Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define XL
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Value for money 8
Fractal Design Define XL Computer Case
6 June 2011
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Pros: Extremely well built, Sound insulated, Tons of space, Ten plus hard drives, Unique compartmentalization, Nice looking, Good value, Excellent mechanical tolerance, Lots of options
Cons: Front fan filter release tab location akward, Only three included fans, PSU cable hole needs relocating, Horizontal divider can limit cable routing, Could use side and top 230mm fan options, Front inner door/filter needs reworking
Summary: The Define XL may just look like a simple size increase of the Define R3 and from an outside perspective it actually is. It is a bit wider, a bit taller and comes with more external drive bays and a larger number of USB 2.0 connectors, but retains the exact look and feel of the Define R3. Once you look at the interior there are a few noteworthy differences which are mainly enabled due to the overall size of the chassis.
Pros: Excellent cable management possibilities, Very spacious interior, Two types of sound dampening materials used, Can hold 10 hard drives, Three fans included, Top 180 mm fan angled for better sound encapsulation, Fan controller included, Very good paint job, 7+1 expansion slots, Front drive bay covers easily removable, Front dust filter easily accessible for cleaning, Excellent tray system for hard drives, Thumb screws on all external drives, Thumb screws on motherboard...
Cons: No USB 3.0, Rather heavy, Fans not the quietest, Upper left corner a bit of a squeeze due to angled fan, Door only opens to the left
Conclusion: All-in-all I can’t say too many bad things about this case, except for its price which is, in my opinion, rather high. The case has a slick look, extremely handy cable management, a well-featured front panel and a ton of fan slots. The case is designed to be super silent while not losing any of the needed cooling performance; and it worked!
Pros: Plenty of SSD/HDD room, Noise dampening layers of foam, Removable dust filters, Multiple good quality fans, Removable and rotatable HDD tray, 5.25″ to 3.25″ tray, Cable management, Slick black and white design
Cons: Expensive, Standard aluminium and plastic build