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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl Full-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:29 am
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

The Build and Finished Product




By opening the door, putting a finger behind the latch, lifting up, and then removing the cover, I was able to get the DVD drive in without removing the bezel. I also pulled the lower cover to show where I installed the SSD so I could leave the bays out of the case to show how much room is in here.




This case is immense. I mean it takes a full ATX motherboard and a HIS Radeon HD 7950 and makes it look like a Micro-ATX kit. I got a good sized air cooler, and I can still fit a radiator above it. This thing is just full of space for options later on down the road as your skill levels progress and back account increases.




In the back I found that the I/O shield is snug and fits well, I also had no issues with the card like I did in the Node 605. As for the PSU, it is a bit awkward at first until you get a screw in it, but then it gets snuggled right up to the gasket for a solid installed feel.




As you can see I tried really hard to fill this area with as much wiring and thick connections as I could. Funny thing is, even with all this going on back here, I just set the front edge of the door in the chassis and closed it right over these wires without even the slightest resistance. There are also loads of places to help manage the wiring - everything is tied down somewhere.




With the chassis all back together now, and essentially just waiting for me to plug in the power cord, you can see that from the outside absolutely nothing has changed. What you see from the first moment of opening the box is exactly what you have when you finish; no surprises.




Once I turned the chassis on, while the fan controller was set to 12V, the blue/white glow of the LED slot in the front and the ring on top weren't the only things telling me the case was on. The fans at this point are in the 45dB range if you were within a couple of feet of the chassis. The nice thing is though, the chassis cools so well, the turning it down to 7V cures the sound issue and still offers cooling ability that most users need.

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