Monday, May 9th 2011

Fractal Design Announces Core 1000 Case

The Core 1000 brings many features usually only seen in more expensive and larger cases. It supports long graphics cards up to 350mm due to the innovative, vertical and removable HDD mounting bracket. The front panel’s 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. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets for optimal silence. The MSRP of the chassis is to be 34.90 Euro.

Key features
  • Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter
  • Optimized for performance in small, Micro ATX form factor with multiple cooling options
  • A total of 3 fan slots (1x 120mm in front, 1x 92mm in rear, 1x 120mm in side panel)
  • One fan included (1x 120mm in front)
  • Innovative, easily removable HDD-tray which mounts the HDD's verticaly with anti vibration silicone grommets
  • Support graphic cards with lenghts up to 350mm
  • Support 3x 2,5" SSD
  • Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
Specifications
  • 2x 3.5 inch HDD trays or 3x 2.5" SSD-You can mount 1x 3.5" HDD tray and 1x 2.5" SDD at the same time
  • 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
  • 2x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O – mounted on side of front panel
  • No PSU included
  • M/B compatibility: Mini ITX and Micro ATX
  • 4 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to 210mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to 350mm without removable HDD-Bay
  • Supports CPU coolers with height of 135mm
  • Case size (WxHxD): 175x355x420mm with front and top bezel in place
  • Net weight: 4.1kg
For more information, visit the product page.
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28 Comments on Fractal Design Announces Core 1000 Case

#1
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Price? Looks good, even though I'm not a fan of those fronts. No USB3 but well yea.h
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#2
theJesus
I love the way this looks and it's only ~9lbs; perfect for taking to LAN parties. Ugh, I need a job so I can make impulse purchases :(
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#3
Fourstaff
Looks like a very basic case to me. No holes for cable management, and problem is even worse when you consider the PSU is mounted on top. If you look carefully at the 2nd picture, it seems that the left screw holding up the "hard disk plate" is not aligned with the hole. Maybe camera angle, but 2 screws hardly inspires confidence (there is another one at the bottom of the case). Also, its a 4 slot mATX case rather than 4+1, so the Gigabyte Z68-UD2H owners who want to do CF/SLi in this case will be sad. Lastly, it says "one 140mm fan included in top", I don't see any holes on the top of the case.
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#4
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Fourstaff
Looks like a very basic case to me. No holes for cable management, and problem is even worse when you consider the PSU is mounted on top. If you look carefully at the 2nd picture, it seems that the left screw holding up the "hard disk plate" is not aligned with the hole. Maybe camera angle, but 2 screws hardly inspires confidence (there is another one at the bottom of the case). Also, its a 4 slot mATX case rather than 4+1, so the Gigabyte Z68-UD2H owners who want to do CF/SLi in this case will be sad. Lastly, it says "one 140mm fan included in top", I don't see any holes on the top of the case.
Damn you and your logic!
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#5
theJesus
by: Fourstaff
Looks like a very basic case to me. No holes for cable management, and problem is even worse when you consider the PSU is mounted on top. If you look carefully at the 2nd picture, it seems that the left screw holding up the "hard disk plate" is not aligned with the hole. Maybe camera angle, but 2 screws hardly inspires confidence (there is another one at the bottom of the case). Also, its a 4 slot mATX case rather than 4+1, so the Gigabyte Z68-UD2H owners who want to do CF/SLi in this case will be sad. Lastly, it says "one 140mm fan included in top", I don't see any holes on the top of the case.
I had to :laugh: at the comment about the 140mm fan. None of that bothers me though, I would just cut all my own holes that I need and I wouldn't bother with CF/SLI
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#6
Jonap_1st
by: btarunr
Key features
  • Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter
  • Optimized for performance in small, Micro ATX form factor with multiple cooling options
  • A total of 3 fan slots (1x 120mm in front, 1x 92mm in rear, 1x 120mm in side panel)
  • One fan included (1x 140mm in top)
  • Innovative, easily removable HDD-tray which mounts the HDD's verticaly with anti vibration silicone grommets
  • Support graphic cards with lenghts up to 350mm
  • Support 3x 2,5" SSD
  • Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots

by: Fourstaff
Looks like a very basic case to me. No holes for cable management, and problem is even worse when you consider the PSU is mounted on top. If you look carefully at the 2nd picture, it seems that the left screw holding up the "hard disk plate" is not aligned with the hole. Maybe camera angle, but 2 screws hardly inspires confidence (there is another one at the bottom of the case). Also, its a 4 slot mATX case rather than 4+1, so the Gigabyte Z68-UD2H owners who want to do CF/SLi in this case will be sad. Lastly, it says "one 140mm fan included in top", I don't see any holes on the top of the case.
fractal said they only including 120mm fan in front , not 140mm in top :)
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#7
jalex3
don't like its looks, or anything about it. its a better air flow version of my old packard bell from 9 years ago. unless its $25usd or less no way id recommend it to anyone.
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#8
theJesus
by: Jonap_1st
fractal said they only including 120mm fan in front , not 140mm in top :)
Hmm, you're right, the information on the product page is different from this article.
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#9
Drone
Looks good. Gotta be quite too I suppose.
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#10
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I expect this to be priced around the same as an Antec 300. I like this case but not as much as the Arc.
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#11
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
is the design quality that great on these cases? i am assuming that they should be solid. however, you can get a decent basic looking matx tower for around $50.
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#12
Jonap_1st
by: InnocentCriminal
I expect this to be priced around the same as an Antec 300. I like this case but not as much as the Arc.
- 4 vs 7 expansion slot
- 3 vs 5 fan slot
- 5 vs 9 drive bays
- psu at the top
- no top fan

aside black interior and anti vibration tray, this case can't match antec 300 for sure..

