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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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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.

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.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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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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  • Jason L
  • 12/10/2014 6:26:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuality case

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

Pros: - Filtered, excellent airflow through chassis.
- Pleasing quality. Nothing loose or feels like any corners were cut to keep price low.
- Professional appearance and design.
- No problem fitting MSI R9 270 Gaming edition GPU card and keeping it cool.
- Included 120mm front fan was quiet and pushes a good amount of air.
- Front I/O USB 3 connection.

Cons: - Blue power LED is very bright and sort of distracting.
- Prone to some fingerprints

Other Thoughts: - Bought this on sale for $26 with free shipping. Feels like a steal.
- The best looking, filtered, and no non-sense Micro-atx case in my opinion.

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  • 12/3/2014 1:34:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes the job but has some issues

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

Pros: Good looks
Features did the job

Cons: Flimsy construction - The top will give in to light pressure and the side panels flex
VERY tight motherboard installation - you will have to leave one of the standoffs off and actually bend a corner of the motherboard to make it fit (I used a Gigabyte 78lmt-usb3)

The front fan is also not very quiet

Other Thoughts: It held my parts and looked alright doing it, wish it was designed better. Uses thin sheet metal common for cases at this price.

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  • Lauren
  • 11/29/2014 7:58:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnsatisfied

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

Pros: It holds all the parts I bought

Cons: At times it felt like the motherboard wasn't going to fit, and pressure was definitely applied to it while trying to get it in properly. This is because an optical drive holder in the case that goes too far back and gets in the way. The motherboard I used is an MSI A78M-E45.

The LED lights are bright to the point where it looks like someone is shining a blue/pink flashlight on my wall, which is entirely too bright. I might actually just unplug the LED cable at some point because of that.

This may not be a problem for experienced users, but the case came with **no instructions**, the only thing that came with it was a booklet listing its specifications in a bunch of different languages. This became a huge problem when trying to figure out which screws to use to use to install the motherboard. As a first time builder this made things very confusing and we probably spent an extra hour trying to figure things out.

Other Thoughts: I don't particularly like the design, it's pretty simple, but for the price I don't think it's right to consider this a con.

The front panel audio is also messed up on mine (sounds "underwater") when I tried using headphones, though that may be a problem with my installation and not with the case itself. I'll come back and edit my review after I get that sorted out.

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  • 11/17/2014 7:40:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsNice affordable case with good build quality

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

Pros: -Easy to install hardware
-Great airflow
-Simple to clean
-Strong and stiff yet fairly lightweight
-Attractive and clean finish

Cons: -Right hand side placement of front ports for audio and USB is a little bit odd and akward (as I am used to putting the tower on the right side of desks).
-Would be happier with a included quieter 120mm rear fan
-Not as quiet as a 100$ Corsair.

Other Thoughts: I have built quite a few machines for family and friends over the last 15 years, and this case really impressed me with its value and sturdiness. This particular build was a 3.4 GHz i3, 8MB RAM, ASUS board, and 430W Antec Earthwatts PSU. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or purchase myself this case for future builds

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  • 11/8/2014 7:17:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCheap

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

Pros: Nice looking mesh.
I got this for $29CAD + shipping. It is very good for $29 but nothing else. This thing is not even close to build quality of Core 3000 for define series.

Cons: Very cheep construction. Case stands are solid plastic. Case glides on your desk. It was somewhat pain to remove the front panel. I actually couldn't remove it completely. No hard drive trays.

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  • 11/3/2014 5:42:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsDecent case, great support

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

Pros: - Cheap
- Lightweight and compact
- Nice-looking paint
- No sharp edges

Cons: - Paint scratches very easily
- Won't fit a "standard" 120mm tower CPU cooler
- Fit and finish not perfect (the side panels don't sit quite tight to the case, and the front panel doesn't either)
- Front panel very hard to remove
- Hard drive mount is unusual, and not in a good way
- Buttons and USB ports are on the side of the case
- No cable management

Other Thoughts: I bought this case because it was the only case I could find that I liked the look of. I wish that I could have paid xyz dollars more and had the same case design, but better build quality. Just adding some cable management tiedowns and a normal drive tray would make this a five star/egg case. Mine was missing the 3.5" converter when it arrived but Fractal sent me a replacement with no hassle, so no eggs deducted for that.

