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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Silent EATX Full Tower Computer Case

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  • Steel EATX Full Tower
  • Optimally designed for silent computing with high density noise-reducing material throughout
  • Patent pending ModuVent design, allowing the user to either have optimal silence or optimal airflow
  • Both HDD cages can be removed or repositioned
  • Supports up to 4 radiators (1 X 280/240mm, 1 X 240mm, 1 X120mm & 1 X 140/120mm)
  • Integrated 3 Speed Fan Controller
  • New tool-less front fan holder makes switching front fans a breeze
  • Removable Dust Filters
  • 2x USB3.0 2x USB 2.0, Audio In/Out Front Ports

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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-TI

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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3/ 5
It's ok. 2/20/2020 11:35:23 AM

Pros: Very plain looking. I'm not a fan of overembellished "gamer" computer cases that are so rampant in the market so the simple box does the trick. No RGB (unless you want that, no judging here), no bells and whistles except for some strange dust filters and a door at the front.
Lots of drive bays.
Very, very roomy in terms of the motherboard side of the case. Liquid cooling folks could get a kick out of this one, maybe.
Almost everything that can be mounted to it mounts as it should save for one (see below).
The front door appeases me.

Cons: It's HEAVY. I'm an older sort and I get scared whenever I have to open the case to replace thermal paste and I have to put the computer on it's side in fear of it toppling over... When I have to move it I have family members carry my computer for me and they'll complain of how heavy the thing is.
Top chassis panel only accommodates specific AIO sizes: my Corsair H110-i can't be fully mounted to it.
Cable management is a nightmare. The back panel behind the motherboard has zero room for any cabling, meaning your cables are going to be squished. Likewise, the holes you put the cables through are very stiff and hard to shove them in.
Built-in fans are a pain to replace, looking at you, bottom-of-the-case fan.
Not a fan of the dust filters, they can be a pain to remove, clean, and remount to the chassis.
Bottom bits holding it up broke off after a month of moving the thing around.
Front ports can be a hit or miss. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

Overall Review: I bought this case about two years ago as part of an upgrade build and I still use it to this day. It plays its roll as a chassis fairly okay but I still can't help but feel it has a lot of wasted potential. This is especially apparent in the abysmal cable management options - 24-pin power cables are thick.

At the very least, thieves won't try to steal your computer because of how absurdly heavy it is.

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3/ 5
A fairly basic, yet expandable case. Don't expect much. 12/7/2019 8:30:32 AM

Pros: 1: A useful number of 5.25 bays. People need to learn that those bays are extremely useful, and those of us who build more workstation-leaning machines appreciate a couple of optical drives, card readers, extra USB ports, hot swap bays... Honestly, I could use another one.

Optical drives are NOT dead. They're required in video and film production, as well as in data transfer in certain environments, and some of us still enjoy CDs, DVDs, and older software that we paid for and get to keep forever. Don't penalize us for your tempered glass fad, people...

2: Plenty of brackets for hard drives, but there are some negatives involved with those. They wasted space for quite a few more by using those stupid "tool-less" mounts. That said, while I don't appreciate the orientation, in the real world, it doesn't really affect cooling.

3: Cavernous space with a few negatives. There's too much of it, honestly, and it's not used efficiently, but it's there. You're not going to run out of space any time soon if you've got a bunch of cards or a water reservoir.

Cons: 1: There isn't as much space on the back side for cable management as you'd expect. There's too much room on the business side, and not enough behind the motherboard tray. Fractal is a little bad for wasting that space, and I don't know why. They're so close to having the perfect "build it in an hour and be done with it" case, but not quite there.

2: Finish quality isn't where it needs to be. That's a very cheap powder job. It's not much better than the satin black on a cheap winch bumper. Maybe PC-exclusive builders will get over it, but if you're into cars or have spent more than five minutes in a Harbor Freight, you KNOW this finish.

If they'd dropped the tool-less nonsense, they could have afforded a better finish.

3: Few of the features you expect when buying anything called "Define" are present. I was at least hoping for a "backup" SSD mount and those quick release cable brackets, but no such luck. It seems strange, because that makes more sense on this case than a mid tower.

4: No USB Type C 3.1 header connector. This is getting pretty ridiculous. I'd be happy to buy their expansion kit, but it's made for the Define R6, and not indicated for this case. At least give me the option, to save me trouble. We buy Fractal cases for fast builds we need running yesterday, and for the 5.25 bays; not modding. Know your customer base.

