Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Chassis

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The Core 500 is a cube style case with a steel frame and cover and a plastic front panel. It measures 25.0 x 20.3 x 36.7 cm or 9.8 x 8.0 x 14.4 in (W x H x D) for a total volume of just 18.6 Liters.

The plastic front panel has a simple appearance with a faux brush aluminum finish, an exposed external 5.25 inch drive bay and the Fractal Design logo propped up on a lip at the bottom. Moderately sized ventilation holes are present on both sides of bezel running from top to bottom.

The top is home to dual 120/140 mm fan mounts capable of housing radiators up to 280 mm in size, though this would necessitate removal of the drive cage underneath. A control panel with the usual assortment of buttons, LEDs, and ports is located at the top of the front bezel.

A pre-installed 140 mm fan resides at the rear of the case which means taller CPU heatsinks will have no trouble fitting inside. The AC power connector is situated in the corner on the floor next to the I/O panel. An extension cable inside hooks it up to a front-mounted ATX power supply.

Short case feet keep the case's height in check but it also reduces the amount of clearance under the power supply. A sizable, porous intake grill is provided at the bottom, serviced by a removable fine mesh dust filter. A smaller vent on the right side of the enclosure acts as the PSU's exhaust port.

The case cover is made of 0.8 mm thick steel and slides out toward the rear once four thumbscrews are removed. The top fan placements and side intake vent for the video card are lined with large, flexible, magnetic dust filters on the inside.

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