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Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel MicroATX Mid Tower
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
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With a unique combination of design, cooling performance and value, the Fractal Design Core is a perfect choice for you. The Core 1000 USB 3.0 brings forth many features usually only seen in more expensive and larger cases. It supports long graphics cards up to 350mm in length as a result of the innovative, vertical HDD mounting bracket. The front panel is easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is contrasted with white expansion slots while all HDD while all HDD mountings are fitted with anti-vibration silicone grommets for optimal silence. Transfer large files fast with the blazing fast USB 3.0 ports.

  • newegg Excellent Cooling Performance One 120mm preinstalled fan in front, one 92mm optional fan in rear, one 120mm optional fan in side panel ensure excellent ventilation and system cooling for all your needs. Plus, the simple yet elegant mesh front panel allows for increased airflow through the case.
  • newegg Make the most of your inner space The Core 1000 features innovative HDD positioning with mounts the HDD or SSDs vertically on the mounting bracket. As a result, it supports long graphics card up to 350mm in length with one HDD mounted. Up to 148mm high CPU cooler and full size ATX PSU are supported. This case supports various combinations of drive sets ups: 3 x 2.5" SSD, 2 x 3.5" HDD or 1 x 2.5" SSD + 1 x 3.5" HDD. It also comes with two ODD slots and four expansion slots. You can also use the included convertor to convert one ODD slot to one FDD slot.

The Core 3000 USB 3.0 has plenty of cooling options with space to install up to 7 fans of various sizes. 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 six HDD trays. Each tray is fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets and supports both 3.5" and 2.5" HDD/SSDs. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which supports graphic card up to 420mm in length.

  • newegg Simple front panel with USB 3.0 front I/O Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter enables maximize airflow. Easy-access front I/O includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports.
  • newegg Exceptional Cooling Performance Featuring a total of 7 fan slots, the Core 3000 USB 3.0 comes with three Silent Series R2 fans: one 140mm in front, one 120mm in rear and one 140mm in top.
  • newegg Bottom-Placed PSU The bottom mounted PSU design enables better case stability and independent PSU cooling.
  • newegg Stylish and flexible HDD trays 6 HDD trays can support 3.5" and 2.5" HDD/SSDs. The anti-vibration silicon grommets reduce noise and vibration for stable, silent system running. The upper HDD cage is rotatable and removable easy installation.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • 2/24/2015 6:10:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAverage

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Sturdy, came in good condition despite less desirable stiff foam packaging. Not that heavy, but still sturdy feeling.

It's a plain box to put components in for a super low price, that's about it.

Cons: This was used in a build for a new office PC. Drive mounts aren't that great, and could have been a lot better if there had just been an HDD cage to begin with, instead of the fancy little side mounting thing.

If you have large hands like me, prepare to get them bruised up building in this thing. Then again, it's a small case so you would expect that.

There isn't much to say, it's small, it's plain, it's nothing special. Complete and utter lack of cable management,. SUPER bright power LED.

Not a 120mm rear exhaust, which I supposed I should have seen. so I can't deduct for that.

Other Thoughts: I'm not trying to be down on this case, the styling is good, the build quality seems great, and it fulfills its purpose.

I didn't give it 3 eggs because of any problems, but rather because it didn't wow me. Although I will say that the drive mounting solution is lacking, I suppose it is the way it is for airflow, even though they could have just put a filter on the side panel fan spot, and put in a normal cage system, would have been loads of room for drives then.

Overall, it is what I expected, a low priced, minimalistic box to put PC components in. Nothing more, nothing less. Only disappointment was the drive bays, and the rear fan, which are my fault anyways for not reading.

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  • 228rod
  • 2/24/2015 12:13:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsonly if

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: the core series 1000 is a nice budget case that's pretty solid

Cons: as for the case it self it's ok for my itx build

Other Thoughts: i fault newegg for the parts that where missing on this case, the user's manual subject a vertical Harddrive tray which mounts Hdd's on anti vibration silicone grommets PAGE 3 OF THE USER'S MANUAL, if
newwegg would have said this is as is it would have been ok but that's not
what was advertised, after all these years newegg is falling short in dependability,shipping what you ordered and not leaving orders behind and yet charging you..shame, shame, shame !

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  • 228rod
  • 2/15/2015 4:19:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsALMOST

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: nice small itx and mini itx case, firm and steady the design is that it's small enough to put anywhere and not be an eye sore

Cons: i took one egg because it didn't have a rear fan in the case, but the spec's from the pamphlet says it should have one but since it was on
sell and i had ordered some fans prior i'm not that upset.

