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Fractal Design Define 7 Compact: In the shadow of its big brother?

After the launch of the Define 7, the successor of the successful Define R6, there is now an update for the almost 4 year old Define C. With a larger range of functions, Fractal Design also offers a simpler naming convention with the Define 7 Compact. But is the new case a recommendation, or should the choice rather fall on the big brother? All this and more is to be clarified in our detailed test of the Define 7 Compact with tempered glass.

Technical details

The Fractal Design Define 7 Compact* is available since June 6, 2020. The Fractal Define 7 Compact is only available in black, but in three different side panels: Metal, glass and tempered glass.

Universal mount for 3.5″/2.5″ drives 4 maximum, 2 included in delivery
Mount for 2.5″ drives 4 maximum, 2 included in delivery
Expansion slots 7
Mainboard compatibility ATX, mATX, ITX
Power supply unit form factor ATX
Front connections 1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, 2 x USB-A 3.0, 2 x USB-A 2.0 Audio I/O
Fan positions 7 x 120 mm or 4 x 140 mm and 2 x 120 mm
Fan front 3 x 120 mm or 2 x 140 mm,
(1 x 140 mm included)
Fan top side 2 x 120 / 140 mm
Fan rear 1 x 120 mm
(1 x 120 mm included)
Fan bottom 1 x 120 mm
Dust filter fan for bottom + PSU, fan in front, lid
Radiator front up to 280 mm or 360 mm
Radiator top side up to 240 mm
Radiator rear 120 mm
Radiator bottom 120 mm
Max. length PSU 165 mm (when HDD cage installed), 200 mm (without HDD cage)
Max. length GPU 360 mm, 341 mm with front fan
Max. Height CPU cooler 169 mm
Room for cable management Yes (17-28 mm rear)
Side part left Steel (optionally with glass and tempered glass)
Side part right steel
Dimensions housing (LxWxH) 427 x 210 x 474 mm
Weight net 9.2 kg
Price € 124.83*

Packaging and scope of delivery

The Define 7 Compact TG arrives very well packed in Styrofoam. The front and the glass pane is additionally protected with a foil.

Already in the packaging you will find the accessories next to the case. Included are the following parts:

    • Miscellaneous screws for hardware and mountings
    • Multiple cable ties
    • Additional top panel in cooling design

The accessories are extensive and attractively packaged. Further accessories, such as additional HDD holders, are available in stores.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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