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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 I/O Front Ports
  • 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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The Define XL R2 is in a sleek and stylish Scandinavian form, capable of providing superb cooling and ventilation capabilities with exceptional expandability. Equipped with Fractal Design’s innovative ModuVent feature, this chassis has an updated internal layout that offers greater expandability, modularity and flexibility, including capacity for 9 PCI cards and two HDD cages that can be repositioned to provide more space for water cooling radiators.

  • newegg Silent case with high density To achieve a high level of noise reduction, material with mass should be incorporated which is what Fractal Design strives to achieve with the dense bitumen used on the side panels.
  • newegg ModuVent design The unique ModuVent design allows the user to choose between optimal silence or maximum airflow. 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 Cable Management You can route the cables through the thick rubber grommets and keep them tucked away in the 26 mm routing space behind motherboard plate.
  • newegg Flexible ventilation options Up to 7 fans can be installed (2 x 120/140 mm - front, 2 x 120/140mm - top, 1 x 140mm - back, 1 x 140 mm - side panel, and 1 x140 mm - bottom ), with three silent series R2 140mm Hydraulic bearing fans pre-installed. And a fan controller is strategically integrated in the front panel and supports up to 3 fans. The water tube holes are provided at the rear for easy water cooling setup and maintenance.
  • newegg Removable HDD cages Top HDD cage can be removed or repositioned for increased airflow whereas bottom HDD cage can be repositioned further into the case to allow for front radiator mount.
  • newegg USB 3.0 Connectivity 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 and 2x audio ports on top panel allow handy connection to peripherals.

Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Series
Define XL R2
Model
FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL

Spec

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

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
4
External 3.5" Drive Bays
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
8
Expansion Slots
9

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Audio I/O

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
No
140mm Fans
3 - Silent Series R2 140mm Hydraulic bearing Fans included

Physical Spec

Dimensions
9.13" x 22" x 22.05"
Weight
36.2 lbs.

Features

Features
High density noise-reducing material for an optimal silent case

ModuVent design allowing the user to choose between optimal silence or maximum airflow.

With a new internal layout and additional PCI expansion slots, it can harbor the most powerful enthusiast systems.

Both HDD cages can be removed or repositioned - Top HDD cage can be removed or repositioned for increased airflow whereas bottom HDD cage can be repositioned further into the case to allow for front radiator mount.

The case can fit water cooling equipment in the front, top, rear and bottom without major modifications.

Three-speed fan controller is strategically integrated in the front panel and supports up to 3 fans

Three Silent Series R2 fans are included, featuring hydraulic bearings which contribute to a longer life expectancy - Silent Series R2 retail fans now come standard in all cases

New tool-less front fan holder makes switching front fans a breeze

Cooling system
Front: 1 - hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed (included); 1 - 120/140mm fan (not included)
Rear: 1 - hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed (included)
Top: 2 - 120/140mm fans (not included) - positions also support 240/280mm slim radiators
Bottom: 1 - hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed (included)
Side: 1 - 140mm fan (not included)
Fan controller: 1 - integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)

Water cooling compatibility:
Front - 240mm radiator when HDD cages are removed or repositioned
Top - 240 and 280mm when using slim radiators
Bottom - 120mm radiators
Rear - 120 and 140mm radiators

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Matthew S.
  • 7/26/2014 12:33:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice case.

Pros: Plenty of room for everything. Have a few options for water cooling. Pretty quiet case. Lots of tie down points. Easy to install and route cables

Cons: None that I can think of.

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  • Mike l.
  • 7/25/2014 10:35:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Quality.

Pros: This thing is sturdy and overall just great quality.
Great cable management options.
Cant find a single sharp edge/corner in this case, believe me i tried.
Option to install second bottom hard drive cage (sold separately obviously)
Very quiet case, pretty much silent. Couldn't ask for better. Stock fans are great.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This thing is heavy and big, but you should know that if you ready the specs.

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  • Brian L.
  • 7/14/2014 7:17:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: First, this case is BIG. IT is roomy, if you needed to i am 100% certain you could mount 2 complete setups inside.
Its easy to setup, attach the motherboard in, route cabling, and has more fan ports than any 3 other cases combined. But each port has a foam gasket that blocks it unless you want to use it so you get to completely decide the air flow path.

Cons: Size- i wanted to have this tower sit on a desk, however with a hutch it will not fit in the space so i have to have it sit on the floor.

Other Thoughts: Wish i had more stuff to put in the case, the case seems a little empty with by basic setup.

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  • Michael W.
  • 6/24/2014 7:52:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRetirement home - Roomy and Quiet

Pros: HUGE. Great to route cables behind the motherboard - really cleans up the install. Motherboard mounted controls make setup a breeze. USB 3 and 2 up front.

QUIET - so much I didn't think the unit was on.