Other Thoughts: the rear fan is one of the most important fans in the case and should be thier i didn't buy from an open box

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  • Klash
  • 2/3/2015 7:23:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsok case

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -High quality components
-Whisper quiet fan
-And grade A tech support

Cons: -The case didn't come with a few part. Namely the hard drive adapter.
-The far right side standoff screws holes are way too close to the optical drive bay
-Unlike the original this version of the case doesn't include a system speaker

Other Thoughts: This was originally going to get a much lower score because of the missing parts, but the customer support was really good and I got my replacements in less than a week. Still really bummed about the speaker though....

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  • 2/2/2015 1:24:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good Case. Included Fan and Filter. Liked the rubber HDD mounts. Case was part of a DIY combo.

Cons: Missing case speaker and 5.25" to 3.5" converter shield as pictured.

Other Thoughts: Have opened a support ticket with Fractal design. Will wait and see.

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  • 1/19/2015 5:18:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsNot the best for a first build

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: >The case is cheap. Nothing like saving money.
>It is very sturdy and I did not feel cheated on quality due to the proce

Cons: >This is what sparked me to write this review. The blue LED is bright, incredibly bright. I put translucent tape over it to tone it down. I can see it in the middle of the day from the top of the stairs in my house.
>The screws for the PSU did not line up. Only used three of the four screws.
>Cable management was a bit tough. I know it's a small case but there was little to no storage room. Ended up cramming power cables in between the PSU and optical drive (I know, old school)
>The case only came with one fan. I know this was stated in the description but I was a little disappointed. Ordering a few more fans today.

Other Thoughts: >Not the best case for a first time builder, but also not terrible. 7/10

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  • 1/2/2015 6:15:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Core 1000

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: price
has big fan in the front. and it has some kind of air filter. with is nice
everything fits perfect. running micro atx

Cons: make sure you count the motherboard jumpers. and put only the ones you need, either my motherboard has missing screw hole. or the box has an extra jumper hole.

so be careful you don't wanna fry anything

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  • Forged
  • 12/27/2014 9:50:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsDecent case, missing some components

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Bought this on sale, $20-$25ish if I recall correctly and at that price you really can't go wrong. Fit and finish is good, perfect for a budget build. I've read a lot of reviews saying this case is "small", it's no smaller than any pre-built I've bought from a major manufacturer. Running a non modular power supply without issue.

Cons: Missing pictured case speaker, 5.25" to 3.5" front grill, and hard drive bay adapter.

Cpu cooler height is limited, but honestly if you're overclocking you shouldn't be looking at this item anyways.

Other Thoughts: I have an email into Fractal, we'll see how they respond about the missing pieces.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Forged,

We're sorry to hear that the 5.25" to 3.5" adapter and faceplate were missing. Included with all of our cases there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team. If you have lost that piece of paper you can contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

You can also call our toll free number : 855-446-3722

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm CT.

Please contact our Tech Support Team and they should be able to assist you in getting a replacement part for your case.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • 12/22/2014 9:40:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood cheap case

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Very sturdy, budget case. The filter was easy to access, it was easy to build in. The USB 3.0 up top was nice and it was pretty easy to work with

Cons: I had a few things that annoyed me. If I was building for a client and not my friend, I would have returned this. I had a few things wrong with the case, one I believe is probably a design issue.

1: One of the pins holding the front panel on is near impossible to get off. I was worried of breaking the pin completely. The other 3 came out just fine. I don't know what's up there, but it makes it difficult to actually get to the filter when you can't take the front off easily!
2: The case was wobbly. One stand was shorter than the other. It was a very noticeable wobble.
3: The PSU screw holes didn't line up. It took strategy to get all 4 screws in rather than just lining up the PSU and putting in the screws.
4: I hate having the buttons ON THE SIDE of the case. Terrible positioning if the case is going to be on your right. Cmon Fractal Design. You're better than this!
5: The instructions could have been more clear for HDD mounting. I felt dumb having to look at a youtube video on someone doing a build in the case

Other Thoughts: All in all, great case! I'll probably get their new Core case if I do another build in one of these. I was kinda saddened by this case though. Maybe I just had a bad unit, but as far as build quality goes, I wasn't very impressed. Maybe it's because I have the Define R4 right next to me. But I was hoping for at least the same quality, even if the features aren't there. Again, it was $30 so I'm not going to give this horrible marks

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  • 12/12/2014 10:28:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPlain Jane

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Well laid out for this type of case.the Vertical drive mounts are nice.

Cons: very thin metal, there are reinforcement brackets in the corners but my case was twisted would not sit level. Slippery hard plastic feet amplified this problem. This is not a high end sound dampening fractal design case this is a budget case.

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