|Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013|
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Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case Conclusion
Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Fractal Design Define R4 PC case a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar PC case that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the Define R4 PC case is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
Performance of the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White PC Case is great. Temperatures of my overclocked system stay well within limits and the noise level is very low indeed. As standard the Define R4 is set up for silent performance and it serves this purpose well, and should you require more performance it has more than enough expansion capability to cater for your needs.
Appearance of the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White PC case is minimal, the solid color and lack of real exterior styling suits the 'purist' hardware enthusiasts. Swapping the side panels over can minimize this look even further by hiding the vented side panel on the other side of the case out of view. If you want the Define style but would also like to show off your hardware, a windowed side panel version is also available. The Define R4 is also available in Titanium Grey and Black Pearl color schemes, each with their own windowed variants.
The construction of the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White PC case is solid, even the plastic front door and grill unit feels high grade. The paint job is smooth and glossy and looks great but is not very durable, you will have to handle the Define R4 with care while building your system so as not to scuff or scratch and ruin the nice finish. The side panels could do with an upgraded fitting system, I just hate having to use excessive force to remove and install them and I worry about damaging the paintwork.
Functionality is very good. The Fractal Design Define R4 PC case has noise reducing foam installed as standard on the side panels, the front door and also on the roof fan mounting locations. There are two removable intake filters fitted although the front intake filter requires a few extra steps prior to removal. Cable routing is excellent thanks to the spacious area behind the motherboard tray and the well placed cable pass through locations. There are seven standard PCI expansion slots, plus one vertically orientated to cater for expansion hardware that doesn't need direct connection to a PCI slot on the motherboard. The fan speed control is simple in execution but gets the job done and allows you to control the speed of up to three fans. Four USB ports (2x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0) at the front of the case are much appreciated and mean you are less likely to need a hub. The hard drive caddies are configurable to suit your needs, the top caddy will rotate 45 degrees and the bottom caddy can be moved towards the PSU by 35mm.
Value for money has never been more pertinent with PC hardware with the current state of affairs our economy is in, you really don't want to be making any silly purchases right now as money isn't flowing as freely for everyone. It is my opinion that the Fractal Design Define R4 PC Case (Model# FD-CA-DEF-R4-WH) is worth its current $109.99 (NewEgg / Amazon) asking price. There are a lot of nice cases available right now that offer equal value, so you will have to be a savvy shopper and try to secure the best deal you can.
+ Very functional case
- Very Heavy ATX PC Case
Final Score: 8.65 out of 10.
Recommended: Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval.
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