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


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  • Melissa M.
  • 5/10/2015 11:58:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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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  • Dana J.
  • 3/8/2015 11:58:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • Jim W.
  • 12/21/2014 5:21:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsDiamond in the rough

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

Pros: Nice roomy case with a lot of ventilation.Nice sturdy case. Was very impressed with the included package of fasteners. There was a screw for every component I installed. I have built my personal PC's every three years since 1995. This is a case that I have been waiting for. This case accepted my Corsair H110 radiator in the top just fine.

Cons: The case weighs in excess of 40 pounds loaded.Not a problem with me.

Other Thoughts: For the price this case surpasses the designs of some of the multi hundred dollar cases. Well worth every penny!

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  • Erik L.
  • 12/19/2014 6:41:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love this 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: The internal design is a joy to work with compared to most cases I've owned. The drive bays are user-friendly. Cabling options are aplenty. Sound dampening is effective while neither unattractive nor obtrusive.
I can work inside this so much better than all the midsize towers I've ever worked with, I may never have a mid tower again.
The fans at full speed are a bit louder than I care for, but that hasn't been an issue because at 7V they are quiet and move enough air to keep my components cool.
External layout is perfect for me, as I keep the tower on the floor (slightly raised for better airflow and less dust). The front ports are accessible and as aesthetically pleasing as front ports can be.
Case arrived in perfect condition. Build quality and paint job are great and easily befitting the price.

Cons: While the aesthetics are great, make sure you know how big this really is. I measured out the space before buying, but I was still impressed when I took it out of the box.

The bottom-mounted intake fan made an unpleasant noise at 12V. I tried each of the 140mm fans and they all made some level of the same noise when mounted horizontally. They do NOT make this noise when mounted vertically, as in the front intake and rear exhaust.
It's been months so I don't remember exactly if the problem was the bearings, motor, or simply the vertical airflow, but I do know my Cougar Turbine 120mm is preferable. Note that at 7V and 5V the noise was significantly reduced/negligible, but I found the Cougar moves more air at 12V than the Fractals do at 7V, and the Cougar didn't make noise.

Other Thoughts: Buy an 8-pin extension if you don't have one, because your PSU cables are not likely to be long enough to reach the top of the motherboard from the bottom of this case.
Remember to periodically clean the fan filters on the front and bottom!
Also, I did use two Cougar Turbine 120mm fans - rear exhaust and bottom intake - because I had them and I think they have a somewhat better airflow-to-noise ratio. I run them at full speed and don't hear them.
If you're thinking about buying this case, you probably already know you want something that will keep your components cool and your room quiet. Keeping in mind just how large this case is (it could swallow an Antec 900), cool and quiet is exactly what this case does.
Know that mounting top exhaust fans or a side fan will increase perceivable sound from inside the case. I do not use those fan positions and have never removed the sound dampening material from those areas. I only unmounted the material once to hear the perceptible noise increase.
The size lends itself to many fans, large motherboards, expansion ports, and expansion bays. With a little creativity, one could fit an EATX with two CPUs, multiple VGAs, and a custom multi-loop water cooling setup in this case.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 11/3/2014 9:15:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid and well built

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

Pros: This is a solid case built with heavy gauge steel. Both side panels have sound dampening material applied to reduce vibrations and resonating sound. Reinforced corners make the chassis feel solid even with all panels removed. Fan openings are initially covered with sound dampeners and can easily removed to add additional fans. There is a fan speed switch tucked away on the front of the case allowing you to switch voltage to the fans from 5, 7 and 12 volts. The front door also has sound dampening applied and feels sturdy and heavy. The magnets for the door are strong and the door snaps shut and wont accidentally pop open. The hard drive racks are metal with rubber pads for the drives and they don't look like they will break or pop out any time soon - you can even use the included optional screws to secure them even further.

Cons: There are no 3 1/2 bays to mount that stray USB or multi card reader without using a 5 1/4 to 3 1/2 adapter. It would have been a bonus if one adapter was included. Don't slide the chassis across the floor or desk as the rubber feet will probably pop off.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am extremely satisfied with this chassis. It's a solid case with excellent sound dampening. The airflow through this case must be intense with the three included 120mm fans and room to mount an additional four. The chassis has a clean modern look without all the crazy curvy alien looking doodads that seem to have sprouted up over the years; Perfect for a minimalist like me.

