Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Chassis

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Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Chassis

October 18, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Fractal Design Core 500
Mini-ITX Case
Street Price

Fractal Design gets most of its acclaim for its Define series of tower cases that emphasize silence and airflow wrapped in elegant minimalist designs. Their budget Core line uses most of the same foundations but strips out some of the finery, boiling down and distilling what makes their cases great into something simpler and less fashionable but more affordable.

The Fractal Design Core 500.

With the Core 500, Fractal brings this practical approach to the mini-ITX form factor. The chassis conforms more or less to the design popularized by Shuttle, the original maker of the breadbox shaped enclosure that first introduced many hobbyists to the concept and potential of the SFF PC. It's also somewhat larger than most cases of this type, slightly inflated to accommodate the modern trappings that even bigger enthusiasts cases are expected to offer.

A long graphics card? Check. A tall CPU heatsink? Of course. A radiator up to 280 mm in size? No problem. A 140 mm fan at the back? Fine. Magnetic dust filters? Of course. Storage? Have three 3.5 inch hard drives and three of the 2.5 inch variety as well. What about a 5.25 inch drive bay? A little dated but sure, why not? For a chassis occupying just 19 Liters, it seems to have an answer to everything. Like the bigger iterations of the Core family, the 500 offers something for everyone.



The Core 500 is packaged simply in a fairly plain box with limited decoration. Fractal doesn't offer much in the way of accessories, just the necessary documentation, screws, and a handful of zip-ties.

Specifications: Fractal Design Core 500
(from the product web page)
Motherboard Mini ITX
Expansion Slots 2
Drive Positions 3 - 3.5" HDD positions
3 - 2.5" dedicated SSD/HDD unit positions
1 - 5.25" bay (removable)
Fan Positions 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 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
Component Compatibility 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 card up to 310 mm in length
Front Interface 2 USB 3.0
Audio in/out
Power button with LED (white)
HDD activity LED (white)
Reset button
Colours Available Black
Case Volume 19.5 liters
Case dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 203 x 367 mm;
250 x 213 x 380 mm with feet/screws/protrusions
Package contents Core 500 computer case
User manual
Accessory box
Net weight 4.4 kg
Package dimensions 285 x 335 x 450 mm (WxHxD)
Package weight 5.3 kg

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