Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define XL R2
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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Case Review
28 August 2013
Summary: Final Thoughts
I always like companies that listen to customer feedback and improve existing products. Now I myself never had the opportunity to check out the original Define XL I have gone and looked at reviews and information on the case.
Pros: – Lots of room inside, – Support for XLATX motherboards, – Easy installation, – Many “quiet” case features, – Watercooling support, – Price
Summary: The Define XL R2 is a very good enclosure for managing noise and even system temps. While the Bitumen, insulated fan ports, and front door cut down on noise, managing temps inside any enclosure is all about air flow inside the enclosure.
Pros: Spacious, high quality chassis, Removable HDD trays and cages, Front and bottom fan filters, Very quiet fans, Bitumen, sound dampening materials, Front 3-speed fan control switch
Cons: Fans can't all reach the fan controller, Loose front USB ports, Velcro straps would be nice, HDD cages could be improved
Summary: Fractal Design’s Define XL R2 is simple looking, but gorgeous and well put together full tower case with very few flaws, which carries a price tag that should be plenty within reach of most PC enthusiasts / system builders.
Conclusion: The design of the Define XL R2 is undoubtedly better than it was before, and kudos go to Fractal for addressing issues like the lack of top fan mounts, the absence of fan control and the poor water-cooling support, as in each case these give users a wider choice of how they'd like to build their...
Conclusion: Fractal Design is a relative newcomer to the chassis marketplace, yet has managed to make an instant impression through a range of chassis that almost always manage to find a sweet spot between thermal performance and low-noise operation.
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Case Review: Maybe We Can Have It All?
20 February 2013
Conclusion: My title for this review stems from the feeling that I've finally tested an enthusiast-class quiet case that is capable of producing excellent acoustics and performance competitive with cases that don't share its acoustic allowances.
Summary: The Fractal Design Define XL R2 is even better than the original Define XL and it is an exceptional choice for users building a high-end PC who are worried about the noise level generated by the computer.
Pros: Top-notch construction quality, Excellent price for its features and construction quality, Covers for the 5.25” bays are vented, Nine expansion slots, Air filter for the power supply and bottom fans, Dampening material on the top, front, and side panels, Supports eight 3.5”/2.5” devices, Support ...
Summary: It may sound a bit cliche to say this, but WOW. I am truly sad I missed the original, as I do wish I had more of a hand on comparison, but there was only so much you can get from a picture and a list of specifications.
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Pros: Price, Extremely High Build Quality, Great Cable Management Options, Simple Installation, Sound Dampening Material, Water Cooling Options, Support for Large Heatsink, Support for Long GPUs, Quality Connectors, Thumbscrews for 5.25" Devices, Metal HDD Drive Trays, Rubber Grommets and Gaskets to Re...
Excerpt: Today we are going to take a look at the Fractal Design Define XL R2 case which is the successor to the highly regarded Define XL. This is a full tower case which is designed to house some of the largest and most powerful components on the market.