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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 (labor): 1 year


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  • FREDERIC J.
  • 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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  • Aaron R.
  • 10/10/2014 9:34:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: -thick and sturdy side panels
-all black painted interior
-spacious room for cable management with plenty of tie down places
-back mounted SSD points
-concealment of 5" externals to match case exterior
-power button located atop the case instead of behind the front door!
-fan filters on the intakes
-thumbscrew adapter for screwing in the standoffs

Cons: -bottom fan filter is a pain to slide back in unless you hold the case up or flip it on side
-HHD cage is not truly rotatable or removable, only the top portion is
-top mounted radiator only will not fit in front
-rubber feet for PSU prevented upside mounting as they lined up to be inside the fan opening hitting the PSU fan blades
-no case speaker
-no led for power/reset and HHD you must pick one or the other

Other Thoughts: Overall the build quality of the case is superb. You can tell by how much this thing weighs, very solid and sturdy.

The HHD rack not being truly rotatable will make things difficult for those who are mounting RAID setups inside like I did as you'll now have to deal with routing cables around the cage unless you leave empty trays to route them underneath.

On the plus side cable routing is fantastic on this case. I had plenty of room to route my sleeved 24pin mb cable over a back mounted SSD nonetheless. Plus you get all this cable room with a flat side panel not the ugly punched out/bulged ones most cases have for cable room.

The window is tinted very dark so you can see your lighting but you can't see any branding on your cards or board unless you flood the case with light. So if you want to show off your high end components with subtle non-gaudy lighting you'll be out of luck.

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  • Michael L.
  • 10/7/2014 7:58:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • 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: -Solid and easy to assemble
-Modest LED lights for power button only
-Stock fans(2) are very quiet
-Good airflow even with just 2 fans, havent seen a reason to get more yet
-Pretty good job insulating sound
-Back area can fit my massive pile of power cables (curse you non-modular PSU)

Cons: -I have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, I can definitely hear it still

Other Thoughts: Worth the small premium over other cases to me

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  • Han L.
  • 10/4/2014 11:01:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssleek and silent, as name implies

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

Pros: -very spacious
-sound dampening material on panels along with rubber grommets for fans & PSU make the case very silent
-water cooling option for top of the case (as well as the front have, but to remove both hdd cages)
-ssd mount behind the mobo (have to remove mobo to add/remove/replace the ssd)
-airflow is more than satisfactory (comes with 2 silent 140mm fans, supports up to 6 140mm fans)
-cable management is VERY impressive for a clean build

Cons: -heavy (30 lb without any components)
-rather pricy

Other Thoughts: this case is desirable for any kind of pc build, whether it be for gaming, video editing, htpc, daily use, etc.. due to the case being very spacious inside. all while keeping cool and silent

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/30/2014 5:06:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: Extremely solid construction
Good sound-proofing
Feature-rich
Large cable management room
All black exterior and interior
White LED instead of blue on the non-Blackout version
Front hinged panel gives a clean look and hides all unsightly meshes, fans, and optical drives.
Reset button not easily pressed
Rubber Grommets everywhere
Nicely designed acrylic window

Cons: No fan filter on top fan mounts
Power LED extremely bright
No PSU shroud
Bottom fan filter difficult to insert
Front panel ports a bit tight
Acrylic side panel Is a dust magnet
Fan controller only supports 3 fans

Other Thoughts: At $70, this case is a no-brainer.

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  • Peter R.
  • 9/27/2014 7:27:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst Fractal Design, Won't Be the Last

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

Pros: There are a lot of things that are great about this:

1) Wide: it is about 1.5 inches behind the motherboard tray, perfect for cable management.
2) Beautiful: The solid black all the way around inside and out, with the exception of the front brushed aluminium.
3) Easy to work with: there is more that enough room to have great cable management, full size discreet cards, more that enough hard drive space to work with for NAS if you wanted.The grommets for wires is good, there is plenty of hardpoints to have the cables ziptied in place on the back of the motherboard tray.
4) Air filters: there are only two, bottom and front, but they work. After a week there was a ton of dust on mine after a month.
5) Extras: there is a great amount of screws, you'll never have to worry about not having enough screws.
6) Steel: A nice steel case. Strong durable and heavy. Made very well.
7) Fans: The fans are perfect. They keep a low temp overall, I will be investing in more of these. There is room for two more 140mm up top and one on the bottom. You can easily mount a nice size radiator on the top and a smaller size on the bottom instead.
8) Quiet: There is almost no sound coming from the fans. There is sound absorbing foam on the front door panel, and on the window side panel. I have my fans running full speed and all I hear is air moving, not the fans blowing. I would only assume that if I were to go full watercooling there would be no sound what so ever.

Cons: Not so many cons:

1) The window side panel is slightly bent, I know that the mass production stuff like this happens, its not noticeable when it is put on. There was some frustration putting the panel back on. -0.5 eggs
2) The front panel that opens to the dust filter the one press button does not lock into place so it looks slightly open. -0.5 eggs
3) The power light is extremely bright. It is blinding.
4) One of the Molex pins that power the fans was bent. I bent it back into place but it was frustrating.
5) As others have stated, to mount the SSDs you have to install them prior to the motherboard installation. I would recommend velcro to mount it after.

Other Thoughts: 1) I wish that the power button light could change color or even dim, dimming would be awesome!.
2) Smaller hard drive tray had the ability to mount higher up near the optical drive(s)
3) The PCI slot that is all by itself that sits verticlly (ModuVent) be perfect to have a blower exhaust fan for discreet cards that run a bit hot.
4) Wish there was a tad bit better quality assurance check on the front panel.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Pete,

We're sorry to hear that your side panel was damaged and that one of your front fan door latches are not working properly. In all of our products there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team.

If you have lost the piece of paper please submit a support ticket at our support site at: https://support.fractal-design.com. Our Technical Support Team will be able to get you a replacement side panel and fan door latches.

You can also call our toll free number at: 855-446-3722

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Harlan K.
  • 9/26/2014 9:25:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case! quick support

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

Pros: The installation was quick and painless. The case looks great, and is easily my quietest case yet.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: The only issue was my case is that the built in fan controller was not working quite right. It would work at 5v, but not 7 or 12. I emailed support and a replacement was shipped in under 24 hours. I'd normally consider it a con to not have it working out of the box, but its a minor thing and was handled very quickly!

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/24/2014 7:02:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • 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: lots of room in this case with plenty left over. I have an MSI 760 and a fairly large heatsink and I still have room to expand. the heatsink is a XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm with almost an inch to expand if I wanted a new one. the cord management is new to me and is a little bit of a hassle but the I now have a new case with perfect airflow. I'm also able to use smaller fans from my old case as this case has holes for both. it has a built in plug for extra fans which I didn't realize but was really nice to find. it has one big plug and I believe three 2 prong fan plugs that come off of it. I would definitely recommend to anyone needing a new case

Cons: new to cable management but I feel like it could be a little more room back there. also, the ssd's are attached to the backplate. so when you need to change them out you are going to need to remove the motherboard first. go ahead and upgrade those now...

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