Scan code: LN49363 Manufacturer code: FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL

Fractal Design Define XL R2 Full Tower Case Black Pearl

Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl Full Tower Case, 3x Silent Series R2 Fans, USB 3.0, ATX/mATX/mITX/E-ATX/XL-ATX

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Scan code: LN49363 Manufacturer code: FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL
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Define XL R2 Black Pearl Full Tower Case from Fractal Design

Fractal Define XL R2 Full Tower PC Case Black Pearl

BIGGER AND BETTER DESIGN If you're looking for bigger and better PC builds, with Fractal Design enthusiasts get just that! By building on the success of the awarding-winning Define XL, this full tower Define XL R2 case in Black Pearl is a stunningly powerful case to house all your components. Offering optimal silence with high density sound-dampening material and ModuVent™ design that enables users to decide whether they want maximum airflow or silence. The sleek case design delivers ventilation capabilities and vast room for water cooling – plus, Three Silent Series R2 fans are included with three-speed fan controller. The flexible internal layout allows users to modify to their storage needs with little to no effort, as both HDD cages can be removed or repositioned.

Superior Cooling with Patented ModuVent™ Design

Cooling fans

High density sound-dampening material for an optimal silent case Through great attention to airflow and cooling, the Define XL R2 will have no problem keeping your rig both rapid and silent. Users can access the new tool-less front fan holder which makes changing up front fans a breeze. Three Silent Series R2 fans are included, featuring hydraulic bearings which contribute to a longer life expectancy. Plus, the three-speed fan controller is strategically integrated in the front panel and supports up to 3 fans. *Silent Series R2 retail fans now come standard in all cases.

Space for Vast Amounts of Storage

Define storage

Substantial STORAGE SUPPORT The Define XL R2 offers a new internal layout and additional PCI expansion slots, and it can also harbor the most powerful enthusiast systems. Both HDD cages can be removed or repositioned, while the top HDD cage can be removed or repositioned for increased airflow whereas bottom HDD cage can be repositioned further into the case to allow for front radiator mount.

Room for Water Cooling – Everywhere!

Water Cooling

240mmFront Radiator

120mmBottom Radiator

120/140mmRear Radiator

240/280mmTop Radiator

discover more ways to keep your system cool This impressive Fractal Full Tower PC case provides even more space for water cooling radiators. The Define XL R2 is designed to easily fit water cooling equipment in the front, top, rear and bottom without major modifications. The updated chassis carries on the family tradition of delivering superior cooling and ventilation capabilities with exceptional expandability, in a sleek and stylish Scandinavian form.

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Core Chassis Specifications
Case Edition Define XL R2 Black Pearl
Case Form Factor Full Tower
Motherboard Form Factor
  • ATX
  • E-ATX
  • MicroATX
  • Mini-ITX
  • XL-ATX
I/O, Bays & Expansion
Front/Side/Top Panel I/O
  • 1 x Headphone Out
  • 1 x Mic In
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
Drive Bays
  • 8 x 2.5"/ 3.5" Internal
  • 4 x 5.25" External
Standard Expansion Slots 9
Vertical Expansion Slots  
Fans & Filters
Fan Bays 7 x 120/140mm
Fans Included 3 x 140mm
Fan Controller/Hub  
Dust Filters  
Liquid Cooling Support
Front Radiator Compatibility  
Top Radiator Compatibility  
Bottom Radiator Compatibility  
Rear Radiator Compatibility  
Side Radiator Compatibility  
Max CPU Cooler Height 170 mm
Max GPU Card Length 480 mm
Cable Routing Space  
Side Panels
Window/s No
Window Configuration  
Window Construction  
LED Lighting Functionality
LED Lighting No
LED Lighting Emitters  
LED Lighting Colour  
LED Lighting Support & Control  
Power Supply Compatibility
PSU Included No
PSU Wattage (If Included)  
PSU 80+ Rating (If Included)  
PSU Support ATX
PSU Mounting Location  
Max PSU Length  
Chassis Physical Specifications
Colour Black
Chassis Construction Materials Steel
Dimensions 232 x 559 x 560 (WxHxD mm)
Weight 16.4 kg (Approx)
Please Note  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN49363
Model Number FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL
GTIN 7350041081005

