Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Tower

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Assembly of the Arc Mini R2 is fairly straightforward and if the interior ever feels cramped during installation, relief can be had by removing the drive cages and installing any hard drives at the end of the process.

3.5 inch hard drives are secured from the bottom onto dampened drive trays for installation. It's the same system used on other Fractal cases, but the trays sit more loosely than usual, creating drive vibration issues.

One neat feature is a dual head USB header that supports either USB 3.0 or 2.0 (don't plug in both simultaneously).

The fan controller located at the top of the case uses standard 3-pin connectors and the included fans have cables more than long enough to reach.

Our test system fully assembled. There was an additional 15 mm available above our Noctua NH-U12P cooler, making the total CPU heatsink clearance approximately 173 mm. The drive cage proportions were designed to allow for a long graphics card by removing the center cage, but this is foiled by our motherboard layout. The PCI-E 16x slot is positioned second from the top — in our case we would have to remove both drive cages to install a graphics card longer than 28.0 cm.

Our system doesn't have that many cables but they were tied up neatly enough. We found the unused SSD trays to helpful in this regard.

There is only 17 mm of space behind the motherboard tray so the bundling of cables must be planned carefully to avoid issues with closing the right side panel.

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