Fractal Design Core 3000 Review & Specs

Fractal Design Core 3000 Mid Tower

Fractal Design Core 3000 Mid Tower

- Fractal Design

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  • 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
  • Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
  • Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots

Specifications Overview

Model FD-CA-CORE-3000-USB3-BL
Release Date December 2013

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Type ATX Mid Tower
Color Black
Includes Power Supply
External 5.25" Drive Bays 2
External 3.5" Drive Bays 0
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays 0
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 6
Motherboard Compatibility ATX, Micro ATX, Mini DTX, Mini ITX, Thin Mini ITX
Front Panel USB Ports
Dimensions 487mm x 267mm x 549mm
Max VGA length allowance 270.00mm
Max VGA length allowance (w/o HDD cage) 420.00mm
Expansion Slots 7


  • Three fans included
  • Good build quality
  • Supports long graphic cards
  • New revision with USB 3.0 support on front I/O


  • Cable management could be better
  • Not much space for tall cpu coolers


  • 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 
  • Case size (WxHxD): 200x430x480mm with front and top bezel in place
  • Net weight: 7,1kg

Critic Reviews


At first I was worried about the fact that the much cheaper price tag also meant sacrificing a lot of the features we have come to love from Fractal Design cases. Let me assure you, they are still all there. You will still get three fans within the...


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Much like another Fractal Design case we reviewed recently, the Arc Midi, the Fractal Design Core 3000 is a simple and effective case, made all the more enticing by its affordability and ease of use. It’s always with a little apprehension that we...


You might expect to have to sacrifice some cooling potential when purchasing a Fractal chassis, but that's not the case with the Core 3000. Its CPU cooling is of particular note, and its front intake fan means its no slacker when it comes to removing...

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