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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl Full Tower Case, 3x Silent Series R2 Fans, USB 3.0, ATX/mATX/mITX/E-ATX/XL-ATX is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent case for a bunch of hard drives. Very quiet. Missing: a HDD activity LED. Buy a cheap kit with the missing LED on a 30 to 40 cm cable and stash it in the front panel by the air vents where you can see it. Not a reason to avoid the product. The air filters will be a bit of a PITA to clean because of the way that they are fitted. A long filter that slides in from the rear means that most of us will have to unplug everything and haul the beast out from under our desk to get at that filter. The front filters are also not very easy to get at, but if you're content to do an annual dust and clean, it's acceptable. I prefer to have the screens in place as they do reduce the amount of fluff that ends up inside the case. The hard drive cages are well ventilated if you install the second fan in the front panel. I had a suitable case fan lying about that I put at the back of the case and I used the supplied fan in the front panel. My collection of hard drives run at a very acceptable temperature which is the whole reason why I bought this case. One of my drives is a Seagate Exos 8TB which runs hot. I bought a bracket by Evercool that has an 80mm fan. It takes up two of the 4 5.25 inch bays at the top of the case and with just the Exos drive in it, the extra airflow keeps that hot drive at the same temperature as the rest of the drives. The sound deadening works well. I have 9 3.5 inch hard drives installed and the fans running at full speed. It's audible, but not disturbing, even in the dead of night. It quietly hums away in the corner of my home office. A big improvement over the case that it replaced. This case will fit any standard motherboard and even the largest power supply. There's room for liquid cooling radiators at the top and front of the case. You can fit the longest GPU card if you're okay to sacrifice the middle hard drive cage. Shorter GPU cards fit with ease. As others have commented, the cable management space behind the motherboard isn't the best, but I managed to get a really neat result inside the main compartment so that the cables don't impede the airflow at all. I recommend this case for anyone who needs a large pool of hard drives for a media server. My collection of disk drives started 5 years ago as 6 3TB drives, but as I've needed to replace drives, I've increased the capacity too. This case makes swapping out a drive pretty easy. You need to remove both side panels, disconnect the old drive's cables, slide out the caddie, swap the drive then reverse the process. Should take 10 minutes at most.
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good quality case Well made and quiet case. Plenty of room for components. Flexible layout of drive bays. Fits nicely under my desk. Good airflow with three fans - base, front and rear. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Case, Quiet, Lots of Room, Well Made, 3 Fans Included and Installed This is my second Fractal Design case as my first one (R4) was not intended for CEB form factor. The case is as well made and can accommodate the large motherboards easily. There is plenty of room both below and to the front of the case where the motherboard sits. There is room above the motherboard to fit an extra fan. I found it easy to fit everything in and route all the cabling out of the way - most of it behind the section the motherboard is attached. The rubber grommets and hole in which to rout the cables are easily accessible and I thought were larger than in my R4. The width of the case is wide enough to be able to fit a large CPU heat sink and fan. I have the Thermalright Archon IB-E X2 fitted. I did consider the TRUE Spirit group but the one I was interested in gave dimensions that suggested it may be a centimetre or two, too big for the case. I don't know but decided not to risk it. The case is well insulated and comes with three fans already fitted. One at the front, One at the back and one on the bottom. There is provision to fit another fan on the front, two on the top and one on the side. There is no room to fit an additional fan at the back of the case. The case sits on my desk where the previous one was and is no wider (Left to Right) about 3ins longer (Back to Front) and 3.5in taller. CON. I have just one con and that is the attachment of the motherboard. Because this case can take several sized motherboards there are a lot or fixing points and it was not easy to determine which ones to use Each corner was no problem but with the number of points being offered down each side and in the middle it was easy to miss judge. There was no indication on the board as to which point was for what size board. I had to re-site two of the stand off once I had got the positioning of the motherboard right. Also due to the space available it is easy not to position the motherboard accurately first time. It was not a major problem just an irritation. I will be using Fractal Design cases again for any other builds I undertake.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a superb case, roomy, well built and oh so quiet! This is the second case of this type that I bought and being the "gen 2" version is even better than the first gen case. so much room to maneuver when installing components and enough space for triple SLI with lots of airflow. case fans are super quiet too with room to add lots of extra fans if needed and it has more HDD bays that you can shake a very large stick at. It is heavy though, each side panel weighing in at a whopping 3kg each, but this is merely a testimony to it's sound proofing and build quality! My only bugbear is that someone had clearly dropped it at some point as it has a large crack in the plastic frame of the door on the front so quality control might be an issue, that is my only reason for not giving it 5 star quality.