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Fractal Design Define 7 Mid Tower Case

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The Fractal Design Define 7 is the long-awaited successor to the popular Define R6 chassis. Fractal took the lessons learned from the Define R6 and applied them to the Define 7. The Define 7 comes in two sizes the standard mid-tower case labeled as the Define 7 and its full-tower cousin the Define 7 XL.  Both cases are offered in multiple options including steel and different levels of tining on the tempered glass panels. Modularity is a key feature of the Define 7 cases as it can be reconfigured from a “standard PC” into a case that allows the utilization of multiple storage devices specifically, the Define 7 can support up to 14 drives with the proper accessories. However, out of the box support is still impressive with 6 hard drive trays and two SSD brackets included. Aside from massive amounts of storage support, the Define 7 also includes massive amounts of cooling support with multiple locations to mount radiators including a 420mm radiator at the top of the case. For the most part, I’ve tried to stay away from cases that have a door at the front. While it makes for clean lines, it also can hamper airflow and thus cooling performance. Has fractal figured out a way to keep the elegant look of the closed door case and maintain good cooling?

 

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Product Name/Link to Website: Fractal Design Define 7
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

 

 

Fractal Define 7 Specifications

Case dimensions (LxWxH)547 x 240 x 475 mm
Net weight13.45 kg
Motherboard compatibilityE-ATX (max 285 mm) / ATX / mATX / mITX
Power supply typeATX
PSU max length250 mm (with HDD cage installed)
GPU max lengthStorage layout: 315 mm – Open layout: 491 mm (467 mm w/ front fan)
CPU cooler max-height185 mm
Front radiatorUp to 360/280 mm
Top radiatorUp to 360/420 mm
Rear radiator120 mm
Bottom radiatorUp to 240/280 mm
Cable routing space30 mm
Dust filtersTop, 2 x front, full-length bottom
Front ports1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Audio I/O, Power button, Reset button

 

Define 7 Packaging

The Define 7 comes shipped in a box made of heavy-duty cardboard. As you can see in one of the pictures above, the box took a bit of a hit however, no damage was done. The artwork on the packaging is two-color and features an image of the assembled case on the front and an exploded diagram on the back.

 

Define 7

Inside, you’ll find the Define 7  further protected from damage by two rigid foam supports. The case is protected from scratches as it is housed inside of an additional plastic bag.

 

Define 7

The accessory kit has to be one of the largest kits that I’ve seen. The packaging for the kit literally takes up the space between the two foam supports.

 

The reason for the large size is Fractal includes a second top for the Define 7. This additional panel is ventilated to further aid in cooling. Under the additional panel is another set of accessories. There are four additional hard drive mounts as well as a box for the traditional case accessories such as motherboard screws and zip ties.

 



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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.

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