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Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White 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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The Define R4 is the latest in the Define series of silent computer cases. Building on the award-winning foundation of the Define R3, the R4 retains minimalistic yet elegant styling with extraordinary performance, noise reduction features, premium build quality and unparalleled value in this price range while adding a suite of innovative new features.

No longer are you forced to choose between silence and support for liquid cooling, the Define R4 offers both. Top fan positions now allow slim 240 radiators to be mounted internally and select slim radiators can also be mounted in the front fan holder. An integrated fan controller is easily accessible behind the front panel, putting fan control at your fingertips. Cable management and intelligent layout are taken to new levels with the option of mounting up to two 2.5in, SSDs on the reverse side of the motherboard tray, effectively mitigating visible cable clutter. When it comes to cable routing, the Define R4 has it covered. Over one full inch of cable routing space behind the motherboard plate has been achieved by widening the case by just 8mm.

This mid-tower case is a great choice for everything from gaming enthusiast systems to silent home theater and corporate applications. The R4 comes pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing bitumen material on the front, top and side panels. The exclusive ModuVent TM System provides three panels which also have noise-absorbing material; these panels can be removed to expose three air vents for additional fans for high air flow applications. Rubber padding on the case feet, anti-vibration pads for the power supply and HDDs also help reduce noise.

Configuration flexibility is enhanced thanks to two hard drive cages (featuring steel drive trays with black silicone mounting grommets) that support a total of eight 3.5in. HDDs or 2.5in. SSDs. The top five-bay cage is easily rotatable and removable; removing the top cage allows support for graphics cards up to 470mm in length. The bottom three-bay cage is mounted to the chassis by screws instead of rivets, allowing you to easily remove both drive cages for complete flexibility. The spacious sleek black interior can support CPU coolers up to 170mm high. If cooling becomes more of a priority, this system can support up to seven fans with removable, washable filters to provide airflow from five sides of the case. The case also includes cable routing cutouts with improved rubber grommets to ensure greater fit and retention. The bottom of the case has a filter over the power supply and 120/140mm intake fan vent which can be easily removed for cleaning.

  • newegg Optimized for Noise Reduction Pre-fitted with dense noise-absorbing material, the R4 also features ModuVent panels which prevent noise from escaping unused fan vents when silence is required. If cooling becomes more of a priority than noise reduction, the ModuVent panels can be removed to expose additional air vents for optional fans.
  • newegg Support for Liquid Cooling You no longer have to make the choice between liquid cooling and silence, the R4 offers both. Top fan positions now allow slim 240mm radiators to be mounted. Select slim radiators can be mounted in the front fan holder (requires the bottom HDD cage to change position).
  • newegg Innovative SSD Mounting Options Hide those drives! Take cable management and interior cleanliness to a whole new level. Mount up to two 2.5in, SSDs out of sight on the back side of the motherboard tray.
  • newegg Integrated Fan Controller Fan control at your fingertips. The integrated fan controller is easily accessible behind the front panel and manages up to three fans, allowing you to tailor the fan speed to your needs.
  • newegg Removable HDD Cages Configuration flexibility is enhanced thanks to two hard drive cages (featuring steel drive trays with black silicone mounting grommets) that support a total of eight 3.5in. HDDs or 2.5in. SSDs. The top five-bay cage is easily rotatable and removable; removing the top cage allows support for graphics cards up to 470mm in length. The bottom three-bay cage is mounted to the chassis by screws instead of rivets, allowing you to easily remove both drive cages for complete flexibility.
  • newegg Advanced Cable Management Over 1in. of space behind the motherboard plate means cables can be conveniently routed through five rubber grommets into a generous compartment behind the motherboard to reduce cable clutter and improve airflow.

Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-R4-WH

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Model
FD-CA-DEF-R4-WH

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Arctic White
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / ATX / ITX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 8 compatible with SSDs
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
2 x 2.5" SSD additional mounting positions on back of motherboard tray
Expansion Slots
7 + 1 Fractal accent white painted brackets

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O front panel ports

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
No
140mm Fans
2 x hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fans, 1000 RPM speed
Side Air duct
Yes

Physical Spec

Weight
27.1 lbs.

