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Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Arctic White Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Arctic White Silent ATX Mid Tower Case (Fractal Design: FD-CA-DEF-R4-WH-W)
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Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Arctic White Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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Rating: 9.67/10
With 6 User Reviews
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Review Date: 01/30/14
Cons: - inconvenient SSD mounting brackets

Pros: - silent, lots of cable management room- has a window- dust filters for PSU and front intake fans
This is pretty much a must purchase if you're planning on building a silent PC. It has an easy to take off dust filters and intake fan mounts. Bought this for $90 on sales.

Review Date: 07/17/13
Cons: Only minor complaint would be that I wish there were a few more grommets for cable management, but the amount that are in there is totally fine.

Pros: Great paint, good sound cancellation, good air flow, good cable management.
Got it on sale for $80, probably the best case you can get for that type of money. Really good quality overall and no major complaints.

Review Date: 02/21/13
Cons: paint seems fragile, got here with a few really minor paint dings.

Pros: Solid, sleek, cable management is easy, quiet, etc
Simply a great case, transferred my system from my Antec 302 to my Antec 1200 v2 to this case and man, it was much much easier. Paint is tough, fans are ok.

Review Date: 02/19/13
Cons: Slim panels

Pros: Awesome case, great looks
I just grabbed this case today and transferred my system from Haf XM. I like how it looks and the added noise dampening materials is a bonus. The only thing I do not like is the fact that the panels aren't thick enough especially the top one. Need to make beefier panels so it doesn't feel flimsy. Also needs better fans. Other than that it is a nice case.

Review Date: 12/09/12
Cons: - Space can be tight for water cooling ( no 280 rad without modification)

Pros: - Quiet- Looks great- Well thought out plans
I replaced my ageing but reliable p180 with this.Build quality is great, metal everywhere and the front door is made to look like a gloss metal. The dampening on the sidewalls and door are great.What I like most about this case though is the flexibility and foresight. The bottom harddrive cage is removable / customizable. You can unscrew it from the bottom and shift it to the back of the case by about 10mm or enough to fit a water cooling rad, even the H100 in the front, or move the cage all the way and cover up one of the 120mm fan vents. The harddrive cage mounts on any 120mm fan slot in fact.The power light is red, which may bother some people. Looking at how it's assembled, it's screwed in individually which makes for an easy case mod to get a new light in there. Most other cases glue their components there, but here, each component is screwed in separately.The honey comb mesh you see around all the fan ports allow you great freedom in mounting just about anything there. You can shift a 240 radiator up top and mount there as well.Mnpctech did a great review from a modders point of view, and disassembles the case in the 25minute video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vwgVA6_xIis

Review Date: 12/02/12
Cons: -A bit on the heavy side

Pros: -Quiet-Performs well-Lot of drive compartments-Plenty of wire management space
Bought this to replace my Antec 300 and there are some considerable differences. For one thing, much heavier compared to the 300 but partly that is because of the padding on both the R4's panels to dampen the noise. I can barely hear it running at times and only when gaming does it ramp up. It's wider so there is is more room at the back of the motherboard for those who want to have a nice looking case without the hassle finding places to hide their wires.
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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.

Now featuring the option to have your Define R4 case with a large fully transparent window allowing you to display your setup in style.

The acrylic window side panel features the same clean, Scandinavian design as the case itself, and has a completely flat outer surface without any plastic bezel or rivets.

What It Is and Why You Need It:

  • ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
  • High density noise-reducing material lining acrylic window
  • Top HDD cage (5 trays total) can be rotated 90 degrees or removed for additional airflow or to accommodate long graphic cards up to 430mm in length
  • 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
    • 2 - ModuVent? plates - two in the top and one in the side
    • 6 - fan positions (2 Silent Series R2 fans included)
    • Filtered fan slots in the front and bottom
    • CPU coolers up to 170mm tall
    • 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)
    • 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 (red)
    • Reset button
    • Fan controller (behind door)

    Package contents

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


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Product Specifications

BrandFractal Design
TypeATX Mid Tower
ColorArctic White
Case MaterialSteel
With Power SupplyNo
Power Supply MountedBottom
Motherboard CompatibilityMicro ATX / ATX / ITX
With Side Panel WindowYes
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.
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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