Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Tower

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Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Tower

January 7, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

Fractal Design Arc Mini R2
MicroATX Case
Street Price

Fractal Design made their name on the strength of the Define series, minimalist elegant tower cases that utilize noise limiting features to carve out a nice niche in the market. They've been expanding their catalog substantially, three more lines of cases, the Node for home theaters, the value-oriented Core series, and the Arc which focuses more on cooling and airflow without compromising their iconically sleek Scandinavian aesthetics.

The Arc Mini was released in 2011 along with the Define Mini, a pair of microATX towers with similar designs but differing styles. We never had the opportunity to examine the original but if the R2 can live up to the Define Mini it would be in excellent company — it's currently SPCR's best performing microATX case.

The Arc Mini R2.

The Mini R2 lacks the grace and sophistication of the Define series. There isn't a hint of aluminum nor is there a door at all, but rather a more generic looking plastic bezel with fine lines on the surface mimicking brushed aluminum. This is the first Fractal case we've used with a side window, something added to entice enthusiasts who love gazing into their systems' innards to admire their cabling or lighting, or to simply check if anything has caught fire.

At 16 inches, the Arc Mini R2 is slightly taller than the Define Mini. Both cases are unusually tall and large for a microATX case — add an inch or two and you're in ATX territory. Inside you'll find bays for six 3.5 inch drives and two 2.5 inch drives, three stock fans of a possible seven, a three-speed fan controller, dust filters, removable drive trays and cages, and support for a large radiator if you're into watercooling. What you won't find are noise damping mats and foam. Aside from the fan controller, the Arc Mini R2 isn't particularly noise-conscious.

The box.


The packaging and accessories included with the case are minimal. A black cardboard box stuffed in one of the drive trays contains the necessary screws and standoffs, along with a few plastic zip-ties. It's less of an accessory box as it is a necessity box.

Specifications: Fractal Design Arc Mini R2
(from the product web page)
Motherboard compatibility Micro ATX, Mini ITX
Drive bays 2 - 5.25"
6 - 3.5" HDD Trays - all compatible with SSDs
2 - 2.5" dedicated SSD positions behind the motherboard plate
Expansion slots 4 + 1
Front interface 2 - USB 3.0
Audio in/out
Power button with LED (blue)
HDD activity LED (red)
Reset button
Fan controller
Cooling features 7 fan positions (3 Silent Series R2 fans included)
Filtered fan slots in front, top, and bottom
Integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)
CPU Coolers up to 165 mm tall
Fan positions Front: 2 - 120mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1200 RPM speed)

Rear: 1 - 120mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1200 RPM speed)

Top: 2 - 120/140mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed) 1 - 120mm fan (not included)

Bottom: 1 - 120mm fan (not included)
Watercooling compatibility Front – 240mm radiator (thick and slim) when HDD cages are removed, radiator cannot exceed 275mm in total length with the ODD bay in place.

Top – 240mm or 360mm radiators (thick and slim); the use of 360mm radiators requires removal of the ODD cage.

Bottom – 120mm radiators

Rear – 120 and 140mm radiators
PSU compatibility ATX PSUs up to 170 mm deep when using the bottom fan location; when not using this fan location longer PSUs (up to 220 mm deep) can be used
Graphics card compatibility Graphics cards up to 260mm in length with the top HDD cage installed - With the top cage removed, graphics cards up to 400mm in length may be installed
Cable management 20 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
Thick rubber grommets on all holes on the motherboard plate
Side panel window Included
Color Black
Package contents Arc Mini R2 computer case
Accessory box
User manual
Case dimensions 210 x 405 x 484mm (WxHxD); 41.2 liters
Package dimensions 280 x 475 x 565mm (WxHxD)
Net weight 9kg
Package weight 10kg

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