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Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 3, 2013 11:19 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 Mid-Tower Chassis




The entire front bezel is made of ABS plastic and made to look as if it was metal with all the hair line grooves in the design. The edges are rounded on the sides, but flat at the top and bottom, with the main part being flat across the chassis. You also have the bay covers at the top and the large mesh panel for ample intake for this chassis.




The front I/O is at the top of the chassis and offers everything you will need. There is a tiny reset button on the left, followed by the pair of 3.5mm audio jacks. Then there are the power button with power LED and HDD activity lights built into it, a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a three speed fan controller.




The top of the chassis has a steel mesh insert for airflow to match the front of the ARC Midi R2. The entire area is mesh since you can fit up to three fans across this expanse. If you look at the back edge, you can also see thumbscrews to make removal easy of this panel.




Removing the top and flipping the mesh over, you can see the steel is backed with foam that you can wash in the sink and replace. The roof of the chassis has the fans offset from the motherboard tray for more room, but only two fans line up. You can install a dual radiator up here, but the fan over the bays is offset too much for a triple.




The left side of the chassis is basically flat from front to back with a finger hold at the back to make removal easier. On this side you get a very darkly tinted window that is very well placed. With a pair of round corners and a pair that are angled, this definitely isn't the typical window shape.




Out back you find the 140mm exhaust fan peeking through the mesh next to the rear I/O opening. Under those the chassis is sent with a 7+1 expansion slot configuration to allow some options for mounting accessory cards. This leaves the large hole at the bottom for the PSU.




The right side of the ARC Midi R2 is nothing but an expanse of the texture black paint running behind the motherboard tray to retain the wiring and keep us from having to see them if they get a bit messy.




Under the chassis there is a place to grab and remove the bezel at the right, in front of the two large feet to support the front of the chassis. As you move left, you run into the dust filter for both the PSU and an optional 120mm fan hole in the floor. There are smaller feet used on the rear to allow the filter to slide out the back to clean it.

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