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Fractal Design Define XL Black ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case

  • ATX Full Tower
  • 4 USB 2.0, 1 eSATA, Audio Front
  • Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX
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As the name implies, the Define XL is the larger sibling of the acclaimed and award winning Define R2/R3 case. It is focused on low noise levels while also excelling in other important features such as high-performance cooling, expandability and ease of use. The XL combines minimalistic yet elegant styling with extraordinary performance, noise reduction features, premium build quality, and unparalleled value in this price range. This full-tower case is a great choice for everything from gaming/enthusiast systems to silent home theater and corporate applications. The exclusive ModuVent System, 10 hard drive bays with SSD compatibility, sleek black interior, pre-installed noise absorbing materials, 6 fan slots, unique tilted rear-exhaust 180mm fan, configurable thermal chambers, rotatable/removable HDD bays and superior cable management, are just some of features that put the R3 in a class by itself.

The Define XL is pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing bitumen material. This material effectively absorbs noise generated by the components and fans inside. The sleek top panel has no holes, to also help reduce noise. Instead of putting a fan on the top cover, a 180mm fan is mounted inside near the top at an optimized angle, to blow out air in the rear and further reduce any noise generated by the fan. The side panel has a removable cover, called ModuVent, which also contains noise absorbing material and can be removed to further enhance the air flow characteristics by mounting an additional intake fan in the side panel.

The case has 3 chambers, which can easily be reconfigured in multiple ways to change and optimize the way airflows through the case. If desired, the XL can support up to 7 fans and provide airflow from 3 sides of the case. The cleverly designed, 10 white HDD trays can be used for 3.5” HDDs or SSDs and the rubber mounting grommets further reduce noise in the system. The spacious chassis can support long graphic cards up to 330 mm (or 480 mm if the upper HDD cage is removed). The case also includes several rubber grommeted routing holes and extended cable space behind the M/B mounting plate which allow for efficient cable management. The bottom of the case has a filter over the power supply which can be easily removed for cleaning. It's easy to see why this case has won so many awards; the attention to detail, clever design, high-performance features, understated yet elegant style, quality workmanship, and unparalleled value, put the Define XL in a class of its own.

  • newegg OPTIMIZED FOR NOISE REDUCTION The case includes dense, noise absorbing materials on the front and side panels. Paired with other noise reduction features such as a covered top panel and silicon mounting grommets for HDDs, the XL truly excels in delivering a low noise solution.
  • newegg UNIQUE MODUVENT SYSTEM If cooling becomes more of a priority than noise reduction, the ModuVent panels can be removed to expose additional air vents for optional fans.
  • newegg UNIQUE TILTED, REAR-EXHAUST 180mm FAN 180mm fan is mounted at an angle blowing hot air out the rear of the case. Doing this allows the top of the case to be closed which does not allow noise to escape from the top, giving the XL case a clear acoustic advantage.
  • newegg CONFIGURABLE THERMAL CHAMBER DESIGN The case has 3 chambers, which can easily be reconfigured to change the way air flows through the case. The main chamber has a rotatable and removable HDD cage. A divider separates this chamber from the PSU chamber. The PSU can be turned upside down to change airflow. The 3rd chamber contains 2 fixed HDD cages which are separated from the PSU chamber by another removable divider.
  • newegg CONVENIENT FRONT PANEL The aluminum look front panel has a stunning, minimalistic design with easily accessible USB 2.0, eSATA and Audio I/O ports. The reset button is intelligently placed inside the front door.
  • newegg ADVANCED CABLE MANAGEMENT Cables can be conveniently routed through rubber grommets into a generous compartment behind the motherboard to reduce cable clutter and improve airflow.

Learn more about the Fractal Design Define XL, Black Pearl

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Model
Define XL, Black Pearl

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Black Pearl
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX and E-ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
4 x External 5.25" Drive Bays with one 5.25 > 3.5 inch converter included
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1 x External 3.5" Drive Bay (converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
10 x Internal 3.5" Drive Bays compatible with SSDs
Expansion Slots
7 x Fractal accent white painted brackets
1 x Additional Bonus Slot for fan controller or other applications

Front Ports

Front Ports
4 x USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA and Audio I/O

Cooling System

140mm Fans
1 x 140 mm front fan with removable and washable filters
1 x 140 mm rear fan
180mm Fans
1 x 180 mm top fan
Side Air duct
Yes

Physical Spec

Dimensions
22.10" x 9.13" x 22.05"
Weight
39.50 lbs.

