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January 7, 2014 by Lawrence Lee
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2
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
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
||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
||4 + 1
||2 - USB 3.0
Power button with LED (blue)
HDD activity LED (red)
||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
||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)
||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
||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
||20 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
Thick rubber grommets on all holes on the motherboard plate
|Side panel window
||Arc Mini R2 computer case
|| 210 x 405 x 484mm (WxHxD);
||280 x 475 x 565mm (WxHxD)
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