Fractal Core 1100 Computer Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2014-09-08

Fractal introduced the new Core series at Computex 2014; instead of having a booth at the infamous Nangang Hall, they unraveled the different Core versions at the Hyatt Hotel. In a similar trend as other enclosure manufacturers the focus point is on very affordable cases, a challenge as affordable usually goes hand in hand with making compromises. MadShrimps has already reviewed several 50 dollar cases, though with the Core 1100 Fractal goes even a few notches lower with a street price of a whopping low 35 dollars. Can Fractal maintain their typical stylish look and professional build quality even at this price level? Let us pop the box and explore the Fractal Core 1100 mATX case.

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The Core 1100 is an extremely compact Micro ATX case. These new Core series are very aggressively priced yet Fractal manages to deliver an uncompromising solution in their typical no frills nor thrills design. No windowed side panel here though lads, keep in mind that the pricing of 35 dollars is insanely low for a non OEM enclosure.





One can't expect too many features on a case of this price level. Nevertheless to maintain that Scandinavian look Fractal opted to give the front panel a brushed aluminum look. The windowless side panel has room for an optional 120mm Fan to enhance the air flow, directly on the installed hardware components.



Both side panels are secured with black thumbscrews, usually on cases of the price caliber this is normally left up to a few screws, not for the Core 1100 Fractal Design though. After removal of both side panels we can directly spot one of the main features of this new Core 1100 micro ATX case. Their innovative vertical HDD bracket allows for a more direct airflow from the included 120mm front fan. The Fractal core is one of the first newer cases which opts again for a top mounted power supply. This way the power supply can aid for expelling hot air out of the case. Draw back might be the slightly more difficult cable routing to achieve that clean lean gaming machine.




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