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  • Timothy P.
  • 10/30/2014 1:09:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful 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: Chassis has a great sturdy feel to it. Front of the case has a door with a piano black door and minimal lighting. The wiring inside the case is the most organized i've ever seen for a full tower case. Its a heavy case, and if you cannot build a computer inside of it, you can certainly get a few muscle workouts on it.

Cons: I believe the only con to the case would be the weight, but then heavy cases tell me that its a good build using good material.

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  • Barton H.
  • 9/27/2014 2:34:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat 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: Big, spacious, very well made and finished, options and space available for just about any configuration. Not a fancy fan-boy case - just a solid, competent performer. Comes with sound-deadening from the factory - will save you a bundle over doing it yourself.

Cons: Weight. It is a VERY heavy case, even empty. One loaded and given its size, you won't be taking it to LAN parties.

Other Thoughts: Love these cases, this is my third and the first full tower. Fractal makes some great stuff.

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  • Robert W.
  • 9/21/2014 7:36:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe rebirth of antec p180

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

Pros: Affordable. Much cheaper than some crazy cases out there. This is for the minimalist who wants performance and doesn't need to show off.

Solid case. mostly metal all around. Eerily similar design to the old Antec P180 case I own. Right down to the back compartments and door design. Don't tell Antec though ;)

Has lots of room inside to work with. Accommodated a asus X99 deluxe & corsair H105 installation. Separated compartments allow you to install hard drives on the top (removable for larger graphics cards), and the bottom. Cabling routing on the aft door allows more to be clean install. And a SSD mount if you don't want to put it inside the case. I used it for a fan hub controller instead.

Noise dampening material inside along with the included case fans are surprisingly QUIET. I mean really quiet. No noctua's needed. Just runs at a small audible hum. Low enough to have a conversation next to it and not be overdrawn . Perfect for audio recording/podcasting.

Would Highly recommend.

Cons: none

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  • Vikram A.
  • 9/5/2014 12:15:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid

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

Pros: Extremely well built

Cons: Needs more front panel USB3

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  • Nathan B.
  • 8/14/2014 5:52:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Top Notch 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: I've built many computers over a near twenty-year span, and this was one of the most enjoyable builds I've ever completed. The biggest reason for that - by a mile - was this case.

Standard disclosure: I did buy this elsewhere, but only because of a one-day sale price that was simply too low to say no to. The rest of the gear came from the fine folks at Newegg in typically stellar (and day-early) fashion.

What was enjoyable about this build is that every detail that I encountered seemed to be very thoughtful, well-executed, and aimed at providing a premium product at a terrific price.

The outside of the case is just what I wanted: all-black, subtle presence but strong design, and good, solid steel. The inside of the case is fit and finish everywhere: no sharp edges with lots of attention paid to the layout of components and cabling.

My EVGA SuperNova 1000 power supply fit perfectly between the back of the case and the bottom fan. The slots for feeding cables back and forth were all perfectly placed; I never had to feed a cable too far, and every single power or data cable is basically hidden from view without a lot of threading or gymnastics. True, it's easier when you're working with all of this space, but I'd rather deal with a roomy full-size case and a relatively quick build than sweat the details over an SFF case.

The drive cages and trays operate smoothly and came pre-fit with rubber grommets for my two old-school WD HDDs and two newer SSDs. I could easily remove the top drive cage for super-long high-end cards; as it is, I could still fit a 12" card without removing the cage. And if you want to improve the airflow from the 140mm fan in the front? That top cage can rotate 90 degrees to let all of the air through.

The inside of the case is also fitted with soundproofing material that adds a soft touch to everything and eliminates pretty much every bit of sound, save for what cranks out of the video card under load. If it weren't for the case light, I wouldn't know it was on.

Cons: This seems super nit-picky - and it shows my age, I'm sure - but I wish it had a separate HDD LED on the case. As it is, there is only one LED and you have to choose whether to make it the Power LED or HDD activity LED.

Other Thoughts: For many years, I was a loyal Antec builder for many of these same reasons. They always seemed to be out in front with thoughtful, quality design without breaking the bank. The team at Fractal Design really hit a home run here. I would wholeheartedly recommend this case to anyone who asks, and I will build with Fractal again.

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