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  • WRDOZER9
  • 10/31/2014 4:55:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBorderline great but far from perfect

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

Pros: *About as small as a MATX mini tower gets
*USB 3.0
*Included 120mm fan is reasonably quiet
*Potential for good enough airflow for a reasonable mid-range gaming system
*Thumb screws for expansion cards as well as side panels
*Side mounted front panel connectors make for a very clean face
*Full mesh front
*All screws are painted black
*One of the best cases in this size and sub $50 price range

Cons: *Top mounted power supply
*No 3.5" bay or 5.25" to 3.5" adapter for fan controllers
*No removable filter for front 120mm fan means removing the entire front to properly clean the filter
*Left side panel does not fit flush. It's only a slightly improper fit but it's almost entirely around the panel.
*Slight wobble in case though this will vary person to person due to warping from shipping and handling

Other Thoughts: For starters, a modular PSU is always recommended for Micro ATX builds when the budget allows so don't complain if you intentionally buy standard PSU with lots of long cables because that is on you, not the case manufacturer.

Cable management will require you to think before hand and make use of plenty of zip ties.

I would have definitely preferred to see removable fan filter for the front 120mm fan.

I also would have liked to have seen a top mounted 120mm fan mount but the top mounted PSU killed this. The case is so small that a bottom mounted power supply would have actually helped with cable management with small zip tie mounts throughout the case leaving far less slack cable to try to work with.

A 3.5" drive bay adapter would have been highly preferential for use of 3/4 channel fan controllers. Now I either have to buy a large 5/6 channel 5.25" fan controller or buy a 3.5" controller and an adapter, adding unnecessary cost.

My system:
- Fractal Core 1000 with additional 120mm and 92mm Fractal fans on the way along with a 5.25" fan controller
- eVga 430w PSU
- MSI 785GTM-E45
- Phenom 9750 locked to 2 cores running 3ghz while under-volted to 1.21v
- Zalman 7000V-AL
- 2x 2gb G.Skill DDR2-1066
- MSI GTS 450 2GB DDR3
- 128gb Transcend SSD340 SSD

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  • 10/29/2014 4:08:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Value

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

Pros: Good quality metal
Light
2.5" Drive options
Small! I mean Small! This is quite possibly the smallest footprint you can have with microatx, full size expansion card slots, 5.25" disk drive, and ATX power supply.

Cons: Super bright LED
Space can get a bit tight, make sure to go over dimensions of your board and cpu coolers. Was able to squeeze a Cooler Master Hyper T4 in this case, however it does rub against the panel slightly. It does not cause any issues with putting on the panel, or cause it to bulge, but it will wear the paint off the inside of the panel.
Location of power button, USB, and Audio ports are a bit impractical.

Other Thoughts: This case is SMART. I can't justify docking it an egg for any of it's cons, because in this price range, you are not getting better material quality and looks. One thing I would like to clarify, the front DOES NOT have a dust filter. I was unsure about this as in the photos it looks like it does. What it has, is a foam of sorts. Dust will catch in here, and it will need to be blown out from time to time (I just got it, so we will find out for sure) or it will get nasty looking. Yes it kind of works like a filter, but it's held in by extended tabs of the mesh that covers the front of the case. You can work the foam out without bending these tabs, but it is more work than what it would be if you had a true air filter.

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  • 10/15/2014 5:26:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFractal Core 1000

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

Pros: Cheap. Easy to build. Looks Nice.

Cons: USB and speaker front headers are glitchy. USB cuts out. Headphone out is noisy.

Other Thoughts: For $20, you can't beat it. But I would look elsewhere if you're looking for a quality case.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We're sorry to hear that the USB ports and audio ports on your Core 1000 are not working properly. 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.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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