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Core 500

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.

Key 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

Specifications

  • Mini ITX, Mini DTX motherboard compatibility; NOTE: motherboards with SATA ports that are angled 90 degrees may conflict with installation in the case.
  • 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 (note: graphics cards longer than 170 mm will not fit with PSUs that exceed 170 mm)
  • 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

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 (note: not compatible with AIO water cooler units that feature the pump on the radiator): 
    • 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

Package contents

  • Core 500 computer case
  • User manual
  • Accessory box

Additional information

  • EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041082644
  • UPC: 817301012645
  • Product code: FD-CA-CORE-500-BK
  • Available for System Integrators

PCNEWS.SK 2016-05-18

"Pro koho je tedy Fractal Design Core 500 určena? Cílovou skupinou budou pravděpodobně zákazníci hledající výborný poměr cena / kvalita, kteří zároveň plánují osazení výkonných komponent. Testovaný kousek by se tak mohl prosadit i u hráčů, předpoklady pro to rozhodně má."

Read Full Review At PCnews.sk


 

DIRKS-COMPUTERECKE.DE 2016-04-01

"Trotz seiner kleinen Abmessungen bietet es viele Möglichkeiten für den Hardware-Einbau. Sogar ein vollwertiges 5,25 Zoll Laufwerk und Wasserkühlung sind möglich. Und das Fractal Design Core 500 bietet die gleiche hohe Qualität in der Verarbeitung wie auch die anderen Modelle aus dem Hause des Herstellers."

Read Full Review At Dirks-Computerecke.de


 

 

BASIC-TUTORIALS.DE 2016-02-24

"Mit dem Core 500 bekommt man ein sehr gutes und vom Design her ansprechendes Gehäuse. Fractal Design hat hier tolle Arbeit geleistet. Alles, was rein muss, passt in das Gehäuse, es fehlt weder an Festplatten-Slots noch an Platz für CPU-Kühler und GPU. Alles an dem Gehäuse ist sehr hochwertig verarbeitet und das ganze Konzept ist angenehm durchdacht."

Read Full Review At Basic-tutorials.de


 

COMPTOIR-HARDWARE.COM 2016-02-16

"Nous ne sommes pas franchement fans de ce format "boite à chaussures" au Comptoir, mais il faut avouer que Fractal Design nous réconcilie avec ce type de boîtier. En effet, le modèle proposé se montre performant à l'usage, silencieux ou en tout cas pas désagréable du moment que nous ne sommes pas trop gourmands lors du choix des composants et surtout très sobre dans le design[.]"

Read Full Review At Comptoir-hardware.com


 

MADSHRIMPS.COM 2016-02-09

"The Fractal Core 500 is a solid new offering in the small form factor world. the build quality in general is good. We wouldn't expect nothing more nor nothing less from a trusted brand as Fractal Design, especially thinking about the 60 euro retail street pricing close to no compromises in quality were made. The case feels rigid and build to last."

Read Full Review At Madshrimps.com


 

ETEKNIX.COM 2016-01-25

"The Fractal Design Core 500 is a great option for those looking for a well made, competitively priced and capable mini-ITX chassis. Perfect for HTPC, LAN gaming system, or just a compact system for your home/office."

Read Full Review At eTeknix.com


 

MOD-YOU-CASE.DE 2016-02-02

"Auch über die Kühlung muss man sich keine Gedanken machen, denn in dem Core 500 findet nicht nur fast jeder Twin-Tower-Kühler ein neues zu Hause, sondern bei Bedarf auch eine Wasserkühlung mit einem 280-mm-Radiator."

Read Full Review At Mod-Your-Case.de


 

TECHNIC3D.COM 2016-01-31

"Mit dem Core 500 bietet Fractal Design ein stimmiges Mini-ITX-Chassis zu einem äußerst attraktiven Preis.  An der Verarbeitung des Chassis gibt es nichts auszusetzen und auch die Optik ist recht ansprechend. Positiv hervorzuheben ist das große Platzangebot in Anbetracht der kompakten Maße des Core 500."

Read Full Review At Technic3d.com


 

ALLROUND-PC.COM 2016-01-21

"Fractal Design bietet mit dem Core 500 ein kompaktes Mini-ITX-Gehäuse an, das genug Platz für leistungsstarke Hardware bietet.

An genügend Kühlungsmöglichkeiten hat der schwedische Hersteller ebenfalls gedacht und hat praktischerweise bereits einen Lüfter vormontiert."

Read Full Review At Allround-pc.com


 

DDWORLD.CZ 2016-01-18

"Jako taková je Core 500 skvělé řešení, doplňující tedy trochu jinak koncepčně řešenou mini-ITX Node 202. Nicméně FRACTAL aktuálně představil ještě další mini-ITX řešení, které je ještě klasičtější. A na to se podíváme zase jindy. Každopádně Fractal Design Core 500 je výborná prostorná ale kompaktní skříň s dobrým řešením a velmi dobrou cenou vzhledem ke zpracování. Takže dáváme palec nahoru."