Features

Features
Stunning Aluminum look Front Panel design

ModuVent System offers optimal silence and performance capabilities

Pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing material

Configurable Thermal Chamber Design

Removable and rotatable HDD bays to enhance cooling characteristics and accommodate extremely long graphics cards

Sleek black interior with Fractal white and black accent colors

10 x HDD user friendly white trays with black silicone mounts

6 x Fan Slots (2 x 140mm - front, 1 x - front, 1 x 180mm - top, 1 x 140mm - rear, 1 x 120/140mm - side)

Fan Controller for 3 fans included

Convenient top I/0 panel for easy access

Removable and Washable air filters

Advanced Cable Management System

Supports graphics card lengths up to 330mm up to 480mm with upper HDD cage removed

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Brent S.
  • 3/10/2012 10:39:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Perfect case for my first build. Quiet, tons of room, awesome design, and very well built.

Cons: None. It's heavy but oh well. There's a reason you didn't buy a laptop.

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  • Philip H.
  • 10/27/2011 3:09:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case

Pros: - Sound dampening material
- Optional fan placement in lower department and upper if only using one 5.25 drive
- Removable dust filters in front of ALL intakes
- Flexible air flow control and thermal compartments with removable dividers
- Plenty of space to work in, will fit large video cards, won't end up struggling to plug stuff in or having trouble tucking stuff away
- Removable hard drive tray in upper compartment, can also be turned to act as funnel for intake fan
- Great cable management, plenty of rubber grommets, lots of space behind motherboard so the side panel doesn't end of bulging
- Thumb screws everywhere for convenience
- Easy to use hard drive trays with rubber sound dampeners

Cons: - It includes a cheapy fan controller but one the pins in the 4-pin power adapter broke. It's really flimsy, and you need to push very hard to get the power cable into the 4-pin adapter. It ended up pushing one of the pins back and now it's unusable.

- The front dust filters are technically "removable" but it's not as easy as you think. You can put in screws to hold the fans, or not because it also clamps the fans. I put in screws because I wanted the fans on tight to avoid any vibration noise. So you have to pop the whole thing out of the front, remove the screws, then unclamp the fans. It's not as simple as just popping off the dust filter like in the old P180 cases.

- No hard drive activity LED

Other Thoughts: FIRST: Don't end up delaying your build. Buy a 8-pin power cable extension if your motherboard 8pin connector is at the top. You will need it! I'm using a Corsair TX850 V2 which has fairly long cables and it was still not enough.

It's a full tower case so its huge. And heavy! The side panels alone are fairly heavy. But unless you're carrying this thing around, the weight doesn't matter that much.

Personally I think it's a little too big - I didn't get an R3 is because the R3 doesn't have a removable upper hard drive cage for better airflow.

I'm coming from a Antec P180B and I love this case.

My build:
- MB: Asus P8Z68-V Pro
- CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
- COOLER: Corsair H80
- MEM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
- VIDEO: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 580
- HD: Intel 510 SSD 250GB
- HD: 2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB
- DVD-RW: Asus DRW-24B1ST
- PSU: Corsair TX850 V2

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  • ROSS C.
  • 10/18/2011 11:10:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLOVE THIS CASE

Pros: Where to start! This is my third build. The last 2 were Antec P-180 (06) and Antec P-182 (09). This case is FAR superior to each of them. Wire management is excellent. Plenty of room to work and no sharp corners. Inside is BLACK! I needed a flash light a couple of times when wiring the motherboard. Air flow is excellent. I installed the extra 120 and 140 front fans. With all fans on high including the 2 120's on the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus it is very quiet. I needed 8-pin and 24 pin extenders on my Sliver Stone 750 modular power supply. No big deal, just be aware of it. It's not heavy, it's my computer! With all my "stuff" installed, it is around 50lb. As with my other builds, I put them on a wooden platform supported with casters for easy moving. At 65, I'm not picking these monsters up! This is a well engineered case that I will have for many years with upgrades I'm sure.

