|Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013|
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Detailed Interior Features
Time now to take a more in-depth look at the interior features of the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case.
Both of the drive caddies are removable and the upper caddy will rotate and install facing the motherboard (image below). Removal of the top drive caddy involves removing two thumb screws and sliding it out, the bottom drive caddy needs to be unscrewed from underneath the case and will require the use of a screwdriver. The bottom drive caddy can be relocated 35mm to the left (using the optional fan mounts and other pre drilled holes) allowing you to install a watercooling radiator in the front of the case.
Shown here the upper drive caddy has been rotated and re-installed into the case, this adjustment will allow for better intake airflow.
Each of the eight drive trays support either 2.5" or 3.5" drives. The 3.5" drive mounts have an anti vibration rubber grommet pre installed and can be relocated depending on your preferred orientation. The drive trays fit very snug and reassuringly snap into place giving confidence in the build quality of the case.
behind the motherboard ray there is ~26mm clearance for routing cables and/or installing SSD's. The sound reducing foam on the inside of the panel may shave a couple of millimeters of this space away but I don't foresee any issues here.
The two pre-installed fans have had their cables neatly braided to keep the premium feel and clean look of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case.
As previously described both side and front door panels are fitted with sound-absorbing material as well as the fan vents. This sound absorbing material adds a lot of weight to the case, the side panels alone weigh just shy of 2kg alone and the case weighs a little under 12kg empty, with all of my hardware installed the whole build weighs 19kg! The Fractal Design Define R4 side panels use an age old method of fitting where tabs along the top and bottom must slide into cut-outs in the case simultaneously, this makes for a tight fit where the side panel needs more force to fit and remove.
Supplied along with the case is an instruction manual and a box of accessories, the accessory box has a contents list printed on the side.