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Fractal Design Core 3000 Case Review

Rating: 9.0.

A few months back we looked at Fractal Design’s range-topping Define XL case which impressed us with its great build quality and near silent operation.  So we are excited to see what they can deliver at a lower price point where there is much more competition.

Today we are going to take a look at the Fractal Design Core 3000 case which is the latest addition to their range.  To achieve a lower price point they have had to cut out some of the features that are present in their more expensive cases like the extensive sound proofing.

This doesn’t mean that they have skimped on features, though, and it is sure to appeal to many users at a price of around £55 when it comes to market.


  • Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter
  • Optimized for performance with multiple cooling options
  • A total of 7 fan slots (1x 120mm + 1x 140mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x 120mm in bottom,
    1x 120mm in rear, 1x 120/140mm in side panel)
  • Three fans included (1x 140mm in front, 1x 120mm in rear and 1x 140mm in top)
  • 6x white painted HDD trays, with silicone mounting grommets
  • Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
  • Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots


  • 6x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
  • 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
  • 4x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O – mounted on top of front panel
  • Removable filter below PSU (PSU not included)
  • M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
  • 7 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to 270mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to 420mm without removable HDD-Bay
  • Supports CPU coolers with height of 160mm
  • Supports PSU’s with a depth of maximum circa 160mm, when using bottom 120mm fan location.
  • When not using the bottom 120mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU’s, typically 250mm
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 200x430x480mm with front and top bezel in place
  • Net weight: 7,1kg

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  • Frankie

    Their cases are great. They came from nowhere recently didnt they?

  • Thomas

    Quite a few good cases in the lower end right now. Silverstone 05, Coolermaster Silencio and this. nice to see them being covered, as I know lian Li X2000F is great, but its the price of a PC by itself !

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  • k0rn

    Excellent looking design, especially for the price.

  • ham sandwich

    They are really making a good impression since their last case was released.

  • Tim

    I liked the more expensive case you reviewed a few months ago, this im not so keen on. its not as attractively designed.

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  • Maki

    I’ve bought this case yesterday and I’m verry happy with it. No lights, no transparent windows, matte lack, simplicity and elegance. If you want solid case, cheaper than FD Define R3, go for it.