple languages.

There is a diagram to show what the case looks like if you pull it apart, but I would've appreciated an actual guide. Would've helped me a lot installing fans.

Other Thoughts: This is the first time putting together a system on my own. Outside of wondering how to get the fans installed, I'm pleased with the case.

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  • Michael P.
  • 8/5/2014 9:23:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

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

Pros: Case looks beautiful, is a good size without being enormous, and really helped bring the sound level of my computer down significantly. My old case was so much louder... Good airflow too (don't believe what others are saying).

Cons: When trying to get to the air filter for the front of the case, it can sometimes be difficult to get the mount to open to get to it. This isn't really that big a problem but can be mildly annoying.

Other Thoughts: Some people have said that airflow with this case is poor with the front door. This is absolutely not true. There are vents on both sides of the front where air passes through, and is just as good as if there were holes on the door itself. I also haven't had any problem with the case's fan controller (I keep it on the medium speed for a good balance between airflow and quietness)

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  • Alex H.
  • 7/10/2014 10:33:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggshella cool

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

Pros: all around beautiful. cant go wrong with this case. unless your hardware is too big...

Cons: some paint is missing, very very small amounts in the rear, and it feels like the thumbscrews were stripped on the back too.

Other Thoughts: so sexy

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  • Jimmy J.
  • 4/28/2014 11:35:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest case I've dealt with

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

Pros: The Fractal Design Define R4 is the best case I've had the opportunity to work with. It has good look, great layout, and very quiet presents.

The look is clean and minimalistic which is perfect for the application for which it is being used (audio recording/editing PC). Initially, was going to get the black version but it was sold out and am glad it was as the titanium grey face adds a bit flare with out going over board on the case's over all look. The power button also lights up with a blue ring around it when on which I also like.

The usability of this case is like none I've ever dealt with before. It is able to support a plethora of fan configurations as well as an absurd amount of hard drive mounting point (I guess something you'd need if you where building a raid setup) that can either lift in or taken out as needed. The two drive racks (5 - 3 slot config) could even both be taken out and have an SSD mounted to the inner wall of the case. The fans can be mounted in the front within a removable rack making it easy to remove and clean. There is also a removable screen that can be easily cleaned. Mounting points for fans are also located in the bottom (which also has a removable screen), side panel, back, and top. If liquid cooling is of any concern to you it will pretty easily support a H100i (as well as other systems i'm sure - this is the one this system incorporates). My favorite part is the cable management as they can be routed behind the motherboard between the motherboard mounting plate and the side panel. This give you vary clean and open interior layout - great for air flow.

As far as noise goes, there is none. The only time i hear this system is when it is first turned on and the fans attached to the radiator are cranked up to full power during POST. Other than that, it is whisper quiet.

Overall, I'd recommend this case to anyone. Functionality is second to none and the noise reduction is superb. Some might think it is bland but I'd recommend you give it a shot as I think the clean look and design will grow on you with a pleasant surprise.

Cons: The only downside is that i wish i could which out a few of the hard drive slots for few optical drive bays but that is only a minor complaint as they seem to becoming less and less needed.

Other Thoughts: I would buy this case again and again - as many custom builds I do would allow. A++

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  • nelson h.
  • 3/5/2014 8:21:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT FREAKEN CASE

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

Pros: One of the most popular cases out there. Fractal makes the best cases ever i swear. I used to be one of those fools who fell for the complex cases that were designed strangely with random textures and LED lights everywhere. But i LOVE this case.

Its simple, sleek, well built, solid, very durable. and all around extremely well built. It has sound proof on the chassis's which is incredible and it's super silent. The case isn't anything flashy, which I find to be completely fine, i don't care for flashy cases anymore. I would recommend this case to anyone building a computer.

Plenty of room for extra fans and CPU cooling as well as good room for cable management. Perfect case for routing your cables anywhere. Case comes with all your screws and such and you won't need to hunt for anything else.

Cons: The only thing is kind of a con is that it's heavy and pretty big in size. However those are pretty minor cons.

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