Archive Home arrow Reviews: arrow Cases arrow Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case
Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case E-mail
Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases
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

Closer Look: Exterior

In this section we will get a good look at the exterior design of the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case, which is sold for $109.99 (NewEgg / Amazon).

Fractal_Design_Define_R4_Arctic_White_Case_Front.jpg

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.

Fractal_Design_Define_R4_Arctic_White_Case_Side_Left.jpg

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.

Fractal_Design_Define_R4_Arctic_White_Case_Rear.jpg

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.

Fractal_Design_Define_R4_Arctic_White_Case_Side_Right.jpg

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.

Fractal_Design_Define_R4_Arctic_White_Case_Top.jpg

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.

Fractal_Design_Define_R4_Arctic_White_Case_Bottom.jpg

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.



 

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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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....
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: ComplimentsSkidmarks 2013-04-01 06:58
May as well not have bothered with the pictures.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseArgos 2013-04-01 05:27
I love the 'black pearl' version of this case.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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!
Report Comment
 
 
# brain stuttercreator 2013-07-23 04:34
"the top caddy will rotate 45 degrees "
:P
Report Comment
 

Comments have been disabled by the administrator.

Search Benchmark Reviews
QNAP Network Storage Servers

Follow Benchmark Reviews on FacebookReceive Tweets from Benchmark Reviews on Twitter