Fractal Design Core 500 Review
Published: 20th October 2015 | Source: Fractal Design | Price: £49.99 @ OCUK |
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.
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.
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.
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
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