(image courtesy of Fractal Design)
So it’s been over a year since I had this set up. I just opened it up for a dust cleaning because the fan was starting to get loud – I figured it was the CPU fan. There was definitely alot of dust on the side intake fan which I took care of, and there was some obvious dust build up on the front. However – I noticed that the inside was fairly clean.
Upon further inspection, I noticed that the front intake fan had come loose from the fan clips (no screw mechanism). Also, there was no way to remove the foam dust filter that’s sandwiched between the mesh and the plastic, but a vacuum took care of that. I’ve updated the “Cons” section regarding the fan clips and the cleaning issue.
Info & Intro
Official Product Page for the Core 1000
This case is used for my wife’s computer, aka Project DWAEJI, this is also my 3rd case review, the most recent one being the one for the A90. It’s already my 3rd case review. This is the first Micro ATX case that I’ve built a computer in. The reason I went with this form factor is because there isn’t too much space left in my room. I wanted a computer that had a smaller footprint than a mid ATX case, but at the same time I still wanted to be able to fit a full length video card in the case. Once I upgrade to a new video card, my old 5770 will most likely be going in this computer.
Front of packaging
Back of packaging with a diagram
Left side – any white flecks you see are from the foam packaging (I started taking pics as soon as I took it out of the box)
Top left corner from the front.
The manual inside and a box w/ all the screws/accessories on the right.
Shot of the rear with the left, right, and hard drive panels removed.
Clip on mount for front fan
SSD mounted inside the hard drive cage.
- Weight: 9 pounds
- Dimensions 6.9 x 13.2 x 16.5 Inches
- 1x 120mm Front Fan included
- Optional 1x 92mm rear fan and 1x 120mm side fan
- Top mounted PSU
- Removable hard drive panel
- Accommodates videocards up to 13.8 inches
Hard to compare it to my past computers. This is the first computer I’ve built that didn’t have a video card, so obviously it’s much more quiet. Although this is a cheaper case, it’s pretty well built, no rattling or anything while the computer is on.
- Cheap ($35 for me from NCIX)
- Nice simple design
- No sharp edges on the inside… love it! I didn’t cut/scratch myself.
- Nice dedicated space inside the HD cage area for the SSD
- Manual was sparse. I played around the case by unscrewing the panels to check it out before I started putting parts inside.
- After ordering the case, I forgot that the power/reset buttons and usb/audio plugs were on the front right of the case. Not a big deal, but that’s how they achieved the super clean look up front.
- Not much space for cable management. Definitely go for a Modular PSU if you are going for this case – or any micro ATX case for that matter.
- Blue LED on the side of the bezel is very bright! I put something in front of the light to block it.
- Fan clip isn’t too secure – in the manufacturer’s defense, I moved the case around quite a bit in the year that I had it set up.
- Front dust filter isn’t removeable – I cleaned it with a vacuum cleaner.
- I saw reviews saying that the SSD mount in the hard drive cage was hard to put back on. I’m pretty sure they were referring to the SSD mount at least. It wasn’t easy, I probably spent 4-5 minutes putting it back on, but it wasn’t troublesome enough to be a con.
- It was my first time working with a micro ATX case, so I planned ahead by getting a modular PSU and also plugging in the cables for the front panel LEDs & plugs before installing the motherboard. In the end it wasn’t a problem at all. I will definitely continue to plug in all the front panel cables before mounting the motherboard in the future.