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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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  • Mark B.
  • 12/18/2014 4:38:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent for the money

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

Pros: Spacious, The fact that the middle hard drive bays can be removed for more room for some of the larger graphics cards is a huge bonus. Great arrangement for cable management.
Mostly sturdy.

Cons: The front face of the tower unsnaps pretty easily. This is a con because it can make moving the tower kind of hairy.

Other Thoughts: Perfect tower if it wasn't for the front face issues.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/6/2014 8:34:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI am in love with this case

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

Pros: Quiet. It is really quite quiet. The case is incredibly sturdy, and has nice cable management features for keeping the air flowing and the build looking nice. I thought the sound insulation material was probably a gimmick, but worth a shot. It's great. That and the 140 mm fans that come with it make this system very quiet. Nice and modular- lots of options for just about whatever configuration you want. Nice screens for filtration, lots of options for fan configurations (all the fan mount points come with holes for either 120 mm or 140 mm fans).

Bottom line: Absolutely fantastic case, especially for your first real build (as was the case with me).

Cons: No real drawbacks to this case, especially if you snag it on sale. My only very minor gripe is that there is not a lot of space between the top of the case and the top of an ATX mobo, especially if you want to do a top mounted push/pull liquid cooler. I was able to top mount a Corsair H90 with a single fan. I ended up placing the H90 in a push/pull with the rear exhaust fan and it works nicely. I have seen some folks online configure a 280 mm liquid cooler using the front fan mounts, which is another possibility, but requires a bit of modification.

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  • Richard F.
  • 12/2/2014 5:58:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice case with some caveats

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

Pros: Bought this for my media center setup. I need lots of storage and wanted something with plenty of expansion and quiet. First, it's BIG. The case itself is gorgeous and quiet. Lots of room for drives using slide in brackets, I don't think there's a CPU cooler that won't fit in here. It has nice cable management features, can take plenty of fans and has built in screen filters.

Cons: Instructions are severely lacking. There are connectors for fans that have ZERO instructions on how to connect them and what to connect them to. No info on how to remove the front cover to add a fan or clean the filter. I even went to their website but nada. If you are going to sell a case this expensive, at least take 5 minutes to clue people in. I figured it out but some people might not be able to. Also there are only two external drive bays. This might be ok in many cases but falls short for me. The top USB ports are not protected at all. Over time I can see these being dust bins. The front cover opens to the left. 90% of the people I know, keep their CPU on the right of them. This makes getting to the external drives a bit of a pain.

Other Thoughts: Even with the caveats, I'd still want this case. It does a good job keeping things quiet and has lots of drive holders. The lack of instructions is the biggest offender which caused me to drop an egg.

Design R4 Windowed Case
Gigabyte 990FXA
AMD FX8320 clocked to 4.2ghz
16gbs Ballistix
GTX 750 Ti
Thermaltake TR2-500 psu
Intel 480gb SSD
3 x 4tb SATA drives

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  • Aaron M.
  • 11/24/2014 5:13:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Case for Beginner or Pro Builders

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

Pros: I have to say that I am very impressed - very well worth the money. I bought the one with the side window. The case is not dead silent, but it helps mute out a lot of the noise as possible - will probably be even more quiet when I upgrade my graphics card to a more quiet, efficient one. Remember - getting a silent case is half the battle, buying quiet parts will ensure that the build will be quiet as possible. I am downsizing from a 2007 Coolermaster Cosmos S (aka wind tunnel) and I can say that I am more than satisfied with what Fractal Designs has to offer. It is very stylish, sleek and minimalistic. Not for people who want flashy gimmicky LED- alien-esque builds, but more for people building efficient workstations or gaming rigs who still want to make a great impression on anyone looking at it. Trust me, a case says a lot about the person who owns their computer. Clothes make the man, well in a way so does a computer case. Despite the stylistic choice, I found that it did not lack on cable management options and that it was quite easy to install my essential components. The hard drive cages are great, they swivel to your preference and makes the cable management look even better and more tidy if you install your HDD's in the default position. I have 4 hard drives, 3 of them are mechanical 500TB's and they barely make any sounds other than slight clicking noises. Another great part about this case is that since I lack a modular PSU (meaning I have one with a billion cables that I don't use) I found that there was plenty of space behind the motherboard to tuck those extra candles away without the side panel bowing, which was a tremendous problem in my previous cooler master case. All of the panels in this case of noise dampening foam in them, and not the cheap kind either. Overall, 5 stars on a brilliant, hassle free case. It is a modder's dream.

