Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Grey
[ Front Panel ]
The Define XL R2 comes with three fans, but can fit up to four more depending on the cooling needs of the hardware. The front connections are located at the top of the case, directly above the front door, and include two each of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports alongside headphone and mic plugs.
This particular version is 'Titanium Grey' in color.
This chassis is a bit on the large side, but it has a ton of features that makes it a great choice if you want a very powerful system that is still moderately quiet. All of the different fan locations make it easy for us to optimize the cooling while the unused fan mounts come with a plate to block them off which reduces noise. One thing I really like about this chassis (and the Define R4) is the fan speed switch just behind the front door. This makes it really easy to turn your chassis fans up whenever you need a little bit of extra cooling. The only thing I don't like on this chassis is the front door. I think it looks great, but I really don't like how it only opens to to just past 90 degrees. On the other hand, with the power switch and front ports being on the top of the chassis, the only reason to open the door is to get to the 5.25" drives. And I can't remember the last time I needed to get to my optical drive beyond doing my initial Windows install.
This is a very versatile case for cooling, and allows for a good amount of hard drives. The Fractal Design Define XL R2 does a good job of dampening the noise of your system as well. This case is definitely worth your consideration.
*This case gets plenty of cooling when the front door is closed. There are vents to left and right of the door designed to allow enough air in with the front door closed, and that air still gets filtered to stop the majority of dust from getting inside the system.
Note: Dimensions: 22" H x 9.1" W x 22" D
|Material||Plastic front panel, steel frame|
|Maximum Motherboard Size||XL-ATX|
|Height||559 mm (22.0 in)|
|Width||232 mm (9.1 in)|
|Depth||560 mm (22.0 in)|
|Net Weight||16.4 kg (36.2 lbs)|
|Maximum CPU Cooler Height||170mm (with no side fan)|
|Maximum GPU Length||330mm (480mm with top HD cage removed)|
|Maximum PSU Length||190mm (345mm with bottom fan removed)|
|External 5.25 inch||4|
|External 3.5 inch||0|
|Internal 2.5/3.5 inch||8|
|Front Panel Connectors|
|Included Fans||1x 140mm Front, 1x 140mm Rear, 1x 140mm Bottom|
|Additional Fans Possible||1x 120/140mm front, 2x 120/140mm Top, 1x 140mm Side|
Fractal Design builds on the success of its awarding-winning Define XL computer case with the Define XL R2. This updated chassis carries on the family tradition of providing superb cooling and ventilation capabilities with exceptional expandability, in a sleek and stylish Scandinavian form.
The Define XL R2, which includes Fractal Design's innovative ModuVent feature, 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.
- Puget Labs Article: Review: Fractal Design Define XL R2
Configure a scientific workstation with the Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Grey.