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Fractal Design Core 3300 Review

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Fratcal Design Core 3300: Closer Look

Removing the front panel this time around was fairly easy and only requires a light tug from the bottom to release it from the frame. Behind the panel is a pre-installed 140mm fan with the option to install another 120mm or 140mm fans (screws included). An additional option of installing up to 280mm radiator is available, all with the added bonus of not interfering with the hard drive bays. Similar to the front, the top allows extra fans to be installed – up to a 280mm radiator can be installed for water cooling or two 140mm fans. Inside the chassis itself, it has small 30mm of clearance from the top to the motherboard tray, which should be enough for AIO coolers and slim fans.

 

The Core 3300 has the necessary I/O ports that every modern computer needs. On the right includes USB 3.0 and audio ports, while the left has the power and reset button. The lack of USB 2.0 ports is disconcerting considering how cheap it is to manufacturer them. It would be easy to overlook, as it has been a few years now since the introduction of USB 3.0, and nearly all current motherboards have USB 3.0 connectors. The layout is simple and clean to match the rest of the design. Not much more to say, so let's move on.

 

Inside the chassis was a bag containing an assortment of things, including zip ties and all of the screws in individual bags. The manual itself was semi useful considering being only a fold out and detailed enough covering the essentials. The chassis itself doesn't have anything ground breaking or revolutionary, so it's hard to have a thick manual, but maybe a few more words other than stating what the object in the picture is would have been nice.

 

Behind the motherboard tray is 22mm of space. This is enough to put most of the wires behind the tray, but beware of bulky cables like the 24-pin motherboard connector. Overall, I was able to put all the cables behind the tray and some to the side. Beware if you install SSD's on the back, you will lose some space.




  1. Fractal Design Core 3300: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Fractal Design Core 3300 Closer Look: The Case
  3. Fractal Design Core 3300 Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Fractal Design Core 3300: Specifications & Features
  5. Fractal Design Core 3300: Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Fractal Design Core 3300: Conclusion
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