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Monday, 01 August 2011 11:05

Fractal Design Core 3000 computer case tested - 3. Internal

Written by Sanjin Rados


Review: Mid tower case with a bunch of space

The 445mm height and 490mm length of the Core 3000 mean that it’s one of smaller mid-tower cases but the 20cm width means it will easily take the largest CPU coolers. At a glance, everything looks pretty nice.


That the case is a quality one is evident from the fact that the Core 3000 comes with two HDD cages, one of which can be taken out in order to make room for some monster sized graphics cards.


The case will take a total of six 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ drives. You’ll find grommets in every bay but they’ll only work for 3.5’’ drives.


The Core 3000 will take two 5.25’’ drives and there’s also the always handy 3.5’’ converter. The case comes stocked with three fans, as you can see from the following picture.


The case packs enough room for mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX boards.

Cabling can be routed behind the motherboard tray, but cable holes could have been wider (at least in the case of the hole next to the PSU). Also, it would have been convenient if the company left a hole for a CPU cable on the motherboard tray.

The motherboard tray has a CPU backplate cutout which will make swapping CPU coolers easy as pie.


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0 #1 robert3892 2011-08-01 12:11
Cable management could be better and the spacing re-arranged to fit a proper dual radiator, otherwise it's a very nice chassis
+2 #2 BernardP 2011-08-01 16:30
For a new case design in 2011, USB 3.0 with a proper mobo header is a must.
0 #3 bardenck 2011-08-01 16:41
what graphics card is in that case (the second one)?!! looks like it has passive cooling.

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