5: The 5.25 bay covers are still flimsy, and break easily upon removal. Good design, bad implementation. I like the looks, the functionality, and the positive retention, but the plastic hinges are too small to support the force required to remove them sometimes.

6: HDD bay is oriented improperly out of the box. I don't care how hard it is to keep cables clean, not even I swap drives enough to need them facing straight out like that instead of leaving a duct for the air. Get good with your cables, people.

7: This isn't Fractal exclusive (the white paint is, though...), but I'm tired of this "tool-less" nonsense. Four screws are all that's needed, and everything would be MUCH cleaner, and you'd have MUCH more space to work with.

Stop this. If you can't spin a screwdriver, maybe computers aren't for you... It takes only seconds longer than a tool-less arrangement. Again, get good with your cables, people. Nobody needs this stuff, it adds cost to the case, and it gets in the way.

8: No built-in HDD activity light. We have these for a reason, Fractal.

9: It didn't come with a PC speaker. Come on. That's about the most useful thing in the world, nice to hear for us old-school builders who want that audible confirmation, and it's only a few cents. Sure, I can wire up my own or just buy one, but it should be included here.

10: Personal beef: I don't like those grommets, and usually pull them for U channel.

11: With three motherboards, I found the cable routing holes to be offset an annoying amount. It's like they deliberately missed every location by about a centimeter, and didn't put one where they really should have. I'm not so sure they really did too many test builds with this case.

12: A couple front panel connectors could stand to be a bit longer, but overall they can be routed well without a headache. This is that universal "another two inches makes everything better" scenario.

Overall Review: I don't want people to think this is a bad case. It's not. It's just a half-baked case. They weren't finished when they stopped designing it. It needed at least one more prototype iteration and to be updated with the rest of their connectivity lineup.

Overall, this is a basic, acceptable case for general purpose building.

There is a segment of the population, of which I am a part, that spends a lot of time building very expensive dedicated, tailored machines. That generally means our own stuff just needs to be done quickly and easily. The mechanic usually isn't interested in spending much time on his daily driver, after all.

So, for the higher end integrator who doesn't feel like building his own fancy rig, the person who just wants their machine running "right now", people who need multiple 5.25" bays, or even the guy that can't make a decision... It's a good option.

This would have been a much nicer case in 1998, but now, it's... Acceptable. Think of it as a mini van. The mid-size Defines are FAR superior cases, and this one should match their quality. That's what I was expecting.

This case either needs to be updated, or they need to find more space for bays in their smaller units. It's simply out of date in just as many ways as it is notably useful.

I'm fine with the case, and it would be a good platform for a little modding to make it better, but that's not the point of this thing, and it's obvious. This case shouldn't need modding to build a relatively clean professional machine. It's so close... Finish the job on the next revision.

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5/ 5
Quiet and roomy! 12/4/2019 8:07:07 PM

Pros: - Lots of room
- Good cable management
- Quiet stock fans

Cons: - Not enough to dock an egg, but if you're filling up the 3.5" cages with HDDs, you're not going to have a good spot to mount an SSD. I can't find any mounting point on the back of the mobo mount.

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a nice looking server case.

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5/ 5
Large quiet case. 8/2/2019 8:23:20 PM

Pros: Very quiet and large. You can fit any card in it.

Cons: It’s also heavy.

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5/ 5
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Silent EATX Full Tower Case 4/23/2019 3:05:05 PM

Pros: Good Looking Case Without All The b% that most all other cases have now days (No Glass ,rgb vomit,ext ! It Is Huge..I Needed a big case for my supermicro dual xeon FreeNas Build an i have room for my supermicro X8DTH-6F with a Pair of coolermaster hyper 212 Evo's with plenty of room for the side pannell ! I Dont use the built in fan controler i just zip tied it up n out of the way
an i moved the botom 140mm fan to the front with the other for air intake an to cool the 8- 3.5' hdd im going to add 1 more 140mm fractal fan n the botom again for best cooling imho.but again this is for a dual 6 core xeon supermicro motherbord with a gtx titan,an a dual sfp+ dual10Gb nic an its a 24/7 use

Cons: My 1an only Gripe is that it is advertised as a E-ATX / Xl-ATX How ever It IS NOT The Bord Fits Yea But Thair is 2 standoffs that is not thair so i had to drill 2 holes for all the stand offs to work right but unless ure going to use a supermicro XL-ATX Mother bord then ure good to go !

