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Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-TI Titanium Grey 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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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.

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


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  • Doug J.
  • 1/8/2015 7:04:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig and silent

Pros: This case was a blast to work with. I haven't built a gaming/work rig in almost 10 years and my things have changed as far as cable management goes. This case has an awesome section in the back to route as many cables as you want without your case looking like a mess.

Another huge plus is how silent this case is. I took the top panels out to install a Corsair 100i water cooler for my CPU and I can only hear anything coming from my case when I crank my fans ALL the way up.

This case looks really professional to me. No frills. Solid.

Cons: None really. There is a very tiny chip in the back where the paint was knocked off but that's not the case's fault.

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  • Lauren S.
  • 11/28/2014 4:30:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Incredibly roomy, no problem at all fitting the 12 inch r9 290 i purchased, Ample Drive bays + Removable Bays....it is very pretty....So many ports to run wires from PSU making it very easy to hide wires...3 Additional 120-140MM Fan slots (screw holes fit a variety of sizes)

Cons: DOA! returning

VERY HEAVY...its very heavy when its empty and even more so when its full built.

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  • Adam H.
  • 10/27/2014 2:33:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsSolid case

Pros: This case has a lot of room available. The included fans are quite decent as well. The included fans, which run off of the included front-panel controller work well. I have only added a single quiet fan to vent out the top of the case (along with a Noctua NH-D15 CPU cooler, which I am running with both fans (the second fan if shifted up a bit and I am running low profile RAM)). The side panels do a great job of quieting any internal noise. Although, once after opening and moving the case to add an extra HDD I heard a constant rattling sound. I thought it was a side panel, but after ten minutes of moving panels and sticking my head inside the case I realized it was just the bottom fan filter insert that had shifted a few millimetres. All in all, I am completely happy with this case.

Cons: I seem to be very sensitive to low-frequency sounds. I have this case sitting a few feet beside me (to my right) on the floor, and from where I sit it's very quiet. But when I walk beside my desk (on the right side of the case) I hear a low pulsing, rumbling sound that sounds like it's coming from the fans. When I heard this I was annoyed, but from where I sit compared to the case, I don't really hear anything obvious from the fans.

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  • Anthony M.
  • 10/25/2014 7:36:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOverall excellent case

Pros: Heavy duty case, the fans have rubber grommet to keep them from having a rattle, the case overall is very quiet.
The case looks just as good in person as it does in the picture.
Cable management is very easy with this case.

Cons: The case is very heavy so beware
The power light is very bright (lights up the entire corner of my living room)
My only real issue that I have with this case as of today (about 4 months since purchase) is that I noticed on the side panel on the upper corner the paint is peeling, and if I touch it it falls off.

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  • Albert S.
  • 10/7/2014 11:46:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsworks with SSI EEB

Pros: Looks nice in my opinion, good design.

Cons: Unofficially support SSI EEB if you are ok with leaving few holes unscrewed. I don't see a reason why they cannot add few more holes to support wider range of boards like SSI EEB officially.

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  • Daniel A.
  • 7/12/2014 4:39:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat case, broken front panel

Pros: Excellent, well designed case. The rubber cable guides are particularly classy, there is plenty of room for giant motherboards, coolers or power supplies, and the plentiful array of hard drive bays come with a full set of removable trays. The case chassis itself is heavy, with high build quality, and virtually every surface is covered with soundproofing material.

My only complaint with respect to the case design is that the upper thumbscrew for the removable 3.5" drive bay is partially blocked by the 5.25" drive bay, making it difficult to remove (especially since all of the case thumbscrews were *extremely* tight from the factory).

Were it not for the problems with the removable front panel, this would have been a five-star review (see below).

Cons: The removable front panel (containing the front USB and audio ports and case doors) came heavily damaged. Most of the posts, which connect the panel to the case chassis, were snapped off of the panel. The remaining posts hold the panel on, but it's extremely loose due to all the broken posts.

One of the latches of the inner front panel door covering the front fans was also broken, so the fan door does not open or close properly.

Many of the ventilation slots along either side of the front panel are even cracked or broken as well.

Based on the original product packaging and nature of the damage, it's clear that either the front panel was compromised during installation and shipped anyway, or that the front panel was already compromised and installed anyway.

This is a very nice case, but the front panel attachment posts are fragile and under-designed. My problems with the damaged removable front panel make for an extremely disappointing addendum to what would have been an otherwise perfect build.

I don't feel that it's worth completely deconstructing my build in order to return the entire case, but individual front panels are apparently not available. I wish I could recommend this otherwise fantastic case, but I worry that quality control issues such as this would come back to haunt other purchasers.

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  • Tracy L.
  • 7/8/2014 10:29:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Case

Pros: Classy looking, lots of room, great cable management, very quiet. Easy access to fans and are able to move them around or add more as needed. Moveable HDD cages is nice.

Cons: Like others have said, it would have been nice if the bottom dust filter could be removed from the side instead of straight back. It may be an inconvenience for some.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am very pleased with this case.

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  • Arthur M.
  • 6/12/2014 7:04:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSurpassed my expectations

Pros: Built solid as a rock, has sound damping material lining the sides (I work in acoustics), is HUGE, has wonderful cable routing options, large space between the back of the mobo and side panel means lots of space for wires to be placed, I could just go on and on about this thing! It's gorgeous to boot, too! I have never spent more than $60 on a computer case before, always focused my money on what's inside, but I expect to use this case for a long, long time! It is well built, well thought out, has great airflow, many configuration options, comes with many vibration damping/sound deadening pieces, and it really does look fantastic! It was a pleasure to set up!

Cons: More being nitpicky than cons, but two things caught my attention. First, when the front bay door is closed, the two front fans are a little starved for air. Not completely, but still. A small gap would be nice. I may cut out a channel in the foam on the back of the door to give some breathing room. Second, while moving the case around on my carpeted floor, one of the rubber pads on the back foot came off. The glue was very sticky though, and I simply stuck it back on when I was done moving it and it has held so far.

Other Thoughts: I'm not exaggerating when I say this case is solid, well built, and tough, it is the sturdiest computer case I've ever owned, but this case also has a very classy look to it. Half way between serious gaming machine and executive supercomputer. It is simple, elegant, commanding, bold, and has all the features I wanted.

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  • Robert M.
  • 6/2/2014 3:05:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best case for me

Pros: This case is the best that i have found. Its better than what i expected. Very very large case with plenty of room and the quality of this case it excellent!! The look of this case is just what i was looking for . It doesnt have that cheap plasticy look that other more expensive cases do its really a luxury case. Yes, this case has very good airflow as well. I have had a total of 5 cases (this is the 6th one) and this is definitely the best case i have purchased. Good job fractal design.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Fractal design is my brand for cases from now on

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  • Jeff H.
  • 5/28/2014 12:45:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Quiet fans, good ventilation, good cable management, sleek design

Cons: Weight

Other Thoughts: Although this enclosure is rather heavy, I think shipping weight was 40lbs, it has been a great for me. I especially like the cable management setup for this case. Numerous spots to put the cables through so all excess cabling is hidden on the backside of the case. Fans are removable and can easily be moved to different vents on the case.

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