Fractal Define 7/Define 7 XL Review

Up Close - The Define 7 XL

Fractal Define 7/Define 7 XL Review

Up Close - The Define 7 XL

Fractal's Define 7 is HUGE, providing PC builders with ample space for a dual-EPYC (or XEON) setup and enough water cooling to keep almost anything cool and quiet. This beast can accommodate a 480mm water cooling radiator, a feat which is extremely uncommon within the PC market.

On the other side of the PC spectrum, storage enthusiasts will also find that this case has enough room for up to 18 3.5-inch drives, which should be more than enough for your home storage needs.   

Fractal Define 7/Define 7 XL Review  
With the rise of AMD's Threadripper platform and the competitive nature of today's HEDT and server processor markets, the need for EATX cases has grown a lot over the past year. With that need has come a desire for more large form factor cases, and Fractal's Define 7 XL is designed to fill that niche in today's PC market. 

With the Define 7 XL, Fractal now offers users support for two 5.25-inch drives, support for three vertically mounted PCIe slots, additional motherboard space in all directions (delivering compatibility with most server-grade EATX motherboards) and support for all of the same design features at Fractal's Define 7. 

Fractal Define 7/Define 7 XL Review  
If you want a tonne of HDDs, Fractal's Define 7 XL should offer you more than enough space to suit your needs. If you need more storage than this, you should forget about getting a case that can fit on your desk. 

Like the standard Define 7 the Define 7 XL also ships with an integrated fan controller, which offers users connections for both 3-pin and 4-pin fans. The Define 7 Xl also supports movable rubber grommets, so that users of this case can route their cables in a way that better matches the size of their chosen motherboard. 

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Most Recent Comments

25-02-2020, 09:55:02

So much want! I adored the Define S was considering getting another to replace the Define C which really does suffer bad thermals, Fractal have ticked all my boxes and wetted my appetite again. Loving the OC3D inspired features, Angled full length PSU Cover (Myself), Front Filter (TTL) (we know we inspired them). I know who's getting my hard earned cheddar on this upgrade.Quote

27-02-2020, 00:49:21

If I were to watercool a massive build this would be the case. BUT on the other hand, why are cases getting more and more expensive? I remember you could get an insane quality case for like $80... good ol' times. At least this case for the money is probably the best you can get in that price bracket.Quote

18-05-2020, 12:51:24

Well I picked up one of these in white, and it's not the best water cooling case out there. It's decent, but it's one compromise after another. You can't stuff this thing with any serious radiator setups. Even having the *slimmest* of rads in the roof with only one set of fans covers up the top of your motherboard, so if you have an LED code display up top, forget about reading that if you have a roof rad. That's with a SLIM rad too, forget about a 60mm rad up top unless you want to cover up half your motherboard and possible interfere with your RAM. So realistically that leaves you with one slim 360 rad up top (forget about a 420, unless you want to cripple the front rad mount). Any thick rads need to go in front, no other choice, and that cripples the top / bottom mounts (bottom rad mounts are utterly useless if you fill the front mount, unless you want to put a single 120/140 rad down there). Like I said, one compromise after another. These things don't become apparent until you start trying to fit rads.

You aren't fitting triple rads in here comfortably, unless you run triple 240s, then what's the point, LOL!

This might be a good airflow / HDD / server case, but for a custom loop, Lian-Li is a far better option IMO.Quote

18-05-2020, 13:22:08

Fractal shot themselves in the foot with their choice of not supporting rads in the top. I would understand if it was a smaller case. If it had only 3 cm more space above the board it would be the best case in the world by far. That would be enough to put 360 slim rad at the top, and it would clear end tanks on the rad in front.

3 cm isn't much but as we all know it makes all the difference.Quote

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