Review: Fractal Design Define 7 Compact

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    We review the Fractal Design Define 7 Compact, a product that oozes build quality combined with a beautiful look and decent features, this round in an all compact design. Read the review here. ...

    Review: Fractal Design Define 7 Compact
     
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  2. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    I always liked FD's clean and simple looks and build quality.

    But... these aren't hilbert's floor tiles... what's happened? :eek:
     
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  3. DeskStar

    DeskStar Maha Guru

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    I love me my fractal define 7!.! Couldn't wait to slap in my custom loop like it is now.

    Fractals first case for me. And most likely not the last from them for me as well.
     
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    jbmcmillan Ancient Guru

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    I just bought the full size version of this case I love it only complaint no hard drive activity light that I'm used to having.
     
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    wavetrex Maha Guru

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    4, 6 and a 7 XL here.

    Might as well replace the last one which is not FD with this 7 Compact, then all four PC's in my house are in FD cases :D
     
  6. Silva

    Silva Maha Guru

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    Inside this case looks really good. Only thing I'm not a fan is the front, I prefer an all mech with filter but very few cases like that exist. I have a coolermaster NR400 and the design is what I like. The case is plagued with flaws and bad build quality though.
     
  7. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Yeah loved that one as well, had it but changed to a bigger case for easier custom loop building. Now it still serves a friend of mine (with air cooling) because it's simply great :)
     
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    wavetrex Maha Guru

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    Oh, I just realized it doesn't have a door...


    A define case without a front door. Whaaaaa?? :eek:

    I retract my early statement, not going to buy a Compact. That frontal door is essential for me, as I have no AC in the house.
    Door closed when colder, door open when warmer.
     
  9. tunejunky

    tunejunky Master Guru

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    this may very well hold my next build, especially as i consider a loop mandatory with 16/32 cores/threads.
    i've had good luck with asrock mATX x570, especially as i use the Asus pcie 4.0 add-in card for mass storage. now let's see next gen gpu's and i can start pricing out the build.
     
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    jststojc Maha Guru

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    Hey will yo ube doing the review on the normal FD 7 as well, i saw you made the XL and the compact, but the normal one would be really interesting to see. Esp if there would be some better explanation and demonstration on how to add those HDD trays. I wanted to get a normal define 7 for a home NAS, but as far as i can tell, those extra trays and brackets still cant be bought (at least here in Germany) and they are mega expensive =/ so i would rather see first how this works.
     

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    sverek Ancient Guru

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    As I like mine Fractal Design, sometimes power button gets stack inside and wont come back, causing constant reboot.

    Hope they fixed it with recent version.
     
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    DeskStar Maha Guru

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    Totally agree!

    Like the days of the PS3 and how I loved watching that little light let me know it's alright and there's activity going on somewhere.
     
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    Exact same thing happens with me, have a define mini c and I have to to always make sure the button doesn't remain pressed down.

    I remember checking out a define 6 and the power button was different, much less travel and more of a click then a button press.
     
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    wavetrex Maha Guru

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    Happened with 4, no longer happens with 6.

    I guess they learned their mistake and fixed it in the mean time.

    No issues whatsoever with 7 (so far anyway, mine is quite new, just a few days)
     
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    kapu Ancient Guru

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    R4 here , nothing like that. This case will last FOREVER , and i mean it :)
     

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    Have you tried lubricating the button with some silicone spray or similar lube?
     
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    From what other users mentioned on Internet, is that plastic rail that guides power button brakes. Lubrication probably wont fix an issue, and taking it apart might put a nail in the coffin.

    I can spray some wd-40 in it though..
     
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    that is a thing of beauty, I love finish on FD Define series, never liked that there power led double as the the hdd led though

    Not fan of power button either, it has to far distance to go before it actual power on system and button does not go up and down smoothly using and R5. now price on them another story, they seem to be getting more and more expensive I pay 75$ for my R5 and that was cause I caught on sale for for almost 50% off
     

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