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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 (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael K.
  • 6/21/2015 7:05:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: • It fits a 240mm radiator
• substantial and sturdy construction
• well-thought out design
• understated aesthetics
• 2xUSB 3.0 and 2xUSB2.0 on the front
• dust grilles that are removable for cleaning
• open under the processor for easy cooler mounting
• many high-quality grommets for cable management
• well packaged/labeled fasteners
• built-in fan controller
• it's quiet
• 8 3.5"/2.5" drive bays
• 5 of which are removable for easier access
• nice front panel door
• it came with 2 140mm fans
• user-installed motherboard standoffs
• Well-designed drive trays with rubber standoffs for mount points

Cons: • While a 240mm radiator will fit in the top of the case, both of the standard 120mm fans that came with it won’t fit
• More room behind the 3.5” bays would have been nice
• Using the built-in controller for the fans would mean needing to use an older Molex power connector

Other Thoughts: I'm in love with this case. It's heavy at around 27 lbs., but that’s fine in my book; in fact I like it. I bought this to fit my build into since the Antec GX500 that I originally purchased wouldn’t fit my cooler, a Corsair H110i. My only gripe with this case is that because of the amount of height above the motherboard, I can only mount one fan to the (admittedly large) radiator for my CPU cooler. I mentioned more room behind the 3.5” bays because I have an older 5.25” SATA bay for hot-swapping hard drives. It’s very useful for transferring data from hard drives before reinstalling Windows for friends or family but since it’s quite a bit longer than a CD/DVD/BD drive, I don’t have enough clearance for the hoses going to/from the radiator/water pump. It’s a minor gripe, I’m not lowering my rating, but it would have been nice. I spent a solid 3 hours setting it all up and installing everything—about 45 minutes of that was pulling the plastic “thermal armor” off of my ASUS motherboard and getting everything configured so that it would fit—and it was straightforward. The grommets for running cables behind the main components are a stroke of genius. And the drive bays are great: five are totally removable, and they all have little rubber standoffs to eliminate vibration on the drives. It’s a small detail but that indicates that this is a very well-thought-out design. I would recommend this case to anyone who wants some flexibility in cooling, wants a lot of room for maybe some water cooling, or anyone who wants a very understated design for their case. This thing is fantastic.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/10/2015 10:12:05 AM
  • Tech Level: 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: This is a big beautiful case without any silly windows. As far as computers are concerned, I'm much more concerned with what's happening on screen than inside the case. Not all would agree, but I bought this case because it is a big beautiful black case without any cheesy plexiglass windows for me too peer inside at silly LEDs. My video card is there to present images on my monitor, not flash Christmas color LEDs in my face while I'm trying to play a game or something.

Case comes preinstalled with 2 140MM fans, one in the back and one in the front. I installed 2 more of the same type that ship with the case and it's still dead quiet and as cool as can be reasonably expected.

Cons: Couldn't fit a Corsair H105 liquid cooler with my Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK mother board. This was my mistake though, Fractal does recommend liquid coolers that fit this case and the H105 was not one of them.

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  • Jacob H.
  • 4/28/2015 5:39:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressive

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

Pros: This is impressive, not only in its looks but also its size weight and absolute silence. This is by far the heaviest case I've owned, but its not made to be portable so it's a pro especially because it makes it very sturdy. This is absolutely silent, the refrigerator in the other room drowns out the noise this case makes when the front fans are at 7volts. only sound is from my stock cpu cooler (which is barely a whisper) and that can be easily fixed with an after market cooler. Even the clicking of the HDD is not audible. The two fans in the front @ 7v are more than capable of keeping the server cool. Front door magnets give this case a premium feel, sadly I'm rarely going to touch it since it's a remotely managed server.

Cons: Front door feels like it would be easily scratched, but has yet to sustain damage even after moving.

Other Thoughts: Amazing case, perfect for a silence freak (or someone needing a quiet 24/7 server) highly recommend

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  • Rocky H.
  • 4/26/2015 8:05:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

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

Pros: cable management is great it was my first build nice and quiet and a clean build plenty of room for upgrades/drives with modular cage and all intake fans are filtered

Cons: for my first build i thought a mid tower case would be smaller this is a big case be sure to check the specs for size(i didnt) it just about didnt fit where i was putting it

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  • Jesse F.
  • 4/20/2015 6:25:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: Plenty of open space, looks nice, stays quiet, cool and clean.