Cons: The power LED light on the top of the case is a bit on the bright side, as noted by other reviewers.
Be VERY careful when listing this case. Your first instinct is to put your right hand underneath the front area of thecae (where the door is) and put your other hand in the back. Do not life the case this way, as you may disassemble the front panel completely by accident. Luckily the cables that connect the front I/O connecters to the rest of the case can be re-connectable if this happens, preventing those wires from snapping or completely breaking in two. Just be very careful when lifting, I would recommend tilting the case on its side and then lifting it from its sides instead. The acrylic side panel window has a tendency to accumulate dust as it is rather static-y. The window is also very dark which makes it kind of hard to see into the case, which can kinda suck if you were like me and outgrew LED parts. I can barely see anything inside the case. Other than that, no real cons as of yet

Other Thoughts: Just buy it, you will have no regrets

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  • Andres P.
  • 11/19/2014 9:19:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsElegant design, well made product

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

Pros: Plenty of room to add all kinds of hardware. Love the black colored theme and it really blocks interior sounds.

It has a switch on front panel to control te front and back fan speed. I would say it is the Mercedes Benz of computer cases.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Simon P.
  • 11/13/2014 6:23:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAfter moding it's perfect for decent water cooling

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

Pros: Same as previous message.. But I have to make a correction to my previous evaluation (not the note though):
- IF ONE MODS the top mounting holes, 240mm and 280mm radiators will fit on the top panel from rear fan to HDD cage (I still had to remove the center cage for clearance though but it's not related to the radiator size);
- Modding the chassis ("moving" the top fan mounting holes 23mm towards the left side panel with a drill) allowed me to install the Swiftech H240-X CPU fluid cooler, a 280mm radiator.

Cons: 1) As previous message

2) They did not provide correct screws for the HDD mounting with rubber (head is not large enough and length should be slightly longer, mounting a HDD with the supplied screws tears open those rubbers)

3) My Motherboard's power delivery heatsinks blocks the possibility to mount any type of water cooling radiator on the top panel.

3) Modding the chassis so as to accommodate a radiator broke the clean looks. It should not happen since it's advertised for 240mm/280mm on the top, but the design doesn't allow it and instead obliges to mod the chassis (read "Others Thoughts", it's a design flaw from this chassis, not mobo related)

Other Thoughts: The design flaw - With this new model 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, the previous design of having the fan mounting holes geometric center axis aligned with the center of the top panel, cannot work anymore after adding width to that top panel, since that center has moved towards the right side (but not the motherboard), ending in insufficient clearance for any water cooling radiator - they would invariably bump onto the power heatsinks.

Conclusion - Excellent chassis IF you don't do decent water cooling and IF you don't use any bay expansion having buttons or such (-2 eggs, swappable HDD/SSD enclosures are frequent options). For anyone building a water cooled rig using 240mm/280mm radiators, if your mobo has power delivery heatsinks between the CPU and the border - which involves most of nowadays 4th/5th gen. motherboards out there -, either look for another case, either be prepared to MOD this chassis - which is what I did, and I'm "happy" now... Kind of...

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/10/2014 12:53:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy Second One

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

Pros: Plenty of room to work in. Great airflow. Premium accessories and build quality. Seemingly good attention to detail. Quiet.

Cons: negligible. The fan controller wiring to the front bezel can become disconnected if you are careless taking the bezel off. Can be a bit of a squeeze reconnecting but more of an inconvenience than a flaw.

