Fractal Design Core 500 Review

The Build and Cooling Options

Fractal Design Core 500 Review

The Build and Cooling Options

The Core 500 comes with a set of multi language foldout instructions.  The instructions are picture rather than text based and serve the purpose well.  Fractal also include the usual screws needed to attaché hardware along with a slack handful of cable ties.

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Getting the PSU in is a bit of a fiddle, as is securing it with the thumb bolts.  In the end we mounted it fan down as we found it nearly impossible to turn the IEC mains lead connecter though the required angle with the PSU inverted.  With the case side and roof panel on there's also no way to reach the power switch, so do make sure you turn it on before closing the cover.

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Our PSU was quite a bit longer than the recommended 170mm, and although it fitted in it did make reduce the available space for a GPU to essentially the length of the ITX motherboard.  A shorter PSU will open this space up, but just be aware that those cables are going to need turning round and securing so as not to foul your GPU fans or surface mounted components.

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The Core 500 will take CPU coolers up to a height of 170mm so our trusty old Havik 120 fits in with room to spare

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The Core 500 will take either 240mm or 280mm rads up in the roof, up to a maximum length of 325mm.  240s can be mounted with the 5.25" bracket still in place, but with it removed the avasilable space opens up to 100mm meaning that fat rads are a possibility

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Most Recent Comments

20-10-2015, 06:01:48

Firedrops
I was hoping there would be a video, with someone testing radiator sizes. I'm curious to know if a X61 will fit at the top.

Also, Why didn't this get a Gold?Quote

20-10-2015, 06:40:22

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Firedrops View Post
I was hoping there would be a video, with someone testing radiator sizes. I'm curious to know if a X61 will fit at the top.

Also, Why didn't this get a Gold?
Cant video everything plus Gary did this review and hes about 300 miles away from me....Quote

20-10-2015, 07:35:15

AlienALX
These cases always just end up looking like shoe boxes.Quote

20-10-2015, 07:46:52

Feronix
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
These cases always just end up looking like shoe boxes.
I do quite like them though, ever since the Elite 120 came out. You could literally show up at a LAN party with a tiny £25 case and people would be like "D'awh, so tiny".

And then you go "Yeah, it's got a 3770k in it with 16GB of RAM, cooled by an H60 and has an HD7990 (cause those actually fit in it (Whether you should or not is not relevant to this awesome example)).Quote
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