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Core 3000

The new Fractal Design Core Series offers a unique combination of design, features, cooling performance and value.

Key features

  • 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

The Core 3000 has plenty of cooling options, up to 7 fans of various sizes can be installed. The front panel is easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots and HDD trays. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which enables support for even the longest graphic cards.

Cooling system

  • Fan controller for 3 fans included
  • 1 front mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
  • 1 rear mounted Fractal Design 120mm fan @ 1200rpm included
  • 1 top mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
  • Additional 4 fan slots available for optional fans; one 120mm in front, one 120mm in bottom,one 120/140mm in top and one 120/140mm in side panel


  • 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

Additional information

* EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080541
* Product code: FD-CA-CORE-3000-BL 
* Also available for System Integrators


"We've chosen Fractal design's Core 3000 as our best budget case. It's a close call between it and the Xigmatek Midgard II, especially with the Core 3000 now offering USB 3.0 support. However, it's the superior cooling on offer with the Core 3000 that swayed us, with the two cases nearly identically-priced at time of writing."

Read full review at Bit-tech's Buyer's Guide August 2013

EKONOMIKA.IT 2012-08-25

"šis korpusas yra geras pasirinkimas tiems, kurie norėtų nedidelio, vidutiniškai kainuojančio korpuso, kuris leistų daryti minimalias modifikacijas, apsirūpinti geru aušinimu."

Read full review at Ekonomika.it



""What’s also nice about this case is that it comes equipped with 3 fans and has room for plenty more. Most cases in this price range that I’ve seen only carry 1-2 fans, so the extra fan is a nice benefit for the case.""

Read full review at Thinkcomputers.org


VORTEZ 2011-10-05

"We’ve been getting through quite a few of the lower end – budget specific cases lately and the Core 3000 is yet another to join the group. Lower cost can sometimes mean cut-backs to quality, features and design is this so with Core 3000? Definitely not. Core 3000 is a master in its class. A while back I reviewed the HAF 912 Plus and for a considerable time now it’s been my top pick for those looking to buy a mid-tower on a budget. The Core 3000 is a serious rival to this case. It offers less rugged looks and is going to attract those who prefer subtle looks of a smoother finish. Inside, the Core 3000 is bursting with style - the white/black features contrast perfectly. Visual appearance to the side, the features within Core 3000 befit that of a case with a higher price-tag. We have 3x pre-installed cooling fans – 2x 140mm and 1x 120mm. Included within the bundle is a fan controller so we can manage the RPM of each of these fans and there are optional slots to further increase airflow should we need to, but the stock cooling actually delivers some great thermal performance figures. Flexibility is also a key element for Core 3000, the idea of being able to rotate and remove the upper HDD cage presents us with choice. We can install long graphics cards and even improve airflow by completely removing this HDD cage, Fractal Design have done well to include this as a feature."

Read full review at Vortez


PCFOSTER.PL 2011-10-04

"Została ona wykonana z dużą dbałością o szczegóły, a jej wnętrz inteligentnie zaprojektowane. Szwedzcy inżynierowie wykonali kawał dobrej roboty, ponieważ pomimo niewielkich rozmiarów Core 3000 jest ona przestronna i montaż podzespołów nie sprawia problemów"

Read full review at PCFoster.pl


"La Core 3000 de Fractal Design es una caja seria, sobria y elegante, con una construcción magnífica que ofrece calidad en todos los aspectos."

Read full review at HardWare Analisis


FUDZILLA 2011-08-01

"Fractal Design Core 3000 goes for €56, here, and is one of the best cases in €50-70 price range that we’ve tested thus far. We were very pleased to see a €56 case boast such quality and it seems as if it is tougher than most cases in this price range. Fractal Design designed the Core 3000 in the image of its high end cases. Namely, one of the two HDD cages can be taken out or rotated; cables can be routed on the back of the case; it has three fans with a fan controller, etc. Although it is smaller than a high tower case, this mid-tower case will take any graphics card and cooler up to 160mm tall."

Read full review at Fudzilla



"Fractal Design bereichert das umkämpfte Budget-Segment mit dem Core 3000 um ein solide ausgestattetes Gehäuse, das zudem mit seiner dezenten Optik punkten kann und schon deshalb sicher viele Käufer finden wird."

Read full review at hardwareluxx.de


TECHPOWERUP 2011-07-28

"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."

