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Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PSU Front 2XUSB3.0 Audio

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   Part #: FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL
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The Fractal Design Define R4 is the latest 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.

Key Features

  • 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
  • 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

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Technical 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 / ventilation

  • 1 - Front hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed (included)
  • 1 - Front 120/140mm fan
  • 1 - Rear hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed (included)
  • 2 - Top 120/140mm fans - positions also support some models of 240 radiators, depending on configuration
  • 1 - Bottom 120/140mm fan
  • 1 - Side 140mm fan
  • 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)

Retail package content

  • Define R4 computer case
  • User manual
  • Accessory box

Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL Customer Reviews

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Experience: 3 Days
 Verified Owner
Elegant appearance, sensible color design, very comfortable to look at.
noise dampening foams work where they are installed
solid build quality
well-placed and quality rubber grommets (e.g., for PSU)
Modular hard drive cage
Easily removable 5.25 drive cage cover that's also a cinch to put back on
Mostly roomy enough to work with
Rubber'd cable management holes and good sized cable management room
Dust filters on all default-open air intakes (front and bottom). Optional air intakes don't have filters but they are indeed covered to prevent dust entry, good to have.
Power LED / HDD activity LED cannot co-exist. It is entirely possible to have the circle around power button be the power LED and the "rectangular" one be the HDD LED. But for some reason it didn't happen that way. So I am using the LED only as HDD activity indicator, which is more important to me than knowing if my PC is on.
Could've included another fan like the Arc Midi R2 (my other top choice for case)
Back side obviously has no noise dampening, so noise can be heard there. But this is just being picky.
Bottom air filter not easy to take out, depending on case orientation/placement.
Only 2 fan connectors for fan control. I thought there's one more for a 3rd fan.
First case that arrived had a defective front grill which cannot be locked in (glad I inspected upon receipt). Immediately took back to a nearest NCIX shop and the technician confirmed that it was a manufacturer's defect. The store has this item in stock so I received a replacement. After inspection, no major issues. The only thing would be the grill above one of the moduvents pops in and out when you push on it. No big deal though as I don't plan to install fans on that spot anyways.

Very impressed with the appearance, feel and design of this case. Pictures don't do it justice. This is a fine-looking case. Very functional as well, builder-friendly with modular hard drive cage, roomy workspace, and generous provision of tools/screws. Highly recommended.

Hope I can give it 4.5 stars, but that's not an option. 4 doesn't do it justice, so will give 5 stars. It is not perfect, but better than "very good".

Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Lots of internal room for components
Built in slots to thread wires makes cable management a breeze
Lots of internal sound dampening
I love this case. Super sleek looking, tons of internal sound dampening helps keep internal noise to an absolutely minimum. I only hear my internal components when I use the tower's built-in fan voltage control to increase my fan speed to the max. Ton's of room for expansion (especially for Hard-drives) and plenty of space for higher end video-cards.

Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
- 140 mm fan
-4 Usb forehead
- Silence
led reset
fractal design R4 is a very good product that can bring back without problem all type of motherboard and graphics card and 8 Disk 2 3.5 and an ssd and easily evo 212, has recommended

Experience: 8 Months
Good design
Easy to work with
Quite simply an amazing case. A delight to work with and, once you're done building your PC, it is just as great. Pretty good sound dampening (will obviously vary depending on what you put inside), lots of room to work and some nice features. Looks are subjective, but the simple yet elegant look of this case is a nice change from those windowed-full-neons gaming pcs.

Been using this case for a home server PC for about 8 months now and I couldn't be happier. Definitely a case to consider if you're in the market for a case.

Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
For $99, it's a solid deal.
None so far
Bought it as an upgrade from an old stock case and it's excellent.

Experience: 7 Months
- It looks alright.
- Has fan filters
- some attempt at silencing.
- Cheap construction
- Poor Quality control
I usually go for Antec cases but for my brothers PC build and due to good reviews I decided to go for this one.

We actually went out of our way to get one of these since they were on sale, but out of stock at the stores, we had to order it online and have it shipped, which delayed our build.

When it arrived, I noticed the fan filter holder was broken. So it doesn't completely close.
Also, BOTH fans were NOT working, I figured out you can hook them up to the mother board and they do still work, and that it was actually the fan controller that was not functioning.

Reading reviews on the egg site or other sites you can see these issues are not that uncommon of an issue. Not sure why it's all good reviews on this particular website.

I talked to NCIX and they said they would co-ordinate with Fractal to get a new whole front of case, they didn't have THIS colour in stock so they said it will take a few weeks but they'd ship it to me, and I'd have to take off the front and replace it myself (or bring in the computer to NCIX) ... anyway, it's been maybe 7 or 8 months now and haven't received any parts.
On top of that, the computer had some stability issues and I thought it was because of the case, because it seemed to happen when something was plugged into the cases usb ports.
It turns out though it was due to a faulty SATA cable (connected to the CDrom oddly enough). But having the case of questionable quality really threw off my troubleshooting.

I should have gone with an Antec case.

Experience: 2 Days
 Verified Owner
Good cable management
Front audio port is interference free
Lower HDD cage can be removed and/or rotated, but it's not easily done and not really designed to do this. Would be good if it were easier for space / air flow reasons.
If you're coming from a cheaper case, then this will make you wonder why you ever cheaped out in the first place. If you're used to higher-end cases then it might not be as revolutionary. For the price, it's a great case. Looks good, performs well, is incredibly quiet and is well made.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Looks great
plenty of room
well built
Nothing that I can think of
besides receiving a small dent on my case :/
Great case; definitely would buy my future cases from fractal!

Experience: 1 Months
Really good case
Lost of hard drive bays
Included fans are fairly quiet
Cable management
2 front usb 3 and 2
Sound proofing
Really awesome case for the price

Experience: 1 days
 Verified Owner
Well build case, lots of room, fit a msi 970 with room to spare
Good upgrade over the broke case i had, love how silent it is over my last, nearly chopped in half. Would recommend this case to anyone

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