Fractal Design Core 2300 Case Review


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Fractal Design Core 2300 Computer Case Review

By Meng Vang

Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Product Name: Core 2300 Mid-Tower ATX-Case
Model Number: FD-CA-CORE-2300-BL
UPC: 817301011945 EAN: 7350041081944
Price As Tested: $54.99 (Newegg Amazon)

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

When it comes to building a computer, not everyone needs a ton of LED fans along with a fancy exterior design. A fully-fledged PC with fancy mods may look appealing to the eyes, but it would not be ideal for a professional business environment. As the little brother to the Fractal Design Core 3300, the Core 2300 with its brushed aluminum finish and black exterior maintains the same clean aesthetics commonly found on most Fractal Design computer cases. With the capability to add a total of seven fans, the Core 2300 provides the cooling performance of an actual gaming computer case along with the professional and elegant aesthetics suitable for a business environment. Inside is the innovated vertical hard drive bracket. This allows for three 3.5 inch drives and three 2.5 inch drives to be mounted simultaneously. At Benchmark Reviews, we will take a close look at what the Fractal Design Core 2300 has to offer.

Fractal Design Core 2300 Front Alternate View

Features & Specifications


  • A compact full-ATX 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 for its size, supporting one 240/280mm radiator in the front and a 240mm radiator in the top
  • Featuring a 120mm rear exhaust fan for great cooling
  • Total 7 fan slots with two 120mm fans included


  • Mini ITX, Micro ATX ATX motherboard compatibility
  • 2 drive bays of 5,25″ or 4 bays 3.5″
  • 4 -2.5″ dedicated SSD unit position
  • 7 expansion slots
  • Graphics cards up to 380mm in length may be instaled. One or more 3.5″ hard drives may interfere with side-mounted power connectors on graphics cards longer than 200 mm
  • Support cooling system: 7 Fan positions (2 fans included)
  • Filtered fan slots in front and bottom
  • CPU coolers up to 162 mm in height
  • Supports ATX PSUs up to 205/185 mm with a bottom 120/140mm fan. When not using any bottom fan location longer PSUs can be used
  • 13.5-18.5 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
  • Extra cable routing holes for usage with mATX motherboards
  • Case dimensions (WxHxD):195 x 431 x 450mm
  • Net weight: 5.2 kg
  • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 270 x 547 x 492mm
  • Package weight: 6.4 kg


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