Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R4
Showing 1-10 of 38
michael m., Newegg
15 January 2015
Pros: Bays are custom/removable. Quite...when it isn't rattling
Cons: The dust screen is easy to remove(the front), easy to clean but loose in the tracks. The vibration starts out slow and steady and builds to a constant buzz, like an angry hornet with an attitude. Difficult to stop the noise. A folded paper jammed in the case is my latest effort.
Summary: I'm sure the depression on the middle part of the top was not due to shipping. There is no sign of damaged on the box and everything looked fine when I unboxed it.
Pros: Looks solid and I like the color. It matches my GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK. Lots of options for concealing cables and plenty of space behind the motherboard to tie up the cables. I like the padding all around the case to dampen the noise. This helps a lot with the issue I am having with the case I got. It could have been perfect for me if not for this one con.
Cons: The case I received has the top cover somewhat depressed at the center. I tried to push it up, but popped back down. I think this compromises the overall noise-dampening design. Every now and then, I could hear some vibration. It is not very loud, but noticeable. It would have been nice if it does not do this. I don't want to disassemble my new rig to RMA this as it is too much trouble for me. An stringent QC would have prevented this from happening. I wish I stuck wi...
Great case but no Hard Drive activity LED... really?
Karl S., Newegg
21 December 2014
Summary: All good except the lack of HD activity LED. The manual was a little odd as well but nothing difficult to overcome. If the DC activity LED were there, I'd likely given this case a 5. Not having an HD LED would have likely been a show stopper for me and as such, a 3 is pretty liberal.
Pros: Really solid case and quite. Plenty of room for hard drive expansion especially for a mid tower case.
Cons: NO HARD DRIVE ACTIVITY LED!!!! I never thought to look before I made the purchase as I've never seen a case without one... well, now I have. I probably would not have purchased this case had I known it had no HD LED. Maybe there's a workaround but to be honest I haven't looked for one yet. This feature should be native on any case.
Summary: The cons I experienced are likely limited production defects, I just got lucky. I expected more from this case though.
Pros: - Simple, minimal appearance - Simple versatility of drive bay configs. - Fan dust filters on bottom and front (my intake spots) If you're doing intake from top or rear provide your own.
Cons: - Motherboard tray had 4 out of 9 mounting holes improperly drilled. The holes were too small. I could not fit the standoff motherboard mounting screws in no matter what I tried short of taking a drill to the case. Google shows a small number of other users with similar issues. -The properly attached side panel picks up HDD vibration from properly mounted drives in their trays. This leads to a noticeable humming unless even slight pressure is placed against the panel....
Summary: - Front mounted fan is non-obvious, as it's hidden behind the swinging front panel. You need to keep the front panel open while the computer is running, otherwise the dust will build up in the front fan's dust screen. - Fan voltage can be controlled via 3-way switch on the front of the case. Fans are audible at 12V, though not loud. Personally I have no issue with this but it's something to keep in mind. Considering replacing the case due to the cons.
Pros: - Sturdy case, made it through one move without taking any damage - Generally solid case for the price point given the features - Looks like the Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is awesome
Cons: - Front panel swings open to allow access to optical drive bays. This is a pain when moving the case or during installation/maintenance either because it gets in the way or because it doesn't open easily depending on the case's orientation. - Front panel headphone jack appears to be damaged. I only get full audio if my headphones are adjust *just right.* Moving the headphones/headphone cable even a little seems to disturb the contacts and causes audio loss. This is no...
Summary: I love this case and if it wasn't for these fairly big issues from a well known case supplier, it would be 5 eggs without hesitation.
Pros: The case looks amazing and is very quite. Cable management was a breeze and I like the modular cages. I relocated both of the included fans to the front panel and used my own fans for exhausting and has great flow.
Cons: Neither of the side panels on my case fit properly without some effort and at least one screw on each side would not go all the way in with hand tightening alone. most of the front IO is too tight and one of my USB 3.0 slots doesn't seem to work.
Summary: All and all this is a good, basic case that I'd wish had a few more features. It definitely is quiet and the rubber mounts and the filters are great for keeping things optimally cool inside.
Pros: I purchased this case based on reviews and I have to say that as far as cable management and noiseless features this should rate pretty highly on your short list for a mid tower. The internal disk storage arrangement can be changed to increase airflow. There's room for additional 140mm fans in the front, top and one side. Fans and hard drive caddys feature rubber mounts and there's filters on the supplied fan locations (power supply) that can be cleaned easily. There'...
Cons: Some areas of construction are flimsy. The case top at least should have been made of the same gauge material as the sides. it's easy to push in. The plastic access panels for the fans in the front is plain cheap, I've had to revert to using countersunk screws to hold the access panel in place. There's no separate HDD/Power LED so you have to chose which one you want. The documentation is very very sparse and you even get to figure out what to do with the extra cables...
Summary: The design flaw (as you'll understand, the solution is much simpler than adding height to the chassis) - With the R4 line they've added clearance behind the motherboard, for cable management. Which of course enlarged the top panel. However, since the motherboard's position didn't change, then they shouldn't have changed the position of the top fan mounting holes : they left it centered on the top panel.
Pros: I am a "verified owner" of the Blackout version with window (bought at Newegg), which is the exact same chassis but with different colors... PROS: Well built, sturdy, quiet, nice monolithic design, excellent clearance for cable management, every part you can accommodate (read the "cons" and a simple solution in "Other Thoughts"), will fit well and strong. For any build not requiring a decent water cooling (e.g. anything that has 240mm or 280mm radiator), and not requi...
Cons: 1) As opposed to what's advertised, this chassis WILL NOT accommodate any decent 240mm or 280mm radiators on the top (thus anywhere inside the case), unless you don't need any HDD (removing both HDD cages for a vertical radiator mounting), or mod the case with a drill for a top mount (read "Other Thoughts" where I explain the basic design flaw and the solution), unless you have a cheap and/or "oldy" motherboard without any Power heatsink. 2) Cheap HDD mounting rubbers...
After moding it's perfect for decent water cooling
Simon P., Newegg
13 November 2014
Summary: The design flaw - With this new model they've added clearance behind the motherboard, for cable management. Which of course enlarged the top panel. However, since the motherboard's position didn't change, the previous design of having the fan mounting holes geometric center axis aligned with the center of the top panel, cannot work anymore after adding width to that top panel, since that center has moved towards the right side (but not the motherboard), ending in...
Pros: Same as previous message.. But I have to make a correction to my previous evaluation (not the note though): - IF ONE MODS the top mounting holes, 240mm and 280mm radiators will fit on the top panel from rear fan to HDD cage (I still had to remove the center cage for clearance though but it's not related to the radiator size); - Modding the chassis ("moving" the top fan mounting holes 23mm towards the left side panel with a drill) allowed me to install the Swiftech H24...
Cons: 1) As previous message 2) They did not provide correct screws for the HDD mounting with rubber (head is not large enough and length should be slightly longer, mounting a HDD with the supplied screws tears open those rubbers) 3) My Motherboard's power delivery heatsinks blocks the possibility to mount any type of water cooling radiator on the top panel. 3) Modding the chassis so as to accommodate a radiator broke the clean looks. It should not happen since it's adverti...