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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts
Conclusion

Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case

Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Product Name: Define R4 Arctic White
Model Number: FD-CA-DEF-R4-WH
UPC: 817301010931
Price As Tested: $109.99 (NewEgg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Fractal Design.

In the PC hardware market you tend to get exactly what you pay for. It's not always the case, but 9 times out of 10 you will find that if you pay less you get less. How else can we justify handing over $110 for 12kg of cleverly crafted sheet metal and moulded plastic. We pay for the brand and we pay for the looks, and some of us also pay for build quality.

In this article Benchmark Reviews aims to delve deep into the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case (Model: FD-CA-DEF-R4-WH), and see if it's got what it takes to satiate the appetite of today's PC hardware enthusiast. The Fractal Design Define R4 features include: the use of sound reducing materials, A 3-speed fan controller supporting up to three fans, modular drive bays and support for very large hardware.

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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 in addition to the 8 slots in the HDD trays, for a total of 10 SSD positions available

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 option
  • 1 - Rear hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed (included)
  • 2 - Top 120/140mm fan options - positions also support some models of 240 radiators, depending on configuration
  • 1 - Bottom 120/140mm fan option
  • 1 - Side 120/140mm fan option
  • 1 - Integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)

Source: http://www.fractal-design.com



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseSkidmarks 2013-02-14 23:54
It's difficult to see pictures of a white case against a white background.
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# RE: RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseOlin Coles 2013-02-15 07:11
I think that they're almost all clear and easy to see, except for one side view photo that displays a flat side panel. It is an alpine white case, after all.
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# ComplimentsBruce 2013-02-15 08:32
I was going to compliment the photographer (Steven) for the quality of the images. I know how hard it is to get good images from all the shiny BLACK cases we normally feature, but over the years I've developed lighting techniques to make it work. I imagine the all white case provided a whole new set of challenges.

One possible tip, try turning down the contrast a bit on your monitor....
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# RE: ComplimentsSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-02-15 10:15
You are absolutely right there Bruce. I tried a couple of test shots at first, as I had a feeling the color would be hard to portray. Clever lighting and a bit of manipulation with Photoshop won the day in the end.
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# RE: ComplimentsSkidmarks 2013-04-01 06:58
May as well not have bothered with the pictures.
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# RE: RE: ComplimentsOlin Coles 2013-04-01 07:01
You're going to keep complaining about the pictures? We just covered this with you over a month ago. Find something new to gripe about.
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# RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseArgos 2013-04-01 05:27
I love the 'black pearl' version of this case.
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# RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseArgos 2013-04-01 07:53
I think the pictures are fine. I have no trouble at all.
Perhaps some might want to change some of the settings of their monitor, or perhaps buy a new one alltogether.
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# beautiful caseazrael36 2013-04-05 23:28
IMO this case is a study in refined elegance. I have just purchased one and will begin modding it as soon as it arrives. I am going to bring out the dirty wild woman locked away in this cloak of purity!
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# brain stuttercreator 2013-07-23 04:34
"the top caddy will rotate 45 degrees "
:P
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