Fractal Design is known for creating computer chassis with an emphasis on silent cooling. The company has gathered a loyal following that appreciates the stylish design, quality materials and good performance of their products. Some time ago the fourth edition of their "Define" flagship chassis was released, the R4. It took a while to arrive at the Hardware.Info test lab, but here is finally the review of the Fractal Design Define R4. See all PC components reviews and components buying advice.
Like its predecessor, the Define R4 is equipped with sound-dampening mats in the side panels, and it's been added to the front panel as well. This affects the noise levels of course, but it can also affect the cooling. In the last Hardware.Info test of silent chassis, with the Corsair Obsidian 550D and Cooler Master Silencio 650, it became apparent that chassis in this class don't cool very well. So poor, actually, that only entry-level or mid-range systems are suitable. Visit Upgrade Advisor.
The Fractal Design Define R4 has a simple design with sharp lines. From a distance you barely see any differences with the Define R3, but they're there. You can see the two chassis side-by-side here, so you can clearly see the differences. The Define R4 is available in Arctic White, Titanium Grey and Black Pearl.
A noticeable difference is the width, the Define R4 is almost 3 cm wider at 23.2 cm than the R3. This added space is used for cable management behind the motherboard plate, according to Fractal Design. The height and depth has also slightly increased. The total volume of 57.84 dm³ is quite a bit more than the 49 dm³ of the R3.
To find out how well the Fractal Design Define R4 performs and how it compares to the competition, read the full review on Hardware.Info.