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Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout 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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Richard L.
  • 2/24/2015 7:24:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case keeps my 4790k build less than 40 cel

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

Pros: Great Case super quite , keeps my build at gaming load 40 celsius 4.4ghz

Cons: No REAL convenient way to mount SSDs in the back of case/motherboard back side.

Other Thoughts: asus z97-e
ddr3 32gigs gskill 1600mhz ripjaws
I7 4790k devils Canyon
Evga 750 SC
Crucial 250gig mx100
Adata 250gig sp900
Fractal Design r4
Hyper Cooler 212 Evo
EVGA 750 SuperNova G2 Modualar

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  • Caleb G.
  • 2/21/2015 6:31:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic!

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

Pros: Plenty of room, and great customization options.

Cons: Rubber feet are just glued on so be careful when moving it on carpet.

Other Thoughts: Couldn't be happier

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  • Nathan G.
  • 2/20/2015 6:22:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it.

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

Pros: Great functional design. Hard to beat the price for the features and quality you get.

Cons: Go some rattle noise from the front fan filter assembly. Add some adhesive foam and took care of that.

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  • Michael B.
  • 2/13/2015 1:46:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLooks nice, decent build quality, but problems

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

Pros: - Quality construction and materials
- Nice modern design
- Price
- VERY quiet

Cons: - The front audio jack doesn't work. All I hear is static when I plug headphones in. I can connect it to the back i/o, so no sense in going through the trouble of a return. This is not a build or user error. I've been building for 10 years and double checked. Upon doing some research, this is a common problem with the case, look it up.

- The Power LED blinks, does not stay constantly lit like it should.

Other Thoughts: Other than those 2 problems, everything else is fine. I wish I spent the extra $ and went with a NZXT H440 or Phanteks Enthoo, but oh well.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

We're sorry to hear that the audio ports and the power LED on your Define R4 is not working properly. Included with all of our cases there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team. If you have lost that piece of paper you can contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

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

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm CT.

Please contact our Tech Support Team and they should be able to assist you in getting some replacement parts for your case.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Paul S.
  • 2/3/2015 7:38:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Nice

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

Pros: Was delivered fast with no damage. (important)
A very solid case that has plenty of room inside for any kind of rig you build. I like the tool less internal bays and all the places to run cables and cords for decent cable management. The fans are quiet, and the sound damping material really helps.

Cons: There are 2 cons for this case, one is minor, and one is annoying. The side panels are kind of a pain to get on and off, they do not seem to line up in the slots easily and the panels themselves are a bit weak and flex too much.
The other con, and just a personal thing, but wanted to include it, is that this case is HEAVY after all components are installed. I feel it is a tad bit overpriced, and would be just about perfect if not for the weak side panels that have a hard time lining up and sliding on easily.

Other Thoughts: This is the heaviest case I have worked with, but also one of the most solid, well built and best laid out case at the same time. I you build a PC with this case, I would expect or plan on not moving it around too much, it might throw your back out if you are not careful.
It's a trade off with this case...it is quiet, and solid and makes and easy and neat build inside, but heavy at the same time. So just be aware of this, otherwise enjoy it and use it together, use it in peace my brothers.

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  • Robert H.
  • 2/2/2015 8:58:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT CASE 1 complaint

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

Pros: QUIET!!! I heard a mouse fart over the total of 6 Noctua fans (2 149mm Intake, 2 on CLC, 140mm side, and one 120mm bottom)

Lots of room to build, and I love the fact that I could remove the hard drive bays. I mounted my SSD on the back of the motherboard tray (AWESOME!!!)

Fan filers built in, and I couldn't be happier. Temps on CPU are below 20C at idle.

Cons: The only MINOR cons I can think of is that the power supply blocks the 140mm mounting holes on the bottom of the case, so I had to put a 120mm fan on bottom.

Also, one of the rubber grommets was loose, and kept coming out every time I put a cable through it, so I just took it out. Not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely buy again...I freakin' LOVE this case :)

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  • William R.
  • 1/29/2015 11:31:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case I Have Ever Owned.

