Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Review

Up Close: Exterior Front, Rear and Base

Fractal Design ARC Mini R2

Up Close:  Exterior Front, Rear and Base

Although plastic the removable front fascia has both the look and feel of brushed Aluminium about it.  So well is the effect carried off that in the writing of this review we've just had to go and check that it isn't in fact actually brushed Aluminium.  The two 5.25" bay covers blend so well with the lines of the case that  they are barely discernible. 

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The front intake grill and combined filter are removed easily for cleaning, revealing a single white bladed R2 fan underneath.  Should you want to add another there's a second set of mounts underneath.

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Round the back and things are largely as we would expect.  There's another R2 fan here along with a set of grommeted tubing holes (Manufacturers, if your case has good water-cooling support please stop doing this).  Below this there are 4 PCI slots for Motherboard attached devices and a single vertically mounted slot for expansion devices such as lighting controllers that do not require motherboard attachment.  All the PCI covers are vented and finished in a contrasting Gloss White.

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A large easily removed mesh filter covers roughly 2/3rds of the base of the case ensuring cleaner air for bother the PSU and floor mounted fan position.  The case stands on four half chromed rubber feet giving a firm foundation without it sitting too low.

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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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