If any of you follow the America’s Cup race, you will know that the athleticism and dedication that team members have for the sport of sailing is extreme. Only the best of the best get to sail on the world’s fastest wind powered boats. Not only are the designs of the boats advanced but they are filled with technology for tracking their location, speed, and performance. The newest design is going to feature a catamaran design with a hull length of just of 72 feet and a gigantic mast that is 40m high. These sailing vessels are going to be capable of traveling at twice the wind speed and demand everything that a crew has to keep them moving at high speeds without flipping them over.
The crews are going to require more skill and more stamina than past races simply because of the massive size of the entire boat. The eleven crew members will need to be in tip top shape and work perfectly in sync so that they don’t flip their boat, considering how much wind a sail of that size can catch. Not only will they be competing with the wind and the ocean, but they will be competing with how much they can push their bodies. Fractal design, to some degree, has that same mentality about their designs. They are constantly trying to push themselves further and create the best of the best with their products.
The Fractal Design Define XL R2 is built to be one tough case. The design behind the Define XL R2 is performance, silence, and the option for more airflow and water cooling. Fractal is one of the only manufacturers to include high density matting in their system builds to reduce the vibration and noise. All unused fan mounting locations are also filled with their ModuVent system so the user can decide between more airflow or silence. The motherboard tray features support for ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX, E-ATX, and XL-ATX form factors. Plenty of cable management options are available on the Fractal Define XL R2, with rubber grommets all over the motherboard tray and tie downs on the back of the tray. The stock cooling system consists of three 140mm fans and four additional 120mm/140mm fans can be installed, along with plenty of mounting locations for water cooling using 240mm and 120mm radiators.