Features

Features
Pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing material

ModuVent System offers optimal silence and performance capabilities

2 HDD cages - 5 bay and 3 bay - 3.5" HDD/ 2.5" SSD (8 in total)

Top HDD cage (5 HDD) can be rotated 90 degrees or removed for additional airflow

2 SSDs can be installed on the back of the motherboard plate

A wider case body allows for much improved cable routing capability behind the motherboard, now 26 mm (8mm wider)

Fan controller is integrated in the front panel and supports up to 3 fans

2 Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans with longer life time included

Top fan positions now allow slim 240/280mm radiators to be mounted

Select slim radiators can be mounted in front fan holder (requires the bottom HDD cage to change position)

Tool-less front fan holder makes switching front fans easier

Front fan filter is now easily removed and is washable

The bottom air filter is now extended to cover the bottom fan position as well as the PSU air intake

Bottom HDD cage is fitted with screws instead of rivets and can be easily removed

Rubber grommets are improved to ensure better fit and retention

Thicker steel improves case structural rigidity

Convenient top I/O panel for easy access

Advanced Cable Management System

Supports graphics card lengths up to 290mm with top drive cage installed

Supports graphics card lengths up to 470mm with top drive cage removed

Sleek black interior with Fractal white and black accent colors

7 fan slots: 1 x 140mm and 1 x 120/140mm -front, 1 x 140mm - side panel, 1 x 140mm - rear, 1 x 120/140mm - bottom, 2 x 120/140mm top - positions also support 240/280mm radiators

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-R4-WH

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  • Louis K.
  • 4/16/2014 10:46:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent case with a minor fallback

Pros: - Wide selection of large case fan placements. (top, bottom, front, back)
- Spacious (duh) and very sturdy.
- Simple Cable Management. Even without a manual, any sound non-technical can see where and how to manage your cable in a tidy fashion.
- Extensive configurable options.
- Extremely quiet. It may not be complete sound-proof, but you can definitely "hear" the difference between FDD R4 and other average cases

Cons: - One of the heaviest case I owned thus far, not really a con for some users.

- Useless and unhelpful manual. For first time builders, they may struggle figuring out all lines and components.

- Top case fan protector have been ripped off on each corner and scratched when it arrived. Uhh... okay.

- Then I found out whoever was manufacturing my case at the time somehow managed to glue-gun case's front HD sound line with power lines (+ and -). After 20 minutes of "surgical operation" I salvaged power lines, but front HD audio remains unusable. Fantastic.

- You may want to buy this somewhere else where you can easily exchange it if you find a fault. Do you want to go through return / exchange process for few days with something this large and heavy? (Oh and you have to reassemble everything) Most likely not.

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  • Andrea G.
  • 4/9/2014 2:38:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice and Clean

Pros: Lots of room in the case, cabling was easy. I like that the drive bays face the side of case because I am always in my computer hooking up a drive.

Cons: Case was wider than I expected. Still a great buy!

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  • Adam R.
  • 3/8/2014 5:38:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good, but not great

Pros: Insulated interrior. Very spacious, much more room than I had expected. Overall a very clean design aesthetic. Clean paint job. Quiet. Good design quality, but not great.

Cons: The red light from the power indicator 'bleeds' through the front of the case. From an aesthetic point of view, this makes the product look cheaper.
The door on the front of the case is plastic, and it is bowed outward, so it does not sit flush when it is closed.
I like detailed instruction manuals. This doesn't have one. I had no problem installing my first build ever, but it would have been nice to not have to search other customer's YouTube videos on how to install the components in the particular case.
Hardly a con, but there is no case speaker. I know this costs a few bucks, but then why is one not included? Again, I had no problem with my first build, but if the speaker was needed for troubleshooting, then I'd be out of luck.

Other Thoughts: A citation from the product manual: Brands like Georg Jensen, Bang Olufsen, Skagen Watches and Ikea are just a few that represent this Scandinavian style and efficiency.

I was hoping for a case with the design quality approaching a Mac Pro (in spirit, not appearance), and didn't even set my expectations as high as the other Scandanavian brands manual references above.

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  • Ann P.
  • 3/6/2014 6:38:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCode name: Silent Killer

Pros: Case is super silent, sturdy, overall very high quality and perfect for a high end build.

Cons: It is a fairly heavy case about 30 lbs before any components mounted, be aware of that.

Doesn't come with sticker saying "Beware: Silent Killer"

Other Thoughts: I live in an extremely dusty climate the dust filters are awesome and I only have minimal build up of dust in comparison to what I used to get in my old case which also had filters. The two filters themselves are easy to take off and clean.

Case came with one front and one back fan. At minimum, I would recommend to buy one additional 140mm case fan to go in the front panel intake and a 120mm fan (Consider your PSU size/length as you might be able to do a 140mm) for the bottom. Side panel/upper panel fans would be your personal preference.

