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Fractal Design Define R4 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs This thing is a beefy silent tank. 03/03/2016

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: Plenty of room for after market coolers (I use the 212).
Excellent cable management options - first case I've owned where it doesn't look like a rats nest in there.
Lots of drive bays for 2.5 or 3.5 variants.
Two huge, quiet fans already installed in a push pull configuration - including cleanable filters that are easy to remove.
Discreet.

Cons: Slightly on the wide side, but you get more room inside which makes it worth it.
The 2.5 drive mounts under the mainboard seem like a bad idea, especially considering you have so drive bays already available. They come with removeable mounts in the R5 but still kind of a pointless design unless you are going to put a TON of drives in here.
Instructions are very much incomplete, youtube is your friend.

Other Thoughts: I hit the open exterior drive bay door the first night I built it, nothing broke, but it drew blood.

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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice clean board, well laid out. There was plenty of room for my after market cpu cooler (Cooler Master 212+). I could of easily had heat spreaders on my ram. Recognized my new SSD (Corsair Force 3 128gb) drive with no trouble. New system is stable and runs great.

I have my i5-2500k overclocked at 4.5 and haven't had any issues. I just raised the multipliers and left all the other settings to auto. You can do this from Windows with the included software.

Cons: Only two 3.0 USB ports, located on the back. No front headers for USB 3.0.

Heat sinks on the chipsets held with spring tension. You can literally pull them back off of the chipset by accident when handling the board. Doesn't appear to be a problem though, as the reseat on their own.

Other Thoughts: There is no need to utilize the SRT technology if you want to install your OS directly on the the SSD drive.

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G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Installed and recognized on my ASROCK Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard right away with no problems.

No heat spreaders to get in the way. There was plenty of room for my Cooler Master 212+ after market cooler.

Cons: None at this time.

Other Thoughts: I run a gaming rig and this memory works great. I wasn't trying to chase another 1 to 3 percent increase in performance with more expensive memory.

Great for non-gaming rigs as well.

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Randall B.'s Profile

Display Name: Randall B.

Date Joined: 06/06/04

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 03/14/07
  • Last Review: 03/03/16
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