Read Full Review At DDworld.cz


 

HARTWARE.DE 2016-12-03

"Das Fractal Design Core 500 konnte uns im Test überzeugen. Alle versprochenen Eigenschaften werden eingehalten und der Einbau geht trotz der geringen Größe halbwegs einfach von der Hand. Installierbar sind neben dem Mini-ITX Mainboard ein CPU-Kühler bis 17 Zentimeter Höhe, Grafikkarten mit einer Länge bis zu 31 Zentimetern, drei 3,5"-Festplatten, drei SSDs oder 2,5"-HDDs, ein ATX-Netzteil und sogar ein optisches Laufwerk."

Read Full Review At Hartware.de


 

CONSEIL-CONFIG.COM 2016-01-11

"Après un excellent Node 304 Fractal Design reprend la même base interne en y changeant pas mal de choses, possibilité d'y installer plus de ventilateurs (2 de 14 cm au dessus en plus du 14 cm à l'arrière), plus de ventilation ainsi que des filtres anti-poussière amovibles et des emplacements pour disques durs déportés sur un côté, la qualité de fabrication et la sobriété sont présentes comme d'habitude. Malgré sa taille il sera possible d'y installer un ventirad allant jusqu'à 17 cm de hauteur (ou un kit de watercooling AIO de 120 à 280 mm) ainsi qu'une carte graphique de 31 cm de longueur, autant dire que le choix est vaste et la bête s'adaptera à tout type de configuration."

Read Full Review At Conseil-config.com


PC.SK 2016-01-10

"Švédom sa podarilo aj zjednodušenie inštalácie používateľovi. V skrinke nie je príliš miesta na manipuláciu, no musím povedať, že ku každému komponentu a káblu som mal dobrý prístup. Používateľ zároveň nie je obmedzený na malé komponenty a smelo smie použiť aj výkonnejšie procesory vďaka možnosti inštalácie vodného chladenia či vyšších vzduchových chladičov. Jednoduchá je aj inštalácia 2,5“ SSD, 3,5“ HDD či 5,25“ mechaník, to je však už dnes normálne aj u iných výrobcov. Svojou jednoduchosťou ma potešili magnetické protiprachové filtre.

Read Full Review At PC.sk


 

 

TECHPOWERUP 2015-12-23

"At a price tag of around 60 US dollars, the chassis is really affordable, but of great build quality. The interior—albeit very traditional for a chassis of this shape—is functional. Considering you will always have to make compromises when installing liquid cooling into a case as this, Fractal Design's Core 500 manages to avoid all restrictive issues outside of its sheer size with the exception of the PSU's length. With the ability to install six hard drive and an ODD while opting for a potent, large, and quiet air-cooling solution, the chassis has a lot to offer, coming in at a price/performance/quality ratio that is better than with most of the competition out there."

Read Full Review At TechPowerUp.com


 

KITGURU.NET 2015-12-18

"The Fractal Design Core 500 looks like a simple case but it is more sophisticated and subtle than it first appears.[...]Fractal Design has delivered a cheap and versatile Mini-ITX case."

Read Full Review At KitGuru


 

HWT.DK 2015-12-18

"Det var en fornøjelse at bygge et system i dette kabinet og efterfølgende have det kørende på skrive bordet."

Read Full Review At Hwt.dk


 

TWEAKERS.NET 2015-12-09

"Fractal Design heeft met de Core 500 een mitx-behuizing ontwikkeld waarin een compleet, krachtig systeem moet passen. Daarbij moeten ruimte voor high-end componenten en stevige koeling hand in hand gaan met het bekende Zweedse, minimalistische ontwerp."

Read Full Review At Tweakers.net


 

OCDrift 2015-11-21

"The case is really great compared to the other ITX case I ever played before. Fractal design takes every inch of space inside to fit everything possible in one small form factor case. Even with compact sizes, it can fit 280mm radiator or fan configure at the top! Making it support great water cooling capabilities."

Read Full Review At OCDrift


 

HARTWARE.DE 2015-12-03

"Für dieses gut durchdachte Gehäuse werden aktuell nur rund 55 Euro verlangt, wodurch sich das Fractal Design Core 500 unsere Auszeichnung als Hartware Redaktionstipp für ein sehr gutes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis verdient hat."

Read Full Review At Hartware.de


 

DIIT.CZ 2015-12-01

"Core 500 je skříň pro specifické použití. Pokud ale jejím parametrům přizpůsobíte výběr komponent, odmění se vám možností provozovat velmi výkonný počítač v malém prostoru. Větracích otvorů je dostatek, je možné osadit relativně velký vodní chladič, počítá se i s hodně velkými grafickými kartami a je zde v rámci možností i dostatek prostoru pro mnohá úložiště."

Read Full Review At DIIT.cz


  

OCDrift 2015-11-21

"When it comes to compact case, it’s my favorites! The case is really great compared to the other ITX case I ever played before. Fractal design takes every inch of space inside to fit everything possible in one small form factor case. Even with compact sizes, it can fit 280mm radiator or fan configure at the top! Making it support great water cooling capabilities."

Read Full Review At OCDrift


PCLAB.PL 2015-11-24

"Fractal Design Core 500 miło mnie zaskoczyła. To w istocie dobrze zaprojektowana i bardzo funkcjonalna obudowa. Jest do tego rozsądnie wyposażona (mam tu na myśli sporą liczbę mat i niezły wentylator), trudno też narzekać na jakość wykonania. Nader wszystko wyróżniłbym jednak cenę. Co prawda są tańsze obudowy mITX (również takie, które mieszczą bardzo długie GPU), ale biorąc pod uwagę cechy Core 500, uważam, że 250 zł to rozsądna kwota. "

Read Full Review At PClab.pl


NewsTap 2015-11-16

"CORE 500'은 사방에 에어홀을 넣어 냉각성을 높였다면내부 공간이 넓다보니 얻게 되는 혜택은 다양하다. 메인보드는 미니ITX이지만 파워서플라이는 일반적인 ATX 타입을 그대로 사용할 수 있다. 출력 용량 걱정 없이 마음에 드는 파워서플라이를 자유롭게 활용할 수 있기 때문에 전원 부족에 따른 시스템의 불안정 문제는 없다.. "


Read Full Review At NewsTap


iT Maeil 2015-11-16

" Core 500은 미니 케이스지만 일반 ATX 파워와 고성능의 그래픽 카드, 2.5형 베이 3개와 3.5형 베이, 3개, 5.25 ODD 베이까지 동시에 장착이 가능한 뛰어난 공간 활용성으로 작은 게이스를 활용해 고성능 PC를 구현하기에 안성맞춤인 제품이다. "


Read Full Review At iT Maeil 


 

SILENTPCREVIEW.COM 2015-10-18

"Overall, the Core 500 is an excellent all-around mini-ITX case and a superb value. It's a faithful translation of Fractal Design's larger Core series cases for the smaller form factor and a fine addition to the pantheon of Shuttle/cube style SFF enclosures."


Read Full Review At Silentpcreview.com


SWECLOCKERS.COM 2015-10-29

"Sammanfattningsvis är dock Core 500 ett klart intressant alternativ för den som vill bygga ett kompakt kraftpaket utan att för den delen punga ut en förmögenhet på chassit. Modellen bjuder på trevlig flexibilitet gällandes både kylning och lagringsmöjligheter samtidigt som både långa grafikkort och ordentliga nätaggregat får plats på insidan."


Read Full Review At Sweclockers.com


 TECHREPORT.COM 2015-10-22

"enthusiasts who want a compact case with room for a 240-mm or 280-mm liquid cooler and an extra-long graphics card don't have many choices right now. Seasoned builders who don't mind careful planning and parts selection should give the Core 500 a look."


Read Full Review At Techreport.com


 

OVERCLOCK3D.NET 2015-10-20

"You're probably familiar with the expression "It's not big, and it's not clever".  Well the Fractal Design Core 500 isn't big, but it certainly appears to be quite clever.  By this we mean we're not quite sure how they manage to cram so much into such a compact case."


Read Full Review At Overclock3d.net


COMPUTERPOWERUSER.COM 2015-10-01

"The Core 500 is one of those rare cases that manages to be compact, yet gives you tons of room for extras."


Read Full Review At Computerpoweruser.com


 

HEXUS.NET 2015-10-09

"Striving to be smaller than your average PC but staying just large enough to accommodate common components, Core 500 is well-put together and logically laid out so as to accept a powerful CPU and GPU combination, as well as up to half-a-dozen SSDs/HDDs."


Read Full Review At HEXUS.net


TWEAK.DK 2015-10-05

"Når man har styr på det hele, og man samler sin maskine, så er jeg overbevist om at man kun kan blive glad for sit setup. Fractal Design har i hvert fald gjort hvad De kunne for at lave et kabinet med så mange muligheder som muligt, uden de store begrænsninger; hvilket jeg mener de har gjort."


Read Full Review At Tweak.dk


 

OCAHOLIC.CH 2015-09-23

"Sollte man auf der Suche nach einem MiniITX-Gehäuse für einen kompakten Gaming-PC oder für einen HTPC sein, dann handelt es sich hier um eine sehr gute Wahl. "


Read Full Review At Ocaholic.ch


 

HARDWARELUXX.DE 2015-09-24

"Gerade der Vergleich mit den direkten Konkurrenten macht deutlich, wie wenig es am Core 500 eigentlich auszusetzen gibt. Wer ein vielseitig nutzbares Mini-ITX-Gehäuse mit dezenter Optik und einem attraktiven Preis sucht, kann mit dem Fractal Design-Modell kaum etwas falsch machen."


Read Full Review At hardwareLUXX.de


 

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The Core 500 from Fractal Design touts full-size hardware support for just about every component while maintaining an incredibly small footprint compared to a traditional mid-tower chassis.

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