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Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window Silent ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O front panel ports Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • john r.
  • 2/9/2016 5:58:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

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

Pros: Lots of options
Easy to configure

Cons: Single light - must choose between power and HDD access.

Other Thoughts: I love everything about this case. I'm not a gamer but I have a lot of internal hard drives and components that I access regularly. I wanted good ventilation with easy access to the drives and other internal components without the look of a gaming case. The case offers all of that and looks great in an office environment.

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  • Gregory B.
  • 1/13/2016 7:51:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

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

Pros: Well designed, well built. Filters on front and power supply intakes. Fans are quiet. Roomy.You can rotate which direction your hard drives mount. You can remove hard drive bays to make room for big video cards. My EVGA Nvidia 970 FTW didn't even get close to the hard drive bays. Cheap for what you get.

Cons: Instructions. The instructions are nothing but the warnings and compliance. I know, who needs instructions, but it would be nice to list the screws intended purpose since you get several varieties. It would also be nice to know instantly how the fan control works.

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  • Ernesto O.
  • 12/14/2015 5:14:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot as Good as it should be

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

Pros: I happen to be an engineer. So I know about construction of cases in computers. The case is silent, has very good acoustics, and that seems to be the main design reason for the case. It also has good space for cable management, and building a simple system with it is easy.

Cons: The problem I have with this case is that it forces the user to use the front of the case if you want to use a liquid cooler to keep the CPU from overheating. I overclock my CPUs, which means that liquid cooling is a must.
The Corsair H110i GTX has a size of 480 mm, and the space on the top of the case will not accommodate it.

Other Thoughts: All they needed to do was to increase the height of the case by 1.5 in. and it would have fit. It is a case that was engineered to force the user to use the front of the case, which means that you cannot use all the HDD cages, which have to be moved to make room for the radiator. I will not be buying any more Fractal Design R4 cases.

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  • Jacob B.
  • 12/9/2015 5:02:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsA Dream Come True

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

Pros: I've worked with over 50 cases building various levels of personal PCs. This is by far the best <$100 case I've ever worked with. Seriously, you will not find a higher quality case for this price point.

The other contenders like HAF series aren't nearly as high-quality as this case is (they're still good, just not AS good).

Cons: It doesn't come with a MB standoff screw-driver adapter. That's not really deserving of a con, but I couldn't think of anything else.

Other Thoughts: I bought this when it was $70. There's various "version", and they're pretty much the same. Would recommend to anyone looking to build even the most extreme PCs.

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  • Laura N.
  • 11/26/2015 1:35:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window

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

Pros: Beautiful, sleek design
Excellent cable management
Well ventilated
Perfect size
Tons of extra screws, cable ties, etc

Cons: None at this time

Other Thoughts: Purchased this for a new gaming rig I'm working on, was thoroughly impressed with this case, amazing airflow, beautiful inside and out, completely removable hdd bays, overall quality is great, and it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy. Completely happy with this case, so glad I chose this one.

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  • James A.
  • 11/18/2015 7:31:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

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

Pros: Its heavy duty, its pretty quiet, and has a good amount of space in it.

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: I have also owned a fractal micro tower that is very similar. Loved it....

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  • Brandon R.
  • 11/8/2015 11:52:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Case!

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

Pros: - Build Quality is outstanding
- Whisper Quiet
- Spacious
- Feature packed
- Sleek design

Cons: - None so far!

Other Thoughts: Last build was a Thor V2 Full tower - and I still love that case! Wanted something that wasn't so big and chose Fractal's R4. This is my new favorite pick from all cases I've used. Pictures don't do this case justice. It's sleek, roomy, very well built and has a everything I needed in a mid tower. Fits my Cryorig H7 Cooler with plenty of room, MSI GTX 980 with full HDD cage in place. VERY quiet, hard to tell it's on some times! Highly... HIGHLY recommend!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/29/2015 9:45:35 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExceeded my expectations

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

Pros: It has a very clean look from the outside. Mature, not flashy, but sleek. Excellent cable management over, under, and to the side of the motherboard. Plenty of tie down points for zip ties. The grommets where the cables go through are high quality. The case doesn't flex much when moved around...it's built like a bank vault.

There is a fan controller on the front of the case that gives you the option of controlling three fans. But you can buy a cable splitter to wire more than three if you like.

You can mount two fans on top as exhaust fans. The case comes with one fan fore and one aft with room to mount one additional fan in the front. The 3.5" hard drive cage can be removed completely, leaving only the 2.5" cage below so as to improve air flow. Rubber washers are included so that the user can insure all drives with moving parts won't make noise.

This is just well built, well engineered case from the ground up. You won't be disappointed.

Cons: No hard drive activity light.

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend this case to first timers or for experienced installers. I just wish I had access to a case like this 15 years ago.

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  • Gary O.
  • 9/10/2015 7:16:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate from previous comment

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

Pros: Quiet,functional,aesthetically pleasing,and clean.Easy cable management.

Cons: Like my review earlier,no instructions whatsoever.Had to figure things out on the fly.I stated that there was no HDD indicator cable.Well,there is no HDD indicator light.Duh.Like I said,I don't need it,so it's not a concern,Just wanted to clear any misconception that there should be one.My fault.

Other Thoughts: Like I said,it's a beautiful,functional case.Solidly built but to me,yet light.My previous case was a HAF 922 which was a beast.The case picks up finger prints quite easy,but a non issue.I took it apart to rearrange some cables,and it was clean inside.My temps are cool,and I barely hear fan noise.No case is going to be absolutely silent,not with water coolers,GPU,PSU and case fans running.But it's WAY better than my HAF.

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  • dean k.
  • 9/9/2015 6:19:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat box; but this one had issue

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

Pros: There are many fine features to this box. It's a minor premium and I really considered last year of buying the C70, but went with this. So this is the second R4 case I bought. Simple design, very quiet, easy access.

Cons: Unfortunately, this box has issues. Of all things, the four outside side panel screws are all cross threaded. An annoying issue that I have not seen other folks having problems with. My first box was very clean. This one has this issue and during a build, just how often are the sides coming off and on? Again and again. Beware this issue.

Other Thoughts: One egg off for this box, and the manufacturer for poor finish on the side panel screws and the cross threaded straight out of the box. With so little free time I started building in to it, hoping they might clean up with more use. Not so much.

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