Fractal Design Arc XL Case

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The Arc XL is primarily constructed out of steel while the top panel and front bezel are made of plastic. As it is compatible with both E-ATX and XL-ATX motherboards, its dimensions are an expansive 23.2 x 57.2 x 55.2 cm or 9.1 x 22.5 x 21.7 inches (W x H x D) for a total case volume of 73.3 L. It is one of the largest cases we've used but its considerable height to width ratio gives it a lanky look.

The Arc XL's front interface options are located at the top of the case. Both USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports are available as are mic and line-out jacks, a small reset button, a power button with power and hard drive activity LEDs built into it, and a three speed fan controller.

The front fan filter is detached by pushing the top two corners, revealing a deep cavity capable of fitting a thick 240 mm radiator or a pair of 120 or 140 mm fans. One bolt-mounted 140 mm fan is included in this location, in front of a restrictive hard drive cage inside.

Looking at the rear of the case we get a sense of why it's so statuesque. There are a whopping nine expansion slots and extra space has been allotted above the I/O panel to better accommodate ceiling-mounted water cooling units.

An external dust filter underneath the case, which simply pulls out from the back, services both a single 120/140 fan position and the power supply fan.

Removing two thumbscrews at the rear allows the top panel to slide out. It too is outfitted with a large filter covering the three fan placements on the case ceiling. The material used is denser and thus more restrictive than the front/bottom filters, but it also limits how much noise escapes.

The side panels uses a solid hinge system to hook up with the chassis. The steel used is of considerable thickness, 1.3 mm at the thinnest points.

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