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Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel MicroATX Mid Tower
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays

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  • Scott R.
  • 8/4/2015 5:14:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This review is based on my last review with the gig mother board

I bought this as a package with the Fractal Design Core 1000 note this mother board does not come with a usb3 connecter for the front port on this case I don't get why you package this if I can't use it? Also the pci connectors are way two short I had to jimmy rig my hd to connecter my dvd drive the cords are so short wasn't happy about this.

I would recommend this this case nice design, lots of fan options to add, design of sd and hdd slots are interesting.

Cons: pci cables are way to short, usb 3 connecter for gig motherboard n/a

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  • Jared O.
  • 7/15/2015 7:20:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Easy to work with mATX case

Clean looking front grill if you don't wish to install any other optical driver, silent front fan.

Cons: zero

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  • KATHLEEN P.
  • 6/15/2015 8:50:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRelatively small and weird, but good.

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Lots of headroom for being the size it is, fitting most air coolers that aren't high end or Gigantic.

- You can fit virtually any graphics card inside if you forgo a possible hard drive mounting slot.

- There are two SSD mounts, but come on really. You're ever

- Has 2 5.25" drive bays with an included adapter for a 3.5" HDD.

- Comes with a USB 3.0 front panel connector (only 1, not 2 USB 3.0 slots)

Cons: - Very few places to find legitimate cable managing spots. You have to jimmy rig a few places with black zip ties to discretely hide away every wire.

- Can fit only 2 3.5" HDDs out of 3 with any kind of real graphics card.

Other Thoughts: - I had to google how to mount the hard drives. The vertical mountings are weird, and inconvenient at first. But, become useful later on down.

- The slot for the 120mm side panel has a hard time letting out air if you have a big video card.

- With proper placement and more than a few zipties you can hide away 2 extra 120mm fans inside to improve airflow and keep your little hotbox from getting too warm. (Use nail clippers to cut away the excess zipties btw.)

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  • David H.
  • 6/9/2015 9:56:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Inexpensive, stylish, usb 3.0 on the front panel, roomy inside for a smaller case

Cons: none

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  • Bruce P.
  • 6/3/2015 4:46:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Case for the $$$$$

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Solid construction, 120mm fan mounted in the front, unique mounting for HDDs and SSDs, Internal USB 3.0, 3.5 inch adapter for Memory Card Readers, and plenty of room for most mATX builds.

Cons: Only issue I have with the case is that their should be mounting holes for a 120mm fan on the rear. Also, the PSU should've been bottom mounted, but it wasn't an issue for this build.

Other Thoughts: Build Specs:
AMD A8-7600 3.1GHz X4 CPU
MSI A78M-E45 V2 Motherboard
Team Elite Plus 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
Crucial MX200 250GB SSD
Lite-On DVD-Burner
Rosewill Stallion Series 400 Watt PSU

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  • Robert K.
  • 6/2/2015 6:37:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Price on sale is a phenomenal value. Looks better in person than pictures show. Includes a 3.5" bay mount in 5.25" bay. Mounting of HDD/SSD is unique, but not unreasonably difficult to mount.

Cons: No included rear exhaust fan. Space for exhaust fan takes 92mm max instead of more common 120mm. No cable management space. Buttons/ports on right side of case (I don't mind side buttons, but in my application, the left side would have been much better).

Other Thoughts: This case would be perfect if it were about 1/2" wider and included a 120mm rear fan. Maybe put the PSU on the bottom and with the added width include some room for cable management. If the prices are the same, the Coolermaster N200 is a little nicer as it addresses the issues I mention, but if this one is on sale, this is also a good buy.

Fractal Design does have newer Core series mATX models that also address my concerns, but they were almost double the price at the time of purchase. This one was "good enough" for the project I had.

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  • Stephen C.
  • 5/31/2015 1:42:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsSimple, streamlined design

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The case is very simple in design, with no flashy logos or blaring lights. It's going into an accountant's office so that's a good thing :) It's also pretty well made, with tight construction and a durable finish. Pretty easy install of components.

Cons: Thumbscrews were more than thumb tight, and the side panel took more force than expected to remove. Not exactly clean cuts in the metal, so watch your fingers. Things you'd expect from the lowest end cases. That being said, it was tightly constructed so at least it's not loose or flimsy or missing screws.

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  • Josh W.
  • 5/19/2015 9:12:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case with Minor Issues

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Very nice case and great quality for a sub $40 case. The layout is perfect and the chassis really light. All black paint inside and out looks super nice once the build is complete.

Awesome air-flow...

Cons: Some issues:

1. Piece of paper stuck where the motherboard mounts that got painted over at the factory. However, the motherboard covers this.

2. Not wide enough for the ever popular Cooler Master Hyper 212. Only 3mm more width would just fit this amazing and favorite CPU cooler.

3. FINGER PRINTS... lol... this is just the paint they use. Not a huge deal, but annoying when moving it around.

Other Thoughts: Slapped a mini-ITX board in this case with an i3 - 4370. Sadly had to use the stock cooler because I didn't' have time to order a different one.

Other than that, building in this case was an easy experience.

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  • Annamarie E.
  • 5/11/2015 4:09:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case for the money.

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great little ITX/M-ATX case. Decent to build in, unique drive mounting. Overall good experience. Would recommend. Build came out to be silent.

Cons: My only gripes were that the PSU was top-mounted, and that they should've made room for at least a 120mm fan in the rear. Also, I had to use my only extra fan screws to mount the front 120mm fan on the side because it didn't include any.

Other Thoughts: I'm pretty sure Fractal could've made room for dual 120mm intakes in the front. Should fit. But oh well.

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  • Paul S.
  • 5/1/2015 4:32:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice little case

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Delivered quick!
These are nice little cases for basic home office PC's. They are easy to work with, good air flow, have a good 120 mm fan in front, and are light weight, almost too light.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Good solid case for a basic home ofiice PC I build for a customer.

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