Cons: Does not have a speaker (to hear the initial power-on beeps) - Had a spare to test it out - not a continuing issue

Other Thoughts: ASUS Rampage IV AC4; ASUS GeForce GTX760
Fractal Design Define XL Case; Seasonics SS760XL
Samsung 840 Pro XXL; WD Black 1 TB
Crucial Ballistic Sport 32GB
Cooler Mester Hyper 212 ED

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/20/2014 8:02:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslove it.. but room for improvement

Pros: Huge.. this could be a con but I like it big

Lots of fan mounts

Front/bottom dust filters

Mounting options of radiators, in the top of the case the mounting holes are offset so you can run push pull without running into your RAM

Sound dampening foam is amazing

Stock fans are silent even at full speed and look classy

Hard drive sleds!!!! I would buy it again just to get more hard drive sleds they are that awesome!!!

Cons: My PSU cables weren't long enough but that is my problem not the cases

Doesn't support 360mm/420mm radiators

Heavy but if you pay any attention to specs you know that

The airflow at the front of the case is constricted by the front panel

Other Thoughts: Awesome case but your probably better off with the arc midi r4 for liquid cooling. which is what I'm gonna be adding to this case in a couple of weeks.

Really what would make it incredible is if they added the radiator support

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  • Melissa M.
  • 5/28/2014 10:42:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent buy

Pros: Gorgeous case. Elegant design. Very sturdy. Spacious. Includes 3 fans. removable drive cages.

Cons: little bigger than i thought. Had to use the full length of a few of my cables off the psu.

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  • peter a.
  • 5/12/2014 8:29:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: (1) Excellent construction and finish, quality of this level is rare.

(2) Exceptionally roomy and well designed for cable flow.

(3) Every part fit perfectly without any special manipulation; I have read complaints about the difficulty of mounting PSU's but my Corsair fit without problem, just a little patience is required to hold the PSU while the screws are inserted.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Why did I initially try to squeeze my rig into a Sonata Proto? The pleasure of having adequate space in which to work and a truly high quality unit, more than compensate for any price differential.

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  • Justin B.
  • 4/23/2014 8:52:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig bad mother

Pros: good fans, sound proofing
nice and roomy, good cable management
convenient access to power, usb, headphones

Cons: This thing is heavy and massive

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  • Daniel D.
  • 4/17/2014 11:23:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Really Nice Case

Pros: Spacious, solid, well constructed, and quiet. Excellent air flow and cable management capabilities. The build in fan controller is a nice thought even if it is a bit cheesy and limited.

Nicely sleeved fan and case wires.

The appearance and styling is elegant and nicely understated.

See note in "Other thoughts" about a must have accessory!

Cons: Both of these are nits, but I feel that I should mention them in fairness.

Getting the PSU in takes a small amount (and I do mean small) amount more fiddling than on some other cases. The problem is that there is no ledge on the opening to rest the power supply on, so you have to sort of hold it with one hand and get a couple of the screws started with the other. This is not a big deal, and anyone with normal coordination will have no trouble doing what needs to be done.

The other is the blue power LED. That sucker is BRIGHT. If I had this case in a room where light was an issue (like a bedroom) I'd have already disconnected the LED. As it is, this case is in the room I use as an office, and it sort of now functions as a night light.

Other Thoughts: If you buy one of these, you must also buy a 24-pin power cable extension. Don't even think about not buying a 24-pin PSU extension. You're going to need it. I have two Define XL cases (one original and one R2) and both need it with standard Corsair PSUs.

I bought the R2 version to be a companion to the original Define XL that bought a couple of years ago. I really like that case, and wanted something that matched for my other machine.

There ARE differences between the two, even a few that show outside, but not enough to disappoint me visually. It's kind of like looking at twins, a parent sees the nuances that make them different and unique, but a casual observer just sees mirror images.

This case has the potential for some really nice air flow and some of the changes make me thing about wanting to put water cooling it (the top and front radiator locations are just begging for it.)

Cable management is a breeze with this case. The gaskets are nice and the pass-through holes are well positioned. I'm also really liking the addition of places that I can attach zip-ties in the cable compartment without having to rig something. Yes, there are actually cable tie locations stamped into the back of the motherboard tray.

All the internal edges are nicely rounded over, and the positive locks on the drive trays is another nice touch.

Just simply this case was a joy to work with.

That it's elegant, and easy on the eyes doesn't hurt either. While I totally get wanting a gaming rig that has a "battle ready" vibe to it, that's not really appropriate outside of the game room. This case offers a nice alternative without a ton of branding on the outside to detract from the look.

It would be impossible to make a computer the size of this case "invisible", but this case helps the machine just blend in and not call the wrong kind of attention to itself. Two of them together are almost a decor/design statement.

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  • Jon B.
  • 4/10/2014 8:59:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Case!

Pros: Roomy case with no sharp edges, great cable routing, and plenty of exhaust/intake opportunity. Dampening material on the case helps reduce both noise and vibration.

Cons: 1- I wish the door could be mounted to swing open from the opposite direction.
2- The side panels tend to 'jump' off too easily for my liking. I would prefer the side panels to lock in to place without replacing the thumbscrews so you could run with the panels on while testing/troubleshooting/burning in.

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