Case Build & Finished Product
We have now completed our build in the Define 7, and from the front, as it's a solid door, not much has changed. However, you will notice that even though I tried my hardest to wear gloves during the build and also when cleaning the panel post build, fingerprints still will be a regular thing with brushed metal finishes.
The Define 7 being a sizable chassis, even the non-XL version, as we have allowed for installation with ease. For default solid panel testing, you will note that we installed a 120mm AIO in the rear as that is a typical installation when you are using a single radiator cooling solution. For this testing, we varied between the solid top with the door closed, with the door open and even with the ventilated top in place. While our build is plenty powerful, you can see that the Define 7 is made for more. Its made to fit massive levels of hardware and cooling, and this is why it seems rather basic or barren due to the vast swath of available hardware space that is unused by the test configuration.
The rear of the chassis filled in as expected, one thing I would like to note is that the absence of separator bars on the PCIe expansion slots is welcome. This allows for the installation of GPUs or other slotted devices without the worry that a display cable may be blocked by a metal crossbar that is just slightly in the way. In the rear fan slot, we can see the 140mm fan was removed to fit the AIO in the rear. The slotted 120mm fan mounting does not make much sense here as the innermost part of the slot is the only place where you can mount a 120mm.
As you can see, both opposing sides have open unusable slotted fan mounting, which was odd. I can only assume during manufacturing; it was easier to make both the 120 and 140mm mounting slots similar in size.
The cable management of the Define 7 is quite good, and that lower panel makes a lot of what would be mess disappear. The plastic cable routing slots were nice and helped to guide cables along a defined path. The preinstalled Velcro straps meant I only needed approximately four zip ties to make things tidy beyond what the Velcro could handle.
With everything now build and assembled, you can see that the dark tinted glass keeps things looking shiny and classy, but your hardware is almost invisible. There is an add-on effect from this, is that your cabling does not need to be nearly as tidy and small things may not be seen with such dark glass.
With everything lit up, you can see how much light is blocked by the tint as even with photo studio lights blasting the panel, we only see the LED-lit components and a slight area around them where it was bright enough to illuminate elements.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT