Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 3000
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Great general computing case
10 March 2014
Summary: I will definitely buy these again. They are just that bit better than my previous go-to case of the Antec 300.
Pros: Ingress fan filters. Detachable front leaves the wiring intact in the case (i.e. doesn't leave front attached by the panel wires). This is a huge + for me. Comes with fans, fans also have braided covers on the wires. Panel wiring is pre-routed behind the motherboard. Motherboard standoff positions are clearly indicated. Powder coat inside and out looks and feels good. White and black contrast looks sharp. Base mounted PSU External watercooling compatible Dual 140mm fa...
Cons: On the one I got, the hard drive trays were placed in awkwardly, this meant the white trays got their paint rubbed off on the rougher black powder coat. Not worth taking an egg off for but was still a bit of a grumble
Summary: I used this case for just my second build so take that into account. When one of the front usb ports did not work I tried moving the connectors to another header on the motherboard. Didn't work. Sent an email to Fractal Design. Got an immediate response. Did exactly what the Tech said to no avail. Email back the Tech and he said they would have a replacement part in the mail asap. Got the part in a few days and installed. Everything works fine.
Pros: The right size for me, front usb2&3, plenty of fans, moderately quiet, plenty of room for a non-gaming home use computer build, the price was right.
Cons: delivered from Newegg in the original box with one of the two front USB2 ports not working
Summary: I took the 140mm front fan and put it on top of the case, in the interior right next to the other 140mm, I don't see a point in having one in the front, as I think that a front case is only good for putting more dust in your case, heat rises so I rather use the fans as exhaust and nowadays no major component (except for video cards) create so much heat.
Pros: 1-Fan Controller: it comes with it and you can control the rotational speed of the fans. 2-3 Fan of good quality are included and noiseless yet powerful enough. 3-No windows nor annoying blue (or any other color) lights. 4-I/O on top, rather than on the side or front. Overall I'm very pleased with this case, I browsed through several other cases, compare them side by side and the features this case has to offer are excellent for the price. I didn't need or require a f...
Cons: Fan controller, it died after 1 month of use. Paid $99 for this thing.
Pros: Love this case. It's stylyin' in a discreet kind of way. Case feels well made and a value when I got it on sale. The case is relatively quiet and fits everything I need. I love the fact that the flont looks so clean. Love the USB and audio ports in front. Very convenient.
Cons: Wished it had a side window like many of the other higher end cases. The front sucks in air and breathes it through the back. After a couple of weeks I had to clean out the front because it was showing a whie round circle in the shape of a casefan. This wasn't too hard to do, just sprayed some duster on it and it was back like new.
Summary: Much higher quality than I expected for the on-sale price I paid. There are a lot of nice touches to this case. The design is clean and sophisticated, not childish. It doesn't look like a toy. I have mounted four extra 120mm fans in addition to the three included 140mm fans. Airflow is absolutely amazing. This case feels cooler than my last full-tower. Even with all this airflow, this thing is quiet. I'm not used to such a quiet PC.
Pros: Space for six internal 3.5" drives, each drive tray has mounting points for 2.5" drives as well as silicone mounting points for the screws to help quiet mechanical HDDs. One of the two 5.25" external bays even includes a 3.5" adapter, so fitting my card reader was not an issue. Rubber bumpers under the PSU are a nice touch too. The front panel is easily removed. Space for seven fans. Yes, seven fans in this mid-tower case. Fractal even includes three (quiet) 140mm fan...
Cons: Though nice looking, the matte black case finish easily scratches, My case also had the standoff threading problem others have reported. You will need vise grips to screw them in completely. There is limited room behind the right (rear) side panel for cable routing, which is understandable in a mid-tower, although I was successful hiding all of my cables. The reset button is impossible to push in with with your finger. Using a pen or paperclip to do it can misalign th...
Summary: This is going to be a great case for my build: -AMD A-10 5600k Trinity -Asrock FM2A85X Extreme6 -Kingston HyperX 8GB -WD VelociRaptor WD6000BLHX 600GB - Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750
Pros: Very well thought out design, almost every part on this case is high quality, it's heavy and it has a 'solid' feel to it.
Cons: Not a con of the case but the shipper must have dropped it off the truck repeatedly, the foam was damaged, one of the side panels seems slightly warped, and the tool-less drive cage things were all over the place inside the case. This thing got seriously jarred around, but luckily no actual damage to the case, the panel was easily fixed.
Summary: I wrote the last review titled "Great". I forgot to mention a couple things. -Comes with all the screws you could ever need -There is a 140mm fan in the front, a 140mm on the top, and a 120mm in the rear.
Summary: This is the first homebuilt orientated case I've ever seen from this decade. It does NOT seem to be flimsy. It's material is about as solid as a tanky Compaq Case from 2004.
Pros: -Pretty Spacious Case -Room behind the board to stuff some cords into -Built pretty solid. I don't think it's very flimsy at all. Has a nice finish on the outside. Feels kind of gritty and grippy. -All 3 120mm case fans on highest speeds are wispy quiet. Quieter than the one 80mm Stock Cooler on my old CPU (FX-6200) -Seems to be able to fit some of the biggest CPU Coolers. I installed a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo just fine in this case -Comes with a cheap but effecti...
Cons: -After putting the included Fan Controller in a back PCI slot, I found it difficult to Plug the Top and Rear fan into into Without having the cords lay on top of the CPU heatsink and all over the place in general. I Plugged the front case fan into a 3-pin on my motherboard because it was much closer.