Fractal Design Define R4 Case Review

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The Top, Bottom, and Rear Panels

The top panel of the Fractal Design Define R4 is meshed and supports the installation of two 140 mm fans. The mesh on the top panel comes closed with foam in order to reduce the amount of noise generated by the computer.

Fractal Design Define R4 caseFigure 8: Top panel

The case comes with two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and the traditional audio jacks. The USB 3.0 ports use an internal connector.

Fractal Design Define R4 caseFigure 9: Buttons and connectors

The bottom panel has a big air filter for the power supply fan and for the optional bottom fan.

Fractal Design Define R4 caseFigure 10: Bottom panel

The rear panel and the interior of the Fractal Design Define R4 are painted black.

The case has seven expansion slots, using vented covers. A transversal slot is available for you to install a bracket containing I/O ports or a blower to pull hot air from inside the computer to the outside of it.

The rear panel comes with another 140 mm hydraulic-bearing fan (Fractal Design Silent Series R2, 1,000 rpm), which can also be connected to the available three-speed fan controller.

On the Fractal Design Define R4, the power supply goes on the bottom part of the case.

Fractal Design Define R4 caseFigure 11: Rear panel

Let’s now take a look inside the Fractal Design Define R4.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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