Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl Case Product Description
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.
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
ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ATX 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)
2 - USB 3.0, 2 - USB 2.0
Power button with LED (blue)
Fan controller (behind door)
Retail package content
Define R4 computer case
Excellent case, easy to work with. Easy to fit everything in. Plenty of space for components and airflow. Loads of space for fans.
I'm not entirely convinced by the concept of a quiet case. This case doesnt seem to be much more quiet than my old aluminium case that had no sound proofing at all.
Fitting a silent fan as a side intake to provide cooling to the graphics card seemed to cause a buzzing initially thought to be the twisting of the fan however it seemed to be caused by the air current being forced through the holes in the intake. Reducing the fan speed resolved this but is defeating the objective somewhat.
Front : 140 mm fan x 1 / 1000 rpm ¦ Front : 120/140 mm fan mount x 1 ¦ Rear : 140 mm fan x 1 / 1000 rpm ¦ Top : 120/140 mm fan mount x 2 ¦ Bottom : 120/140 mm fan mount x 1 ¦ Side : 140 mm fan mount x 1
System Cabinet Features
Top panel dust filter, fan speed controller, floor dust filter, ModuVent
Expansion / Connectivity
2 (total) / 2 (free) x front accessible - 5.25" ¦ 8 (total) / 8 (free) x internal - 3.5" ¦ 2 (total) / 2 (free) x internal - 2.5"
8 Expansion Slot
2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - 9 pin USB Type A ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm