Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Chassis Review




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Interior


The side panels are easily removed, giving you lots of big open sections to get all your hardware easily installed, which is important on such a small chassis. There’s certainly room for a large GPU here, just be sure you don’t pick a PSU that’s too long, or it could limit your options.

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There’s a smaller opening on this side, leaving enough room to connect a few cables to the motherboard, and a large cut out on the upper section for passing through hard drive cables.

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The PSU mounts here, and there’s a bit of clearance from the side panel to connect the pass-through cable.

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The hard drive mounts are located on the side, with anti-vibration rubber mounts for the 3.5″ drives and a simple drop-in and two screws mount for the 2.5″ drives; there’s also a few holes in the frame to allow your screwdriver to easily pass through.

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The top of the chassis has a cooling bracket that can support 2 x 120/140mm fans, as well as radiators up to 280mm. The screw holes are elongated to better ensure compatibility with your hardware too, which should ease the installation process.

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If it’s easier for you, you can actually remove this bracket completely, which can help even further with the installation process.

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The outer shell is a fairly heavy single piece of metal, with plenty of airflow. There are two dust filters in place here, each mounted on the interior with magnets for easy maintenance.

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