Monday, September 6th 2010

Fractal Design Launches the Define XL PC Case

As the name implies, Define XL is the larger sibling of the acclaimed and award winning Define R2/R3 case. Similar to Define R2/R3, it offers a number of interesting functions with a very stylish appearance. It’s a case focused on low noise level, without neglecting other important features such as cooling, expandability and ease of use.

The XL is pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing bitumen material, covered with a soft foam texture. This material effectively absorbs noise generated by the components and fans inside. Paired with other noise preventing features such as a covered top panel with a 180mm fan mounted with an angle to blow out air in the rear and silicone grommets for hard drive mounting, the XL truly excels in delivering a low noise solution.

Another unique feature with the XL is the ModuVent feature, inherited from the Define R2/R3 case. This is a cover fitted with noise absorbing material, mounted in the side panel fan hole, allowing the user to choose between an optimal low noise level, having the cover mounted or optimal airflow by removing the cover and mounting a fan for intake.

Apart from all these features, XL also offers excellent cable routing possibilities, with large holes and well enough space for cables behind the M/B plate. The cable routing holes are covered with silicone covers, effectively hiding the cable clutter. A fan controller, which can be mounted in an expansion slot in the rear, is included. It can control up to three fans with one knob.

Key Features:
  • Stylish design
  • Pre-fitted with noise absorbing material
  • Configurable thermal chamber design
  • Great cooling possibilities, 3x fans included (2x 140mm, 1x 180mm)
  • 10x HDD slots
  • Unique ModuVent design in side panel
Specifications:
  • 4x 5,25" bays, 1x 5,25" to 3,5" converter included
  • mini-itx, micro ATX, ATX and E-ATX motherboard
  • 10x HDD trays. 4x HDD trays in the HDD cage in the main chamber. This HDD cage is removable and rotatable. 6x HDD trays in the lower HDD chamber. These HDD cages are fixed.
  • A total of two 140mm fans and one 180mm fan included. Front 140mm fans are mounted with removable, washable filter. A fan controller is included, for mounting in one of the rear expansion slots.
  • Pre-fitted with dense noise absorbing material in both side panels.
  • ModuVent feature, allowing the user to choose between an optimal low noise level, having the cover mounted or optimal airflow by removing the cover and mounting a fan for intake.
  • Case size (WxHxD): 232x560x561.3mm
  • 17.95kg
Cooling system
  • 2x 140mm fans (one 140mm included, one optional) with removable and washable filters, in the front. Recommended for intake of air.
  • 1x 120mm fan optional with removable and washable filter, in the front. Recommended for intake of air.
  • 1x 180mm fan included in the top of the case. Recommended for exhaust of air.
  • 1x 140mm fan included in the rear of the case. Recommended for exhaust of air.
  • 1x 120/140mm fan optional in the side of the case. Recommended for intake of air.
For more information, visit the product page.
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7 Comments on Fractal Design Launches the Define XL PC Case

#1
nemesis.ie
Looks nice, but I would have sacrificed 2 HDD bays in the bottom to have an 8th and/or 9th expansion slot.
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#2
KaelMaelstrom
by: nemesis.ie
Looks nice, but I would have sacrificed 2 HDD bays in the bottom to have an 8th and/or 9th expansion slot.
Yeah, that's what i wanted(what i most wanted) so i can load this up with 4 stock GTX 480 without hearing any noise(unless you open the case) but i got 4 hydro copper waterblock 480s instead
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#3
TheLostSwede
Where's the SATA backplane?
Loads of fancy cases with this that and the other feature that most people don't use, but a really useful feature like a SATA backplane, forget about it...
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#4
fenurch
Really, really gorgeous case (yes, I'm referring to an inanimate object as gorgeous). Depending on the price, this baby will be mine! :D
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#5
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I am loving this more than the Corsair 800/700/600 line. Looks like Id pick this up if the price is right. Thanks BTA!
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#6
t77snapshot
That top exhaust fan is an interesting design, I wonder if it works well.
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#7
KieranD
I really enjoy these uniform plain looking cases, i hate all those flashy plastic pieces! Designs like the Corsair cases and this case look sleek. I thought front panel doors where a thing of the past? altough it kinda looks good on this though with a door.

Also agree about the top fan it would be interesting to see if it being angled makes a difference.

Im a sucker for a side window though, with such a nice inside i wonder why cant i display it? Possibly a side window would detract from the whole look of the case though.
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