A bit over a year ago Fractal Design made a name for themselves with their Define R2 case. The case was particularly attractive to people looking for a quiet case, but thanks to the sleek looks and reasonable price it also got plenty of attention from other case-buyers. After that very successful launch they've already upgraded the R2 to R3 and launched some new cases. One of the newcomers is the Define XL, which packs the same features as the R2/R3, but is overall bigger. Now let's dive in and see what else has changed!
Package & Specs
- 4x 5,25” bays, 1x 5,25” to 3,5” converter included
- Mini-itx, micro ATX, ATX and E-ATX motherboards
- 10x HDD trays. 4x HDD trays in the HDD cage in the main chamber. This HDD cage is removable and rotatable. (Space ~330mm with HDD Cage and without ~480mm) 6x HDD trays in the lower HDD chamber. These HDD cages are fixed.
- A total of two 140mm fans and one 180mm fan included. Front 140mm fans are mounted with removable, washable filter. A fan controller is included, for mounting in one of the rear expansion slots.
- Room for optional 140 mm and 120 mm front intake fans and a single 120/140 mm side intake fan
- Pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing material in both side panels.
- ModuVent™ feature, allowing the user to choose between an optimal low noise level, having the cover mounted or optimal airflow by removing the cover and mounting a fan for intake.
- On top of front panel: 4x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA and Audio I/O
- Case size (WxHxD): 232x560x561.3mm
- Net weight: 17.95kg
The case arrived to our test packed in a mainly black retail box. On one side of the box there's a photo showing the internal layout and highlighting some features, and on the other there's a shot of the front. Also the specifications are printed on one side, and the first of these you'll notice is the immense weight of the thing.
Looking at the specifications more closely you'll notice that the XL is indeed a large case, at 560 mm height and depth it isn't quite in the Corsair D800-zone, but comes close. To justify this large size the case supports all motherboards up to E-ATX and up to 10 3,5" hard drives. There's also plenty of cooling, which makes the case more flexible and also suitable for the hottest running kit.
For bundle there's an extremely short manual, a bag of screws, a bay cover for a 3,5" external drive, a bunch of zip-ties and also a fan controller that can be installed to one of the PCI-slots.
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