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This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 Black MATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: Air flow, style and overall look, simplicity on the outside and inside, great cable management, and cost. There's a lot of great things about this case, which normally aren't features for low-cost cases. This is a true microATX tower, so it will be smaller than a normal mid-sized tower, and you need a microATX board to fit on the standoffs and install properly. There's lots of places and routes to work cables out of sight, but this isn't really a problem because of how little you'll actually be able to put in here. The inside is finished black, which you normally won't see on budget cases like this. I purchased this on a big sale for use in my living room. It's done the job *ok* but I don't think I would recommend it for this use. There's only one thing I'd recommend this case for, and that's if you absolutely need a microATX tower, and not a smaller form factor microATX box, and are only going to run SSDs ONLY and not spinning hard drives, and are only going to have two or less, and are focused on having monster cooling (for your microATX board and chip...) then this is a great case for the $$$.
Cons: OK the hard drive mounting system is so atrocious that it took off two full eggs for me, as well as took me a lot longer to install than normal. I didn't fully read the specifications, I sort of just looked at the case, saw where you'd have space for 3/4/5 HDDs towards the front, and assumed that was how it would work. NOPE. You mount the hard drives VERTICALLY, one on top of each other, and then secure them to this weird bar chasis thing. You are only able to put two drives in there, either 1 ssd 1 HDD or some combo therein. Ugh. Why have a tower style case if you can't actually put multiple hard drives in there? Why are there two front facing 5.25 slots instead of actual space for hard drives? I'm literally going to replace this case as soon as I buy more hard drives. Speaking of which I had a hdd fail not long after putting it into this case, i can't say for sure if it was due to being vertically mounted but I'm going to guess that it couldn't have helped its life.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan
Pros: -Very sturdy build quality.
-Painted black interiror
-Only required tools are hands and screwdrivers
-Front USB 3.0
-Thumb screws side plates on BOTH sides!
Cons: There were a lot of odd design choices going on here:
-Advertised and billed as a high air-flow case, with an embarrasing lack of cable management. Like zero. Why bother with the easy-to-remove "other side" panel if you can't route cables behind it? Why not include spots to secure zip ties and cables in the few key areas? More on this later
-The documentation was abysmal. A 40 page book, but its only 4 pages of marketing and specifications repeated in dozens of languages. More on this in the following con
-The HDD mounting system is so baffling. They are mounted sideways in both directions (so the platters are vertical, and the whole unit points towards the MoBo). You only fit 2 HDDs. The worst part is that with so much room and airflow, you'd think that there would be good cable management or clear directions on how to mount the HDDs, but there was none. Go ahead and google images for 'custom HDD solutions' for this case, and you can see what the designers should have done to manage hard drives.
-No quick mount hard drive slots.
-The PSU was top mounted, which I generally don't like as much as bottom with a vent. I'm always worried about the PSU breathing hot air all over the CPU,
-Odd placement of the front power/reset/usb/audio. They are on the very bottom right hand side, but not facing front. If you have a very cramped desk, and put it on your desk, and you can only have the tower to the left of your monitor, then this could be seen as a Pro.
-No way to remove the Optical drive cage. This could be seen as a Pro, as I used it to shove all of my zip tied extra cables together.
-I have to come back to the wonky HDD setup. It's like no one bothered to even complete a build in this thing. Again, it's advertised as "high airflow", but this setup prevents that. With normal PSU cables you can power 2 or 3 HDDs or DVD drives with a single cord, but the awkward distance with this setup means you HAVE to run a seperate cable to each HDD. So now you have extra cords dangling around the luxurious space, but are left with no way to manage the cables. Plus, the HDDs orientation forces the PSU cords to bend upward, which makes closing the side door difficult.
Other Thoughts: I did a lot of ranting. But this is still a pretty excellent case for the cost. If you don't mid the awkward button placement, HDD setup, only fitting 2 HDDs, or cable management, then this is a 5/5 case without a doubt. It is just sooooo close to being amazing that it actually makes it worse. A couple of no-brainer fixes would make this the champion case for ANY microATX tower.READ FULL REVIEW