Fractal Design Integrates USB 3.0 Support Into New Core 3000 USB 3.0 ATX Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2013 - 06:21 AM |
Tagged: usb 3.0, mid tower, fractal design, core 3000 usb 3.0, Core 3000, atx case

Fractal Design has taken its budget-friendly mid-tower Core 3000 case, and updated it with USB 3.0 support on the front IO panel. The new SKU is aptly named the Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0.

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The new case is essentially an upgrade to the Core 3000. It is a black case with white accents on the drive carriages and PCI expansion slots. The front panel of the case features two optical disc drive bays and a dust filter covered by a mess grill. The top of the case holds an exhaust port and a new front IO panel. The IO panel includes two audio jacks, power and reset buttons, power and hard drive activity LEDs, two USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports.

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The Core 3000 USB 3.0 case has room for two 5.25” drives and up to six 3.5” or 2.5” drives (with the top drive cage being removable). Seven PCI expansion slots, a CPU cutout, and cable management/routing holes are all standard features of the Core 3000 USB 3.0 case.

On the cooling front, the mid tower chassis comes equipped with three Silent Series R2 fans out of the box along with a total of seven fan cutouts. By default, there is one 140mm 1,000 RPM intake fan in the front, one 120mm 1,200 RPM exhaust fan in the back, and one 140mm 1,000 RPM fan attached to the top of the case.

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The available fan positions are as follows:

  • Front of the case:
    • 1 x 120mm fan
    • 1 x 140mm fan
  • Top of the case:
    • 2 x 120mm or 140mm fans
  • Rear of the case:
    • 1 x 120mm fan
  • Side of the case:
    • 1 x 120mm fan
  • Bottom of the case:
    • 1 x 120mm fan

The Core 3000 USB 3.0 case has a MSRP of $74.95 in the US. All in all, it looks to be a decent case for the price. You can find more information on the product page.

A new choice in the sub-$100 case market

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2011 - 01:49 PM |
Tagged: fractal design, Core 3000

If you lean more towards the understated and relatively inexpensive side of the case market as opposed to the type who look at the Thermaltake Level 10 and can't wait until they can pick one up, then check out The Tech Report.  They've just wrapped up a review of Fractal Design's Core 3000 enclosure which you should be able to pick up for less than $70.  Outwardly it recalls the Antec Three Hundred, especially the bottom mounted PSU and it sports a similar price.  Inside you will find decent air cooling, the mounts can accept 120mm or 140mm fans, with a pair on top, bottom (one is for the PSU) and front with one on the left panel as well.  The Tech Report did find the size of the case a little restrictive when installing wires and cards, even though it can fit a full ATX board and large coolers.  Head over to see the full review.

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"Fractal Design has a new budget enclosure that costs just $65. We take a closer at the Core 3000 to see if it warrants a spot on your list of candidate cases."

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