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Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Fractal Define R4 w/Window Black Silent Pearl 10/09/2015

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

Pros: Clean lines and simple but classic exterior. I like the USB and connectivity on the top at the front (pretty common now with cases). I am not a window person but the price of $80 for the features was worth it. The steel case is painted well. The unit can be tool-free but I tighten with a screw driver to make things very snug.

The HDD cages are plentiful and easily reached and used. The case comes with all the screws and rubber grommets you should need. The fans are fine and it has a built-in H-M-L fan controller you can use. It does work.

Motherboard tray has numerous points to access to keep cabling very neat. My interior is near-empty of anything to allow good air flow.

Sound dampening foam is on the case at some points. Running an older i7 920 unit offers very little noise which is what I wanted.

Easily fits an older MSI 7970 TF GPU.

Cons: I bought this for $80 (Newegg special). I would not pay more than $100 for it unless you determine it has exactly what you want.

Other Thoughts: Tighter around MB than I expected. I am used to a Corsair 800D full tower so it took more effort to get clean cabling runs and set MB screws than I am used to (that and I transplanted a MB with CPU w/Noctua heat sink and fan intact).

Noctua NH-U14S 140x150x25 ( NF-A15 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It is a Noctua. My second one for gaming PC duties primarily. It is easy to install (the given instructions are easily followed if you need them). The unit is extremely quiet and I have had no issues with CPU temperatures. Note that I do not normally benchmark or overclock. I play games like Tomb Raider, Witcher 3.

Cons: Price. Not truly a con, but I would love to get this beast for $50-$60.

Other Thoughts: This tower heat sink and fan is large. Make sure your case is wide enough to fit its height. Oh, and I know the color scheme is their thing, but I would love to get a black/gray model for the look. For air-temperature control and low noise I am not sure what more you would want unless price is an issue.

Corsair Raptor M40 CH-9000041-NA Black 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 4000 dpi Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Appearance - black with red LED (I turned off the logo LED)
- Feel (some may not like the grit feel the thumb has, but I do. It is subtle and non-intrusive)
- Works (some may want higher DPI, but this is fine and I keep it on medium sensitivity - playing MMOs)
- Cost (was $50 with $15 rebate) reasonable
- Wired (tired of replacement batteries

Cons: - None of significance.

Other Thoughts: I do not give 5 eggs for anything unless the item amazes me. The mouse is what is advertised. I expected a decent product and got it. A good value for the price. It is simple and the software interface was easy to use


Brad H.'s Profile

Display Name: Brad H.

Date Joined: 07/03/04

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 12/10/12
  • Last Review: 10/09/15
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