My favorite quality about the Fractal Design Define SL case is that I can take the side panels off and replace them in no time at all without difficulty. The side panels simply slip into place at the front, swing shut and you secure them with 2 screws at the back. Why has it taken so long for someone to see this? Am I the only who has hollered for assistance in trying to line up the left side panel while the wiring was keeping the panel from closing properly? That experience always reminds me of sitting on a suitcase while my wife gets the zipper closed.
This is our Test Bench as it sits in the Fractal Design Define XL. The room within is great and the upper carriages we see can either be rotated or removed to fit any monster graphics cards. We particularly liked all the rubber covered openings which allow for proper storage of cabling although we learned quick enough that the CPU power cable can be a few inches longer in such as chassis. Lets add a bit and see how it looks!
Here we have the Fractal Design Define XL running a MSI N560GTX-Ti Gfx card, OCZ RevoDrivex2, OCZ RevoDrive and being cooled by a Corsair H50 CPU cooler on our Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard with Intel i7-2600k processor. We have also thrown in the external SATA connector for our testing scenarios in days to come.
The Fractal Design Define XL chassis has promised to be everything that we could have asked for and then some. Its exterior appearance gets away from the computer case look completely and it would easily fit into any room while its construction and sound dampening insulation make it completely silent. The side panels are very easily removed and replaced and the inside is not only roomy with enough space for 10 additional drives, but also, its very well laid out with plenty of space to tuck away the annoying cabling.
As far as cooling goes, two fans pull fresh air in the front, a top fan forces heated air back down and the H50 Corsair CPU Cooler Fan teams up with the Corsair AX850 Power Supply to push the air out the bottom and rear. When I remove the side panel, there is no heat buildup whatsoever which allows me to keep all fan level low through adjustment of the rear fan control also included with the case.
Amazing Case Fractal Design and deserving of our Editors Choice Award!!!