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Fractal Design Define 7: Perfection in the next generation?

System build-up in Fractal Define 7

The following hardware is built into the Define 7:

CPU AMD Ryzen 1600
CPU cooler Thermalright Macho Rev. B *
Mainboard ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4
RAM Corsair 16GB DDR4-3000
graphics card Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium 8GB
power supply be quiet! Straight Power 10 power supply 500W CM
data carrier Two 2.5-inch SSDs

If you don’t want to install a top radiator, you don’t have to pay much attention to the installation in the Define 7. The installation of the above mentioned hardware was easy and with cable management completed within 20 minutes.

The rooms, which are generously dimensioned in every respect, offer space for any hardware combination. After installation of the mainboard, there is sufficient space both above and below for the correct connection of cables.


It is also possible to use a power supply unit with cable management or a slightly larger energy dispenser without any problems. The mounted Straight Power 10 from be quiet! could therefore be installed without any problems. Finally, the lower cover allows uncleanly laid cables to be hidden in the floor.


The space separation between the power supply and mainboard area and the very well placed cable bushings allow an optimal cable management in the visible area. Furthermore, up to six drives can be mounted invisibly behind the mainboard. Closing the right side is possible without any problems even with a large amount of cables in case of suboptimal installation.

Cooling capacity and volume

The housing has three pre-assembled 140 mm fans. Fractal Design deliberately dispenses with RGB lighting or LED control. However, there is a fan hub instead. The control of all connected fans can then be done via the mainboard, for example.

At low speed, the already mounted fans are no longer noticeable from 50-75 cm. Even with this configuration trimmed to silence, cooling the installed hardware with the three fans is always possible without problems.

At maximum speed the fans are of course noticeable, but not disturbingly loud. For 99% of all hardware configurations the silent tuning is more than sufficient.

Everyday experience

The Define 7 stands non-slip and stable on black rubberized feet. Optically, the simpler case is very successful and looks both modern and high-quality. The modularity of the case allows almost any hardware configuration: a water cooling, many HDDs or both? No problem for the Define 7: everything seems possible here.

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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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