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Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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Rating: 9.9/10
With 21 User Reviews
Gisabun@NCIX
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Review Date: 03/20/15
Cons: USB ports flat on top [dust], filter for PSU at the back, wider than most cases

Pros: Spacious, plenty of options, built like a tank, cable hiding
Comment:
Plenty of things to add on if you wish like fans. Many drive bays including 2 under the mobo [but need to install before anything else], cable management hides most cables, tough design. Like the spot where you can add an additional USB bracket without losing a card bay. Keeps dust out. One set of 4 drive bay rack can be removed.USB ports are vertical with no protection from dust, can choose light around power button for power on or disk activity - not both, rear filer is under the PSU at the back - hard to get to if you don't have access to the back, wider than most cases - because of the cable management.
Dwight_R@NCIX
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Review Date: 11/11/14
Pros: Stunning design cleen appearance my rig case swap is gonna be easy
Comment:
Beats my old heavy thermaltake armor series. im thinking about ordering another for my next big build. This review was modfied by poster @ 11-15-14 12:08 PM
Bryanator@NCIX
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Review Date: 02/17/14
Cons: Front door is a little flimsy and removing the front dust filter is a bit of a nuisance. Nothing major though.

Pros: Sound dampening. Nice exterior/interior finish. Solid quality construction.
Comment:
Very nice looking case with a solid construction. Lots of sound dampening all throughout the case. Removable HDD cages that can be oriented in different directions. Open back plate for easy cpu cooler installation and flexible rubber grommets for easy cable management.
Heston@NCIX
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Review Date: 10/10/13
Cons: Filter removal

Pros: Silent DesignGood airflowNice Aesthetic
Comment:
My case is almost completely silent. It is well designed in almost all areas except for the fan filter removal in the front. It requires you to pull your fans slightly out and which can make the filter difficult to get to. Otherwise great case.
MarcusWhite@NCIX
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Review Date: 08/11/13
Cons: Very tight clearance between the motherboard and top exhaust even for a 2x120 radiator and fans

Pros: Good case overallNice designQuality build
Comment:
Overall the case is of good quality, impressed with the flexibility and construction of the case. Many options for fans mounts and lots of space for good cable management. The only drawback is the top vent of the case. It's very tight between motherboard and an H100i radiator. It fits, and thankfully they allow you to mount the radiator a bit offset (away from the motherboard tray/backplate) to allow a bit of space between the radiator and the motherboard
Weslie_W@NCIX
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Review Date: 07/17/13
Cons: Really can't find one.

Pros: Alot of options for this caseNice and heavy so it won't moveGrommetting internally for cable management is very niceLots of HD bays availableMounting of SSD drives on the backside is a bonusThe window is a nice, adds something for this machine to really look at!
Comment:
An extra fan would be nice to round out the front, but at this price definitely worth it.Will be using this case for a long time to come
Darcy Wood@NCIX
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Review Date: 07/16/13
Cons: only comes with six zap straps "zip ties" twenty or so would have been nice

Pros: Really is silent, the thing devours noise. all the minor parts are included even a little metal socket to attach the brass standoffs for the mobo.
Comment:
Good chance this is the last case ill ever buy.Over all quality is outstanding! all steel with a molded plastic front bezel. all the internal parts are steel even the HDD/SSD trays.I moved the rear exhaust fan to the front filtered intake and will just have filtered intakes blowing in and in turn the pressurized case will stay dust free longer. minor chance the psu will have problems with its filtered intake on the bottom of the case trying to push against the other fans so I removed the two top sound proof covers to allow for less restricted exhaust from the case. I may toss a corsair 100i on the top later but for now I'm more then happy.
Paul_S@NCIX
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Review Date: 07/10/13
Cons: Putting a water cooler on the front mount isn't so easy.

