Fractal Design Core 3000 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅05-10-11
Exterior

The front of Core 3000 has an entire section of honey-comb perforated mesh and there are 2x 5.25” drive bay covers with the Fractal Design logo inscribed into the plastic at the very top.

The rear has an area at the very bottom for mounting the PSU. Above this there are 7x PCI expansion slot covers that each have ventilation cut-outs for better airflow these covers have been given a lovely white paint job that contrasts perfectly against the darker finish on the case. Further up we have an opening for the I/O section of the motherboard and a 120mm rear exhaust fan with 2x circular rubber grommets for feeding cables or tubing through.


The front and back of Core 3000


In terms of front panel connectivity we have a headphone/microphone jack, reset and power buttons and 4x USB 2.0 ports. Sadly no USB 3.0 ports on the Core 3000 – this seems to be a common occurrence for cases that are priced sub £50.


The front panel connectivity


Further back we have dual placements for 140mm fans. There is actually a 140mm fan already attached to one of the placements. Both positions can take 140mm or 120mm fans. There are no fan filters here.


The top of Core 3000 with dual 120/140mm fan options


Finally, taking a look at the underside of Core 3000 there are 4x rubberised feet with soft foam. We also have a perforated mesh section for attaching a 120mm fan within the case and a removable filter underneath the PSU seating area if you happen to mount the PSU with the fan facing downwards.


Can you guess where this is made?


Let’s now take a look at the internals of Core 3000.

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