Fractal Design Core 500 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Fractal Design Core 500 Review


The "Core" series of cases from Fractal aim to focus on the concept that less is more.  Certainly when we look at the exterior of the Core 500 we have for review today it's clear that Fractal haven't wasted money on unnecessary frippery.  Take a look at the spec sheet below and it becomes immediately obvious that the chaps at Fractal have been busy working out how to cram in just about everything the enthusiast could want, whether it be long GPUs, tall coolers, or even water cooling up to 280mm with thick rads to boot.  You name it, the Core 500 seems to have things covered.  Here at OC3D we don't take things on face value though.  Just because the spec sheet says a case is capable, doesn't mean it necessarily is, so with this in mind we're going to give the 500 our usual thorough once over and let you good people know what we think.

Technical Specification

 Motherboard Support  M-ITX 
 Dimensions 250x213x380mm (WxHxD)
 5.25" 1
 3.5" 3
 2.5" 3
 Expansion slots 2
 Air Cooling

 Rear:  1x120/140mm (140mm included)

 Roof: 2x120/140mm

 Water Cooling

 Rear: 120mm rad (not compatible with rear HHD position

 Roof:  Up to 240/280mm (up to 325mm long)

 Max GPU length 310mm
 Max CPU Cooler Height 170mm
 Max PSU length 170mm non modular, 160mm modular
 Colours Black
 Front I/O Power/Reset, Audio, 2xUSB 3.0
 Volume 19.5L
 Weight 4.4kg


Key Features

  • Brushed aluminium-look front panel with a sleek, three-dimensional textured finish
  • Very compact case with a volume of only 19.5 liters
  • Extremely good water cooling support for its size, supporting radiators up to 280mm long
  • Smart drive bay placement allows you to fit up to three 3.5"drives, three 2.5" and one 5.25" drive simultaneously
  • Supports Mini-ITX motherboards, ATX power supplies and graphics cards up to 310mm in length
  • Supports tall CPU cooler towers, up to 170mm in height
  • Featuring a Fractal Design Silent Series R3 140mm rear exhaust fan for great cooling
  • Big magnetic filters for the side and top air intake together with a PSU filter ensures a dust free interior
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Most Recent Comments

20-10-2015, 10:01:48

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, 10:40:22

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, 11:35:15

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

20-10-2015, 11:46:52

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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