Pros: Incredibly quietGreat LookingFantastic Value for MoneyEasy to Build In
Comment:
Moved from a Corsair 600t to a Cooler Master HAF XB as I was looking for something smaller and quieter. The HAF XB was a dust magnet due to being such an open design. After pouring through review after review I settled on the Define R4 as the new home for my components.I wanted something that was going to be decent for cable management, would handle liquid cooling (more on that in a minute), easy to build and change components in, and would be quieter than what I've had in the past. This Define R4 ticked all the boxes.This is easily the quietest case I've ever built an OC'd system in. I have an i5-2500k running at 4.8 GHz with an H60. The H60 with push-pull SP 120's easily mounts in place of one of the included 140mm fans at the back of the case, allowing me to have both 140mm's for intake at the front. Everything else stays sealed up, and the machine is running at about 34 dB at the exhaust, 32 dB at front intakes with ambient room noise at 30 dB.I impulsively ordered an H100i to replace the H60i, deciding to mount it on the front, as Fractal's own videos say that a 240mm radiator will fit up front. I had to remove both drive 3.5" drive chambers, which wasn't that tough, but found that the H100i will only fit if you run push from the front or push/pull, as the hoses aren't long enough to reach from the processor to the front mounting point. Though Linus says pull is his preferred method, you'll have to deal with a little extra dust to mount an H100i in this Define R4.Additionally, mounting the H100i to the removable plastic fan casing at the front can be a bit of a chore, as you'll only be able to mount the front two 120mm fans at the center points to the plastic casing. I'm sure Fractal will address this on the R5 in the future, but for now I'd just suggest mounting your fans to your radiator with short screws and a narrow screwdriver for the front-mounted fans to allow easier mounting to that fan casing in the R4.Other than learning the trick to mounting the H100i, and THEN having to return the H100i (another story for another review), my experience with the Define R4 has been incredible, and I would highly recommend this case to anyone who wants to build a clean-looking and quiet system.
Brandon_A@NCIX
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Review Date: 05/23/13
Cons: A lot bigger than I expected

Pros: Aesthetics, silent, built in window
Comment:
Amazing case overall. Being used in my first computer, I did not know what to expect for a case. Turns out, it's A LOT bigger than what I expected. The only reason I got this instead of the Define mini is cause of the window.But really, since it's my first case, I don't have anything to compare it against. It just works.
Vincent_N@NCIX
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Review Date: 05/17/13
Cons: Top of the case is flimsy and feels like it can break.

Pros: Looks Solid, quiet, and have enough space for any big components.
Comment:
Purchased this case when it was on sale, which I still don't regret. I love the sound dampening cushion mounted inside the case, which keeps my computer quiet and the side window to show off my build.
Curt_C@NCIX
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Review Date: 05/06/13
Cons: I wish the bottom 3 bay drive cage could be mounted up top.

Pros: Looks fantastic inside and out with great builders features.
Comment:
For me this case was love at first sight. I was looking for a case that could last me for many builds. This meant it had to have the size and features I was looking for and a visual appearance that was simple and sleek. I love cases with front panels to cover up the drive bays and windowed side panels so I can show off my hardware, this case features both. The front panel has a beautiful magnetic catch which requires no force to open unlike some mechanical catches. This case can mount up to 6 140mm fans, has grommet holes for cables making it perfect for a long term case, USB 3.0 and a pretty power switch. The dust filters are a great feature and the sound proofing makes a difference on the front panel. All the components are sturdy and have a quality feel to them. If you see this case on sale don't hesitate to buy! Great case in general, especially for the price!
FlunkGod@NCIX
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Review Date: 03/09/13
Cons: None

Pros: Quiet, Reliable, Window, Simple Design
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Great quiet case. Would recommend this to anyone who needs a quiet, reliable and a good quality case.
Julien_C@NCIX
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Review Date: 02/15/13
Cons: None so far.

Pros: Easy for cable management. Sleek Design. Good price.
Comment:
Amazing case to work it. Would definitely use it again.
Xiang_C@NCIX
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Review Date: 02/14/13
Cons: tight frontal headphone jack

Pros: Quiet, good space for cable management. Looks great.
Comment:
Upgraded from antec 900. Everything is great for this case. Only complaint is the frontal headphone jack is abit tight. I am using Steelseries Siberia V2 and the headphone and mic jack always pop up after insert. I hope it will become better after several weeks of use. Overall, good case for the price(got it for 79.99 on sale). I would recommend it to everyone
Bing_L@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/27/13
Cons: none

Pros: solid design, quiet fans, good airflow
Comment:
The thing that I enjoy everyday is push the power button on the top of case to turn on my computer. I upgrade this case from a coolermaster matx case to give better airflow for the cpu and video card, and it works perfectly. The best case I ever had! This review was modfied by poster @ 01-27-13 06:33 PM
Purabolicur@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/26/13
Cons: none

Pros: Quiet and now it has a window!Great wire management and sleek look
Comment:
Have the older version of this case without the window.With the window, it makes my computer look cooler!
Tarnix@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/17/13
Cons: Only comes with 2 fans, tad heavy, tight space for big PSU cable management

