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This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: - Sleek
- Quality Materials
- Great Features
Professional looking with great cooling performance. There are no sharp edges in this nicely painted and constructed case. Removing the fans and their respective filters is extremely easy. The magnetic door on the front is a nice touch as well. Running wires behind the motherboard tray (that can also hold 2 SSDs) is fuss-free and makes for a very clean looking and professional setup. Airflow will not be a problem with this case, even with the fans (using the nifty fan controller) on the middle setting. Overall the price, performance and aesthetics of this case are absolutely on point.
Cons: The feet on the bottom may not be tall enough to elevate the bottom fans off the floor enough to breathe properly if you place this case on a carpeted surface.Not a big deal in my case, however.
Other Thoughts: I bought this case after a decent amount of research. I was looking for a crisp, professional looking case that would keep my components cool while staying quiet. My last case (Raidmax Smilodon) had Green LEDs and many, many 80mm fans that annoyed some... visitors in my dorm room. It was cool when I was younger but as I prepare to join the work force and begin a life my own, I needed something more mature and fitting.
The amount of space behind the motherboard tray fit the tons of wires that remain unused by my non-modular power supply. I also managed to cram an SSD back there, which I found to be a pretty neat feature. Removing the middle Hard Drive case is recommended and also very easy to do for better cooling. The two fans that came with the case are extremely quiet on the 7V setting. For extra cooling I added a top exhaust fan and a bottom intake fan (140mm and 120mm cooler master fans, respectively). The case, while not silent, is very quiet and barely audible from more than a few feet away during the day. Cooling performance is great, lowering my idle temps by a few degrees Celsius when compared to my old case. I attribute this to fewer but larger fans and the absence of all the wires strung about, disturbing airflow.
The quality of materials is, for the most part, fantastic, minus the door and front plastic panels which feel a bit cheap. That being said, there are no sharp edges to be encountered in this case. Setup was easy and frustration free. The cable braiding is of extremely high quality and really impressed me.
Overall, I couldn't be happier. This purchase was a major upgrade over my last case and it's everything I wanted it to be. Cool, quiet, sleek and easy. What more could you want?
Pros: Great performance and an incredible price. Installation went smoothly, though it didn't go as fast as installing a stock AMD cooler. Very quiet and doesn't look bad at all. Idle temps are extremely cool, load temps are fantastic as well.
The instructions included are well written and illustrated to walk you through the otherwise painless installation. Even comes with a little packet of MX-4 Thermal Paste, which is performing admirably so far.
6 Year Warranty is nice too.
Cons: -The Installation might be a little tricky for those without a foldout motherboard tray, my case does, fortunately.
-Although not a con for everyone, the fan's wire is about a foot long, and kind of unnecessary.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace my aging and fouling Arctic Freezer 64 Pro. The bearing was going and making an awful noise. The fan lasted quite a long time; close to 5 or 6 years. I figured going with another Arctic CPU cooler was a solid choice, and I was right. Temperatures are about 6-7 degrees lower under load and the fan is much quieter. In fact the only time you can hear the fan on this baby is when it's spinning near 100%.
CPU: AMD FX-6300 @4.2GHz (1.375v vcore)
Ambient Temp: 73F
Idle Socket: 35C
Idle Core: Room Temperature!
Load socket: 58C
Load core: 48C
You have to remove the plastic retention bracket from the motherboard to install this heatsink. This is extremely easy and involves removing 4 screws. If you remove all four, however, the rear mount on the motherboard will come lose and could fall out of place. Instead of loosening all 4, loosen 3 (remove one piece of the bracket). Then place the plastic spacers and install the new metal bracket on one side. Then proceed to remove the final 4th screen and remaining plastic bracket. This ensures the rear mount doesn't fall or move out of place.
Overall, very happy with this purchase. For the price, the performance on a decently overclocked CPU is impressive. Would absolutely recommend.
-Metal Front Fascia
Other Thoughts: The first thing I noticed was that this card reader was deceptively heavy. The last card reader I had installed was maybe half the weight of this one. It certainly gives the appearance of quality. Installation was a breeze and no drivers needed to be installed.
USB 3.0 and 2.0 work great, no problems to report. Overall, very pleased.
Display Name: Tyler D.
Date Joined: 08/21/05
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