Cons: If there are any, I'm not aware of them. Weight is not a Con for me, it is a Pro.

Other Thoughts: Fantastic case for the price. If you use it for LAN parties, you will look like Hulk Hogan by the end of the year without using steriods!

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  • Keith P.
  • 10/13/2011 7:39:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is a very quiet case. The only noise with the front closed is from rear fans and PS. A gentle whoosh. Very good construction quality and paint. Excellent fit for my MoBo and CPU fan.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is a heavy, large case. Be prepared! I did have to make a custom power cable to be able to get from the PS to the CPU power plug. I also replaced the case and PS screws with the supplied knob screws. Easier to open now.

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  • Brent G.
  • 9/18/2011 8:06:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice case

Pros: Huge very nice well built case will most likely never need a new case again.

Cons: None so fare

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  • Daniel D.
  • 9/17/2011 10:25:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Real Joy

Pros: This case is an absolute joy to work with. I've yet to find a single unfinished part of it. Beyond that it is truly elegant and very quiet even with all the fans (stock + additional 120 mm and stock CPU heat sink.)

Nice paint and finish.

Pretty good cable management.

Tool-less is VERY nice!

Packed remarkably well. Box came looking like it lost the fight with the UPS guy but the contents were completely unmarked.

I took a chance never having heard of this company, but I'd buy another of their products after this experience.

Cons: ALL minor nits, but they are cons for this product. Together these DON'T add up to even -1 egg

1. No ATX cable extenders. YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED THEM! Buy at least an 8-pin extender. I had to run the 8-pin cable through the mobo compartment while an extender was shipped to me.

2. Needs another cable access port at the bottom of the mobo tray. Had to route the front panel cables under the mobo to get to the corresponding headers which are on the bottom edge of my mobo.

3. Cable access port in the bottom compartment needs to be longer and/or moved forward. With my PSU, it's OK, but if you put a longer unit in there, you wouldn't be able to use the port.

4. With the top HDD cage rotated to act as a duct, you can't mount a 3.5" drive in the cage. The cables bump into the front fan.

Other Thoughts: This thing is VERY black, both inside and outside. It is so dark inside I had to deploy a work light to see what I was doing.

It is NOT as heavy as everyone makes it out to be. Yes, it weights 43 pounds, but unless you're carrying it around daily does it matter? Picking up a sack of cement makes me grunt; I don't feel like making any noise when picking this case up, even with all my gear in it.

***With the side panels off, you can see all the clips on the front panel that hold both upper and lower fan mounts in place. You can use that to make it EASY to take the fans out and to put them back, because you can "help" push the clips clear to take the fans out, and you can see when the clips are in the right slot when putting them back.***

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  • RICHARD R.
  • 9/10/2011 9:31:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Case, NO Support

Pros: Generally, a very good case for the $. As with any "silent" case, there's a trade-off between quiet & additional heat. I replaced every fan except for the top 180mm fan--& I'd replace that ineffectual fan also if I hadn't already installed an efficient CPU cooler which would need to be uninstalled to replace it. So if low noise AND low temperatures are a priority, plan on spending at least an add'l $50 for decent, quiet fans with useful airflow--both intake & exhaust.
That said, you ARE getting what you pay for: a (generally) well-designed minimalist-looking (a + in my book) case that's large, & very heavy--steel & lots of plastic up front (the nice shiny front case door is actually all plastic). That said, even with 2 front 140mm Gelid fans, a side 140mm Noiseblocker fan & a AeroCool 140mm exhaust fan--ALL of which move a lot more air--this case is pretty quiet while significantly reducing internal temps. The add'l width is also useful for cord control--but an 8-pin power m

