Fractal Design Core 500 Review
Published: 20th October 2015 | Source: Fractal Design | Price: £49.99 @ OCUK |
Up Close: Interior
The interior is accessed by releasing four thumb bolts at the rear of the case then sliding and lifting off the roof and side panel as a single piece. As the major mesh ventilation areas have magnetic dust filters attached to the inside this is also the route you'll need to take when you come to clean them.
The top of the interior is dominated by a cross brace that serves as the mounting points for up to a pair of 120 or 140mm radiators. The slotted mounting holes also make it easier to mount either a 240 or 280mm rad up here. It is though worth noting that the maximum length available is 325mm
Looking directly in the left hand side of the case we can see how the mount for the 5.25" drive hangs down from the roof over the PSU area, although intended primarily for a 5.25" drive this bracket also takes a 3.5" drive at the same time if required. This mount is removable by means of four screws, so if you're not planning on using it we'd highly advise this course of action in order to give more room for cable management and better airflow to the PSU. It's also down this side of the case that the GPU runs. With a maximum available space of 310mm you should be able to fit a decent sized card in there, just remember to leave room for the cables.
The right hand side of the case has a lateral vertical bracket which supports a pair of 5.25" drives external to it (but within the case) and a pair of 3.5" drives inboard of the bracket.
The PSU sits transversely in the front of the case, and the mesh floor panel allows it to be mounted either way up. Looking the other way from the other side we can see the motherboard mounting area and the rear 140mm R3 fan.
The front of the case pulls of easily revealing yet another 2.5" mount, just below the 5.25" bay. Fractal really have made use of every available bit of space haven't they.