Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 3000
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Fractal Design Core 3000 Case Review
29 September 2013
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.
Conclusion: Looking for an affordable and simple case for your new computer? The Fractal Design Core3000 Case may just be right up your alley. It’s a Mid-Tower case with enough space and features for any low to mid end PC. The hard drive bays and cooling options definitely keep this case cool and free of clutter. However, there were some things that I did not like about this case as well.
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.
Summary: Little inclusions, like the black/white color scheme and removable dust filters tell us that Fractal focuses on the details, and we appreciate it. Your $70 gets you a smaller-than-normal mid-tower that makes for a quick (albeit slightly cramped) build that’s easy on the eyes. For all you budget builders out there, the Fractal Core 3000 is worthy of your consideration.
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
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.
Excerpt: A few months back we looked at Fractal Design’s range-topping Define XL case which impressed us with its great build quality and near silent operation. So we are excited to see what they can deliver at a lower price point where there is much more competition.