Cons: No cup holders

Other Thoughts: Got it for $69.99 on sale.

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  • Kevin A.
  • 3/29/2015 2:04:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest case I ever owned ( and I've owned a few)

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

Pros: So much room, all my wires are routed behind the motherboard, Removable hard drive cage, adjustable power to the case fans by the front switch, and most important quiet! Lots on insulation for sound proofing.

Cons: Would be better if the external USB and audio connections were not on top. I do like them there but they do need a cover to avoid filling with dust and junk overtime.
Biggest problem is bottom air filter, pulls out from the back????
I have to unhook all my wires to get at this, would of been better if it pulled towards the front of the case.

Other Thoughts: I was blown away by the size! It the dimensions were plainly stated, It just didn't look quite as big as it is.
I found a few problems but I love this case! Well built! I did order another Fractal fan for the front. This is a great case!

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  • Kevin T.
  • 3/22/2015 4:38:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNow My Favorite Case

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

Pros: Great price on a good looking and well built case with quality materials and a fantastic layout.

Cons: I wish they would have included a third 140mm Fractal fan (2nd spot up front) even if it cost a little more.

Other Thoughts: This case seemed a little heavy and bulky to me when I first got it and I wasn't feeling all that enthusiastic about it. After working with it and getting it all set up though, I could not be happier. The layout makes installation and cable management absolutely painless. The finish seems reasonably durable and the materials all feel like a good quality. I didn't think I would care about the blacked out interior, but it actually looks really nice. I ended up installing my own 140mm fan in the second bay at the front of the case, but wish they had included another one like the two that are included with the case. Their fans are surprisingly quiet despite pushing a lot of air. Both the fan I installed and the CPU fan I am using are sort of loud, but the case makes that a non-issue. Between the sound absorbing materials and the nicely sealed front door, this thing runs nearly silently without any effort on my part.

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  • Llarin B.
  • 3/18/2015 7:53:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill great - Edit to original post

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

Pros: Still a great case and I'm not docking an egg of for this. Just wanted to get this out there for those of you looking to buy this case.

Cons: The front panel of the Blackout edition scratches/scuffs VERY EASILY. Not even sure how mine got scratches on it, must have happened while I was moving it. If you're going to be moving this case around a lot you may want to look at some of the different Fractal cases.

I'm not docking an egg because all of the other features of this case outshine this one minor aesthetic issue.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2015 12:16:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case I've Ever Owned

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

Pros: - Flexible arrangements for Water Cooling setups & others
- Quiet
- Good Quality Overall
- Good Value
- Ease to access Fan Filters!!!!
- Cable Mgmt. is very simple

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Before this I was using a R3 and before that various Antecs. So, being a R3 owner I pretty much knew what I was getting when I bought this R4 and have been very pleased.

If Fractal made an R4 with better sound dampening material even with a mild price bump I would be an instant buyer lol.

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  • Corey C.
  • 3/13/2015 11:18:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDefine R$

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

Pros: HUGE, more than enough space to both a 240/280MM rad in the front and top( though i would recommend a thinner rad for the top), plenty of room for cable management as well slots for zip tie type Velcro strips, wonderful rubber garments for route cables, lager bottom for longer PSU's, includes 2 140mm fans already installed, 3 different volt fan controller preinstalled (12v,7v,5v) with 3 different fan heads on it, plenty of customization abilities, 4 USB on top of the case (2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2), easily cleaned filters, supports both 120/140mm fans. tool less hdd bays, pretty quiet case with all the fan at the 12v, almost dead silent with all the fans at 5v( question if my system was on at first).

Cons: Heavy, this case is almost 30lbs( 13.6Kg for everyone else :P), door open to the left sadly i would preferred to the right but this was fixed on the Refine R5 where it can be mounted either way.

Other Thoughts: All in all an excellent case for the price. Also a little side note the metal on top of the case has some flex to it, so be careful when mounting fans or rads.

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