Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Chassis

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The assembly process is not very difficult though like most mini-ITX cases, it is wise to plug in the various cables into the motherboard before the board is mounted. The only real issue encountered is the front panel connectors coming loose when tying up the cables. The provided cables are also too long.

Fully assembled, most of the cabling sits above the power supply in and under the unused front drive cage.

Our Asus Strix GTX 980 fits comfortably with plenty of room to spare. It measures 28.8 cm long, well short of the 31.0 cm length limit.

Right side.

There is about 2.2 cm of clearance above the 16.1 cm tall Scythe Kotetsu heatsink. If a standard thickness fan is installed above the CPU area, a shorter cooler must be utilized.

There is plenty of room for SATA power/data connectors and any front-mounted drives. The clearance between the fan and a 17 cm long optical drive aligned flush with the front panel is 5.0 cm while a 3.5 inch drive installed underneath will have 4.0 cm to spare.

The status LEDs appear blue on camera but are in fact white. The hard drive activity LED is uncomfortably bright.

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