- Steel ATX Mid Tower
- 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O front panel ports Front Ports
- Side Air duct
- 2 x External 5.25" Drive Bays
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Very happy. 01/08/2014
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Arctic White Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Where do I begin? There are many things to list about this case that make it so great, so bare with me.
Exterior - First off, the look of it. Compared to a lot of other cases out there, it looks kind of plain. That, however, is not a bad thing. If that's what you're looking for in a case that is. The white really looks nice compared to the black full tower that it is replacing. Arctic white is really making a come back in the custom PC world. I've noticed that lately. Arctic white has it's pros all by itself. It doesn't show dust or finger prints as much as a darker colored case. So that's always a plus. The front bezel is nice and shiny, as is the paint job on the entire case. Including the interior. The door feels nice and solid, even for being plastic. It opens easily and the magnets help it close really tight. The side vents on the bezel do a perfect job of directing air to the two front 140mm fans. Nice inputs, buttons, and jacks on the top feel like they are quality built (no wiggling). The side panel window is very easy to scratch, but still doesn't feel too cheap. Also shows my build components and time I put into making it look nice. Overall feel is not too heavy, until you get all of your components inside. The fan controller is a nice addition to top off this wonderful case. Sporting 12-7-5v as high, medium, and low
Interior - Wow is this thing roomy for a mid tower. And if you remove the top drive cage, there is an astonishing amount of room for airflow. The drive cages can be reconfigured in a whole bunch of different ways, or removed entirely. Plenty of spaces for 120/140mm fans. Or even a 240mm radiator if desired (youtube it to see). All together 6 places for fans. The included fans are nice and quiet, but still move a lot of air. 2 fan filters are included and are of good quality. The whole fan housing actually comes out of the front for cleaning if need be. The sound dampening foam works really well at keeping your system running quietly. Also makes the case more rigid. The SSD mounts free up a lot of space on the HDD rack. Making it possible to run five HDDs without the top HDD rack installed, improving airflow. Finally, the rubber grommets are excellent for cable management. They are placed perfectly, at least for my build. Really makes the end product of your build look nice.
At first when I got this out of the box, it felt cheap. Flimsy I mean. I was thinking, "Wow, did I really just spend all of this money for a case comparable to something I could have gotten for way cheaper?". That all went away after I finished installing everything. It all comes together and feels solid now that everything is in there and all of the screws are tightened.
Only two 5.25" bays may be a downer for some people. I would have liked at least one more, since I have my BluRay burner in the first one, and a hot swap bay in the other.
The front bezel feels solid itself, but the hinges kind of worry me. I feel like I have to be very careful when opening and closing it, so as not to break any of them.
Lastly, the room for routing cables behind the side panel can be misleading. It looks like you have tons of room with the panel off. Then when you go to install the panel, it won't fit on because of the foam hitting on wires in the back. You really have to tie down everything flush to the MB tray in order to get the panel back on without marking up the foam. No big deal though. I learn by trial and error.
I bought this to replace a TT Chaser MK-I full tower. That thing was just too huge to be in my living room next to the entertainment center. I saw the Black Pearl version of this and was in love with it. Until I came across this beautiful arctic white one on a youtube video and instantly had to have it. Now that it's all setup and sitting next to my TV and audio system, it just looks great! Matches my HiVi Swan M10 2.1 speaker system perfectly. The overall build didn't take me very long at all. Although I couldn't find any reference to what screws went to what components. This isn't my first build (build # 104 for me), so I just figured it out after some inspection of the included hardware. Then after I got done, I noticed that it is shown on the bottom of the box with all of the included hardware (drrrrr! brainfart). Using the SSD mounts behind the MB tray, I was able to remove the top drive cage and still have my four drives installed. This improved the overall airflow to my video card. It's very nice to have the option to reorient the drive cages in so many ways. The dust filters seem to catch most of the dust being drawn in by the fans. This is a huge plus in my situation. Dust seems to be a big problem in my house. It will make you vacuum more often, making your spouse happy. I added two more white led fans just for looks and more airflow. From what I hear this company is very into customer satisfaction. I've read and heard tons of reviews stating that their customer service is top notch. Also a plus since this is the first Fractal Design product I have ever bought. I think they can look forward to me being a loyal customer for a long time now. Here's what went into this build for reference.
Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 socket AM3+ MB
AMD Phenom II x4 960t BE - 6 cores unlocked OCd to 3.7 GHz
16 GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600
MSI GTX 670 Power Editon OC
120 GB Samsung 840 Evo SSD
320 GB WD Intellipower HDD
2x 300 GB WD Velociraptor 10000 RPM HDDs
Corsair Hydro H80i AIO liquid cooler
ASUS Bluray burner
Raidmax 700 watt continuous modular hybrid PS
2x 140mm Corsair white led case fans - up top
Corsair Vengence K70 mechanical keyboard (cherry MX blue)
Corsair Vengence M65 arctic white laser gaming mouse
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