- by David_W @Sep 30, 2011
The new Fractal Design Core Series offers a unique combination of design, features, cooling performance and value.
Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter
Optimized for performance in a small, micro atx form factor with multiple cooling options
A total of 3 fan slots (1x 120mm filtered in front, 1x 92mm in rear, 1x 120mm in side panel)
One fan included (1x 120mm in front)
Innovative, easily removable HDD-tray which mounts the HDD's vertically with anti vibration silicone grommets
Supports graphic cards with lengths up to 350mm
Supports 3x 2,5" SSD
Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
The Core 1000 brings many features usually only seen in more expensive and larger cases. It supports long graphics cards up to 350mm due to the innovative, vertical and removable HDD mounting bracket. The front panel's easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets for optimal silence.
1 front mounted Fractal Design 120mm fan @ 1200rpm included
Additional 2 fan slots available for optional fans; one 92mm in rear and one 120mm in side panel
2x 3,5 inch HDD trays or 3x 2,5” SSD - You can mount 1x 3,5” HDD tray and 1x 2,5” SSD at the same time
2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
2x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O – mounted on side of front panel
No PSU included
M/B compatibility: Mini ITX and Micro ATX
4 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
Supports graphic card lengths up to 210mm when using both HDD slots in the removable HDD tray
Supports graphic card lengths up to 350mm when using only the top HDD slot in the removable HDD tray
Supports CPU coolers with height of 135mm
Case size (WxHxD): 175x355x420mm with front and top bezel in place
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An Ok case, especially for the price/when it's on sale, but I had to google reviews to figure out how to put in the hard drive, and I had to sort of bend the metal a bit to get the PSU screw holes lined up properly.
i got an open box one because i am not patient. turned out to have 2 broken front panel clips from the previous guy handling it brutally. oh well. i have some strong glue and i fixed it up. gonna sand down the clip a little bit so it's not super tight to remove.
This case was the most pleasant surprise of the year for me. I can't possibly stress enough how awesome this case is for the price, I believe it was in the 40$ range.. I had no experience with FD before, and I was expecting a really mediocre part. Boy was I wrong, this has the same fit and finish and quality feel of a high end cooler master! Every surface is painted, The metal is sufficiently thick, the whole thing is nice and sturdy. I'll be buying more FD for sure!
Bought this for a semi-budget build for my gf's co-worker. The size is great, and fitting everything I needed was easy. The only real downsides to this case are: noisy due to a very open construction, poor cable management, and no cutout behind the MB to access the backplate for an aftermarket heatsink. None of these really mattered for my build since they didn't care about the noise, cable managing was decent enough with twist-ties (plus there wasn't anything high powered to cause much heat), and I didn't use an aftermarket heatsink because the CPU I used was pretty low powered and runs cool.
First off this case is amazing at its $35 price point, it has almost every feature of a $100+ case. I picked this up for a HTPC build and I am very impressed. Both inside and out are black, rubber HDD mounts for reduced noise, dust filter and mounting for both HDD and SSD. Only downside i can think of is the front fan is a bit loud trying to pull air though the front dust mesh filter other than that a very fantastic case!
I bought this case for a budget PC. I wanted small and it is exactly that. It is a little tight inside the case but hey, you should know that going in so it's not really a minus on the case. Smaller = Less space. Duh! Airflow design is good but you should probably get another case fan if you are gonna make your PC work. Design is simple and Hard Drive mounting system is genius! Power Supply is top mounted which I think is great to see. Bottom mounted Power Supplys tend to suck up a lot of dust or clog their filters. Top mounted Supply help pull air out of the case and for a small case like this, it's a great design. Recommended if you want something small!
Couldn't ask anything more. This case is Great if your building a small PC of any kind that uses an mATX board, you can even put a GTX 690 into this case if you want to. You can also install a H80 in this case if you want to water cool your CPU.
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