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Old 21st Jan 2013, 10:08   #1
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Fractal Design Core 3000 review

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Old 21st Jan 2013, 12:49   #2
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No Filters, No USB3.
Where'd this box come from, the 90's?
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 13:29   #3
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Ha. There are dust filters for both the PSU and entire front section, as was mentioned and photographed :P but the lack of USB3 is a shame, yes.
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 13:30   #4
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Why do so many cases omit a cutout for the 8 pin power cable? It ruins the look of an otherwise neat cabling job. I agree about the lack of USB3 front connector support & filters...both should be standard on any modern case.
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I was looking at the Core 3000 for a proposed eight-core build - my desktop's in a Define Mini, and I have few complaints other than the lack of a hard drive activity light. If I do end up building another machine, the Core 3000 is certainly high on the list - it's a damn sight cheaper than the Define Mini, for a start...
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I had the same problem of very tight side panels in my Core 1000 seems that it's a problem with the design they use for both cases.
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I had the same problem of very tight side panels in my Core 1000 seems that it's a problem with the design they use for both cases.
You'd have to consider it's more about keeping costs down than a design flaw, the 1000 is 30, what do you want for 30? I'm not saying I wouldn't like them, the 1000 is a cracking little case and I'd happily pay a few quid more for some more space (read, any space and a cutout or two) behind the mobo tray.
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So that's the Midgard II and Core 3000 reviewed in the space of less than a fortnight, just as I'm trying to put together a budget build! Good going, BT - now I've just got to decide whether the Core 3000's better cooling and lower price outweighs the Midgard II's USB 3 and better cable routing...
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Personally I find the Core 3000 the better looking case out of the two but the wiring issue is a little off putting. Does anyone think there would be any issues in taking a dremel to the motherboard tray?
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I don't see why you couldn't mod the chassis to perform better- that's what we're all here for after all
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I got it 2 weeks ago and i'm happy, i'm still running a q6600 so no USB 3 isn't an issue, till i upgrade.
build quality is nice.
@MrJim, there is a cutout for the cpu power, but not all power supplies have a long enough cable...i'm guessing that's why they didn't route it round the back.
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I've got the Core 3000, baught it the stat of the month. Lack of USB3 on the top doesnt really bother me too much as I dont own any USB3 devices.

As for the Cutout it is a bit of a pain not to have a hole up the top but its been mentioned by sniperdude to run the cable through the CPU backplate hole and up over the top of the board of which could be a solution. However with the top fan in its default place there is not much room to work with regards to cabling.
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Just to reiterate what's been added to the article, the USB 3.0 version of the Core 3000 which is listed on Fractal's site will be launching in the coming months with a UK MSRP of 54.95. The review and score for the regular Core 3000 remains unchanged, however.
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USB 3.0 version still isn't sold, is it?
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USB 3.0 version still isn't sold, is it?
All we've been told is that it will be available in the UK in the coming months. No more specifics, sorry!
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