The Build and Finished Product
The front of the ARC Mini R2 only changes slightly with the addition of the DVD drive. The rest of the chassis still offers great ventilation at the bottom, and has that brushed aluminum around pattern it
Since we went water cooled in the Midi R2, I wanted to see what this was capable of with air cooling this time around. We have a large tower cooler in there and it fits well. We did need to remove the bays for the card, as its cooler would be just slightly too long if it were in place.
The dust filter went right into place, the card fits in easily, and the PSU is snug against the gasket. With only four expansion slots for the motherboard, the plus one slot will come in handy for fan controllers, lighting switches, or even a cord tender bracket.
Behind the tray, we had plenty of room to wire everything, and while it's not the best job we have done, with such few tie points, our options are somewhat limited. We also see that the back plate is not fully accessible, but we did also mock up a 2.5" drive in one of the provided hidden trays.
We closed up shop so we could get on with powering the chassis and getting some testing done. Only two things have changed aesthetically from getting the Mini R2 out of the box to this pint. One is obviously the drive poking through the bezel, but now we have a somewhat darkened view of the PSU, video card, CPU cooler, and the motherboard through the window.
Outside of the slightest audible hum at a distance of roughly a foot with the fan controller set to the 5V position, the only other indications of power are the blue LED indicating the system is powered on, and the red LED indicating HDD activity.
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