Read full review at TechPowerUp



"Fractal Design Core 3000 aspira a ser una torre idónea tanto para gamers como para el uso doméstico, cuenta con un gran acabado, diseño, opciones de refrigeración y silencio, todo esto por sólo 63 euros (impuestos incluidos), por este precio no podremos encontrar nada igual."

Read full review at elchapuzasinformatico.com


GAMEZOOM.NET 2011-07-10

"Ein ausgezeichnet verarbeiteter Midi mit viel Stauraum!"

Read full review at gamezoom.net



"Hyvää •Kolme esiasennettua hiljaista tuuletinta •Tuulettimien portaaton säätömahdollisuus •Värinävaimennetut kiintolevypaikat •Tuuletinpaikkojen määrä •Jäähdytysteho varauksin •Etupaneelin neljä USB-liitäntää •Irrotettava ja käännettävä ylempi kiintolevykehikko •Hinta"

Read full review at muropaketti.com


CCREVIEWS 2011-07-03

"You get many features together with great build quality for a small price."

Read full review at CCReviews


FRAZPC.PL 2011-06-30

"Ze względu na bardzo dobry stosunek możliwości do ceny, dobrą jakość wykonania i świetne wyposażenie obudowa Core 3000 zostaje wyróżniona REKOMENDACJĄ FrazPC.PL oraz znaczkami WYDAJNOŚĆ i DOBRA CENA - jeśli szukacie niedrogiej i dobrej obudowy to najnowszy produkt Fractala będzie doskonałą propozycją, zarówno dla osób ceniących ciszę jak i tych, którym zależy przede wszystkim na niskich temperaturach. Brawo!"

Read full review at frazpc.pl



"Voyons niveau design : ce boîtier est un boîtier classique « ne dit on jamais que le classique ne meurt pas », la preuve en est aujourd’hui ! Sa couleur sobre et passe partout s’accorde très facilement à plusieurs types d’intérieurs. Il nous offre également un très bon espace interne et la possibilité de « customiser » à notre manière grâce à son rack disques durs amovible à 100% , ce qui est un point très intéressant à mettre en avant : aucun utilisateur de pc n’a la même façon de voir les choses, gaming, simple surf ou bureautique, chaque personne a une façon différente d’utiliser son ordinateur donc quoi de mieux qu’un pc modulable!"

Read full review at pc-overware.be


HEXUS.NET 2011-06-17

"The fact that we expected great things from the Core 3000 is testament to Fractal Design's growing reputation as a chassis manufacturer. The Swedish company has established itself as key player in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and we can see why; its chassis are feature packed and priced with the mass market in mind. Taking aim at the value segment, the Core 3000 - retailing at under £55 - offers consumers a good selection of high-end functionality at an affordable price. The ability to house up to seven fans will appeal to extreme users, but the Core 3000 is equally adept at serving the mid-range; the enclosure provides decent airflow right out of the box and it's suitably quiet in use, too."

Read full review at hexus.net


VR-ZONE.COM 2011-06-14

"The Core 3000 offers good performance, quality and expandability at a very low retail price. Users who would like the best possible long term value out of their purchase will have a hard time finding a better choice than the Core 3000 at this point of time."

Read full review at vr-zone.com



"Pour un boîtier équipé de trois ventilateurs, dont deux 140 mm, aux prestations correctes et aux bonnes finitions, le rapport qualité/prix est intéressant."

Read full review at Hardwaremagazine53


KITGURU.NET 2011-05-27

"The Core 3000 offers better build quality than most other cases at this price point and is has an simple but attractive design which should appeal to a wide audience."

Read full review at kitguru.net


IDG.SE 2011-05-20

"Val av datorlåda bör spegla vad man prioriterar och Fractal Design Core 3000 har mycket bra kylning (tre medföljande chassifläktar med fläktkontroller), bra kvalitet, godkänd layout och ganska bra lösningar för kabeldragning. Datorlådan fungerar för nätaggregat i medelklassen och ett långt grafikkort eller två inte allt för långa i crossfire/sli. För det man får tycker vi att datorlådan är riktigt prisvärd."

Read full review at idg.se


59HARDWARE.NET 2011-05-16

"Pari plutôt réussi pour Fractal Design, il était d’offrir un boîtier moyen de gamme bien conçu à un prix intéressant. C’est un boîtier simple mais bien équipé qui saura s’adapter à vos contraintes qu’elles soient en refroidissement et/ou en discrétion. Nous vous le recommandons."

Read full review at 59hardware.net

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