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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
Conclusion

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.

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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.

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Shown here the upper drive caddy has been rotated and re-installed into the case, this adjustment will allow for better intake airflow.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# 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 "
:P
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