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

Pros: Absolutely amazing case. I am running 2 hard drives, 1 SSD, a GTX 780 and 8 Corsair 120mm fans in the case and it is still barely audible when I have the fans at their highest RPM. It is definitely a high quality case, and I am more than happy with my purchase. Has dust screen that makes it easy to clean. Easy to assemble and dissemble when you need to clean or install new components, and it has rubber grommets that make it easier to work in the case and help air flow by maintain good cable management. Very ergonomic design with the computer enthusiast in mind, and an emphasis on quality, reliability and silence. Bravo Fractal for making such a wonderful case.

Cons: I haven't had any issues that would warrant criticism.

Other Thoughts: The best case I have ever owned. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a quality case with silence and performance in mind.

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  • Adam B.
  • 1/14/2015 9:27:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Case

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

Pros: Solid, quiet, well-designed case with lots of little features that help build a proper PC. Built an x99 with a 5820k and an GTX 970, everything fits pretty well. Plenty of extra screws included for everything from HDDs to case fans. Included case fans aren't too shabby but also easy to pull them out for Noctua's if you need to.

Cons: Only issue was mounting an SSD to the back of the motherboard tray seemed to require a power connector that was designed for opposite direction (PS is XFX 750 Gold). Not a big deal and probably more an issue with the PS connectors than the motherboard.

Also of note, make sure that if you have a long video card to plan out your case management accordingly because my GTX 970 gets pretty close to the upper drive cage (which in a helpful feature, is removable).

Other Thoughts: Absolutely recommend this case for anyone looking for a helpful case design that's extremely quiet with many helpful features.

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  • Nathan W.
  • 1/12/2015 7:37:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSooo quiet

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

Pros: Very quiet. I have been a real stingy guys when it comes to cases, often re-using old computer cases (Older HP workstation cases are made of real steel).

The steel on this case is much softer than that of the odschool steel cases, and this is a factor in it's silence. The case is very heavy, bu the damping materials are awesome, and the included fans don't feel/sound like freebie toss-ins.

I have not utilized the USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case (not having a supported mobo).

Cons: None that I have been able to find so far, cable routing is decent, drive trays are of good quality design as well. I really can't think of much bad to say here guys.

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  • Mark H.
  • 12/10/2014 7:50:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid and well-built case, but silent?

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

Pros: This is a computer case of serioulsy high quality. Solid material, no sharp corners to cut your fingers, many options (hooks for organizing cables, cutout for top-mounted radiator etc). The case came with ample mounting material (screws, cable ties, ...). Can be easily disassembled and reassembled.

This case is HUGE. It is about one inch wider than most mid-towers and thus allows for oversize CPU coolers. Plenty of space for water tubing, for example. Moreover, this case looks GREAT. It just exudes an air of quality.

Most of the cabling can be routed behind the motherboard tray, and the resulting build is very clean, allowing easy access to the main board components without cables getting in the way.

The case comes with several extras, which make it very attractive:

* Dust filters for PSU and front fans (don't forget to clean them regularly!)
* Voltage regulator module for two fans, which allows fairly quiet fan operation
* Comes with two 140mm fans that run fairly quiet
* Removable HDD cage for 2.5" SSDs. i didn't count them, but at least 5 or 6 HHDs would fit.
* Thick foam cladding that supposedly abosrbs sound

Cons: I purchased the solid black case, no windows. Therefore, I have an all-round layer of the sound-absorber coating. Yet it does not appear to absorb a whole lot. I use a SSD, so maybe some HDD whine would ge attenuated; in my case, I heard no difference between the open and closed case with the fans in normal operation. However, YMMV, and the absorbing material might do its job with a turbo CPU fan and dual GPUs with madly spinning fans.

Silent? Not for me.

Other Thoughts: I am hesitant to take one egg off for the apparent lack of sound attenuation. However, I'd expect to hear at least *some* effect when the case is fully closed. Perhaps the sound-absorbing foam is not the right material. No doubt, this is a great case, and this is my only gripe.

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