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Core 3500

Fractal Design Core 3500 is a wide body mid tower ATX case, also available in a Windowed side panel version, allowing users to show off their build. High-performance features include superior liquid cooling potential with support for up to two 240mm radiators or a 280mm radiator

Key features

  • A wide body mid tower case with bottom-mounted PSU, designed for exceptional airflow and cooling.
  • Brushed aluminum-look front panel with a sleek, three-dimensional textured finish
  • Superior water cooling support, supporting one 240/280mm radiator in the front and a 240mm radiator in the top
  • Featuring a 140mm rear exhaust fan for optimal cooling
  • Total 7 fan slots with two Silent Series R2 140mm fans included
  • Smart cable management with 22mm of space behind the motherboard plate and thick rubber grommets for clean installations
  • Supports extremely tall tower CPU coolers, up to 185mm in height
  • Featuring an integrated three-speed fan controller
  • Multiple easy-to-clean dust filters designed into the case to help maintain a dust free interior
  • Four vibration dampening hard drive trays for up to four 3.5" HDDs, all compatible with 2.5" drives
  • Supports extremely long graphics cards up to a maximum length of 430mm in the top four slots, and cards up to 295mm in length in the bottom three slots
  • Two additional SSD positions behind the motherboard plate


  • ATX, E-ATX (up to 295 mm wide) Micro ATX, Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
  • 2 drive bays of 5,25"
  • 4 bays 3.5"- all compatible with SSDs
  • 2 -2.5" dedicated SSD unit position
  • 7 expansion slots
  • Graphics cards up to 430mm in length may be installed in the upper four slots
  • With HDD cage in primary position, cards up to 295mm can be installed in bottom three slots
  • With HDD cage in the secondary position graphics cards up to 260mm are supported in the bottom three slots
  • Support cooling system: 7 Fan positions (2 fans included)
  • Filtered fan slots in front and bottom
  • CPU coolers up to 185 mm in height
  • Integrated fan controller 
  • ATX PSUs up to 170 mm deep when using the primary bottom fan location for a 140mm fan; when not using this fan location longer PSUs can be used  
  • 22 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
  • Thick rubber grommets on all holes on the motherboard plate
  • Available in Black
  • Case dimensions (WxHxD):233 x 465 x 517mm 
  • Net weight: 8.6 kg
  • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 322 x 625 x 540mm
  • Package weight: 10.1kg

Cooling system

  • Front: 2 - 120mm fans (included is 1 hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Rear: 1 - 120/140mm fan (included is 1 hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Top: 2 - 120/140mm fan (not included)
  • Bottom: 1 - 120/140mm fan (not included, PSU length limits apply)
  • Side: 1 -120/140mm fan (not included)
  • 1 - integrated fan controller on the backside for up to 3 fans

Water Cooling compatibility

  • Front –Slim 240 or 280mm radiator: 15mm fan spacing required for full fastening, radiators with 20mm fan spacing can be used with only the top half fastened to the case. (with lower HDD cage moved to secondary position)
  • Front - Thick 240 or 280mm radiators supported with HDD cage in alternate position or completely removed. Motherboards larger than mATX are not fully supported with HDD cage in the tertiary position.
  • Top – Slim 240mm radiator (with no components on the upper 11 mm on the motherboard that are taller than 38mm)
  • Top – Slim 280mm radiator with slim fans
  • Rear – 120/140 mm radiator

Front interface

  • 2 - USB 3.0
  • Audio in/out
  • Power button with LED (white)
  • HDD activity LED (white)
  • Reset button

Package contents

  • Core 3500 computer case
  • Accessory box
  • User manual

Additional information

  • EAN:7350041081975
  • UPC: 817301011976
  • Product code: FD-CA-CORE-3500-BL 



INFOBIT.PL 2014-01-06

"Elegant design and the final result is the Fractal Design Core 3500 a very good thing."

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TECHNIC3D.COM 2014-07-03

"If we could pick a reason to describe the success of Fractal Design is the quality of their work. Not only do they make good looking and functional cases, but they also make sure to make each of their cases a solid piece of art. The Fractal Design Core 3500 is no exception, the full steel body did not show any signs of weakness, not even the windowed panel. The drive cages were sturdy and did not rattle."

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TECHNIC3D.COM 2014-07-03

"Das Gehäuse ist breiter, höher und tiefer als der Rest der Core x5-Serie. Des Weiteren setzt das Core 3500 als einziges auf 140-mm-Lüfter und besitzt Features wie den hochwertigeren Staubfilter unter dem Boden, den entkoppelten Ausschnitt für das Netzteil, die Möglichkeit bestimmte E-ATX-Mainboards aufnehmen zu können und den großen Festplattenkäfig."

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 HARDWARELUXX.DE  2014-06-11

"Egal ob ein Mini-Tower, ein günstiger Midi-Tower oder ein voluminöser Midi-Tower für anspruchsvollere Hardware gesucht wird - die neue Core x5-Serie hält ein passendes Modell mit gutem Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis bereit. Die Gehäuseserie ist vor allem für Käufer attraktiv, die optisch und akustisch unauffällige Gehäuse bevorzugen, dabei aber nicht auf eine gute Ausstattung verzichten möchten"

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"Bon, nous n'allons pas passer des heures sur la conclusion de ce nouveau boitier Fractal Design, qui remplira encore une fois parfaitement son office. Bien fait, bien équipé, vendu à bon prix, ce nouveau venu devrait très vite trouver ses adeptes, d'autant qu'il a le droit à une ventilation qui permet une bonne polyvalence."

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TWEAKPC.DE  2014-06-26

"Staubfilter, USB 3.0, viel Platz für Lüfter und lange Grafikkarten, was die Basisausstattung betrifft, lässt die Core-Serie kaum Wünsche offen. Und es geht sogar noch weiter. In der Preisklasse eher selten zu finden sind laufruhiger Lüfter inklusive Lüftersteuerung."

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