Fractal Design Core 3000 review

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Fractal Design 3000

On top we see a very decent mesh which helps for ventilation, and the Core 3000 comes with a 140mm fan installed there. Again, it can be fan controlled by the fan controller. Obviously you can go nuts with other fans here as well as installing a LCS (liquid cooling system) radiator. A dual 120mm radiator would be a easy to install in there, though space wise... you might want to opt a big-tower instead of a mid tower.

Fractal Design 3000

Front panel connectors, You'll have plenty of them including MIC/Headphones, a good four USB 2.0, lacking is a Firewire connector. Also here we have a power on/off button and reset switch as well as small activity LEDs. Below it we spot two 5.25" drive bays. The entire front panel is removable with clip on fan slots, the meshed 5.25" covers protected with dust filters.

Fractal Design 3000

Internals then, the photos are pretty, bare with me. First impression, that's not a lot of room to work in for a mid sized tower, we have seen better. But you can apply some tweaks alright. Look at the drive cages for example, if you have lengthy graphics cards then that upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable.

The rule here is as follows:

  • Supports graphic card lengths up to 270mm with HDD-Bay in place
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to 420mm with HDD-Bay removed

The second thought would be the all black design, that looks good in contrast with the white elements, including cables and connectors.

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