The Fractal Design Define R4 isn't the most exciting computer chassis that we've seen. It's mostly an evolution of an earlier design, and it's noticeable that Fractal Design tried to save money on certain components in order to keep a competitive price. With an average price of £85 the Fractal Design Define R4 perhaps doesn't seem that affordable, but for a silent chassis such as this with solid side-panels and sound-dampening materials it's very reasonable. Many of the competitors that we compare the Fractal Design to in this test are much more expensive.
This is the context in which we are placing the performance of the Define R4, which is generally better than much more expensive models from Corsair and Cooler Master. The features and available space are very similar to those two chassis. The Cooler Master Silencio 650 does have a hot swap-bay and the Corsair 550D has a more deluxe finish, but these things don't have much influence on the final verdict. In the end we're more concerned with the cooling performance and how quiet the chassis is.
What we wrote previously about the competition of the Define R4 is also true for this chassis, that a heavy-duty system is not advisable. Still, the Define R4 performed better than those two, and that's partially due to the 140 mm fans. This size fan should really be standard for computer chassis by now.
Considering you get a lot of bang for your buck and the solid performance, the Fractal Design Define R4 earns the Hardware.Info Bronze Award.
Fractal Design Define R4