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Fractal Design Define 7: Perfection in the next generation?

External impression

The housing consists almost entirely of steel. Gaps, defects in materials or sharp edges are not detectable in our housing. The workmanship is already excellent at first sight.

Like its predecessor, the Define 7 also has a front door. This is held magnetically and can be opened without much effort. If desired, the side of the door hinge can be changed.

Insulation is visible directly behind the door. Two covers can be removed from the housing itself. The upper one can be removed for a 5.25 inch DVD drive or similar. Alternatively, this space can also be used for fans, for example.

When the door is opened, the lower dust filter is visible: this is intended to protect the entire underside from dust. But even with the door closed, the dust filter is quite easy to remove.

Since the right side is quite unspectacular, we come directly to the front connectors: Besides the typical on/off and reset switches, the front panel has two USB 3.0 as well as two USB 2.0 ports. Moreover, there are two 3.5 mm jack connectors. Finally, the USB type C connector should be mentioned.

Let’s stay close to the front panel and take a closer look at the top cover. This can be removed without tools and also has insulation inside. Underneath it you can see an easy to remove dust filter. Those who now want to mount more fans or even a radiator of up to 420 mm length can grab the open top panel included in the scope of delivery. This is also made of steel and can be attached directly to the housing.

Finally, a look at the back side of the Define 7, where three things are noticeable: The two side parts are not fixed with screws as usual, but can be pushed away to the left or right via a small plastic lip. A look down reveals the last two details: It’s possible to mount an upright graphics card and the power supply can also be screwed outside of the case with an adapter.

Overall, the case already leaves a fantastic impression on the outside. Every part seems to be well thought out. Optically, the case looks deliberately simple and high-quality. The quality of the material and workmanship doesn’t show any weaknesses.

Interior impression

The interior of the Define 7 appears tidy and orderly at first glance. This is partly due to the separation of the space for the mainboard and the power supply. If necessary, a 360 mm radiator could be mounted in the front and 420 mm radiator on the top. There are many different rubberized options for cable routing. If many HDDs are to be installed, the HDD cages included in the accessories must be mounted next to the fans. With additional cages available in the accessories, the Define 7 can be extended to a total of 14 universal brackets.

If an ATX mainboard is installed, it closes with a little distance to the partition wall of the PSU room and to the upper cover. For the assembly of an AiO water cooling there is enough space. If thicker radiators are mounted, however, it should be checked before mounting, whether the mounting can still be done without problems after the mainboard has been installed.

The area behind the mainboard also looks very tidy and orderly. The lower area is hidden by a cover. The fan hub is located in the upper area. The fans are controlled by the PWM signal of the mainboard, power comes via a SATA cable.

In the lower area, three 3.5-inch HDDs can be mounted in the already mounted and rubberized hard disk cage. Furthermore, there is still space for some 2.5-inch drives.

Finally, the interior leaves a very good impression. Both the room separation and the already mounted cable ties and covers allow for optimal cabling.

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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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