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Fractal Design Core 1100 Series Micro ATX Case - Black/Pearl
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- An extremely compact micro ATX case, designed for exceptional airflow and cooling
- Brushed aluminum-look front panel with a sleek, three-dimensional textured finish
- Easy access I/O on front panel, with audio and both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports
- Innovative vertical HDD bracket, which can hold two 3.5" drives or three 2.5" drives, or one drive of each size
- Front: 1 x 120mm fans (included is 1 Fractal Design silent 120mm fan, 1200 RPM speed) Side: 1 x 120mm fan (not included)
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Despite its extremely small outer dimensions, the Core 1100 mATX case provides everything you need. The stylish, Scandinavian exterior design is matched by the fully painted interior, complete with the signature white details of Fractal Design. The case is optimised for airflow with a straight cooling path, and comes equipped with a pre-installed 120mm fan. The front panel is equipped with dust filters. An innovative vertical hard drive bracket can fit either two 3.5" drives, three 2.5" drives, or one drive of each size. Both the 3.5" drive slots come with silicone vibration dampening grommets.
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1) The roof of the housing is extremely flimsy, it literally bends slightly when you put some 140mm fans in. On my build one of my nzxt fan blade got caught on the roof of the case and bent the wrong way.
2) Really, really, really not a fan of the hard drive mounting solution. It's fine if you have SSDs but for mechanical hard drives I don't like the idea of mounting it vertically. It's too much faff and having a hard drive caddy just makes things easier in my opinion. Plus even when using right angled sata cable the clearance between the drive and the side panel feels incredibly tiny. Not a fan. Additionally the SSD mounting brackets are on the backplate. A really awkward place especially if you want some headroom for cable management.
3) The power LED on the front is too bright. Obviously you won't be looking at it directly but it's just too bright even when incidently looking at it.
4) The two front usbs cut out intermitantly from time to time. Its something that I noticed after a week of usage and it doesn't happen all the time but it's like gremlins with this thing. It might be my motherboard but I didn't have this issue with my previous case.
5) I don't understand the point of mounting fans at the front when there are no vents there. Yet there's a fan mounted at the front when you first open it up. Weird.
6) This one is a pet peeve of mine. They do this weird thing where they give you just enough screws to fall short of any specific build. It's weird. You've got 8 screws for mounting two mechanical HDDS and 8 for mounting 2 fans. But there's space to mount 4 of each. You get 8 screws for SSDS but there's space to mount 6 of them. It's just a weird cost cutting measure and I don't get it.
Overall it's fine for a first time build but once you finish you'll feel like you can do better in a year or two.
Amazon's delivery service has been nowhere near market leading as of late but this actually arrived before predicted date, probably due to it being large and going the final part by our local courier.
But, about the case.
This case is great really happy with it, it has a few flaws to consider but at this price point no case doesnt and you just need to make sure these don't effect the system you intend to build.
This is a very sturdy and we'll built metal case, rare in the top end of budget cases. It is slightly heavy for a case but we'll balanced. Though I would say if you are a slight person you might want help moving it after you have built your system, but the average person will be fine.
Even the plastic split pins which hold the front of the case on are strong, I hate those things they always break, which is a good thing if you read on.
The ergonomics and design are great too, largely helped by this cases large size and width. Though there are a few minor flaws.
My main one, most cases which list 4 or more fan holes have exhaust holes at the top to fit 1 or 2 fans or a radiator for water Cooling. And most don't come with fans there. So you are left with a huge opening at the top to let dust in. The case comes with 2 fans so there is no positive pressure to force it out and anyway if your the average user your system won't be on all the time. This is common not specific to this case but I don't see why manufacturers don't fit a dust filter to the top ports as stock.
The hdd tray holder could get in the way of graphics cards which are long and have tall coolers or are in sli/crossfire. As a reference my R9 270x with Asus cooler fits fine and will probably fit crossfire but air flow would be severely restricted by the hdd trays flow from the bottom front fan.
Also, it should be noted that though you wouldn't be getting this case for any mobo smaller than atx, the header for the audio only just reaches my audio connector on Asus z97- a.
One thing to note is that's some dvd drive facias will get in the way of front of the case. Meaning to remove the front of the case, only really needed if you want to put another fan in, you must first disconnect and remove any dvd drives, bit of a nuisance.
I'm actually impressed with the fans on the fan controller. There is no need for the lowest setting as on medium they are barely audible but on the higher setting they are quite loud. They do shift decent amounts of air. I would have bought Pwm ones if amazon had them in stock at the time. But bought a thermalright ty-147 for the bottom to help the gpu and get positive pressure.
My case came with a slight flex in the the top panel of case but I don't think this is indicative of the line.
Definately a good case and less flaws than many at this price point.
Pros. Bigger than average midi tower
- Good cable management.
- Better than average dust protection
- Good quiet stock fans
- Good build quality. Heavy you won't knock it over easy.
- Limited to 2 drive bays
- There are some cases with more hdd trays.
- Annoying audio cable.
- No dust protection on top vents.
Things to consider before buying.
Graphics card dimensions
Whether you want any more fans
I would get a 140x280 dust filter for the top if you arent going to have a radiator.
Be very wary if you have a smaller than atx form factor mobo if you want the case audio.