Fractal Design Launches Core 3000 PC Enclosure

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If you've been searching high and low for a PC enclosure lately, you've probably been overwhelmed by the options. There are simply hundreds upon hundreds of them, and it's often tough to discern which is actually ideal for your needs. Then there's style and price, which always have to be taken into consideration. Fractal Design has impressed us recently with their latest case designs, and the new Core series is growing by one with the launch of the Core 3000.


This mid-tower offers plenty of space and plenty of cooling options. You can easily fit seven fans in here, and the upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable. There's room for six 3.5" HDDs, tons of USB 2.0 ports, seven expansion slots and support for even the largest of graphics cards. The full list of specifications are below, but unfortunately a price isn't included.

Launch of Fractal Design new case - Core 3000!

The new Fractal Design Core Series offers a unique combination of design, features, cooling performance and value.

The Core 3000 has plenty of cooling options, up to 7 fans of various sizes can be installed. The front panel is easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots and HDD trays. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which enables support for even the longest graphic cards.

 Key features
•   Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter
•   Optimized for performance with multiple cooling options
•   A total of 7(!) fan slots (1x 120mm + 1x 140mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x 120mm in bottom,
    1x 120mm in rear, 1x 120/140mm in side panel)
•   Three fans included (1x 140mm in front, 1x 120mm in rear and 1x 140mm in top)
•   6x white painted HDD trays, with silicone mounting grommets
•   Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
•   Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots

Specifications
•   6x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
•   2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
•   4x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O – mounted on top of front panel
•   Removable filter below PSU (PSU not included)
•   M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
•   7 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
•   Supports graphic card lengths up to 270mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
•   Supports graphic card lengths up to 420mm without removable HDD-Bay
•   Supports CPU coolers with height of 160mm
•   Supports PSU’s with a depth of maximum circa 160mm, when using bottom 120mm fan location.
    When not using the bottom 120mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU’s, typically 250mm
•   Case size (WxHxD): 200x430x480mm with front and top bezel in place
•   Net weight: 7,1kg
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coolice replied on Sun, Feb 6 2011 3:22 AM

RealNeil... will this case help me score with the ladies hahah.

This looks sleek. And up a 16~ inch card.... Wow...talk about future proof. I'm also appreciative of the giant rubber feet! sometimes it sounds like my desktop is vibrating the floor... well, until i changed the dying cpu fan from the stock cooler... well, changed the entire cpu hsf haha.

I'm surprised it can support ITX mobos as well... though thats odd, why would u put a itx mobo in such a beast of a case. I'm also a big fan of the removable hdd bays.

Man, i like this case!! its like the darth vader of cases... so dark, and linear.

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Hum, all the cases fractual makes look similar. they should switch up some design :)

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I'm really disliking the direction Fractal Design is headed. Their last few cases have been getting closer and closer to the rest of the competition; they're at risk of losing what makes them unique!

Just look at the giant Fractal Design logo on the front of this case (and the Arcs), they're really starting to get a bit gaudy compared to their first few cases... What happened to the clean lines, and classy simplicity? Plus, now they're releasing very similar cases under different names, for no apparent reason. This may as well be an Arc. Or rather, this case would have fit better with the rest of their aesthetics if it had been released in place of the Arc.

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realneil replied on Sun, Feb 6 2011 11:56 PM

coolice:
RealNeil... will this case help me score with the ladies hahah.

No, this is NOT a "BC' Case. Smile

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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chondro72 replied on Mon, Feb 7 2011 10:11 AM

picture is so dark, cant tell is there are holes for cable management

behind the mothrboard tray.

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realneil replied on Mon, Feb 7 2011 10:39 AM

It has holes and slots for cable routing. LOOK HERE

Their Pictures are too dark.


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acarzt replied on Mon, Feb 7 2011 10:45 AM

It looks so boring lol

It should have carried some of the white accents to the outside, instead of just the inside.

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