Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 3000
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Fractal Design Core 3000 review
21 January 2013
Conclusion: You might expect to have to sacrifice some cooling potential when purchasing a Fractal chassis, but that's not the case with the Core 3000. Its CPU cooling is of particular note, and its front intake fan means its no slacker when it comes to removing heat from your graphics hardware either, although...
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.
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.
Summary: The Fractal Design Core 3000 provides a terrific cost/benefit ratio for users who are looking for a mid-tower case with nice features at an affordable price.
Pros: The 5.25” bay covers are meshed with air filters, Air filter for the power supply fan, Air filter for the front fan, Support for seven fans, comes with three, Analog fan controller for the three fans that come with the product, Vented slot covers, Support for six 3.5”/2.5” storage devices, Thumbs...
Cons: No air filter for the optional left and bottom fans, No USB 3.0 ports
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.
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...
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.
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 h...
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.
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...