Fractal Design Core 500 Review
Published: 20th October 2015 | Source: Fractal Design | Price: £49.99 @ OCUK |
Up Close: Exterior
The New Core 500 from Fractal Design measures just 250x213x380mm (WxHxD), so it isn't exactly going to take up a huge amount of your valuable desk space. It's lowish height will, we think, also enable it to fit into a good many TV stands and rack systems making it a good choice for HTPC and dorm room type builds. Ventilation is achieved by means of several mesh panels, the largest of which runs down the left hand side of the case and is intented to provide cool air to the GPU area
The Roof also has a large mesh panel, with a smaller mesh area on the right hand side of the case adjacent to the PSU mounting point. All of the larger mesh areas have magnetic dust filters fitted internally.
Aside from a large vent, the roof of the case also sports a discrete front I/O. There's the usual Power/Reset as well as HD audio and a pair of USB 3.0s
The front of the case appears to be brushed Aluminium, but is actually plastic. The effect is done so well that it really doesn't matter what the material is. The edges of the front are slightly bevelled with mesh strips providing a small amount of front ventilation. Down at the base there's a nice simple Fractal logo.
Round the back we find Fractal have included one of the 140mm 1000rpm R3 fans, which is nice as they're a tasty and quiet bit of kit. You also get a pair of expansion slots, but not much room between the second and the edge of the case so you'll have to keep an eye on GPU width. The PSU socket can be found in the opposite corner alongside the rear I/O which indicates that the PSU itself is located elsewhere in the case.
Flipping the case over we see that the underside has a filtered mesh cut out for the PSU, with four solid rubber capped feet providing a sturdy base.