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Ryzen 7- Define Glass

by matthewf01


The Define C TG case is brand-new from Fractal Design, and represents their first case with tempered glass. I ordered mine the day it was announced and available.

At the core of this build is a Ryzen 7 1700, overclocked to 3.8GHz with a modest 1.23V vcore. (This thing can also undervolt like a champ.)

The CPU is being cooled by a Corsair H110 AIO cooler, whose stock fans have been replaced with 140mm Noctua Redux high static pressure 1200rpm PWM-controllable fans - very quiet.

GSkill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz RAM (Samsung B-Die confirmed) is currently running at 3466MHz with CAS16 timings.

The ASUS Strix X370-F motherboard is a new release and only just started shipping. It replaces a Prime X370-Pro.

The motherboard tray of the case has been "enhanced" with custom-fit adhesive LED strips. Using 4-pin LED extension cables and right-angle connectors, a perimeter of LED illumination was created that casts an underglow from beneath the motherboard out the edges, for a very subtle and elegant layered illumination effect, which also illuminates the sound isolation trace on the motherboard's audio section.

The glass of the Define C TG case will also be tinted using automotive tint to a 60% transmission, to soften some of the interior details.

I have three different tiers of storage currently, but the NVMe SSD is for operating system, working files in Adobe Lightroom, Hyper-V virtual machines, and games I'm actively playing; the older SATA3 SSD was replaced by the NVMe; and a WD Black HDD which was for backups and ISOs, however most of that data has been migrated to a Synology NAS.

A little more detail about my desk: http://imgur.com/a/Dr7Rd

Photos have been updated -- the first 8 photos are after I had the glass side panel tinted.

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Dmolitor 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Great looking build! If i were you i'd buy one of the GPU sag preventers. I don't remember the name of them exactly, but it would help your card from that sag tremendously. Still a great looking build tho!

SpringRoll 7 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I gotta say, I'm a huge fan of fractal cases and I really want your case now too. In the future, let me know how that tint process goes, I also wanted to do something similar but never thought about what percentage level of tint to apply.

Other than that, great clean build!

matthewf01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I got a 70% charcoal grey tint applied at the shop of a guy that's done some of my cars. It's not a perfect application, but the tint was placed on the backside of the glass and that hides a little bit of the imperfection. Otherwise, for this case I'd recommend this modification. Although I'm disappointed to see that Fractal DID implement tinted glass on the "Meshify" model, which is basically identical to Define C platform but with no sound dampening panels.

SpringRoll 7 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you for getting back to me on the tint level. Did you upload any pictures on it yet? And so very true... I hope to stick with my r4 as long as possible

matthewf01 submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Will do some nicer-quality pictures this weekend, stay tuned

SpringRoll 7 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks for keeping me updated on tinting the glass panel. That tint looks utterly amazing!!!! Nice job!!!!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Might have the first Define C TG case on PCPP. Nicely done +1

matthewf01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yes I do, proud to hold the title! I'd been waiting for this case to appear on the market, since Fractal's FB page and their Customer Service dept eluded to it coming. I bought the minute it showed up on Newegg!

INFLCT 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Looks really great, I love fractal but I'm so in love with the size and space of define S i don't know if I could go smaller. I wish they would make a tempered glass version of it

ricsto 1 point 14 months ago

I was planning on using this case but unfortunately it can't fit a 360mm aio with a 300mm gpu. The case is a beauty and the build compliments that. Congratulations on having the first build with this case on the site. 10/10 build in my opinion.

Lexkalin 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Nice looking build! However I came here seeking advice. I have non-windowed Define C with 280 aio at the intake which is Cryorig A80 (with 2x QF140 performance static pressure fans) and stock FD 120 fan for exhaust. So pretty much the same fan and radiator setup. By my GPU load temps on EVGA 1080 FTW2 are terrible, going up to 82 C under full load (e.g. witcher 3) with ambient temps being 78 F. What temps do you have?

matthewf01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I'm running an R9 290 so we're comparing apples and oranges somewhat, however if i run Furmark's GPU Stress Test, I'm seeing 85-95C under 100% GPU load. However If I simultaneously run a CPU stress test, the CPU temperature forces the radiator fans and exhaust fan to increase in speed, which does cool the GPU by several degrees. Since my motherboard can't adjust case fan speed based on GPU temperature, it'd be hard to control for this. [Temps as measured by HWInfo using "GPU Thermal Diode" measurement]

DritzzZarcon 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Nice Build, i done a Meshify Fractal build, great cases.

PS. What's your computer chair like as mine is just busted!

matthewf01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

The chair is fantastic ... Steelcase makes pretty high-end office furniture, so having one at home is a nice treat, but it costs $$$.

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