Fractal North XL PC Case Review

Conclusion – A great big case

Conclusion – A BIG case with BIG airflow

We loved Fractal’s original North case. It was a breath of fresh air, opting for an elegant nordic aesthetic instead of the standard “gamer” look. Like the North, its new XL counterpart can be beautiful without RGB lighting, and beautiful without tempered glass on every side. The North is simple, it’s elegant, and it works.

Fractal’s original North case has a “Wow” factor, and the same holds true for its XL variant. As an XL series case, this chassis is ideal for large workstations, and I know a lot of people who would love to have this case on their desk.

Thermally, the North XL performed exceptionally well in our testing. It is one of the better cases that we have tested, and there is plenty of room to add additional fans if needed. For the mesh variant that we tested, there is even an option to add two fans to directly cool GPUs and other add-on cards. This is great news for multi-GPU workstations, or any workstation that uses hot-running add-on cards. With the growth of AI and the growing popularity of multi-GPU workstations, this option is a welcome one. That said, we prefer the look of this case’s tempered glass version.

Solid pricing and stellar aesthetics

For £170-175, the Fractal North is reasonably priced for a case of this size. It offers users a wealth of option when it comes to cooling, and it is simply looks stunning.

Fractal has shown us that a simple design can be more striking than the many “try hard” case design that fill store shelves. The North XL, like its smaller counterpart, is modern, elegant and simple, and that’s why we love it.

The North XL is a case that will slot well into any modern office. Its modernist Scandinavian design and strong airflow characteristics give the North a great blend of both form and function. We can see the North XL being the home of many clean and quiet workstation setups, making it a great addition to their case lineup.

The North XL is more than deserving of our seal of approval. It performs well thermally, it has plenty of space for practically any conceivable PC setup, and it is very well built. This case leaves us with nothing major to complain about, and plenty of things to love about it.

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