Fractal Design Announces its Newest Line of Cases, the Core X3 Series
Last month, Fractal Design announced a new line of cases called the Core x5 Series. Today, the manufacturer announced that its expanding the Core family with the addition of the new x3 Series. The main distinguishing feature of the x3 Series cases is a vertical hard drive bracket, which can hold up to three 3.5" drives and three 2.5" drives simultaneously. According to Fractal Design, the unique vertical design allows for superior airflow.
The x3 Series comes in four flavors, all at an aggressive price point. The Core 3300 (MSRP US$69.99/€59.99/£54.99) is a wide-body ATX mid-tower with support for CPU coolers as tall as 185mm. It comes with two pre-installed Silent Series R2 140mm fans, and can support one 240/280mm radiator in the front and a 240mm radiator in the top. Aside from the vertical HDD bracket that supports six drives, two additional SSDs can be placed behind the motherboard tray. The Core 2300 (MSRP US$49.99/€44.99/£39.99) is a compact full-ATX case with similar specs to its bigger brother, but its compactness means it can only support CPU coolers up to 162mm tall, includes two 120mm fans instead of 140mm, and only has room for one additional SSD outside of the vertical bracket, which happens to be behind the PSU area this time around.
The Core 1300 (MSRP US$49.99/€44.99/£39.99) is a compact micro ATX mini-tower that still supports seven total fans with two 120mm fans included, but only has room for two 240mm radiators. In addition, the vertical bracket has been shrunk to support only two 3.5" drives and two 2.5" drives, but like the Core 2300, there's room for an additional SSD behind the PSU area. Lastly, there's the Core 1100 (MSRP US$39.99/€34.99/£29.99), which is also a compact micro ATX case, but on an even smaller scale. The vertical bracket can only support two 3.5" drives or three 2.5" drives, or one of each size. It also only comes with one 120mm fan, with no mention on whether additional fans are supported.
If you're in the market for a sleek, low-cost case with support for most of your liquid cooling needs, the Fractal Design Core x3 Series certainly has you covered.
Source: Press Release