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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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  • N/A
  • 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.

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  • SolunaSkye
  • 9/22/2014 9:53:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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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
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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
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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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  • ErraticFollower
  • 8/17/2014 7:53:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: Looks fantastic, rugged, great use of thumbscrews. HDD/SSD storage is in a good position for airflow, you'll just need to make sure you buy 18" sata cables if you want to connect more than 2 sata devices.

Cons: Not much space for cable managing behind the motherboard panel, so excess cables should be stuffed into an empty 5.25" bay. I used a non-modular power supply (cx430 from corsair), so good cable management is completely possible in this case, you'll just need a lot of cable ties, some experimenting, and a bit of creativity. The force required to take off the door for the first time will make you feel like you're doing something wrong or that you'll break the case but it's not going to do anything bad to the case. However the tabs on the doors that hold it onto the case can break off if bent so you should be careful with those. It's steel so it shouldn't break easily but still be careful.

Other Thoughts: The case is just barely too thin for a coolermaster hyper 212 Evo cpu cooler, so be mindful what size cpu cooler you want. If you want this case for gaming, purchasing a 92mm fan to exhaust the hot air is pretty much a necessity, but once you do that the airflow in the case is great. There is a foam mesh in front of the 120mm intake fan that i'm not sure is meant to be used as a dust filter or for sound dampening, but it works for both cases. The case does not come with any cable ties so you'll have to make sure you purchase some if you want your cables to look nice. The headphone passthrough on the front of the case doesn't work well, it might be the case or it could be the motherboard, but thats easily fixed by plugging headphones in the back of the case.


It may be that I put more cons than pros but the cons really are not that big of a deal, they all have a simple workaround. This case deserves 4 stars from me because what you get is a great looking, well functioning, rugged case for really cheap. The only reason why i deducted an egg was because there isn't much space behind the back panel for cable management, but that's no big deal.

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  • Ano Nymous
  • 8/16/2014 9:11:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for mid range gaming PC.

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

Pros: Keeps everything cool
Small Case and takes up little room
Great ventilation
Perfect for a small room and great to take to school.
Quality far surpasses price
Simple look

Cons: Its small and everything is a very tight fit
Cramped hard drive bay
wire management could be better with a tad more room
Not very stylish

Other Thoughts: When installing a high end graphics card make sure you put that first if you are going to use two hard drives. Other wise you would have to take out the hard drive to squeeze the graphics card inside.

Everything else is fine, it doesn't take up tons of space and is well ventilated for a small case. there is room for all your main components.

If you're looking to fit 2 graphics cards look for a bigger case. Although this case would work, you would cause everything to cramp even more. One graphics card takes up far too much space.

All in all its an excellent case for a general purpose PC.
Has two media drive bays. Also keeps everything cooled well for a gaming PC. You can take it to college and won't have to carry around a huge full tower.

I would recommend this to anyone building their first mid range rig.

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  • Josh
  • 8/13/2014 8:28:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeh

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

Pros: Cheap, especially after the rebate.
Looks good.
Front cooler is fairly quiet.
Doesn't use the tool-free mounting system (are screws really that difficult?).

Cons: The motherboard area could be expanded by half an inch on the top and side by the drive trays. It was pretty difficult to sandwich in the motherboard and I/O shield.
The sideways SSD/HDD mounting system is terrible for cable management. I purchased a semi-modular PSU, but had to use a second set of SATA power connectors because of the orientation of the mounts.

Other Thoughts: For $20 AR, it's hard to beat. Without a good rebate, I'd look elsewhere.

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  • guy
  • 8/12/2014 11:10:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnicely painted piece of junk

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

Pros: Cheap?

Cons: --optical drive cage makes installing the motherboard nearly impossible

--sharp wire edges on the optical drive bay covers

--no instructions at all

--never did find the adapter to mount a hard drive in one of the optical bays

--overall, not worth the money. I should have spend a few more bucks and bought a case with some room to work, and better QC.

Other Thoughts: I won't take a chance on Fractal Design again.

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  • 3DFruitBat
  • 7/19/2014 11:15:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Cool

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

Pros: - Great, straightforward cooling
- clean front bezel

Cons: - low build quality
- creative cable managment

Other Thoughts: If your parts aren't the kind of fancy PC components used by crazy people with "professional" "careers" and "solution needs," then this enclosure will suit you just fine. One of each piece of kit will fit in nicely and stay comfortable. This isn't a data center, and it doesn't expect you to treat it like one. The design language discourages the use of more than one hard drive and one SSD, and it really isn't fun to load up a case this small when you can keep it minimal. This is especially prudent when you realize that the extra space allows you to back in whatever truck of a video card you need.

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