- by David_W @Apr 29, 2011
The new Fractal DesignCore Series offers a unique combination of design, features, cooling performance and value.
Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter
Optimized for performance with multiple cooling options
A total of 7(!) fan slots (1x 120mm + 1x 140mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x 120mm in bottom, 1x 120mm in rear, 1x 120/140mm in side panel)
Three fans included (1x 140mm in front, 1x 120mm in rear and 1x 140mm in top)
6x white painted HDD trays, with silicone mounting
Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
The Core 3000 has plenty of cooling options, up to 7 fans of various sizes can be installed. The front panel is 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 and HDD trays. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which enables support for even the longest graphic cards.
Fan controller for 3 fans included
1 front mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
1 rear mounted Fractal Design 120mm fan @ 1200rpm included
1 top mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
Additional 4 fan slots available for optional fans; one 120mm in front, one 120mm in bottom,one 120/140mm in top and one 120/140mm in side panel
6x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
4x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O – mounted on top of front panel
Removable filter below PSU (PSU not included)
M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
7 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
Supports graphic card lengths up to 270mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
Supports graphic card lengths up to 420mm without removable HDD-Bay
Supports CPU coolers with height of 160mm
Supports PSU's with a depth of maximum circa 160mm, when using bottom 120mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU's, typically 250mm
Case size (WxHxD): 200x430x480mm with front and top bezel in place
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The bottom line is Core 3000 is a beautifully designed case. It looks great with its two tone white and black elements and is one of the best value for money mid-towers on the market due to the cooling fans and other features. It comes highly recommended by Vortez.net
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I'm a first time builder so the case was easy to use and had enough features to make installing my parts easy. I'm pretty sure there are better cases out there but for the price its a great budget case. I upgraded from a really old PC so I'm quite happy with how easy this case was to work with.
I bought this case to house a computer I building for music recording and production. I had to use tools to get the motherboard screws installed as well as some of the screws for the PCI slots. That issue aside, my install was very clean and easy and was surprised I was able to fit in my EVGA GTX580, mind you I had to keep the middle hard drive tray in the sideways orientation, but I also had to take it out to fit the card in (or take it out). Overall I am very pleased with this case and would buy another one if I was on a tight budget, but I would 100% definitely give their higher priced cases a run.
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