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Fractal Design Core 3300 Review


Fractal Design Core 3300: Testing

Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3DMark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (°C).

* All tests are conducted at 73 °F /23 °C ambient room temperature.


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The results are in! Fractals Design Core 3300 fares well against the competition and I was surprised how low the temperatures were under load considering the lack of a fan on top. Generally speaking, the more airflow, the lower the temperatures are under load. This chassis also should be considered for anyone running multiple video cards on a budget, as the ability to mount a side fan can make a large difference when installed. The fairly large space behind the tray to hide extra wires and the unique hard drive setup allows for even more airflow than a traditional setup. Normally, extra cables and hard drive cages cause the intake of air to slow down, which is generally compensated with extra fans in the back.

  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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