Fractal Design Array Mini ITX NAS Case

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Fractal Design Array Mini-ITX NAS Case

April 26, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Fractal Design Array
Mini ITX NAS Case
Market Price
£128 (US$196)

The Swedish company Fractal Design scored a hit with their Define R2 tower case, a canny blend of quality, functionality, noise reduction and usability. Thus we were naturally excited when Fractal's other case showed up on our doorstep. The Array is completely different kind of case, a mini-ITX enclosure described as a NAS case for the Home Server/DIY NAS market.

The Fractal Design Array.

Like the R2, the Array is stylish demeanor and constructed out of aluminum rather than steel. Its overall form is that of a Shuttle-style breadbox, but as it lacks an optical drive bay, it really looks like a plain box more than a PC. The top panel has a brushed finish and is secured with six small screws. Intake is provided on both sides by a column of slits running down the front of the case and a horizontal vent positioned at the bottom closer to the rear.

Rear angle.

The back of the case reveals a SFX12V power supply hanging above a large vent and the motherboard I/O panel cut-out. There is a single full-sized expansion slot, but it is better suited for a SATA/RAID card rather than a graphics card. (Editor's Note: Two expansion slots in the latest R2 version.) The Array's biggest draw is its 6-bay hard drive cage, but most mini-ITX motherboards have fewer than 4 SATA ports. An add-on card is likely necessary to take full advantage of the case's storage potential.


As this article was being posted, news came from Fractal Design of a small upgrade to the Array. Revision 2 features:

- Improved 140mm fan mounting in front, so that re-circulation is decreased. In our own tests, we measured that the re-circulation was minimal, but since users’s still think it can be an issue, we have modified it.

- One extra expansion slot, so that Mini-DTX cards can be fully supported. In the Array you got, Mini DTX cards are supported, but cannot use the second expansion slot.

- Silicone grommets instead of rubber ones in the HDD cage.

Provided accessories.

Product Details: Fractal Design Array
(from the product web page)
Case Specifications * Built in high quality aluminum
* Silent, efficient 300W SFX PSU included
* Room for six silicone mounted 3.5-inch HDD
* Room for one SSD
* Removable HDD cage for easy mounting
* Silent Series 140mm fan included in front, with washable filter
* Space available for CPU cooler: circa 90mm height
* Space available for expansion card: circa 140mm length
* Fits Mini ITX motherboards
* One Two expansion slots
* Case dimensions (WxHxD): 230x223x350mm
* Net weight: 4.1kg
PSU Specifications * 80 PLUS rated SFX 300W PSU
* Silent, temperature controlled fan
* 7x SATA-connectors, 1x Molex, 1x 4-pin and 1x 20/24pin
* Meets CE, TUV safety requirements
DC Output Max load Max output
+3.3V 20A 125W (combined +3.3V and +5V)
+5V 22A 125W (combined +3.3V and +5V)
+12V1 14A 216W (combined 12V1 and 12V2)
+12V2 16A
-12V 0.5A 6W
+5VSB 2.5A 12.5W
Total combined power 300W
Fan Specifications * 140mm Silent Series
* Dimensions: 140 x 140 x 25mm
* RPM: 600 +/- 10% RPM
* Noise: 9 dBA
* Airflow: 39 CFM, 66 m³/h
* Connection: 3-pin
* Power: 2.52 W +/- 10%
* Textile covered electrical cable
Additional information * EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080411
* Product code: FD-CA-ARRAY-BL
* Gross weight: 4.3kg
* Outer package dimensions (WxHxD): 330x265x430mm

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