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Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Full Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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5 out of 5 eggsThe finest case I've ever owned

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Beautiful sleek exterior that doesn't make me cringe like a lot of the flashier gaming cases do
- Sturdy steel construction and an absolute all-around pleasure to build in. Loads of space for huge GPUs and PSUs and 8 drive bays (good for people like me who hoard files). Cable routing space behind mobo tray is a plus.
- USB ports on top are sturdy and won't break easily like with some cases
- Stock cooling (3x 140mm) is phenomenal and my GPU runs very cool, airflow is great.
- Fan noise almost nonexistent thanks to sound dampening. It's not entirely silent but it's very quiet compared to most cases I've owned.
- Removable fan screens catch a lot of the dust and are easy to clean

Cons: It's big and heavy. If you are looking to make a LAN rig consider something that's not almost 40 lbs. out of the gate. Otherwise everything about this case is wonderful.

Other Thoughts: As someone who has built and worked with PCs for a long time and used dozens of different cases it's no light statement when I say this is my favorite case ever. I agree with every other positive review here. This case is big enough for just about any build or configuration and looks sexy as hell to boot.

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  • KURT H.
  • 1/6/2016 7:10:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNever going back to a smaller case

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: After years of using mid-size cases for my builds, squeezing the GPU in, figuring out how to fit 4 all the 3-1/2" drives, putting up with the rats nest of data and power cables, I was blown away by how quickly my new build went together using the Define XL R2 case. No muss, no fuss, there was plenty of room for everything and then some. Cable routing was easy, I can fit more HDDs than my MB can support. Sturdy case, I love easy to clean dust filters on the front and bottom. You couldn't ask for a quieter case, lots of internal sound absorbing material to mute fan noise. Although I'm just using a single GPU this case will allow 4x of the longest cards without any problems. It includes more than enough accessory hardware (screws and such) for most builds. I've found my new favorite case for future builds.

Cons: I like having separate LEDs for HDD and Power, this case only has a single LED for either/or.

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  • Patrick M.
  • 12/6/2015 10:22:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic!

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Ridiculously sturdy
-Very roomy, can be made even more roomy if necessary
-Doesn't try to look like a spaceship
-Everything fits like a glove
-Flat top with USB jacks is perfect for people who use external drives with short cords (me)
-Comes with more than enough hardware
-Doesn't have a tacky acrylic side window (though I think it's an option if you're into that sort of thing)
-The included fans are very quiet and provide great airflow
-Sound dampening foam works quite well
-Very reasonably priced given the size and quality

Cons: -Side panels are a little tricky to get on and off
-Fan speed switch seems a little flimsy (which is fine, I don't plan on using it a lot)
-Some sort of carrying handles (or recesses in, say, the front and back) would've been nice, though not everyone moves their desktop around as much as I do
-Depending on your SATA power cables and the size of your drives, you might need to use alternate HDD trays or adjust their position in the trays (also fine, I just wish I realized this prior to going to close things up and finding that the stiff sleeved connector stuck out too far)

Other Thoughts: It's big. It's hefty. Somehow it's sleek as well. You could probably use it to barricade a door! It seems super well designed and manufactured. I don't have too much in it just yet, but there's no way I'll run out of space, so long as I get someone more competent to do the wiring for me...

Buy this is if:
-You have good taste
-You need a fair amount of room or, like me, you'll gradually be upgrading and will eventually need the room
-You want a super solid case

Don't buy this if:
-You can't lift 40-odd pounds
-You like ugly cases
-It's more than you need (in which... case... I would save a good chunk of dough and get a smaller case)
-You're somehow even worse at wiring up your components than me and will run out of space in the cable area

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  • William M.
  • 11/7/2015 4:57:20 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFirst impressions

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Sleek look, plenty of room for components, quiet

Cons: Very large, some cables were not long enough to stretch from psu to top of mobo.

Other Thoughts: This is a nice, sleek looking case. The side panels and parts of the other sides have thick sound dampening padding that does work, but adds quiet a bit of weight. Unfortunately, my case was delivered with one of the feet broken off. I have contacted fractal design to see about getting a replacement foot.

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  • Zachary T.
  • 10/12/2015 1:57:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA case to last a decade or more!

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Fantastic build quality
-Nearly all steel design
-Exceptionally roomy
-Both sides come off, allowing easy organization of cabline
-Excellent noise dampening

Cons: -Very heavy (what do you expect with a massive metal case?)

Other Thoughts: The case is very well build, very good build quality. The nearly all steel construction gives it a significant amount of heft, though that's to be expected. Each access ports for USB and headsets near the power switch.

