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Fractal Design's Define 7 Compact is a versatile case with a small footprint

By Hoots the Owl - on 7 Jun 2020, 11:35am

Fractal Design's Define 7 Compact is a versatile case with a small footprint

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Fractal Design has announced the Define 7 Compact, a case modeled after the popular Define 7. As its name suggests, it features a smaller space footprint, while still retaining enough room for full-sized ATX hardware. For instance, it can comfortably accommodate even the most powerful graphics cards with up to 360mm of clearance. 

This is also a pretty versatile case, with interchangeable top covers that let you switch between solid steel for better noise reduction or a ventilated cover for improved cooling. The top panel can also be completely removed, allowing you to access the interior more easily. Both side panels and the top panel use a tool-less push-to-lock mechanism, which should simplify things even further.

Dust filters come pre-installed at the top, front, and bottom, but you can also install up to a 360mm radiator up front, a 240mm one at the top, or a 120mm unit at the back. The Define 7 Compact ships with a single Dynamic X2 GP-14 fan in the front and another Dynamic X2 GP-12 fan at the back, so you'll probably want to add your own. 

For such a small case, there's also a wide range of front I/O connectors, including one USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type_C, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

If you want a slightly different look, the case is available in three variants – the standard Define 7 Compact with a solid side panel with sound dampening foam and Dark and Light Tempered Glass models. The latter two will allow you to show off whatever hardware you cram into the case, but they'll also allow more noise to filter through.

Finally, Fractal Design says it intends to make available a range of unique accessories for the Define 7 Compact, including more brackets and SSD trays, so you have even more ways of customising your build. 

The case currently retails at US$99.99 for the Define 7 Compact and US$109.99 for the tempered glass versions.