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Fractal Design Core 1000 mATX Computer Case

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SKU: 58341
Shipping Weight: 10.6lbs

Part #: FD-CA-CORE-1000-BL

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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.

Quick Specs:
Material Steel Plastic
Motherboard Supported Mini ITX Micro ATX
Weight (Approximate) 9.04 lb
Color Black
Form Factor Mini-tower
Height 14"
Width 6.9"
Depth 16.5"
Number of Fans Supported 3
Number of Fans Installed 1
Number of External 5.25" Bays 2
Number of Power Supplies Supported 1
Number of Power Supplies Installed No
Number of Internal 3.5" Bays 2
Number of Total Expansion Bays 4
Number of Total Expansion Slots 4
Total Number of USB Ports 2
Total Number of Audio Out Ports 1

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Number of External 5.25" Bays: 2
     Number of Internal 3.5" Bays: 2
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 4
General Information  
     Brand Name: Fractal Design
     Manufacturer: Fractal Design
     Manufacturer Part Number: FD-CA-CORE-1000-BL
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Line: Core
     Product Model: 1000
     Product Name: Core 1000 System Cabinet
     Product Type: Computer Case
I/O Expansions  
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4
     Front Audio In: Yes
     Front Audio Out: Yes
     Front USB: Yes
     Side Audio In: Yes
     Side Audio Out: Yes
     Side USB: Yes
     Total Number of Audio Out Ports: 1
     Total Number of USB Ports: 2
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Depth: 16.5" (420 mm)
     Form Factor: Mini-tower
     Height: 14" (355 mm)
     Material: Steel
     Weight (Approximate): 4.10 kg
     Width: 6.9" (175 mm)
Power Description  
     Number of Power Supplies Installed: No
     Number of Power Supplies Supported: 1
Technical Information  
     Motherboard Supported: Mini ITX
Micro ATX
     Number of Fans Installed: 1
     Number of Fans Supported: 3

Customer Reviews of Fractal Design FD-CA-CORE-1000-BL

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Experience: 2 Days


-Interior is all-black
-Decent quality
-Mounting the hard drive takes some figuring out/Internet searching
-Had some issues mounting an XFX Core 450W (top mounted PSU)
-The manual sucks and doesn't show or tell you how to mount HDDs
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.

Experience: 2 Days


Good Spacing
Good Build Quality
None Really
very good case in terms of design, size, price and looks.

Experience: 1 Months


It's small, stock fan is quiet. All black
No removable backplate
Pretty good case. The unique HDD cage allows for long video cards to be installed. I'm quite happy with it, probably the best case for its size and price.

Experience: 2 Days


-good build quality
-painted nicely in and out
-long internal cables
-good for case mods and if you want to challenge yourself
-nice and simple
-be careful with the front panel plastic clips when taking it off
-no removable filter
-front mesh is pretty much the whole front face. so some flex is expected.
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.

other than that the case is very nicely made. with the old gift wireless mouse keyboard this makes a nice media computer bareframe.

anyways for anybody getting open box computer parts check it in store first and make sure it's all good physically.

i am using the refurbished ocz 450w modular from here. it's like it's designed for this case. no messy cables at all.

Experience: 2 Weeks


Painted interior, antivibe drive mount, ssd mount, excellent build quality, attractive design, side buttons
The power led is like the sun! seriously, it's bright!
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!

Experience: 2 Weeks


- Easy to build in
- Nice, smaller size
- Simple look
- Black painted interior
- Plenty of ventilation
- Great for the low price
- Very open and therefore noisy
- Poor cable management
- Can't access backside of MB when installed
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.

Overall, this is a great case for a budget build, and the smaller size is definitely a welcome bonus.

Tyler N.
Experience: 1 Weeks


-Dirt cheap
-Blacked out everything
-Front gill dust mesh
-Rubber HDD mounts
-Very nice case
-Front fan big loud
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!

Experience: 2 Weeks


If you wanted a small case, this one is tiny!
Nice and simple Look
Top mounted Power Supply
Larger mATX boards will have a real tight fit!
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!

Experience: 1 Weeks


small, perfect height for my media pc requirement, simple yet elegant, comes with features not available to some higher priced cases
no motherboard cutout for some cpu cooler back plate
- top mounted psu may not appeal to everyone but this is perfect for a small pc
- removable 2.5" HDD/SSD or 3.5" HDD just behind the 2md 5.25" cover plate
- comes with a 3.5" external mesh coverplate
- innovative sidewards mounting for standard sized hard drives and peripherals. HDD's are supported by rubber grommets and special screws that aid in damping noise
- lots of thumbscrews (everything removable uses thumbscrews)
- comes with 1 white 120mm case fan
- side mounted power, reset, front audio and usb ports may not appeal to everyone. Front usb ports are usb 2.0 only
- steel material is thin enough to be lightweight, but strong enough to be not flimsy. Painting, fit and finish are a lot better than some higher priced cases

Overall, this is a good case that I would use for budget builds. It is a fairly handome case and doesnt look cheap despite the price.

Experience: 1 Days


Great small case for a cheap price
Great HHD mounting system
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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Posted by: TheBigTroll @11/17/12
Posted by: MG @10/22/11
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