It has four bays for external drives, which is pretty excellent. THe total inside space is phenomenal for an enthusiast. I have no issued cramming the case full of all the cards and drives I need!

One feature I really like is the screen on the bottom fan areas. It makes it super simple to clean and reduces the amount of dust getting into the case. You can just pull the screen off, hose it off with a can of air, then replace for a very low maintenance case. Another great feature is the sound dampening; each fan slot comes with a plastic and fabric sound insulator to keep the noise down. It works very well!

Overall the roomy design, good airflow, and high quality construction will allow you to keep this case around for years to come, at least until home PCs radically change in their form factor! I highly recommend this case to any enthusiast!

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  • Andrew H.
  • 9/19/2015 12:06:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery, very nice

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Excellent attention to detail
- Lots of space (great for very long gfx cards)
- Case fan voltage control (5/7/12 volts)
- Good cable management
- Space at the top for 120-140mm radiators and fans
- Comprehensive set of mounting hardware and screws

Cons: - Sound insulation on case sides is very thin
- A few places seem to have been cheaped out on (see other thoughts)
- Black, very, very black (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is probably the best, easiest-to-deal-with case I've ever used (building PCs since mid-90s). The attention to detail is fantastic. No sharp edges, the case fan at the bottom has a metal grille to keep cables from fouling it, cable management holes have rubber edging and airflow blockers, and every single cable has a sheath. There are many different kinds of screws and thumb screws included, and even a bag of rubber washers for vibration isolation of spinning disks. H100i and fans screw right to the top fan/radiator mount with about 0.5in clearance to the top edge of the motherboard. Oh, and the MB mounting holes ACTUALLY LINED EVERYTHING UP without having to manhandle the thing into place - for the first time ever.

A few nit-picks: The filters are a thin screen instead of foam, and the frames are very flimsy plastic. Really doesn't keep the quality feeling of the rest of the case. Some of the thumb screws really need a larger diameter for more leverage (case cover and HDD cages). The case sides are difficult to remove - you need sturdy fingernails, and they will probably pop off, with the front bottom corner nicking any kind of nice wood floor you have underneath. It's so black inside that you'll need a good light for working in there!

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  • Michael B.
  • 8/28/2015 1:13:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Built Sturdy and fans that come with case are quiet.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/4/2015 9:21:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery, very nice full tower case

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good packing material, made it to me with no damage. Solid case, very high quality. Lots of room, easy to remove HDD cages. The side panels are very thick and heavy. Full complement of hardware included.

Cons: Would like to see SSD caddies included. Case feet could be taller to allow better airflow.

Other Thoughts: There are seven case fan mount locations, I filled six of those with Noctua fans, leaving the side fan mount covered.

I am very, very bad at cable management. I have built more than a dozen computers from scratch over 20+ years, and I'm not proud to say each one is a cable spaghetti nightmare, despite my best intentions and weak efforts to neaten them up. After looking at beautiful, clean builds, I think I can put together a clean case. Nope. It's mostly because of impatience and a lack of planning on my part. So, although I had to sort of force the case side on over my cable mess, it was nice that the side did not bow out as it is pretty thick and rigid.

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  • Melissa M.
  • 5/10/2015 11:58:46 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslove it

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: -huge
-strong/ high quality feel
-usb 3.0 near front of case
-all the internal bays you would ever need
-wonderful cable management
-the soundproof panels are a bonus

Cons: -heavy
-could be considered "too big" see other thoughts

Other Thoughts: Aesthetics aren't the top priority for a computer case but they do help. Love the plain face of this case. Tall, black, smooth. I was initially drawn to this case because it resembles the monolith from 2001 space odyssey.

Not sure if anyone else had this problem but i know i did. My cpu power chord was almost too short to reach from the bottom mounted psu to my mobo plug, had to order an extension cable. Not worth taking off an egg imo, i should of measured before ordering. Easy fix though.

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  • Jesse H.
  • 3/8/2015 11:58:27 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest case I've owned, excellent support!

This review is from: Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Spacious, quiet, versatile, extremely easy to build with. Cable management allows for exceptional airflow.

Cons: Non reversible door. Not a game breaker for me, but would have been a nice (and seemingly easy to implement) option.

Other Thoughts: Amazing support!!! Sent me a replacement front audio port board (no questions asked).

Long, short of it - I jumped up between rounds for a drink, tripped over headphones cable, breaking the internal front headphone jack. Luckily the damage was was to the internal front audio board itself, and not the top fascia. Support hooked me up with the replacement part in days, was easy to replace, case is good as new.

Thanks much for the fantastic case and matching customer service!

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