Fractal Design Define XL Case Review
We recently reviewed and are now giving away the Fractal Design Core 3000, one of Fractal Design’s larger cases. We tried it out as a home server case and found a lot to like about it. However, their top end case is the Define XL. With internal space for 10 hard drives and 4 5.25″ bays just begging to be outfitted with a backplane hard drive cage, a look reminiscent of my beloved Antec Mini P180, and potential support of front-mounted USB 3.0 ports, this could be a monster home server case. Now if Fractal Design could come out with a variation of the define XL that would provide external hot-swap access to 10 or more hard drives, I think I would have my dream chassis.
The question is what do you get for that $160? To start with, if you are looking for a non-rackmounted case with maximum expansion options that can hold a *LOT* of hard drives for a Windows Home Server, you may find a few cases that can hold more than the XL, but not many.