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Fractal Design Define 7 Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

Shannon Robb | Feb 20, 2020 at 09:00 am CST - 2 mins, 42 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Fractal DesignModel: FD-CA-DEF-S2V-BKO-TGD

Inside the Define 7

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First up, we must open the door to show inside the sound dampened door. We see that behind the door, we find a more intricate door hinge along with the removable filters and louvers in place to direct airflow into the front fans. This is a nice convenience feature as the front filters can be removed and cleaned without removing the front panel.

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Pulling the front panel was easy enough as it has plastic pegs that cause a friction fit to retain the panel to the chassis body. Here you can see the slotted front mounting for cooling fans or radiators. Toward the top, you can see the 5.25" ODD bay opening, which comes with a fan mounting bracket preinstalled with a fan as most users do not need or want an optical drive, but there is still a userbase which requires this.

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Peeking behind the dark tinted glass shows us where all our parts will soon be nestled. Fractal decided to ship the Define 7 in open configuration this time around, as I am assuming many users liked it in that mode. However, should you need a large amount of storage possible, it is as simple as pulling that flat-panel covering the portion toward the front panel, which can move toward the glass panel to enable the multitude of HDD trays behind it. The open expanse of the Define 7 is massive and should fit most any liquid cooling or extreme build you can come up with. This is not quite to the level of something like the PCO11D XL, but it's close.

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Looking into the inside of the front panel mounting and we can see the two preinstalled 140mm fans dominate the front mounting, but with the removal of a panel on the PSU shroud will allow even more cooling to install down into the PSU chamber area.

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The top panel of the chassis lifts off with ease as it is retained by ball and socket retention. Once removed, we find a removable filter that spans the entire top of the chassis from front to rear. The filter lifts off after sliding backward about half of an inch.

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Removing the filter, we now see the top mounting for radiators or fans. One thing that I found very cool was that the section of the top and outer frame bar comes off to allow easy access during building. As you can see, there are two screws, one at each end front and back, which can be removed, then the top mostly comes off the chassis. This will allow a more comfortable build along with the preinstallation of radiators or fans without having to fuss about inside the chassis.

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Here we have the airflow panel, which we fitted to ensure it works as expected along with to observe any potential issues during swapping or using the two panels. Keep in mind that the original panel was solid steel with sound deadening lining the interior of the panel. As you can see with the ventilated airflow panel, the ventilation cutouts are spanning the entire area where the filter we observed previously resides.

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Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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