Overall Review: This Is A Great Case Its Huge With Plenty Of Room For Dual cpu server bords and/or a gaming bord i like the 4 -5.25 bays, I wanted my Blueray Drive To Have A Place To Live & I can add a 4-5 more 3.5 hdds to the front ,this is mostly a steal case with minamal plastic n it just looks cool..lol. I Dont Know about the Front Audio ports,As I Dont Need or want them either i just needed a big E-ATX /XL-ATX Case with Lots of 3.5Hdd Bays an this Fit The Bill Perfectly.. Very happy with the build and it is quit
even with all fans runing @ 100% 24/7 i Thnk i got 3 140mm Fans & 3 120mm Fans 2 n front,one in the back(140mm) and the 2
120mm fans on the hyper 212 evo's an a third 120mm fan in the botom (Temp) Untill my 140mm gets here an it sets 3-4 feet from me an i cant hear it.. An The Price is Not To Bad Either..of corse it could b beter but realy for what this cae is 140$ is not bad IMHO Hope This Helps Some One !

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2/ 5
Defective fan controller prevented powering up 4/16/2019 9:59:43 AM

Pros: It has a lot of room.

Cons: Sloppy soldering on the fan controller switch bridged pins on the connector. May have been other issues with it also.

Overall Review: After assembling all of the parts in the case in a fully new build, the machine would not power up. The CPU fan would twitch, and the power supply (a new Seasonic FOCUS series SSR-450FM 450W 80 +) would click and shut down. A couple of old PS testers I have indicated it was bad. I did not know if there were possible motherboard issues. I ordered new power supply and a new PS tester. The new tester indicated the Seasonic was bad, and the new Corsair PS was good. Newegg was ready to accept a return when I tested the Seasonic one last time after removing it from the case. It tested good. Inspecting the fan controller after removing it from the case revealed very sloppy soldering. At least one pair of connector pins were bridged with solder on the back side. I confirmed this with a multimeter.

With the fan controller disconnected the new system will boot. I have not yet completed the build. I do not think anything was damaged by the short, but I will wait and see how things work when the system is complete.

I have completed a service ticket at Fractal Design, and included photos.

I will report back after completing the build.

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3/ 5
goods and bads 3/23/2019 4:06:47 AM

Pros: -silent, well if you due a power plane for fans that lowers RPMs with the motherboard.
-extra covers for fans not installed
-material to help dampen sound pre installed.
-full front door to help direct sound.
-front panel cords inside route nicely without being in direct confirmation with upper 5.25" drive bay with cd/dvd/blue ray drive is installed.
-washers for mounting HDDs to drive cages.

Cons: -the 8 HDD space i dislike, most air goes around HDDs installed vs air going over them.
-bottom dust cover for PSU, needs to be removed from the back.
-no hdd LED on front
-no dust cover over front ports.
-front ports allow dust to float right down into plugs.
-cable management between psu and motherboard could be better / more.
-no extra spots to stash SSD around inside the case
-the 2 HDD drive cages are metal to metal contact no rubber/cushion between.
-SSD 2.5" mounts inside the 3.5" drive bay cages = a joke, SSD are out of the air flow for fan blowing air over SSDs.
-back of case, could have provided 1 to 2 extra rear bracket slots for expansion cards with a cable kit.
-PSU cords resulted in removal of 140mm extra fan in bottom for a 120mm fan.
-no rubber washers for 5.25" drive bays.
-they remove nearly all LED lighting but the stupid power light on front, is so bright it is blinding. permanent marker went to led, with some tape to reduce glare from LED.

Overall Review: -if not for silent operation, and the 3.5", and 5.25" bays i needed. i would of looked else were.
-i give a 3 because it is "basic average case out there" not less, and not more. beyond helping with noise.

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5/ 5
Solid and quiet 3/7/2019 9:07:08 AM

Pros: Rugged steel design with no sharp edges.
Plenty of room.
Lots of sound dampening material and rubber vibration isolators.
Slide-in drive trays.
Easily cleaned air filters.
Lots of extra knurled thumbscrews.

Cons: No drive activity LED. This is important during difficult OS installation.
Very heavy.
All 3 included fans are 3-wire: speed control by motherboard not possible, although there is a 3-position fan voltage control inside the front door.
Front panel and air grill are plastic.
Manual is almost worthless; doesn't include things like where ATX standoffs should be placed and many other assembly details.

Overall Review: This is an attractive case without flashy doodads. The manual badly needs improvement and the case really needs a drive activity LED. For a newbie, the poor manual will make assembly a challenge.
If you can accept the deficiencies I've noted, it's an excellent case.

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