Pros: silent, cool, not too cluttered, good stock fans, water-cooling friendly, solid build
Comment:
I bought this after being fed up of my old case (Antec) and so far I'm very pleased with it. Once you remove the drive cages, you have a LOT of space for water cooling/case moddingOnly downsides would be the fact that non-modular PSU owners will have a hard time fitting all those wires at the back, it's not especially spacious. It closes, but it needs strength. Another downside would be that it only comes with two fans...It's heavy, but solid. So solid that my pliers started to give in before I managed to cut the top mesh (needed to pass a wire)!
Ryan_N@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/14/13
Cons: Comes with only two fans

Pros: Material and Design
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Just and all around great case. If you need more than than 6 fans make sure you get the model without the window.
Daniel_R@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/10/13
Cons: - Window scratches fairly easily, have to to find a way to polish them out without just creating more scratches.- No external 3.5" bay, didn't come with a 5.25 to 3.5" adapter.- Without one or both side panels in place, the case is a bit "loose" and will shift as much as 3/4cm so you have to squish the whole case and panel to get it to line-up again.

Pros: - Simple no-nonsense design.- Excellent cable-management.- Excluding motherboard mounts, no tools needed for anything.- Built-in dust filters work very well.- Built-in fan controller switch.- Many ways and places to mount things.
Comment:
I'm not really sure if the shiftiness of the case is a pro or a con really. On the one hand, it make it seem a but unsturdy, on the other hand with relatively little force you can make the panels line up square unlike a more rigid case that might become permanently bent.It's been pointed out in various reviews already, but the front USB/Jack wires are in the way of the top 5.25" bay, but it's fairly simple to re-route/move them without having to take the front all the way off or disconnect the wires.All that said, I've been fairly rough with it, outside of almost unnoticeable scratches on the window... nothing has broken, no paint chips, etc.Excellent case that seems like it will last years and still look like new.
Derek_G@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/06/13
Cons: Had a bit of trouble opening and closing side panels

Pros: Quiet, clean, simple design
Comment:
Had this a short while but it's the nicest case I've owned so far in my progression of PCs. I'm not too sure about most of the other setup as I ordered my machine assembled by NCIX and just had to add my own videocard and hard drives, but the cable management is so easy in this case even an imbecile like me could probably do it.
David Zember@NCIX
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Review Date: 12/31/12
Cons: I would have preferred a little more room for a slim radiator, in particular the H100i. Also, the front panel (inside) feels a little cheap, and has flimsy plastic parts; I'm also not a huge fan of the blue LED (white would be nice).

Pros: It looks great, cools very well and is very quiet. It's definitely my favorite case of all time.
Comment:
Overall, this case is one of the best for its size. I love the 140mm fan mounts for the front and back, which isn't easy to find in many cases. As long as your motherboard allows for an H100i to fit (if applicable), then I doubt you'll have anything bad to say about it.
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Product Features


computer case micro atx
usb 2.0 usb 3.0
bays fans

The Fractal Design Define R4 is the midi tower in the Define Series of computer cases offering minimalistic and stunning Scandinavian design fused with maximum sound reduction, configurability and functionality.

The Define R4 side and front door panels are fitted with dense, sound-absorbing material making it a benchmark for noise reduction. Moreover, the Define R4 accommodates up to 8 HDDs, all modern graphics card sizes, and multiple ventilation options - including two standard Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans - to keep internal components at optimal temperatures.

For ultimate functionality, the Define R4 features a front interface with USB 3.0 and an integrated three-speed fan controller behind the front panel door.

What It Is and Why You Need It:

  • ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
  • High density noise-reducing material for an optimal silent case - To achieve a high level of noise reduction, material with mass should be incorporated which is what we strive to achieve with the dense bitumen used on the side panels
  • Patent pending ModuVent? design allowing the user to choose between optimal silence or maximum airflow
  • Three-speed fan controller is strategically integrated in the front panel and supports up to 3 fans
  • Two Silent Series R2 fans included, featuring hydraulic bearings contributing to a longer life expectancy ? Silent Series R2 retail fans will now come standard in all cases
  • Wider case body that allows for improved cable routing behind the motherboard ? now 26mm wide
  • New tool-less front fan holder makes switching front fans a breeze
  • Two SSDs can be mounted on the back of the motherboard plate in addition to the 8 slots in the HDD trays, for a total of 10 SSD positions available
  • Specifications

    • ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
    • 7 + 1 expansion slots
    • 2 - 5.25" bays
    • 8 - 3.5" HDD trays - all compatible with SSDs, 2 - 2.5" extra SSD positions
    • 3 - ModuVent? plates - two in the top and one in the side
    • 7 - fan positions (2 Silent Series R2 fans included)
    • Filtered fan slots in the front and bottom
    • CPU coolers up to 170mm tall (when no fan is installed in the side panel)
    • ATX PSUs up to 170mm deep when using the bottom fan location, when not using this fan location longer PSUs (up to 270mm deep) can be used
    • Graphics cards up to 295mm in length with the top HDD cage installed
    • With the top cage removed, graphics cards up to 430mm in length may be installed
    • 26mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
    • Thick rubber grommets on all holes on the motherboard plate
    • Colours available: Black Pearl, Titanium Grey, Arctic White
    • Case dimensions (WxHxD): 232 x 464 x 523mm
    • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 320 x 535 x 610mm
    • Net weight: 12.3 kg

    Cooling system

    • Front: 1 - 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed); 1 - 120/140mm fan (not included)
    • Rear: 1 - 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
    • Top: 2 - 120/140mm fans (not included) - positions also support some models of 240 radiators, depending on configuration
    • Bottom: 1 - 120/140mm fan (not included)
    • Side: 1 - 120/140mm fan (not included)
    • Fan controller: 1 - Integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)

    Front interface

    • 2 - USB 3.0, 2 - USB 2.0
    • Audio I/O
    • Power button with LED (blue)
    • Reset button
    • Fan controller (behind door)

    Package contents

    • Define R4 - Window computer case
    • User manual
    • Accessory box

    Downloads

Product Specifications

Model
BrandFractal Design
ModelFD-CA-DEF-R4-BL-W
Spec
TypeATX Mid Tower
ColorBlack
Case MaterialSteel
With Power SupplyNo
Power Supply MountedBottom
Motherboard CompatibilityMicro ATX / ATX / ITX
With Side Panel WindowYes
Expansion
External 5.25" Drive Bays2 x External 5.25" Drive Bays with one 5.25 > 3.5 inch converter included
External 3.5" Drive Bays1 x External 3.5" Drive Bays (when converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
Internal 3.5" Drive BaysInternal 3.5" Drive Bays 8 compatible with SSDs
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays2 x 2.5" SSD additional mounting positions on back of motherboard tray
Expansion Slots7 + 1 Fractal accent white painted brackets
Front Ports
Front Ports2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O front panel ports
Cooling System
80mm FansNo
120mm FansNo
140mm Fans2 x hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fans, 1000 RPM speed
Side Air ductYes
Physical Spec
Weight27.1 lbs.
Features
FeaturesPre-fitted with dense noise absorbing material

ModuVent System offers optimal silence and performance capabilities

2 HDD cages - 5 bay and 3 bay - 3.5" HDD/ 2.5" SSD (8 in total)

Top HDD cage (5 HDD) can be rotated 90 degrees or removed for additional airflow

2 SSDs can be installed on the back of the motherboard plate

A wider case body allows for much improved cable routing capability behind the motherboard, now 26 mm (8mm wider)

Fan controller is integrated in the front panel and supports up to 3 fans

2 Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans with longer life time included

Top fan positions now allow slim 240/280mm radiators to be mounted

Select slim radiators can be mounted in front fan holder (requires the bottom HDD cage to change position)

Tool-less front fan holder makes switching front fans easier

Front fan filter is now easily removed and is washable

The bottom air filter is now extended to cover the bottom fan position as well as the PSU air intake

Bottom HDD cage is fitted with screws instead of rivets and can be easily removed

Rubber grommets are improved to ensure better fit and retention

Thicker steel improves case structural rigidity

Convenient top I/O panel for easy access

Advanced Cable Management System

Supports graphics card lengths up to 290mm with top drive cage installed

Supports graphics card lengths up to 470mm with top drive cage removed

Sleek black interior with Fractal white and black accent colors

7 fan slots: 1 x 140mm and 1 x 120/140mm -front, 1 x 140mm - side panel, 1 x 140mm - rear, 1 x 120/140mm - bottom, 2 x 120/140mm top - positions also support 240/280mm radiators
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