Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Review

Up Close: Exterior Overview and Roof

Fractal Design ARC Mini R2

Up Close:  Exterior Overview and Roof

Cases with decent sized windows are always appreciated here at OC3D.  There are a few exceptions of course.  If a case is designed to have a low sonic footprint then then a window would be detrimental.  Thankfully Fractal design also produce the Define series of silent cases leaving the coast clear for the ARC series to have a nice piece of slightly smoked acrylic occupying the greater part of the left side panel.  The presence of a window, more oft associated with balls out gaming cases does not however detract from the overall elegance of the Mini.  With only simple mesh panels, a pair of 5,25" bay covers and a front I/O  breaking up the otherwise clean lines. 

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Practically the whole roof of the Mini is given over to a large mesh panel.  The panel is removable for cleaning as we'll see when we get to the stripped section .

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The front I/O is situated on the front edge of the roof and consists of the usual pair of USB3.0, audio, power and reset.  There's also a 3 speed fan controller up here which rather than being marked "High, Med and Low" is actually marked with the relevant voltages having 5v, 7v, and 12v embossed on it

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Most Recent Comments

28-10-2013, 07:20:19

superlattice09
A good case but still too large for a m-ATX class IMO Quote

28-10-2013, 07:42:29

Rastalovich
I kinda agree. There is a need for these ones just that much bigger tho.

Good positives for any case manufacturers, is the design that allows the installer to more or less strip the case down to an empty frame. Sure you can still get the elcheapo cases that have all the insides riveted - but the likes of Fractal cases aren't elcheapo. They're decent/great looks, quality construction in the main, and easy to work with in my experience.

Those have been the deciding factors for me choosing Fractal; good price; easy to work with; good design.

This case looks a nice option.Quote

29-10-2013, 14:10:16

Nurf
I actually already have the case, but my build isn't completely ready yet.
If you keep the ODD bays, there is actually a few mm more space than what fractal says. A XSPC RS240 will fit and a EK XT 240 might (hopefully) fit without removing the bays. I still think they should have added 5mm more height so more rads would fit. I pretty sure they tried a H100 and called it a day.
As for the size of the case, a case that can fit 360+240 rads without modding and is this small is quite rare.
I found fans that will be perfect for the fan controller, but I hate having useless things on a case so if I wouldn't use the controller, I'd be annoyed at having it there. Then there is the looks of the case, which I like, but I understand if someone doesn't.
So not a case for everyone, but a good case nonetheless.Quote

29-10-2013, 18:32:36

dalewakelin
Sweet they sorted the plastic looking grill out Quote

30-10-2013, 05:14:16

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nurf View Post
I actually already have the case, but my build isn't completely ready yet.
If you keep the ODD bays, there is actually a few mm more space than what fractal says. A XSPC RS240 will fit and a EK XT 240 might (hopefully) fit without removing the bays.

a case that can fit 360+240 rads without modding and is this small is quite rare.
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Thanks for your comments. You don't need to remove the Optical drive bays to fit a 240mm rad. The EK XT 240 is 47mm thick so although it will fit length ways a lot will depend on the height of you RAM and other mobo attached devices.

Re fitting 360 and 240 without modding. If you want to put a 240 in the front and a 360 in the roof you're going to have to take out all your HDD and ODD bays so although you haven't had to get the dremmel out you have had to modify the interior of the case to accept them. Strange really as had the drives been riveted in you could call it modding but as they can be unscrewed....Well....Quote
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