Fractal Design Define XL R2 Overview
For a full video overview of the Define XL R2 be sure to check out our video below.
While the Define XL R2 is a very large case it keeps a nice sleek design, many “quiet” cases are designed this way. The actual dimensions of the case are 322 x 637 x 655mm (WxHxD) and it weighs in at just over 36 pounds. We received the “Black Pearl” version, but it also is available in “Titanium Grey”.
Starting at the front of the case you have a nice large door. From the photos it may look like it is brushed aluminum, but it is a heavy plastic. The door opens from the right and reveals four 5.25-inch drive bays. The door is lined with heavy sound dampening material. To the right of the drive bays is a simple fan controller with three speeds. It supports up to three fans.
Moving down there is a section that is actually another door. If you press it in, it open up to reveal a 140mm intake fan. The entire fan mount actually comes out for easily installation of your fans without even having to open your case up. The fan mount supports two 140 / 120mm fans.
At the top of the case is where you will find all of your connection and buttons. Dead center is a nice large power button. To the left is a smaller reset button and audio connections (headphone & microphone). To the right are two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. Moving towards the back of the case there is a mounting points for two 140 / 120mm fans, but as you can see it is covered up, you will see why once we get inside the case.
The side panel of the case is pretty plain, although there is a mounting for a 140mm fan, although again it is covered.
The back of the case houses a 140mm exhaust fan and moving down you have 9 expansion slots. Of course your power supply will be mounted on the bottom and there is a fan filter that pulls out from the back of the case. It is actually quite long.
There are thumbscrews on each side panel for easy maintenance. Looking at the bottom of the case we can see just how long the fan filter is. We can also see the 4 large feet that will keep the case elevated off the ground for optimal airflow.
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