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- 3 fan slots 1 x 120mm filtered in front, 1 x 92mm in rear, 1 x 120mm included
- Innovative, easily removable HDD-tray which mounts the HDD's vertically with anti vibration silicone grommets
- 2 x 3.5 inch HDD trays or 3x 2.5" SSD
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|Item Dimensions||6.89 x 16.53 x 13.98 in||7.8 x 15 x 16.2 in||7.9 x 18.5 x 16.9 in||9.4 x 16.5 x 18.8 in||8.3 x 19.3 x 15.5 in||11 x 17 x 21 in|
|Item Weight||9.04 lbs||7.7 lbs||10.6 lbs||0.32 ounces||22 lbs||12.55 lbs|
This Micro ATX case is compatible with Mini ITX M/B and features 3 fan slots and comes with one 120 mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan. The innovative, vertical and removable HDD mounting bracket enables the installation of long graphics cards up to 350mm. Supports 2 x 3.5 " HDD trays or 3x2.5" SSDs for optimum storage flexibility. The Core 1000 is a great choice for the price conscious customer seeking maximum functionality and style in a compact case. Core 1000 combines a stylish, minimalistic design with performance, multiple cooling options and signature Fractal Design black and white color scheme that are unique in a case of this size and price. Need help? In less than 48 hours we can resolve your questions just go to support through the Fractal-Design website.
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Anyway, I have used both versions of this case now, I built about 30 new machines for my office using this case and overall I'm very happy with this case. There are some minor issues and it is by no means perfect, but for the money I've never been so happy with a budget case. I used standard ATX motherboards, and standard CPU coolers for i5 processors. There is room for bigger CPU coolers and the like wither reason, and cooling has been great for our normal uses. Case is quiet, looks good in the office and has been easy to build when working on getting them done too.
I like the removable hard drive tray on the side, it is unusual but works very well. I used all SSD drives and they mounted just fine, the overall build went great with no issues for room in my basic builds.
Negatives - here is a short list of what I found or noticed, remember I went through 30 or so of these cases so these were found among all of them, not just a single case!
I found three cases missing the power button on the side of the front. The button itself was there and worked, the cover was missing. I found one loose in the box, the other two were totally missing.
Two of them had a bad connector for the audio, not the HD one the secondary AC97 port. One was totally gone, another had two wires loose out of the connector. Not and issue for me as I did not use AC97 jack anyway, all other case ports were fine for all connections.
The case is light which is good, on the bottom the metal is thin and can "pop" when set down on it's feet. Not a big deal and I like it light but be aware this may well happen or at least be possible. I'd say half of mine had this happen, I do not really consider it an issue but thought I'd mention it for others.
Only other issue is the fan on the front is three pin only, it works fine on a four pin connector but it will run at a set speed only. It is quiet, so no issue there but I'd love control over it on the MB side. The only real negative is you'd better have canned air handy as it will collect dust up front for sure! Means the filter is working which is good though.
Lastly three or four of these had a motherboard standoff that was tough to install, the standoff was fine but the hole in the MB tray was not quite right. I made them all work, but a few were really tough.
In the end I am still super happy with the money spent, for the quality received. I've worked on plenty of computer cases and had much worse problems that what I mentioned above. I don't think I ever cut myself when working in this case which is a plus, I used to bleed every time I'd work in an inexpensive case! I would use this case for a computer at my home, and that says a lot as I'm usually a case snob for my home machines. There are better out there for sure, but you will spend more!
EDIT - I just purchased three more of these cases, and this time Amazon had them cheaper than the other store where I purchased them before. Anyway, I'm still very pleased with these cases, pleased enough that I just purchased a few more so I can get machines built for more new employees.
I have had no failures of any kind with the cases so far, fans are working and buttons or anything gone bad. I had one USB port on the side quit, but when you kick the thumb drive sideways in the port as the employee did, that is sure not the cases fault!
Out of the 100+ cases we've used we have only had an issue with 1 of them. Folks, that ain't bad!
My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is that the front panel audio/USB connectors are located on the side of the case, not the actual front. This has caused a couple of challenges in getting them setup in tight spots.
Word of caution - when having them shipped and if you are in the Dallas area do NOT use UPS to ship. UPS has destroyed 10+ of these cases in shipment. They arrived looking like someone had lined a dance-floor at a bunny hop with the boxes and groups of wild people jumped up and down on them. We have found that FedEx is the choice shipper in the area and can deliver these without damaging them.
FD has since come out with the Core 1100 case at the same price point, and it is beautiful. They moved the front panel audio/USB connections from the side to the front on the new design.
The case itself isn't as impressive as my define R4 (but it is a third of the price) though, the metal feels a little flimsy, and the case is not as sturdy as I expected it to be. It does feel a little cheaply made. I also had the hardest time removing the side panels. I literally sat there for 10 minutes trying to get the side panel off. Once I got it off I noticed that the steel tabs that you slide in were crooked, definitely contributing to the difficulty of getting the panel on and off. The next few times removing the side panel took me significantly less time, but it is still way more effort than it should be. Once closed, I dreaded having to open it again when I had to do troubleshooting.
The interior of the case is pretty simple. There's a removable panel on the side to mount 2 more drives. The PSU is top mounted, and since this is a smaller case it did kind of get cramped with the drive bays at the top. I had a rough time trying to do cable management but that is to be expected in a smaller form factor. There aren't any special features that aid cable management though. There's no CPU cutout, which I personally never use but I don't know why they didn't provide that extra option for those that might use it. It also has enough room to fit a Cooler Master Hyper TX3 easily.
Overall, this is a good budget case, and is a pretty good pick up when it is on sale. I wouldn't pay more than forty for it though.
As with many, the metal is thin, so don't over tighten. The power button and external connections normally on the front are on the side. It enhances the look but can be awkward for access. The blue power light thinks it should be the sun; it's far brighter than necessary. You wouldn't want that on the front. Dual removable sides, and cable routing is good enough. Filtered intake is something all cases should have.
This was reviewed elsewhere as an economy case. Maybe it is, but it is a good case for being economy-level.