Fractal Design Define R4 Review

Editor: David Mitchelson  Date: 17-09-12   10 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction


Product on Review: Define R4 Black Pearl
Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Street Price: £90 inc. VAT

There is no denying that Fractal Design’s Define R3 has been one of the most popular silent computer chassis to enter the market. Having won multiple awards and being highly favoured by enthusiasts the world-over, Fractal Design are back again with the next instalment and successor to R3.

Enter Define R4. You will be forgiven for thinking that R4 has many similar characteristics to R3, infact taking the case from an external viewpoint reveals no changes – its inside where the subtle improvements have been made. The case is wider to allow for bigger CPU coolers, longer graphics cards and better cable management. A fan controller has also been integrated to manage the speed of cooling fans within the chassis – all of these features we will be taking a look at as we explore this new offering from Fractal Design.



Fractal Design on Define R4
The Fractal Design Define R4 is the latest in the Define Series of computer cases offering minimalistic and stunning Scandinavian design fused with maximum sound reduction, configurability and functionality.

The Define R4 side and front door panels are fitted with dense, sound-absorbing material making it a benchmark for noise reduction. Moreover, the Define R4 accommodates up to 8 HDDs, all modern graphics card sizes, and multiple ventilation options - including two standard Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans - to keep internal components at optimal temperatures.

For ultimate functionality, the Define R4 features a front interface with USB 3.0 and an integrated three-speed fan controller behind the front panel door.


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