Fractal Design Define R4 Case ReviewTue, Sep 11, 2012 - 12:00 AM
The Define R4
The mid-tower chassis is what I would consider to be one of the most versatile chassis types in the computing world. Since our computer components are getting larger the role of the mid tower chassis has taken on an entirely new meaning, it not only has to be able to keep our components cool, these types of chassis’ have to be handle a large variety of computer components; while also, retaining a small enough form factor so that it can be easily moved from one place to another.
Over here at Legit Reviews we’re going to be looking at one of many mid tower chassis’ that are currently being offered, that chassis being the Define R4 mid tower from Fractal Design. Does this mid-tower have what it takes to be considered a great chassis, or does it just fall short? The only way to find out is for us to dive right in and see what the Define R4 chassis is fully capable of.
Fractal Design Define R4 Specifications:
- ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
- 7 + 1 expansion slots
- 2 – 5.25″ bays
- 8 – 3.5″ HDD trays – all compatible with SSDs, 2 – 2.5″ extra SSD positions
- 3 – ModuVent™ plates – two in the top and one in the side
- 7 – fan positions (2 Silent Series R2 fans included)
- Filtered fan slots in the front and bottom
- CPU coolers up to 170mm tall (when no fan is installed in the side panel)
- ATX PSUs up to 170mm deep when using the bottom fan location, when not using this fan location longer PSUs (up to 270mm deep) can be used
- Graphics cards up to 295mm in length with the top HDD cage installed
- With the top cage removed, graphics cards up to 430mm in length may be installed
- 26mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
- Thick rubber grommets on all holes on the motherboard plate
- Colors available: Black Pearl, Titanium Grey, Arctic White
- Case dimensions (WxHxD): 232 x 464 x 523mm
- Package dimensions (WxHxD): 320 x 535 x 610mm
- Net weight: 12.3 kg
Giving the Define R4’s specifications a quick look through and touching on the key features that I feel are the most important; Fractal Design gives this chassis the capability of handling motherboards from a Mini ITX, mATX, and finally the full sized ATX. Fractal Design also gives us the option of being able to choose from three distinctive color varations, we have the option of choosing an all-Black Pearl chassis (This is the chassis that is being reviewed over here at Legit Reviews), an all-Titanium Grey colored chassis, and finally we have the option of choosing an Arctic White chassis. And, by looking at the dimensions of this chassis we get an the idea that the Define R4 chassis is a bit larger then the typical mid-tower chassis.
The Fractal Design Define R4 PC case comes in at the price of $104.99 USD with free shipping and handling. This chassis carries a 1 year parts and labor warranty, just something to consider as you read this review of the Define R4 chassis from Fractal Design.