Case Build and Finished Product
We opted to air cool in this chassis, and found plenty of room to do so. Even with our video card, we went ahead and mocked up the plate with a 3.5" drive, and it clears the card without issue. All the way around, there really is nothing to complain about with the build process.
The back of the chassis takes on the I/O plate with relative ease, the card installs level and securely, and the PSU is solidly mounted as it rests on the pads and is tightened up against that gasket.
The wire management options may not be the best offered on the market, but we had no issues keeping things clean and tidy. You can also see that the front panel wiring is held taut at the top left when connected to our system. Off to the left, you will have some wiring going to the drives on the plate, so make sure they don't run into issues with the fan up front.
Packaging the Core 3300 back up is accomplished by installing the door panel with relative ease, and ease is what we like to see here. All you need to do is start with the tabs at the top and bottom of the frame (mind you, the doors are solid and do not flex much at all), and you just give it a pop forward and they lock into the chassis. We also like that from start to finish, we get the same clean, simplistic look to admire.
When the chassis is powered, there is very little audible noise from the front and sides. Around the back, the exhaust fan will emit roughly 40dB of noise, but again, only at the back, as all noise is redirected away from its user. The power button does illuminate white, and while we missed it in this shot, the flicker of the HDD activity LED is also white.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Fractal Design Core 3300 Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Core 3300]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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