Case review : Fractal Design Core 3000
Our first look on the Core 3000 case reminded us of many cases sharing a similar faceplate design, such as the CoolerMaster Stacker and the Antec Three Hundred; the Core 3000 is not as large though, being no larger than any average ATX tower case. The Core 3000 is made out of SECC steel with few plastic and no aluminum parts.
Most of the faceplate is covered by a honeycomb mesh. The openings of the mesh are fairly large, considerably larger than any other similar mesh we have seen on a case and/or PSU before today. The top two parts of the mesh are removable and hide two 5.25” bays. You cannot install more than two 5.25” devices or one 5.25” device and one 3.5” device.
All of the front panel connectors and the case buttons can be found at the top edge of the case. There are four USB 2.0 connectors total, headphone and microphone jacks, the standard power and reset buttons and a HDD activity LED. The power button has an integrated LED light.
The left side panel has an opening for one extra 120mm or 140mm cooling fan. Unfortunately there is no dust filter covering that intake slot.
Two more fan slots can be seen at the top of the case. Only one exhaust fan comes pre-installed while the second slot is free. There are no dust filters here either but they are not necessary as these are exhaust fans.
Fractal design placed one 120mm exhaust fan at the rear of the Core 3000 and, surprisingly, two holes covered by rubber grommets for a potential water cooling system can be seen above the fan’s slot.