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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

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.



# 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 "
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