Fractal Design Define XL Case Review

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The Top, Bottom, and Rear Panels

The top panel of the Fractal Design Define XL is plain, and one may wrongly assume that this case doesn’t have a top fan. One of the highlights of the reviewed case is the presence of an internal top fan, which we will talk more about on the next page.

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 9: Top panel

The reviewed case has two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and the traditional audio jacks, located at the front part of the top panel.

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 10: Buttons and connectors

The bottom panel has an air filter for the power supply fan, which is removable by sliding it from the rear panel.

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 11: Bottom panel

The rear panel and the interior of the Fractal Design Define XL are painted black.

On the Fractal Design Define XL, the power supply is installed at the bottom of the case.

The case comes with a 140 mm fan installed on its rear panel. No technical specifications for this fan are available. It uses a standard three-pin fan power connector. It can be installed on the single-channel, analog fan speed controller that comes with the case.

This case has only seven expansion slots, which may be a drawback for users looking for a case that can fit a dual-slot video card in the left-most motherboard slot. All slot covers are vented. An eighth slot is available above the regular slots and can be used for installing the included fan speed controller.

The Fractal Design Define XL has two holes using rubber covers for hoses of liquid cooling solutions. These holes are 0.7” (17 mm) in diameter.

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 12: Rear panel

The single-channel, analog fan speed controller that comes with the case can be seen in Figure 13. It allows the installation of three fans, so you can connect the three fans that come with the case on it. Since it is a single-channel controller, the speed of all the fans will change simultaneously as you move the controller’s knob.

Fractal Design Define XL caseFigure 13: Fan speed controller

Let’s now take a look inside the Fractal Design Define XL.

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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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