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Fractal Design Core 1000

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Rated #57 in Computer Cases

Posted

Pros: Price, look, extras included

Cons: Very thin sheet of metal used, HDD tray, cable management, position of on/off switch, 92mm exhaust fan

I bought this case for a recent mATX build.
I love the low price cost of the case, but there has been quite a few things that have annoyed me about it.

First the positives though:
-The price is obviously great, and good for keeping a low budget build
-The look of the case is nice and discrete - not over the top. Basically a nice simplistic look to the case with a touch of class added to it
-The extras included -> this includes the extra screws provided and more than anything the 120mm fan that came with the case (which is fitted at the front, when you buy it)

Negatives:
-The actual material used for the Core 1000 is really a thin sheet of metal. So thin, that it it very light to pick up my whole build with just a hand, whereas my Fractal R4 case requires quite a lot of effort to pick up.
Now the weight might seem like a good thing, an it is - however due to the HDD rack being VERTICALLY mounted, it causes un-needed vibrations throughout the case. This results in the case being quite loud with HDD's mounted. Almost as if the case was build for SSD's only.
-This makes me move unto my next complaint - the HDD vertical mount.
Quite simply put, I'm not a fan of it - having my HDD's in the "air" whilst in this case not only worries me a little, but also creates quite a lot of vibrations (the HDD's were screwed in properly, so was the HDD mount and they had rubber bits on them too)
Long story short - I can see why Fractal chose to use this design, but in my honest opinion, I don't think that was a good idea. With the HDD's mounted vertically and in mid-air, with a sheet of thin metal frame - there's bound to be problems, and in my case there is.
-Cable management: Due to the design again, and the small form factor - doing cable management for a non-modular PSU was close to impossible. I had to shove all the wires behind the HDD rack - which in turn reduces the air flow of my case as the intake is from the front of the case (the wires end up next to the intake fan at the front)
-The on/off button and the USB buttons are on the RIGHT side of the case. Now this isn't convenient for a few reasons. One being them being less accessible, but the other being if you had to put this alongside a wall, the buttons would be on the RIGHT side, and the INTAKE/OUTAKE side panel fan would be on the other. Why didn't fractal think of putting either the buttons to the RIGHT and/or putting the buttons at the top of the case, making it more accessible? I don't know, but I dislike it
-The fan exhaust at the back is only a 92mm fan slot. Why isn't this 120mm, like with the other two slots on the case?
I don't quite understand the logic behind this. There is room for it to be a 120mm, but Fractal chose (possibly tactically) to put a 92mm fan slot.
If I had to liquid cool my system, I would be in quite a dilemma as to where to put the fan and radiator.


Overall, there's more wrong (in my opinion) than right with this case.
Maybe I'm expecting too much from a £30 case, but as with every review, one has to judge it evenly and that's what I have done.
For that reason I can't see myself giving this poorly un-finished designed case more than 4/5 stars.

Posted

Pros: Cheap Black Interior

Cons: Mounting Hard Drive Tray Cramped

First off I must say I was not expecting much when I spent $40 off Newegg. Now with that said...



Pros:
Cheap
Small
Decent airflow
Black Interior
Thumb Screws

Cons:
Cramped
Top Mounted PSU (I prefer bottom)
Hard Drive Tray
92mm rear fan (Would like to see 120mm)

The packaging was pretty standard. Cardboard box styrofoam and plastic wrap. Case came in great condition. The contents were pretty sparse, wasn't too worried about it though. The case itself looks sharp, yet minimalistic which is what I wanted. The fan filters are a nice touch with a front 120mm fan. Thumbscrews instead of that waste of plastic people call "screwless installation"

Installing my motherboard took longer than expected. An extra 1-2mm of clearance on the length of the motherboard would have been a godsend! Finally made it work in the end.
Now this is where I was a little worried. The hard drive tray. It either supports 3 Hard drives, or 1 Hard drive and an SSD, or 2 SSD's. Thankfully it fit my Hard Drive and SSD fine with no issues, and actually allowed more airflow as it took up less space. People with more hard drives are out of luck, which is it's downfall as it doesn't handle as much as a standard hard drive tray.

No holes to hide cables, and the tray does not come out, which is understandable. Coming in at $40 I wasn't expecting much.

I came from an Antec 900 to this and I must say I'm happy. It's so much smaller, a little quieter, and doesn't scream I'm a nerd!

Any questions feel free to ask. If I helped you in anyway in purchasing or avoiding this product let me know!
Fractal Design Core 1000
Description:

Cooling system 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 Specifications 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 Net weight: 4,1kg

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