Fractal Design Core 3000 Review

Posted by: David Mitchelson on: 05-10-2011 [ 13 comment(s) ]

Fractal Design have impressed with their Define and Arc Series but will the Core 3000 mid tower leave us with a smile on our faces?

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Fractal Design Core 3000 Review

Suicidal Zebra



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#18755 Posted on: 05.10.2011 23:35:19
Love the idea of the Core 3000, and it's definitely up there with the other cases in that ~50 segment that are really, really strong. For me, the lack of EPS 12V cable hole on the motherboard tray is a strange oversight and slightly disappointing, but it's more than made up for by many of the other features not seen at this price point.

The most major down-side is one I don't think you mentioned: an empty fan space on the side-panel. Having lived through a year with a case that had a gaping hole on the side, I can say with confidence that it absolutely sucks in dust, and hence a cover or filter addition would have been very handy. Thankfully it's a standard 1200mm size and so you can pick on up inexpensively, but it is something to consider.

Great review Dave, definitely a case for anyone to keep in mind for a new build or upgrade.

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ehume



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#18808 Posted on: 08.10.2011 02:22:04
Nice review Dave. The case reminds me of my Beta Evo (your review here put me onto it).

I'm a big fan of top intake. You can get a TY-140 and suspend it from the 120mm screw holes, the put a 140mm filter on top, held in place with pegs in the 140mm screw holes. With an Akasa 3-way PWM splitter that TY-140 top intake can run up and down along with the fans on your cpu cooler. It actually works delightfully well.

Side panel - you should definitely go with a 140mm fan like the Kaze Maru 2 / Slip Stream 140. Make sure it is filtered as well.

Cases like this are fun. When they are cheap enough you have no hesitation to do things like cutting out the rear grill to allow air to escape without the assist of fans.

Thanks for the nice review Dave . I see you're now including heatsink clearance. Thumbs-up for you.

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Essexraptor



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#18846 Posted on: 08.10.2011 23:05:13
Nice review Dave

A big fan of these "side loading" HDD arrangement cases. It's so much easier to load drives in and out quickly. All the power and SATA leads tucked away round the back as well.

Many cases in this price range as pointed out in the review. For a build for friend/relative you can hardly go wrong with one of these.

Factual take the effort to braid the fan leads as you say and not many do that these days. Found the white Factual fans to be a bit noisy but efficent at shifting the air. Personally I would change them out for my own use but leave them in for a client. For those who have not had many Factual cases, the little PCI slot mounted reostat fan controller is a nice touch and good as well. But for the heavy handed you need to take a bit of care fitting them because the connections are not that strong and can be broken quite easily.

My guess is that it's made in China!

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#18847 Posted on: 08.10.2011 23:09:00
Nice to see you Essexraptor!

I agree with the 'side-loading' comment. My case doesn't have that, it is much easier unless you have an easily removable caddy like in the Corsair 800D for example.

I already recommended this case to a friend based on this review!

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Essexraptor



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#18848 Posted on: 08.10.2011 23:20:09
Hey Alex dude



(will reply to your mail soon buddy! )

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Mishima
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#19922 Posted on: 20.10.2011 15:06:47
just uploaded a video review:



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superlattice09
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#20042 Posted on: 24.10.2011 14:44:09
nice review.

Just about everything I want from a case. 2 x optical drive slots are more than enough, most people need just one. At the same time, with HDD trays enough for 6 (like the idea of removable+rotatable trays), the trade-off is not enough room to add hole for P4/P8 pin cable unless they want to add a few centimeters to the overall height.

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Earthmonger
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#20104 Posted on: 26.10.2011 02:02:24
Just dropped by the forum to look into an unrelated matter, found this review video. Registered just to say thanks, and that it's refreshing to see a video review WITH a system installed. Great job there!

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Mishima
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#20110 Posted on: 26.10.2011 07:01:29
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Originally Posted by Earthmonger View Post
Just dropped by the forum to look into an unrelated matter, found this review video. Registered just to say thanks, and that it's refreshing to see a video review WITH a system installed. Great job there!
Thanks for this. Indeed and we are also one of few to analyse cooling too! Glad you liked the review

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#20115 Posted on: 26.10.2011 09:21:51
Interesting review, thank you very much. I have a very similar case, do like this style

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#24428 Posted on: 10.04.2012 08:57:40
hi, i just recently bought a fractal core 3000, and loving it! anyways, is there a way i could install a 240 radiator w push and pull fan set-up? im thinking of the onstalling the rad on top exhaust. is it possible? thanks

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#24431 Posted on: 10.04.2012 13:17:34
I think you'll struggle to do so. The chassis top would need new holes drilled for mounting a 240mm rad, and there is very little space between roof and the top of the motherboard (including heatsinks).

With modification of new mounting holes you might *just* be able to fit a skinny radiator and a single set of fans, but I think that'd be pushing it.

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deadpig_98
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#24447 Posted on: 11.04.2012 09:18:17
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Originally Posted by Suicidal Zebra View Post
I think you'll struggle to do so. The chassis top would need new holes drilled for mounting a 240mm rad, and there is very little space between roof and the top of the motherboard (including heatsinks).

With modification of new mounting holes you might *just* be able to fit a skinny radiator and a single set of fans, but I think that'd be pushing it.
thanks for the info..modding the case will be my option..thanks again

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