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Fractal Design Core 500

The Fractal Design Core 500 conforms to the Mini-ITX form factor and so can accommodate motherboards with form factors Array.

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Fractal Design Core 500

help iconForm FactorMini-ITXhelp iconMaximum CPU Cooler Size170mm
help iconMotherboard Form Factors
  • Mini-ITX
help iconRear Fans1
help iconMaterialSteelhelp iconRear Fans Size140mm
help iconColorBlackhelp iconRear Fans Speed1000 RPM
help iconExpansion Slots2help iconIO Display Panelyes
help icon5.25″ Drive Bays1help iconFront USB 2.0 Slots0
help icon3.5″ Drive Bays3help iconFront USB 3.0 Slots2
help icon2.5" Drive Bays3help iconeSATAno
help iconTool-less Railsyeshelp iconAudio IOyes
help iconMaximum Graphics Card Length310mm

Fractal Design Core 500 compatibility review

The Fractal Design Core 500 has a the Mini-ITX form factor. Mini-ITX is even smaller than Micro-ATX, allowing PC builders the opportunity to create a low-performance, but discreet and low-power system. Using the Mini-ITX standard, the case can house motherboards and power supplies with form factors Array.

The Fractal Design Core 500 has two expansion slots, so there is very little room for extra components, which may be a deciding factor when planning on the longevity and build type of a PC system. The case has one 5.25" drive bays, which is enough room for an optical drive but little else, and with just one 3.5" drive bay, there is basically no room at all for expansion. With three 2.5" bays, however, there is enough room for a laptop-sized HDD or solid-state drive. Installation of hard drives into these drive bays is made all the more easier by screwless rails that allow tool-less mounting.

Made primarily of Steel, the Fractal Design Core 500 is built to be strong and well-ventilated. Steel cases are generally fairly cheap and sturdy, but also tend to be quite heavy. Whatever your case's material, it is important to keep a consistent airflow so that heat doesn't build up inside. It is therefore advised that you make use of the available built-in case fans and fan installation sections.

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