Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 1000
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Minimal, but difficult
Kyle E., Newegg
3 weeks ago
Summary: 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.
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.
Summary: 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.
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 insi...
Summary: 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.
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 i...
Summary: 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.
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
Summary: 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.
Pros: - Great, straightforward cooling - clean front bezel
Summary: This case is for a basic home office build, that will be replacing a clients old XP machine, so front and rear fans are not needed for super cooling as this is not a gaming machine nor a video rendering PC. I bought it because of the price, and the fact that it has USB 3.0 on the front IO panel. It also has a solid, well built design, and other then the minor cons mentioned, is a good case for the price.
Pros: Fast shipping...again, as usual from newegg.com. Black on black color scheme is nice looking. Nice air flow design. Plenty of interior space. Comes with a 120 mm fan in front. Rubber cushions for the hard drives
Cons: Side panel is real tight fit, and does not remove as easily as I would like to see. I do not care for the vertical mounting of hard drives. The included 120 mm fan in front is too loud, and there is no rear case fan included, therefore I am getting a new 92 mm rear fan to pull the air through, and removing the front fan.
Pros: -Looks good and clean -Black on black on black yo! -Compact design -Cheap!
Cons: Major: The welded in box for DVD drive or HDD on top makes it difficult to install the motherboard. I had to remove the top right riser, flex the mobo a bit to get it in properly, and then carefully add the riser under the mobo and screw it in with my fingers. Minor: -Dust collects pretty quickly on the dust filter on the front, leaving you with a ring shape where the fan intakes air. -Wish was just slightly wider so my CPU cooler because mine rubs against the case wh...
Summary: Other than the odd mounting style for HDD/SSDs and the lack of instruction manual, it is tough to find faults with this case, especially at this price level. Its small size does not promote expandability or crazy customizations.
Pros: Small Very quiet- I just have the stock fans, the computer sits on the desk, and while I hear the fans the sound level is low Sturdy case
Cons: Small- certain fans/coolin options, crazy amount of cables/peripherals would be an issue with this case HDD/SSDs are mounted sideways No instruction manual, took me awhile to figure out the HDD/SSDs would be mounted sideways