Fractal Design Define 7 Overview
Taking a first look at the Define 7 we can see we have the typical boxy “Define” style we are used to seeing from Fractal Design. The case has official dimensions of 547 x 240 x 475 mm, which makes it on the larger side of a mid tower. We received the white version of the case, Fractal Design will also be offering the Define 7 in black as well.
Starting at the front of the case we have a silver brushed front panel. It is all plain except for a small Fractal Design logo towards the bottom. The black version of the case will have a black front panel, but I feel the silver looks pretty good on the white version.
This is not just a normal front panel it is actually a door! The door sits in hinges, which make it easy to open. By default it opens to the right, but you can move the hinges to the other side so it will open to the left. On the inside of the front panel you have sound-dampening material. On really interesting thing we see here is that we have a 5.25-inch drive bay. There is a filter on this bay as well as a filter that extends the entire rest of the front of the case. Both filters are easily removed for cleaning.
You can actually easy pop the entire front of the case off to reveal two included Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 (140mm) cooling fans. These fans are white of course to match the case. The front of the case supports three 140 mm cooling fans or radiators up to 360 mm.
Talking about filters there is another one that pulls out from the front of the case. This filter extends the entire length of the case.
Moving up to the top of the case towards the front is where you’ll find all of your buttons and connections. You have headphone and microphone jacks, a small reset button, USB-C port, large power button, two USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. The rest of the top of the case is pretty plain.
One thing I really like about the top of the case is that it can be swapped out with the included ventilated top panel. This gives you the option for better airflow or silence. When you remove the top panel you’ll also find another filter as well as sound dampening material installed. The top of the case supports three 140 mm fans or radiators up to 420 mm. There is also a fill port for those doing custom loops. The entire cooling bracket can be removed from the case to make it easier to install fans and radiators.
The main side panel of the case is a tempered glass panel, which will allow you to show off all of your hardware inside. The is no tint on this window, but for those looking for that the black version of the case will have “Dark TG” version. Looking at the case from the side we can also see plenty of ventilation towards the front of the case. While we wouldn’t call this case high airflow by any means, having that ventilation for the front fans definitely helps.
Moving along to the back of the case we have a pretty standard layout. Here we find the third included Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 cooling fan. This spot will also fit a 120 mm fan. There we have seven expansion slots, two vertical slots, and our power supply mount at the bottom. There are also two buttons at towards the top of the case which release the side panels. For those whole are wondering the opposite side panel is just your plain panel.