Fractal Design
Core 500 Mini-ITX Cube Case - Black

  • The Core 500 is the perfect PC case for those looking for a small
  • compact chassis that lets you build your computer without compromising on component selection.
 

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Stock Code: CA-066-FD

EAN: 7350041082644

MPN: FD-CA-CORE-500-BK

Manufacturer: Fractal Design

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Core 500 Mini-ITX Cube Case - Black

The Core 500 is the perfect PC case for those looking for a small, compact chassis that lets you build your computer without compromising on component selection.

The case comes with one Silent Series R3 140mm fan which offers great cooling from the get go. For those who wish to expand their cooling ability there is room for an additional two 140 mm fans, water cooling radiators up to 280mm or air coolers up to 170 mm in height.

Additionally, with minimal compromise, the Core 500 can fit one ODD bay, three 3.5"drives and three 2.5" drives, allowing you to use every last square millimeter of this compact, 19.5 liter case.

Features

- Brushed aluminum-look front panel with a sleek, three-dimensional textured finish
- Very compact case with a volume of only 19.5 liters
- Extremely good water cooling support for its size, supporting radiators up to 280mm long
- Smart drive bay placement allows you to fit up to three 3.5"drives, three 2.5" and one 5.25" drive simultaneously
- Supports Mini-ITX motherboards, ATX power supplies and graphics cards up to 310mm in length
- Supports tall CPU cooler towers, up to 170mm in height
- Featuring a Fractal Design Silent Series R3 140mm rear exhaust fan for great cooling
- Big magnetic filters for the side and top air intake together with a PSU filter ensures a dust free interior

Specification

- Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
- 2 expansion slots
- 3 - 3.5" HDD positions
- 3 - 2.5" dedicated SSD/HDD unit positions
- 1 - 5.25" bay (removable)
- CPU coolers up to 170mm in height
- ATX PSUs, up to 170mm in length (non modular PSUs); ATX PSUs, up to 160mm in length (modular PSUs)
- Graphics cards up to 310 mm in length
- Colours available: Black
- Case volume: 19.5 liters
- Case dimensions (WxHxD): 250 x 203 x 367 mm
- Case dimensions - with feet/screws/protrusions: 250 x 213 x 380 mm
- Net weight: 4.4 kg
- Package dimensions (WxHxD): 285 x 335 x 450 mm
- Package weight: 5.3 kg
- Fan Cooling System: Rear: 1 – 120/140 mm fan (included is 1 Fractal Design Silent Series R3 fan, 1000 RPM speed), Top: 2 - 120/140 mm fan (not included)
- Water cooling compatibility: Top – 280, 240, 140 and 120 mm radiators. (Thickness limitation of 100 mm for both radiator + fan) (240 and 280 mm radiators require removal of the ODD bay) (280mm radiator can be maximum 325mm in length), Rear – 120 mm radiator (not compatible with the rear 3.5" HDD position)
- Dust filters: Magnetic filters on side and top panel, PSU filter
- Front Interface: 2 USB 3.0, Audio in/out, Power button with LED (white), HDD activity LED (white), Reset button
 

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Exceptional Versatility in Small Volume

What this case achieves is truly remarkable. It definitely benefits from prior thought and patience to deliver its best . Good cable management is really key to optimising internal air flow capacity.
Mine houses a delidded, overclocked (4.8GHz) i7-8700K CPU kept cool by a massive Noctua NH-D15s and Noctua 140mm pwm exhaust fan - plus two 140mm slim intake fans , one sat directly above the D15s, the other above a 5.25" Blu-ray. The case design is perfect for my 1080ti blower GPU as it can breathe in cool external air directly through the very proximal side panel and expel the hot out the rear – surpassing even the excellent and newer albeit 5+ litre bigger NZXT H200. The arrangement creates a superbly cool and quiet environment in a very confined and densely-filled space. Even my fully modular Seasonic ATX PSU gets its own exhaust vent. For storage I have an Optane NVMe caching module accelerating a 3.5" HDD (the case is designed to house another two!). Following huge price drops I latterly installed two 2.5” SSD’s (capacity for one more). Add to this the full length magnetic filters to both the GPU and top panel vents & for this kind of money - what’s not to love? Ok I’ll admit it’s not the prettiest case as it doesn’t have a glass window to show off flashy internal RGB – though still manages a neat consular appearance. My cable management was achieved with the help of an EVGA adaptor connected to my 14-pin GPU allowing for its cables in tandem with my longest and thickest power and front i/o cables to be routed outside from the internal body and hidden away “Houdini-style” behind the black front panel. Definitely 5- stars from me for this case.

Brian Plainer 2019-07-13

Incredibly versatile sub 20 litre ITX case for ~ £50

What this case achieves is truly remarkable. It definitely benefits from prior thought and patience to deliver its best . Good cable management really is key to optimising internal air flow capacity.
Mine houses a delidded, overclocked (4.8GHz) i7-8700K CPU kept cool by a massive Noctua NH-D15s and Noctua 140mm pwm exhaust fan - plus two 140mm slim intake fans , one sat directly above the D15s, the other above a 5.25" Blu-ray. The case design is perfect for my 1080ti blower GPU as it can breathe in cool external air directly through the very proximal side panel and expel the hot out the rear – here surpassing even the excellent and newer albeit 5+ litre bigger NZXT H200. The arrangement creates a superbly cool and quiet environment in a very confined and densely-filled space. Even my PSU , a fully modular Seasonic ATX gets its own exhaust venting. For storage I have an Optane NVMe caching module accelerating a 3.5" HDD (the case is designed to house another two!). Following huge price drops I latterly installed two 2.5” SSD’s (capacity for one more). Add to this the full length magnetic filters to both the GPU and top panel vents & for this kind of money - what’s not to love? Ok I’ll admit it’s not the prettiest case as it doesn’t have a glass window to show off flashy internal RGB – though still manages a neat consular appearance. My cable management was achieved with the help of an EVGA adaptor connected to my 14-pin GPU allowing for its cables in tandem with my longest and thickest power and front i/o cables to be routed outside from the internal body and hidden away “Houdini-style” behind the black front panel. Definitely 5- stars from me for this case.

Brian Plainer 2019-07-12

Close to perfect for a multipurpose computer

Mine is a gaming/video editing/disc authoring rig, and this case is the only ITX shoebox I could find that let me fit everything in.

+
Holds a MONSTER CPU air cooler (mine is an SB-E, but it'll take a D14 or maybe even a D15)
Passive ventilation is good
Full-size optical bay
Will fit a normal-sized power supply OR a long graphics card (but likely not both if your PSU is modular; non-mods can cram their wiring into the bottom right corner)
Room for at least three SSDs
Room for a roof 2x140 radiator (at the expense of the optical and a fourth SSD mount)
Good value when I got it for £49.99.

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No active front ventilation
Clearance between the graphics card and case side is very tight; no triple-slot cards for this one
Power LED blue/white and VERY bright; changed mine for frosted green
No ventilation for bottom-mounted nvme drives (for those of us with two; I drilled an 80 mm hole in the bottom and put a low-profile fan in)

The only -ve that affected me was the nvme fan, and that was only because the Intel 600p runs hotter than most. This is a cracking shoebox case if a 5.25 bay is a must, and if it's not, you can chuck a very decent radiator in the top.

Mark Appleton 2018-05-15
 

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