Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Review

Stripped

Fractal Design ARC Mini R2

Stripped

The roof of the case is removed by simply releasing a few screws along the upper rear edge.  Doing so allows the roof to be lifed off allowing access for cleaning and hardware installation.  By now the beady peepered amongst you will have noticed offset and elongated screw holes which can mean only one thing. Native water cooling support.  The un-beady peepered amongst you will have hopefully picked this up in the Technical Specification section. 

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The front fascia can also be removed, but this time all that is required is a firm tug on its underside lip.  Flipping it around shows the installed 120mm is actually attached to the fascia as opposed to the chassis so you're going to have to unplug any fan cables to get it off.  Just worth remembering before you loom them in so tight you can't get the door off!

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Thankfully the front I/O  stays with the chassis, which will make things a lot easier.  There's a lot of wires exiting this compact little unit which will need to be managed out of the way if you're intending to put a device in the top 5.25", or anything else such as the end of a 360mm rad that might intrude into this area.

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Aside from the remaining HDD rack which is easily removed by undoing some screws in the base, there's nothing else obscuring the front of the case.  This we hope might leave the door open for some seriously thick rads.

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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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