Fractal Design Define XL R2

  • Fractal Design Define XL R2
87
Based on 18 scores, 46 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    11
  • Good:
    6
  • Average:
    1
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Keeps noise levels in check.
  • Good thermal performance.
  • Large enough for extreme builds.

Cons:

  • Fan controller limited to three fans.
  • Optical drive bays aren't tool-free.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Missing Remote on

When one is considering what chassis to use for their home theater or server build, a lot of factors come into play. In the past a traditional home theater PC build contained a small or desktop (horizontal) style chassis to help blend in with the AV...

By Maximum PC on 80

Fractal Design is a big fan of small, subtle modifications within its various lines of computer cases, or so it seems. At first glance, you might assume we are simply blowing some dust off the ol' Fractal Design Define R4 and giving it a re-review. And...

By LanOC Reviews on

Because of its simplicity, reliability, and functionality, the Define XL R2 is a great choice for enthusiasts. The chassis is also a good option for case modding for the same reasons. LanOC community member SpeedBump used the first iteration (by the...

By FutureLooks on 85

The Define XL R2 is a very good enclosure for managing noise and even system temps. While the Bitumen, insulated fan ports, and front door cut down on noise, managing temps inside any enclosure is all about air flow inside the enclosure. By design,...

By ThinkComputers on 100

I always like companies that listen to customer feedback and improve existing products. Now I myself never had the opportunity to check out the original Define XL I have gone and looked at reviews and information on the case. The Define XL R2 addresses...

By Modders-Inc on

and ScoringFractal Design was a company that I knew little about before receiving this case. Now my mind is begging me for more! I am very impressed and will not hesitate to say that this is possibly the best sub-$200 case out there. For $130 you can't...

By Real World Labs on

At just $129, the Fractal Define XL R2 raises the bar of what a full sized tower should be in this price range. It offers exceptional expandability that allows enthusiasts to install up to four dual slot graphics cards, XL-ATX or E-ATX...

By TechnologyX on 100

The brushed aluminum finish looks great in both the black pearl and titanium gray versions; the soundproof layer and Silent Series R2 fans provide exceptional noise and thermal performance respectively; and finally, the copious amounts of space and design options truly make the $125 Fractal Design Define XL R2 worth the premium for any builder and any user.

By Legit Reviews on

Fractal Design’s Define XL R2 is simple looking, but gorgeous and well put together full tower case with very few flaws, which carries a price tag that should be plenty within reach of most PC enthusiasts / system builders....

By APH Networks on 80

Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you probably have heard of the massive flood in here southern Alberta a couple of weeks ago. With most of the staff here at APH Networks located in the beautiful city of Calgary, we have been asked this...

By Kitguru.net on 85

Another impressive case from Fractal...

By Ocaholic on 90

the build quality is on a good level Fractal Design didn't make the mistake to go for super thin side panel to save weight They use solid metal sheets, paired with noise insulation material, therefore you get good stability and reasonable stiffness...

By micromart.co.uk on 80

Full tower cases optimised for quietness aren't all that common in the case market, because those who need such a case are likely to fill it with hardware requiring lots of noisy air cooling. Fractal's Define series, however, is renowned for its ability...

By overclockers.com on

Fractal Design's Define XL R2 is indeed extra large. It fits a full eATX motherboard based system and a dual radiator water loop, complete with a tube-style reservoir. Not too many cases are large enough or well planned enough to make that kind of...

By eTeknix on

I feel very lucky today, not only do I get the chance to play around with a Fractal Design chassis, but one of their flagship designs at that. Here, I have the Define XL R2 Black Pearl, a chassis that may just look like any other from the pictures, but...

By Bit-tech.net on 81

The design of the Define XL R2 is undoubtedly better than it was before, and kudos go to Fractal for addressing issues like the lack of top fan mounts, the absence of fan control and the poor water-cooling support, as in each case these give users a...

By HEXUS.net on 80

Fractal Design is a relative newcomer to the chassis marketplace, yet has managed to make an instant impression through a range of chassis that almost always manage to find a sweet spot between thermal performance and low-noise operation. The problem,...

By Vortez on

Fractal Design appear to be a company that are very careful with their implementations and changes on new models. As we found with the Define R4, the preference is to make small changes here and there to improve a predecessor. We have to admit this...

By Hardware Canucks on

Many cases claim to offer a combination of style, substance, size and price but Fractal Design’s new Define XL R2 is one of the few to actually deliver on its promises. It uses a full tower form factor that offers plenty of interior space and...

By AnandTech on

Amusingly and appropriately enough, the wave of silence-oriented enclosures that have been popping up recently haven't really drawn attention to themselves as a trend. Yet all of a sudden, we have results from a couple of solid contenders from...