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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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  • 11/17/2014 7:40:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

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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  • SolunaSkye
  • 9/22/2014 9:53:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat but needs one more option

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

Pros: Great case for it's size. Works well as an HTPC or NAS build with a bit of creativity. (see other thoughts)

If you plan to water cool obviously it would be an extremely tight fit; but it's doubtful anyone would choose this form factor for a higher-end setup.

Cons: The vertical mount system works well but it would be great to have another vertical panel in the back to add two more HDDs.

Other Thoughts: I fabricated a second "tray" using an old computer's side panel behind the supplied one to increase HDD mounts.
This brought the total space to 4 vertical and two 5.25" horizontal.
With creativity non-modular PSU cables CAN fit behind everything leaving a tunnel for the front fan to blow air into the case.

-Zip ties are your friend and patience is your fuel.

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  • Lord Socky
  • 8/31/2014 9:43:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMinimal, but difficult

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

Pros: Very minimal and compact design without compromising the ability to use full-size components apart from the microATX motherboard. Unique HDD/SSD mounts allow full-length video cards.

Cons: The very same minimal and compact design requires that builders using this case have a decent amount of skill to successfully put it together. It's definitely a tight fit, and I wouldn't dream of using this case on a PC that I plan to remove or upgrade anything in for a long time. For me, this build will eventually graduate into a personal server, so small form-factor was the deciding feature. Still, a double-edged blade. Make sure you know what you're getting into.

Other Thoughts: The HDD/SSD mounts took me about an hour of trying different things before having to google it. It works great, I'm just an idiot that couldn't figure out how it worked.

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  • Jimmy Johnson
  • 8/24/2014 11:49:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCore 1000 = Decent case for the price

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

Pros: This is a compact, sleek-looking case. It has just what you need and nothing more. Even while having no special cable management system, the side-mounted hard drive plate gives more room for cables than my Antec 300.

Cons: This case DID NOT come with instructions! Even though it's rather simple to put together and disassemble, I would have enjoyed the assistance of some instructions when I tried to get the front panel off. It feels like it's going to break, but you just have to pull straight out and it will pop off.

Most people wouldn't take off an egg for this, but since I don't use an optical drive, one of the front removable panels arrived slightly crooked. Also, the dust filter inside of those panels and front grille seems rather cheap. It's just kind of hanging loosely and looks like someone just pushed it into place. But...I got this case on sale for $29.99, so it's really not an issue.

Other Thoughts: This is probably the best value case you can get right now in the sub-50 dollar price range. Whether you're new or experienced in the PC building world, this case is a decent option for almost any type of machine (except for a full ATX build obviously.) If you can get this on sale, it's a total steal.

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  • 8/23/2014 10:28:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice affordable case

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

Pros: - Small and light
- Does not look ridiculous like some gaming cases
- Great price when on sale

Cons: - Only 1 USB 3 port
- Only supports 2 3.5" drives when there is clearly room for more if they put in trays

Other Thoughts: My microATX motherboard is slightly smaller than the maxmum size allowed by the spec. So I had no issues installing it into this case.

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