Last year, we looked at Fractal Design’s Core 1000, their entry level chassis that can be had for under $40. It performed “okay”, which is about all you can expect from a budget case. The newly redesigned Core 3000 looks to change more than a few elements of the Core 1000, and in fact other than the “Core” branding it bears little in common with the Core 1000. It’s bigger and heavier for one, measuring 200mm x 444mm x 480mm (7.87” x 17.48” x 18.90”), so this is no longer intended as a small PC box. It also comes with three fans standard: a 140mm fan in front, 120mm fan in back, and 120mm fan up top. Here’s the full list of specifications.

Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Micro ATX, ATX, DTX
Drive Bays External 2 x 5.25” (one adapter for external 3.5”)
Internal 6 x 3.5"/2.5"
Cooling Front 1 x 140mm (provided)
1 x 120mm
Rear 1 x 120mm fan mount (provided)
Top 2 x 120mm (one provided)
Side 1 x 120/140mm
Bottom 1 x 120mm
Expansion Slots 7 (ventilated covers)
I/O Port 2 x USB 3.0 (with internal connector)
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Headphone
1 x Microphone
Power Supply Size 160mm with bottom fan
250mm without bottom fan
Weight 17.4 lbs.
Dimensions 7.87” x 17.48” x 18.90”
200mm x 444mm x 480mm
Special Features Silicone grommets for drive cage
Adaptor plate and cage for mounting a 3.5" drive in a 5.25" bay
Price $75 MSRP

Other items not specifically listed in the above table include an upper HDD cage that can be rotated or removed, allowing the installation of even the largest GPUs (Fractal Design lists GPU clearance as 270mm with the cage or 420mm without—I’m not sure any GPU will ever need 420mm of clearance again, or at least I hope not). Dust covers are also included for the PSU and front fan positions, and the HDD/SSD trays are equipped with silicon vibration dampening grommets.

The Core 3000 USB 3.0 is currently available in some markets, but the US does not appear to be among them. We expect that to change within the coming weeks, and given the popularity of Fractal Design that will likely be sooner rather than later. Of course, the other big change is the doubling of the MSRP, which was inevitable given the improved features, but it looks like the Core 3000 should be competitive with other similarly priced offerings.

Source: Fractal Design PR

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  • sulu1977 - Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - link

    Are those USB ports exposed on top? How retarded. And how do you plan to dig out all the dust and grime that falls in over time? Even on my 10 year old cheap case the front USB ports have a nice little door flap. Looks like the human intelligence level is dropping every passing year.

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