Box doesn't say this; however, it is possible with some minor tweaks to get an eATX inside this thing (recommend looking at videos before doing). Lots of room for everything you'd want to put in it. The two hidden SSD mounts behind the mobo are great. Look at some un-boxing/builds of any of the Define R-4 cases and you'll see all you need to buy this case.

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  • Tavonna B.
  • 2/22/2014 6:37:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWhite is Right

Pros: Amazing build quality. Sound proofing foam everywhere. Thick and sturdy construction. Extra room behind the motherboard for cables AND (woah?) the stealth SSD mount. Elegant understated design and simply pleasing aesthetic. Nice front panel headers with long enough cable for my build. Included fans are great quality with braided cables and virtually silent operation. Can't think of a better home for all my top end gamer hardware!

Cons: The side panel rigidity, foam, and tank like toughness come at a weight penalty. A minor concern for me since modern internet speeds reduce the amount of LAN parties I'd have to lug this thing to.

Other Thoughts: I wanted something different in my case this time around. Think of the most flamboyant Alienware or iBuypower "gamer" cases with lasers that zap, edges that deflect radar beams and robot arms the come out and punch your eyeballs every time you look at your case. This case would fit into the professional graphic designers office or the gamercave with muted grace and refined simplicity. Every inch of this case seems to have been touched in some way by the design team @ Fractal. It offers all the features that a modern case needs and some I never knew I'd love...until now. Hurry up and buy.

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  • Lonnie F.
  • 2/11/2014 6:55:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfection

Pros: I've always been a budget case guy and I've always gone with a plain black case. In point, my last case was the Rosewill Challenger which I purchased for $29.99.

This time I wanted to get a white case to be different but couldn't pull the trigger on any of the NZXT white cases. Several people I know who have one and some of the reviews for the NZXT white cases I've read have complaints about the paint chipping off real easy.

So at the time, this was on sale for $79.99 and decided what the heck...a little more than what I would like to spend but it was the cheapest white case I could find not made by NZXT.

So far, it's been the best case I've had. The built in filters, GREAT! The extra inch or so on the width of the case, GREAT! Seven positions for fans, GREAT! USB 3.0, GREAT!

Cons: It's already heavy with no components in it and can get really heavy with everything in it. But I don't workout much and I don't plan on using this case for weights ;)

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  • Keith W.
  • 1/22/2014 8:07:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The case is sleek, light, and just sexy. The cable management is tight, but mindful of many poss. configurations.

Cons: NONE!

Other Thoughts: Best case I have ever had.

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  • Anthony M.
  • 1/13/2014 11:55:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: This case looks great both inside and out and it is super quiet.
The design and attention to detail are second to none, I highly recommend this case to anyone looking for a high quality case for their next build / upgrade.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Plenty of room for radiators, fans, drives and large video cards.
This case looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside.

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  • Ben T.
  • 11/12/2013 7:52:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice!!!

Pros: AWESOME!!! I love the room it has. Cleaning case is as easy as removing dust screens. Idles at 42c with an i3 530 with stock fan. Love the fact it has noise reduction, can hardly hear it in living room. Cable management is easy. Using 6 hdds in it, can have 8!

Cons: None that I know of

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  • Samuel H.
  • 10/29/2013 11:35:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Quite Case

Pros: - Quiet. I "upgraded" from a Thor V2, which sounded something like a jet engine on full blast. This case is nearly dead silent.
-Good space for cable management
-Rear MB backplane mounts for 2 SSDs
-Removable HDD rack (if you only use 3 drives this increases airflow)
-Filters over all air intakes
-Sleek look

Overall I'd say this is a very nice case. Some components are made of plastic, but it still has a solid quality build feel. The sound insulation works very well, and I can barely hear the machine running even when fans are at full. Thermal values seem decent, but I am planning on putting in a few extra fans just to be safe.

Cons: -The Smell. The insulation has this weird new car/old fish smell to it and it is taking time to work itself out. Currently my room smells awful. Hopefully this goes away soon.

That is the only issue I have with the case so far, not enough to deduct an egg.

Other Thoughts: Its a bit large for a mid tower case, but not unreasonably so. It offers a lot of the features of a full case in a smaller package, primarily by cutting down CD drive slots to 2. I'm definitely satisfied. Note that the accent LEDs on the case are red. I expected blue so it was a bit of a surprise.

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