Fractal Design Define R4 Case Review

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Fractal Design Define R4 Case rated Kickass by 3dGameMan.com

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Sponsored by: Fractal Design
Review category: Cases
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The Fractal Design Define R4 Case is a perfect combination of style & functionality. What separates this mid-tower case from others is it's spacious design and acoustic-dampening material for a near silent build. It comes with plenty of drive bays, fan options, dust filters, USB3 ports and much more.


 

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Anonymous

I'm surprised you didn't mention the "stealth" SSD mounting points on the back of the motherboard tray. It's a little inconvenient not being able to remove them without taking the motherboard out, but it's still a nice feature, especially if you have to remove the top drive cage for VGA clearance.

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No acoustic dampening at back or front? (at 6:10)

You show a/d on the front door at the beginning of the review.

btw, I'd say 100% KA too.

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A slip of the tongue, I added an annotation in on the video.

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FINALLY! I was hoping for a Fractal review at some point. Glad to see one came about at last. I've been intrigued at their cases for quite some time and have long considered buying one.

Will this be your one and only review of their cases, or is this just the beginning (I hope)?

Thanks, Rodney. I'm rather surprised that given the amount of praise you seemed to have for it, you didn't give it the full 100%. Reason, I may ask?

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Very heavy for a mid-tower and a very boxy look, no holes at back for water cooling tubes/cables.

Anonymous

Given that it's mostly steel and filled with heavy sound dampening material, I'm not all that surprised at the weight factor. The lack of pass through water cooling ports on the back is somewhat troublesome given that this would be a great setup for using a system like that, especially since the two vents on the top would make an ideal location for a radiator system (H100, perhaps?).

Thanks again for your lookover, Rodney. Fractal's stuff has always caught my eye despite the plethora of other cases out there.

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Oops.. guess I should have logged in first. :P

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(Both voted anonymously and while logged in as 100% KICKASS.)

I wonder where can I find a 140mm cover hole with an accoustic dampening material in it? I'd like one in mine.

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Could you fab one up? I can't see it being too hard. A decently thick piece of plastic, a little bit of DynaMat, and some screws. Presto!