Cons: WHAT YOU DON'T GET: ANY SUPPORT. The Fractal "Contact Us" on their website seems to be an inside joke. Both a request for a more detailed manual (what with plastic clips throughout the whole front panel--not real forgiving if you guess wrong) & a later request for an alleged USB 3.0 front header replacement part (promised as "available soon!" in every review I've read--only not actually sold by Fractal or ANY authorized distributor--supposedly available in June) were not acknowledged nor ever responded to. Sort of disgusting if you ever convince yourself that there's someone who thinks you're worth anything after purchase.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/7/2011 7:46:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Positive

Pros: Built a machine for work and purchased this case to go with it. After doing so I immediately came home and purchased this case for myself. Very spacious, excellent air flow, very easy to add/remove drives. Lots of cable management possibilities. Sturdy door. I/O on top front is nice for me. Lots of open space on top of the machine to sit things. Room for large cooling systems. Room for 10 Hard drives. I dont know what else to say. No stupid windows for weirdos to look into to watch the blinking lights Just a serious case with serious room and no.

Cons: I cant think of anything off hand, these guys thought of everything. A con could be that it doesnt come with 1 more fan. I had to salvage one from my old machine.

Other Thoughts: If you are not one of those windows and blinking lights type of freaks then this is the case for you. just my opinion!

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  • Marek D.
  • 9/2/2011 8:24:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Agree with other reviewers: it's a really nice case, plenty of room, plenty of HDD bays, very quiet, good air-flow etc. A few specific notes:

Need power connector extender(s): 8-pin ATX extension is a must; 24-pin ATX power cable *may* be ok if you rotate power supply so PSU cables are located closer to the back wall/partition (the main power cable just reached the motherboard socket with not even 1" to spare in my case :) Or, get PSU with extra-long cables.

Case if really quiet; using Corsair H80 liquid cooler for my Phenom X8 1090T CPU allows to run with the lowest "quietest" fan setting without exceeding +47C core temp (or +43C using "middle" fan setting). If using H80 (or similar) the supplied exhaust fan can be used as second inlet fan (chassis come with only one inlet fan). Upper-mounted exhaust fan is nice, air exits to the back, no "holes" on the top surface of the chassis (a great feature for me). Now, the biggest "noise-maker" is spinning DVD drive :)

Cons: Case in heavy (steel, as advertised), not really a con for me (not surprised by it).

Bottom feet made of plastic (metal/aluminum would be better) - one was damaged/cracked (not in shipping, shipping box was ok), but most likely in the factory, bottom "floor" of the chassis where the foot attaches was dented as well (looks like the heavy chassis was dropped onto the foot, which pushed-in and cracked). Fixed it myself, not really visible, acceptable "losses" (no points taken off for this).

Other Thoughts: The cable management is *really* nice. All cables (power, fan, sata, etc) can run straight behind motherboard mounting partition. Removable back wall of the chassis allows for perfect access to arrange these cables, also any power cable splitters or other misc items can be mounted there (there is about 1" clearance between mobo partition and back wall).

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/29/2011 6:06:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMust Have !!!!

Pros: I have been buying stuff from newegg for almost 10 years. this is the first time i have ever wrote a review.

*****This case is amazing. *******

The acoustics are top quality. Db level measured @ 21db outside of the case. external fans at 100%.

This case is easily worth $250.00 I’ve built a lot of computers, and this is by far the top of my list.
*ample room for discrete cable management
*case is 45lbs of sturdy steel
*top quality sound-proofing foam on side panels
*top quality fans included.

Cons: No ATX Power Extenders included. YOULL NEED THEM!!
The 8Pin ATX Power connector extension is a MUST, and a 24Pin Main Power Connector should be purchased too. 5$ for each. you’re spending $160+, what’s another 10$. This will minimize your build time.

Other Thoughts: *** it took me a total of 2 hours to build this ***
Phenom II 955/ 6x 1.5TB + 3x 3.0TB/ SUPERMICRO AOC-SASLP-MV8 RAID/ Asrock 890FX Deluxe3/ UnRAID Software/ Fractal Design Full Tower/700W OCZ

If you purchase an 5x3 hard drive cage (itll let you fit 5 more hard drives in a space for 3* 5.25"), you can have 10+5 = 15 hard drives in a single case

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