We have recently had the pleasure of getting to know the Fractal Design Define 7 Compact, both on our livestream and during a build.
A new case that, with a car analogy, can best be described as a cross-over. The Fractal Design 7 Compact lives in the twilight between standard ATX Midi towers and Small Form Factor ITX/M-ATX cases… And it does so very well!

Let’s quickly go over the specs:

  • ATX Tower
  • 427 x 210 x 474mm
  • 8.76 kiloes
  • ATX, mATX and mini-ITX support
  • USB 3.0, 2.0 and C on the front
  • 2 fans included (Dynamic X2 GP-14)
  • Max. GPU Length: 360mm

 

How Does the Define 7 Compact Feel?

To dive right back into the analogies, it does feel like a cross-over. The Define 7 truly brings the versatility of classic ATX Midi towers to a much more compact form factor. Versatility is excellent and taking it apart to start your build, you will be wow’ed again and again with cool and refined features.

There’s a plethora of connectivity on the front, which will satisfy any gamer or enthusiast. But what really stands out to me, as an enthusiast, is the modularity that Fractal Design has managed with this case. Throughout the build process I was surprised (positively!) over and over… Various different top panels, great radiator support, ease of removal and assembly on panels (including the front, for once!) and seemingly well ventilated dustfilters. What a pleasure! The biggest and most wonderful surprise though, was the ability to remove the top of the case. This is an AMAZING feature! The entire assembly process was made a breeze, by being able to remove the panel – I’m looking at you, 4- and 8-pin EPS!

 

The Build

We always go all in, here on CoolNation, and this build is no slouch!

We decided to make a killer setup with the following specs:

  • Fractal Design Define 7 Compact
  • Fractal Design Celsius+ S28  Prisma (Cooled by Asetek)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
  • 32GB G.Skill DDR4-3600 C16
  • Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition
  • EVGA G3 850W
  • Gigabyte Aorus X570 Ultra

Here are some beauty shots of the beast!

In Summation

We love the design, quality and feel of the Fractal Design Define 7 Compact. It has great modularity, plenty of IO and is priced attractively. It supports liquid cooling to a point where you can easily liquid cool both your CPU and GPU in a very compact case. In our build we decided to use the Celsius+ S28 Prisma, which enables leading performance and ease of installation. While airflow is not the best on the market, it is still perfectly acceptable and it has been achieved without comprimising the great looks.

If you’re looking to dip your toes in the art of building compact PCs, we can definitely recommend the FD Define 7 Compact. You are sure to enjoy yourself, while saving both precious desk space and a little change compared to cases with similar features.