Fractal Design Core 3500 Computer Case Review


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Fractal Design Core 3500 Computer Case Review

By Julian Duque

Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Product Name: Core 3500 Mid-Tower ATX Case
Model Number: FD-CA-CORE-3500-BL-W
UPC: 817301011983 EAN: 7350041081982
Price As Tested: $89.99 (Newegg l Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Fractal Design.

Whether it’s in the automotive, clothing, or furniture industry, European companies have always brought innovative ideas that make big part of the most elegant and simple designs. One clear example is Fractal Design, a Scandinavian company that has showed Benchmark Reviews what stylish and efficient designs look like. This year Fractal Design is updating many of their product lines, including their Core series, to which we reacted in a very excited manner as we could never get tired of their simple minimalist approach. Today we are going to be taking a look at the Fractal Design Core 3500 Mid-Tower Case.

Last year Fractal Design released the Core 3000, a case that was priced very competitively with many promising features such as outstanding airflow. However, there were some major drawbacks including a lack of cable management features. With the Core 3500, Fractal Design has promised to fix these issues, as well as adding more attributes to make a more compelling case.


Looking at the specifications and features found on Fractal Design’s website, the Core 3500 series comes in two forms. For $79.99 you can get a non-windowed version that comes with two 140 mm fans but with an extra 120/140 mm fan mount on the side panel. For $10.00 more you can get a windowed version that also comes with an extra 140 mm fan.

Features & Specifications 
Motherboard Form Factor ATX, E-ATX (up to 295 mm wide) Micro ATX, Mini ITX
Drive Bays External 2 x 5.25”
Internal 4 bays 3.5″/2.5″and 2 bays 2.5″ (behind motherboard tray)
Cooling Front 2 x 140/120mm (1x140mm provided)
Rear 1 x 140/120mm  (1 x 140mm provided)
Top 2 x 140/120mm (1 x 140mm provided)
Side 1 x 120/140mm (non-windowed version only)
Bottom 1 x 140/120mm
CPU  Up to 180 mm in height
Expansion Slots 7 (ventilated covers)
I/O Port 2 x USB 3.0
Audio in/out
Power Button with white LED
HDD activity with white LED
Reset Button
Power Supply Size 170mm with bottom fan
270mm without bottom fan
Weight 19.0 lbs
8.6 kg
Dimensions 7.87” x 17.48” x 18.90”
200mm x 444mm x 480mm
Graphics Card Support 430mm in the top four slots, and cards up to 295mm in length in the bottom three slots


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