|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: Interior
In this section we will take a look at the interior features of the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case.
The Fractal Design Define R4 Case has a tried and tested interior layout with a couple of extra options and refined cable pass-through locations. From the PCI slots to the drive bays measures 30.5 cm and with the drive bays removed that measurement increases to 44 cm before you collide with the front intake fan holder. From the motherboard tray to the side panel measures 20 cm allowing for the tallest of tower CPU coolers plenty of breathing space. The Fractal Design Define R4 Case supports two 5.25" drives and eight HDD's either 3.5" or 2.5" depending only on which type you have or want to install.
In the top of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case the two exhaust fan locations are blanked with sound reducing foam attached to a plastic frame (ModuVent). Between the roof and the first line of motherboard stand-off's measures 5 cm, this will allow for an all-in-one watercooling solution (25mm radiator + 25mm fan). We also previously discussed that 120mm fans can be installed further offset from the motherboard tray thanks to the mounting options provided, this gives an extra 20mm clearance over the motherboard for thicker radiators that might otherwise collide with RAM slots or chipset/MOSFET coolers.
In the bottom of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case you will see the bottom mounted PSU location has four foam stand-off's to give some clearance for airflow. There is an optional 120mm/140mm intake fan mount located to the right of the PSU section.
Looking towards the back of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case now, the PSU area has a foam gasket installed to minimise vibration and metal to metal contact that could ruin the paint job. There are seven standard PCI slots as expected from an ATX tower plus an ancillary PCI bracket to the left for add-ons that dont require direct connection to a PCI slot.
Moving to the rear of the motherboard tray now, this area is very spacious and open. The CPU back plate cut-out is a very good size and correctly located (some cases can be slightly off), there are plenty of cable tie down points and the cable pass through points are well located also.