by: Easy Rhino
is the design quality that great on these cases? i am assuming that they should be solid. however, you can get a decent basic looking matx tower for around $50.
bitfenix shinobi for $59, i think it still one of best case around mid range..
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#13
Fourstaff
by: Jonap_1st
- 4 vs 7 expansion slot
- 3 vs 5 fan slot
- 5 vs 9 drive bays
- psu at the top
- no top fan

aside black interior and anti vibration tray, this case can't match antec 300 for sure..
Uhh, this case is supposed to be small rather than have a lot of functions, check Lian Li V35x series.
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#14
Jonap_1st
by: Fourstaff
Uhh, this case is supposed to be small rather than have a lot of functions, check Lian Li V35x series.
this case look more similiar to mid-atx rather than micro-atx to me. so at least they should have something to show off and prove this case is better choice within those range..

since no one know how much it will cost, i'll wait for the review..
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#15
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
by: Jonap_1st
aside black interior and anti vibration tray, this case can't match antec 300 for sure..
I highly doubt it'll be cheaper.
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#16
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
I really like how basic and slick this case looks, simplicity always ticks the right boxes for me.
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#17
Jonap_1st
by: InnocentCriminal
I highly doubt it'll be cheaper.
then we have another premium case.. i'll pick those lian-li v35x then :laugh:
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#18
MRCL
I'm a fan of Fractal Design, but this is rather "meh". There's an oversaturation with cases like this.
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#19
Esse
Don't like what they've done to the HDD cage. I can understand that they've opened it up for airflow and allowing larger video cards but not allowing for HDD's to be put there if you don't have long cards is somewhat poor judgement.
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#20
filip007
Love it, maybe better front like someone said, that's just dust grill.

I want AT style box, yes AT
I want black and silver colors
I want big fan in the front with blue led (no dust grill)

All boards are getting MATX more or less, but MATX boxes on the market are usually crap with vertical HDD mounting and custom PSU, like there is not enough room or something.

And you know what BTX is it's just turn around AT style that's all, well at lest we are getting there.

This one is a lot better...
http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&prod=59

In good old days, PCs ware on desk, before they get so big and laud, now you can easily put this box behind LCD monitor, it's simple kill the ATX.
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#21
Pigbristle
One of the best things this has going for it, is its small length.
At only 420mm it will fit under your desk/table without it protruding out the front to much. (this is a bonus in my book).

My main gripe is it having a 92mm fan at the back? (how many new case builders do you know who still use 92mm fans?)
Having 2x120 intakes, versus only 1x92mm exhaust at the back, doesn’t seem balanced to me.

Would much rather they made the case 1cm wider & stuck a 120 fan at the back.
(the case I have is 185mm wide compared to this 175mm, but has a nice quiet 120 at the back)

I have been looking round for a small footprint (including length) matx case for a while now.

The Elite 341 with a length of only 400mm (plus a 120mm at the back) looked ideal but they don't make them any more.
Don't forget you can still fit long GPUs in these as long as you take out a section of hard drive cage, which I think is ideal, because then you would have the front fan blowing right on your graphics card.
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#22
Fractal Design
Hello Everyone,

This case will be priced at roughly 34,90 EUR including 20% European VAT and 39,90 USD excluding VAT. It's definitely a mATX case with a height of only 355mm and it is our cheapest case so far, but packed with a lot of features that you don't otherwise see at this price point.

If you have something more similar to Antec 300 in size and price, you should take a look at Core 3000.
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#23
MRCL
by: Fractal Design
Hello Everyone,

This case will be priced at roughly 34,90 EUR including 20% European VAT and 39,90 USD excluding VAT. It's definitely a mATX case with a height of only 355mm and it is our cheapest case so far, but packed with a lot of features that you don't otherwise see at this price point.

If you have something more similar to Antec 300 in size and price, you should take a look at Core 3000.
Well for that price, its a very fine option for mATX computers. I just checked with my local dealer, if they will stock it, it would only be rivaled by the Lian Li PC-Q07. SO under those circumstances, its a neat case. If they don't completely overdo it with the currency exchange rate to CHF.
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#24
Fourstaff
by: MRCL
Well for that price, its a very fine option for mATX computers. I just checked with my local dealer, if they will stock it, it would only be rivaled by the Lian Li PC-Q07. SO under those circumstances, its a neat case. If they don't completely overdo it with the currency exchange rate to CHF.
Agreed, for £35 this case looks quite attractive.
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#25
theJesus
by: Fractal Design
Hello Everyone,

This case will be priced at roughly 34,90 EUR including 20% European VAT and 39,90 USD excluding VAT. It's definitely a mATX case with a height of only 355mm and it is our cheapest case so far, but packed with a lot of features that you don't otherwise see at this price point.

If you have something more similar to Antec 300 in size and price, you should take a look at Core 3000.
That is a pretty good price for this case and that Core 3000 looks great too. Any idea if either of these will end up on Newegg?
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