Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 3000
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Fractal Design Core3000 Case Review
27 January 2012
Excerpt: Computer cases have been increasing flashy compared to when a Dell desktop PC was the standard. Nowadays, cases have custom lighting, huge fans, side windows, and tons of space for whatever you desire. Unfortunately, the price has increased as well for the higher end cases. They can cost up to $200 dollars or more depending on the size, material, and brand name. A good chunk of consumers really despise this idea because it becomes an annoying factor when building a PC.
The Fractal Design Core 3000 offers a simplistic design and a complimenting installation process. The case on the outside isn’t anything to wow about, which could be good or bad, depending on the person. Overall it’s a pretty rugged case with a plentitude of cooling options and a very easy, tool-free installation. Despite all of the benefits of this case, I was still disappointed by the USB ports on this case.
Summary: Despite the unfortunate initial state of our Core 3000, its cooling prowess and ability to house high-end components in a modestly sized space have left a positive impression. From a cooling perspective, this case is a rock star. It comes with three large fans and provides space for four extra ones on top of that, plus a fan controller.
Conclusion: Fractal Design’s aim with the Core 3000 was to produce a no-nonsense case which offered elegant aesthetics and plenty of cooling options. We feel that the elegance is most definitely apparent and the cooling capability is extremely impressive for a mid tower case but some of the key features that should definitely exist on a £50/$75 case are missing. Aesthetics are extremely likeable.
Excerpt: Much like another Fractal Design case we reviewed recently, the Arc Midi , the Fractal Design Core 3000 is a simple and effective case, made all the more enticing by its affordability and ease of use. It’s always with a little apprehension that we step into the sub-100-dollar case category; so we’re surprised and happy to report that the Core 3000 is a very solid contender for you budget builders.
Pros: Not bad looking; very affordable; many cooling options; removable dust filters.
Cons: Cramped; only two optical drive bays; a little small for a mid-tower.
Summary: At first I was worried about the fact that the much cheaper price tag also meant sacrificing a lot of the features we have come to love from Fractal Design cases. Let me assure you, they are still all there. You will still get three fans within the system, the signature white parts are present, as is the entire hard drive cage and tray system. So what did Fractal Design do to offer the case this price point?
Pros: Excellent price/performance, Three fans included, Similar build quality to the Fractal Design Arc, Most of the engineering of the more expensive Fractal cases still within the CORE 3000, Rubber mounted hard drives, Large CPU coolers will fit easily, Sleeving on fan and all case cables, Side can hold a 120 or 140 mm fan, Fan controller included, Removable hard drive cage to make space for large graphics cards, Dust filters on front and top mesh, Dust filter on the bott...
Cons: No USB 3.0, Tight space between mainboard tray and side panel, Fans not the quietest, Plastic front, pictures may be misleading, US pricing more expensive than the EU one
Summary: So as we stated on the previous page, the Fractal Design Core 3000 is an elegant, simple and definitely feature rich for a mid-tower chassis. You get a matte black designed chassis with features wise options to put in many HDDs and devices. The chassis is fairly tool free, but does not have say easy click-in Optical drive clips. You'll still be using the good old thumb-screws, that works fine of course...
Conclusion: The fact that we expected great things from the Core 3000 is testament to Fractal Design's growing reputation as a chassis manufacturer. The Swedish company has established itself as key player in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and we can see why; its chassis are feature packed and priced with the mass market in mind.