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but with room for improvement. I will preface this review by making it clear that I do recommend this case. I like this case... it's just that I have a tendency to point out more cons than pros. I'd buy the case again though and that's coming from someone hose really picky when it comes to computer cases. I needed a silence optimised case that could hold lots of 3.5" drives so the XL R2 ticked all the boxes. The case feels solidly constructed and the finish overall us good but there are a few areas that could be better. The thumb screws used to hold the side panels in place are a bit too small and, as with pretty much every computer case, they screw holes aren't quite aligned properly. I latched side panel, such as the one on the Corsair 900D, would be a welcome addition for a future revision. Other than that, the solid side panels have little flex and feel well made. The front dust filter can't be removed without also removing the fans (which are hard to install in the one piece fan filter and fan bracket), which seems like a poor design choice to me. Vacuuming the filter isn't really an option as there's no easy way to immobilise the fan blades. There are other design elements to the case that just feel a little bit dated or in need of a little polish but the front filter is just bad deign in my eyes. Nanoxia handled the front fans and filters on the Deep Silence 1 in a far superior way. Moving inside the case, I would have really appreciated SSD mounts on the back of the motherboard tray. The Fractal Design R4 has them, so it seems strange that a larger case at a higher price point doesn't have them. There's a complete lack cable management options to the right side of the motherboard cut-out on the back motherboard tray. It makes managing 8pin connectors more complicated than it needs to be. There cable management above the motherboard could be improved too. For example, routing the 3pin connector from the exhaust fan, or additional fans installed in the roof, could be improved by making access to them a little easier and by adding a few cable tie loops. The lack of tool free 5.25" bays isn't a big deal for me but I would have preferred it if the bays were completely free of obstruction. There are small metal flaps that help align 5.25" device when installing them but they also restrict what bay devices can be used. Devices, such as certain IcyDock HDD docks, that take up multiple 5.25" bays are incompatible because they have flat sides and the small metal flaps in the X R2 only serve to block the device from being installed. On the subject of the 5.25" bays. on the motherboard tray side of the bays, in the very top left corner of the 5.25" bays; there's a small hole that would be great for cable managing the case fans if only it was a little larger. If it was just twice the size it is now, you could fit all three fan cables through it without compromising structural integrity. The 3.5" cages restrict airflow too much for my liking but they feel solid and don't rattle like most drive cages with cheap plastic drive sheds. The lack of spare rubber grommets for the HDD sled is only and issue due to how terrible the Fractal Design spare parts website is. There is a more serious issue with the HDD sleds. When installing an SSD, the clearance between the sled and the drive for the SATA cables is non existent. It would have been nice if some kind spacer was provided or the SSD could be positioned slightly further back in the sled. One final thought... for users like me who bought the case for the number of HDDs that can be installed, it would be greatly appreciated if there was better cable management behind the HDD cage when it is in place of the 140mm fan on the floor of the case... perhaps even the ability to install a backplane on the drive cage. I've read from a reliable source that the fans included with the case are of good quality but I don't think the built in fan controller does them many favours. They're quiet enough on 5v and 7v but at 12v they're too loud for me. However, the inclusion of a fan controller (even just a three position one) is welcome. Last but not least... the latched power button! Why any computer case manufacturer things it's a good idea to use a tact switch for the power and reset is beyond me.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2 cases both with same defects These cases have poor quality control, I have owned 2 of these. I had them stored in the garage waiting to build. I did a build for a friend in one last week I found that the motherboard tray is actually warped in both of the cases. This is caused by the 2 central rivets in the motherboard tray being installed incorrectly. The motherboard sits bent, and pci cards will not slot into the boards. It was easily fixed with some washers placed underneath the motherboard standoffs in the warped areas, but this is something that could cause potential damage to expensive components and I was not at all happy with fractals quality control
Date published: 2013-07-31
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Hi Can I mount 240 cooling radiator on top of case for water cooling processor, not impact on top right side bay's? Mac
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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Full Tower Case Black Pearl
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Full Tower Case Black Pearl