Other Thoughts: I have owned the non windowed version of this case for over a year and I have no complaints. My previous case was an Antec 900 and this is a significant upgrade with modern amenities like rubber grommets, 240mm radiator mounts and HD mounts.I love the case so much I bought the windowed version as an "upgrade". LOL. The non windowed will go on to replace a fairly loud build with a 3TB x 6 Disk FreeNAS server that currently calls the old 900 home. The stock cooler is also being upgraded to cut down on the noise.

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  • Simon P.
  • 10/21/2014 4:56:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice chassis, top quality, but..

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

Pros: Well built, sturdy, quiet, nice monolithic design, every part you can accommodate (read cons) will fit well and strong.

Cons: -1 egg - Front panel. The I/O ports are assembled in the front panel not the case, thus it can't be completely removed, and wires are short. Which makes the front fan holding frame system awkward. The plastic panel covering the filter feels cheap and flimsy. I could have done without it, or a simpler design with robust material. The filter itself can be removed easily though, no cons there.

-1 egg - It's supposedly designed for "Silent" builds, but it can't accommodate a decent fluid cooling system, not even a decent CPU fluid cooling kit using more than a 120mm rad. i.e. 240 or 280mm rads won't fit without sacrificing the HDD cage (limiting the number of hard drives to 3, IF you have enough room nearby the PSU's rear and cables). More room at the top for the next model please.

Other Thoughts: A better config would have the fan mounts on the chassis frame, not the removable front panel, with the top IO ports separated from the removable panel (either in a separate molded part, either on the chassis frame), so that no wire limits freedom of movements - a personal taste I can concede - : without scarifying anything from the design, usability is key here.

Unfortunately, I'm thinking about exchanging this case for another, as it won't be able to help me achieve my personal goals. However it's an excellent chassis if you go "Air", a must-have, and I would definitely keep it and cherish it if it wasn't for a fluid cooling and quiet system.

...Maybe I'll just move the fluid-cooling silent project build to a Lian Li PC-A7010 Tower chassis with a huge side panel window of my 5 year old rig, and keep Fractal for the Office which will be ready in a couple of month. I would've liked a new chasssis for this, but I made a mistake, my bad I should've checked better. Because it's a great chassis, just not made for decent water cooling solutions apart from minimalistic (and as noisyer than active cooling) 120mm kits.

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  • Dorian J.
  • 10/14/2014 2:30:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome Tower

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

Pros: Very easy to work with. I was surprised with how much room there was to move things around with one exception. The bays are modular, allowing me to mount on the bottom and take out the mid bays for added air flow. Very quiet. Very impressed.

Cons: Not much room in the top for a mounted radiator. I wanted to do a push/pull system with a Liqtech 240 radiator and had to go with a push only. I even had to modify one of the fans slightly because there was not enough room by the 8pin plug on the MB.

Other Thoughts: As soon as I saw this tower I knew I had to base my new rig off of it. It looks like a beast on the website and even better in person. I am still amazed at how quiet it makes everything.

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  • Murray B.
  • 10/13/2014 5:01:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty With Brains

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

Pros: Extremely solid and well built case. And beautiful too. it sits on my desk like some alien monolith with its single bright white eye in the top center.

Cons: Silent? No way, Jose. Quiet, yes. Very quiet. The panels are heavy and take a bit of effort to reinstall. There are zero instructions included.

Other Thoughts: It was a toss up between the R4 and the NZXT H440. I wanted the later a bit more but the lack of adequate air flow worried me. When NewEgg put the Blackout w/window on a one day sale for 70 that made me ring the bell. I still can't get over how clean and solid this case looks. The front panel has a light grainy appearance. I do wish the window wasn't so dark though.

While no instruction manual is included the large box of screws is filled with numerous individual bags and pictures/numbers of each one and what they are for. The front cables are all labeled and tied together initially so it is just a matter of putting them in the appropriate plugs.

I currently have the top drive case removed and am using the space to stuff all my cables. It's a mess but no one can see it. I also flipped the front fan to the top so it aims directly at the CPU. Eventually I will probably get a third fan. I am running the fans at 7v, the center of the 3 positions offered. Fan noise in virtually silent; however, I can hear something from either the power supply or aftermarket CPU fan.

Overall I am extremely happy with this case.

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