Fractal Design R4 Black Pearl review -
At the backside of the chassis we notice the big-ass gaping hole in the motherboard tray. This actually is a CPU back-plate cutout which allows you to remove and install a new CPU cooler much easier. Typically you'd need to take out the motherboard to install a new cooler, now you can access it from both sides without that unpleasant experience of removing a motherboard from the chassis. Very popular with many chassis manufacturers these days alright.
There is space for cable routing here, not dramatic heaps of it but in-between the motherboard tray and backside panel a good 2.5 cm, not bad and definitely something that has improved over last-gen products from FD.
At the top side we can see the one 140mm fan, these are included and installed for you already. In the upper mesh you'll notice that mounting holes for other fan and radiator solutions have already been prepped.
But once we zoom in a bit, you can see that these are cushioned with sound dampening materials, which and again, can be removed.
You'll get 7+1 PCI slots to play around with so in theory you can house up-to three graphics cards in here, two I'd recommend as maximum as space wise you can very easily run into problems. Lovely to see is that the PSU is resting on rubber pads, again that helps out in the factor noise and resonating noises.
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