Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Review

Up Close: Base, Rear, Roof and Reverse

Fractal Design ARC Mini R2

Up Close:  Base, Rear, Roof and Reverse

The base of the case is able to accept ATX PSUs up to 170mm in length with a fan installed in the floor location.  Without the fan, any PSU up to 220mm will be fine.  As we saw from the outside there are 4 white vented PCI slot covers, with an additional vertically orientated slot for non mobo expansion devices. 

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As well as a rear 120mm fan Fractal have put a 140mm in the roof on extract.  We almost wish this was a 120mm model which would give us the option of swapping it to a front intake should the urge take us, but as it is it's much appreciated.  The roof itself is a spacious place, with mounts for up to 3x120mm fans or a brace of 140mm units.  if you want to add that third 120mm fan you are of course going to lose the optical drive bay also.

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Behind the Motherboard tray is where it's at for us, we're kinda odd like that.  There's plenty of room back here with the majority of the reverse side having 18mm of space, and some recesses a little more.  Fractal actually give the depth of space as 20mm but we feel 18mm is more reflective of the true amount available.  But who's going to quibble over 2mm

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A feature we're starting to see a little more often is the presence of stealth SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray.  We like the idea, but of course it does require skilful cable management and a good selection of well distributed cable tie points to work the necessary wiring into the loom.  Thankfully with 10 cable tie points the Mini doesn't disappoint.  Along with the usual management holes running down the side of the mobo area Fractal have also put in a set of rubber grommeted holes up near the roof, perfect for the 8 pin CPU and numerous fan cables.

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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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