Fractal Design Define XL Case Review

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The Fractal Design Define XL full-tower case is targeted to users building a high-end gaming PC who want a huge cooling performance and, at the same time, the quietest computer possible. Let’s see how the Swedish manufacturer was able to achieve this goal.

The Define XL is available in two color choices: black pearl or titanium grey. We are reviewing the black pearl version.

The first thing that impressed us about the Define XL was its weight: In its box, it weighs 43.5 lbs (19.6 kg). The left-panel by itself weighs an impressive 7 lbs (3.2 kg)!

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 1: Fractal Design Define XL case

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 2: Fractal Design Define XL case

The overall look of the Define XL is very sober, with a solid door. You can install a 120 mm or 140 mm fan on its left-side panel, but this mesh comes completely closed with a polycarbonate cover with a dampening foam glued on top. See Figures 3 and 4. This cover prevents dust from coming inside the case and, at the same time, reduces the noise level produced by the PC.

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 3: The left-side panel

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 4: The cover for the left-side panel mesh

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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