Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 1000
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rodney r., Newegg
15 February 2015
Summary: the rear fan is one of the most important fans in the case and should be thier i didn't buy from an open box
Pros: nice small itx and mini itx case, firm and steady the design is that it's small enough to put anywhere and not be an eye sore
Cons: i took one egg because it didn't have a rear fan in the case, but the spec's from the pamphlet says it should have one but since it was on sell and i had ordered some fans prior i'm not that upset.
Summary: This was originally going to get a much lower score because of the missing parts, but the customer support was really good and I got my replacements in less than a week. Still really bummed about the speaker though....
Pros: -High quality components -Whisper quiet fan -And grade A tech support
Cons: -The case didn't come with a few part. Namely the hard drive adapter. -The far right side standoff screws holes are way too close to the optical drive bay -Unlike the original this version of the case doesn't include a system speaker
Pros: price has big fan in the front. and it has some kind of air filter. with is nice everything fits perfect. running micro atx
Cons: make sure you count the motherboard jumpers. and put only the ones you need, either my motherboard has missing screw hole. or the box has an extra jumper hole. so be careful you don't wanna fry anything
Summary: I have an email into Fractal, we'll see how they respond about the missing pieces.
Pros: Bought this on sale, $20-$25ish if I recall correctly and at that price you really can't go wrong. Fit and finish is good, perfect for a budget build. I've read a lot of reviews saying this case is "small", it's no smaller than any pre-built I've bought from a major manufacturer. Running a non modular power supply without issue.
Cons: Missing pictured case speaker, 5.25" to 3.5" front grill, and hard drive bay adapter. Cpu cooler height is limited, but honestly if you're overclocking you shouldn't be looking at this item anyways.
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: 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.
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.
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...