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Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 Cases FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL

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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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Dimensions 9.5 inches x 18.6 inches x 16.6 inches 18.8 inches x 16.5 inches x 9.4 inches 15.5 inches x 19.3 inches x 8.3 inches 18 inches x 12.5 inches x 16 inches
Item Weight 10.2 pounds 10.45 pounds 22 pounds 18 pounds
Material Steel Aluminum Steel Steel
Supported Motherboard Micro-ATX Micro-ATX Micro-ATX Mini-ITX
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Product Description

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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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Fractal Design
Item model number FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL
Item Weight 10.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 18.6 x 16.6 x 9.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 18.6 x 16.6 x 9.5 inches
Audio-out Ports (#) 1

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ASIN B00CUSUV0O
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4.0 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #124 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Computer Cases
Shipping Weight 10.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available October 15, 2013

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First off, I do not show up as having purchased this case as the ones I purchased from Amazon are the older variant that is USB2 only. The new version has USB 3 and was not available on Amazon when I got mine, so they were purchased at that Egg store... Anyway, I have about 12 of the older USB 2 version and 18 or so of the this version.

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.
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LOVE Fractal Design cases. We build a lot of computers, and have gone through 100+ of these gems. On the rare occasion that there is any sort of issue with the case, FD support has been absolutely amazing and overnighted parts, keeping our downtime to a minimum.

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.
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I used this case to make a micro-atx build for my office. I have built several computers and I love to experiment with a new case I have never used when I have the opportunity to. I have a fractal design define R4 at home and was impressed with the quality of the brand so I wanted to try some of their other products. It has a nice simple look that I really liked. It was also one of the cheapest cases I could find from a reputable brand.

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.
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Well, in general the case does what it is supposed to do - houses all of our components, keeps components cool, but ... I don't know, it almost feels like Fractal Design tried out a bunch of new concepts in this case (like the side-mounting of hard drives) and didn't think it through all the way (like not having any good cable management for said hard drives).

If you do pick up the case, do yourself a favor and replace the case fans though, they're very noisy. Given the good thermal specs on my setup though, I just unplugged them.
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