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VIDEO: Fractal Design's Define XL Case Meets a Shotgun

When you're building a computer, a lot of thought goes into the kind of case you're going to use for your brand new PC. Similarly, a lot of thought goes into designing these cases.

Fractal Design's Josh Smith says that a reviewer recently commented on the thickness of the panels used in the company's Define XL case, because this case has super-thick panels. Smith wanted to find a way to put a real world spin on the thickness of the Define XL's panels. After all, a measurement is just a number (or a 'boring number' as Smith says). The answer they came up with was guns. Specifically, they decided a 12-gauge shotgun was ideal for proving the durability of the Define XL's panels.

Check the video below for some gun-meets-case action. Oh, and in case you were interested: Benchmark Reviews reports that the Define XL's panels measure in at 0.047 inches thick. The entire case weighs almost forty pounds and a single panel weighs just under seven pounds.

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  • southernshark
    Bird shot? Please.

    Let's show it with a slug.
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  • osamabinrobot
    hell lets show it from 5 feet instead of 25
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  • Draven35
    Birdshot, the stuff that has trouble penetrating a good leather jacket...

    Southernshark, don't even need a slug. Buckshot of any variety would make a nice hole.
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  • Dangi
    mmm do I need a "bulletproof" case that wieghts a ton ??

    mmm I don't think so
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  • amdfangirl
    I demand to see it after it gets hit by an orbital laser.

    Ion cannon firing!

    At least a rocket launcher. Or better yet some caesium in water.
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  • -Jackson
    Yeah, because I'm going to need a (somewhat) bulletproof case..
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  • DroKing
    Lol this is pretty cool for people who like to rage on their pc's =D like myself back in days where i used to punch my desktop (I was only an teenager lol)
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  • boiler1990
    osamabinrobothell lets show it from 5 feet instead of 25Ricochet, man. Ricochet.


    I think it's pretty awesome that a company rep saw that somebody commented on the panels, and decided to go out and show the world how thick they really are (whether or not shooting was involved). Shooting it with a shotgun just made it more awesome.


    Yeah, because I'm going to need a (somewhat) bulletproof case..
    The bulletproof part doesn't really matter, but the mass/thickness of the panels do. More mass/thickness = better sound reduction, which is a primary function of the case.
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  • phamhlam
    iknowhowtofixitI prefer Lian Li cases. Aluminum "done right." That way, my case doesn't weigh 300lbs.
    I forgot. Everyone carries their desktop all the time. I love my Fractal. One sturdy and done right case. Corsair is next on my list.
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  • Dangi
    boiler1990The bulletproof part doesn't really matter, but the mass/thickness of the panels do. More mass/thickness = better sound reduction, which is a primary function of the case.That's no entirely true you can achieve better sound reduction without massive panels.
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