|Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The front of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case is very simple indeed with he only visible feature being the power light at the top. The front features are concealed be a door to give the case a unique look.
The left side of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case is slightly less elusive of features. The front air intake is catered for by the vents in the side of the front shroud. There is a location for an optional 120/140mm intake fan located to provide extra airflow over the VGA area.
The rear of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case has a few differences from your regular ATX case. Firstly the exhaust fan is a larger 140mm fan as opposed to the 120mm standard fan seen in these size cases, next we have an extra PCI bracket (7+1) off-set to the side for expansion/ancillary hubs or adapters that don't require direct connection into a PCI slot.
Once again the side of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case is quite plain. The ventilation holes on the front shroud are mirrored on this side of the case too. The great thing I have found with the Define R4 case is that the side panels are interchangeable, so you can swap this side panel with the ventilated side panel for a cleaner look or for modding purposes.
The top of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case has vents for two 120/140mm fans. The 120mm fan mounting holes also allow for slightly off-set mounting which gives you more options when installing a watercooling radiator. The I/O panel looks nicely palced and well laid out, we will look closer at this later in the review.
The most exterior detail found on the Fractal Design Define R4 Case is actually found in the one place you may never look. Four large feet give the Define R4 adequate ground clearance and the intake air filter should ensure your bottom mounted PSU doesn't get clogged up with large clumps of dust and dirt. Towards the front are pre drilled mounting holes which are intended for relocating the bottom drive caddy inside the case.