Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 1000
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2 weeks ago
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.
Summary: - 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.
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
Summary: It held my parts and looked alright doing it, wish it was designed better. Uses thin sheet metal common for cases at this price.
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
Summary: 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.
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 po...
Summary: 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.
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.
Summary: 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.
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
Summary: 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.
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
Summary: 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.
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.