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Fractal Design Define XL

Cost effective and silent case

Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 28.02.2011
Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Product Group: Enclosures
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Define XL

 

Fractal Design Define XL - Cost effective and silent case
 

Behind the door are the four 5,25" drive bays as well as the door which hides the two dust-filtered 140 mm intake fans. The fans do have dust filters, but the filters are built into the plastic fan holder, and can't be easily removed for cleaning. Another problem here is the door that doesn't open all the way, but just about 100 degrees. It would be a nice feature if one could fold the door flat against the left side panel.

 

Fractal Design Define XL - Cost effective and silent case
 

One of the neat little tricks the case has to offer are the 5,25" covers, which can easily be popped off using the tab on the right edge. Removing the ventilated covers also reveals the holder for an optional 120 mm intake fan.

 

Rear

 

Fractal Design Define XL - Cost effective and silent case
 

Looking at the rear panel it becomes obvious that the case is also rather wide. Starting from the top there's the exhaust grille for a 180 mm fan, a 140 mm exhaust fan, 7+1 PCI-slots and holes for water cooling hoses, some more ventilation holes and finally a power supply mounting plate that can be installed either way. Along the left side there's some more ventilation holes. The side panels are held in place with two thumb screws each.

 

Bottom

 

Fractal Design Define XL - Cost effective and silent case
 

On the bottom there's just a dust-filtered ventilation hole for the power supply and four feet. The bottom of the front panel has also a hole for added airflow and for easier removal of the bezel.

 

Noise management

 

Fractal Design Define XL - Cost effective and silent case
 

Both side panels are lined with very heavy noise dampening material, and weight a ton. This should really help keep the noise from escaping the case, and is also the prime reason for the Define XL's impressive weight. The side fan hole is blocked with a plastic cover and a piece of noise dampening sheet.




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