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Fractal Design ARC XL Full-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The ARC XL can house quite a few motherboard form factors from Mini-ITX up to Extended and XL-ATX. The optical bays have been doubled to now include four 5.25" bays, and for storage, there are eight 3.5" trays and a pair of 2.5" trays behind the motherboard too. Speaking of behind the motherboard, this ARC XL offers 26mm there. There are nine expansion slots in the rear of the chassis , room for seven fans, offers dust filters in the front, bottom, and top of the chassis, even the ventilation in the back is opened more all to take advantage of what could easily be dead spaces in this design.


The cooling is handled out of the box with three Silent Series R2 140mm fans. One is placed in the front for intake, one is in the back for the exhaust, but just above the rear fan is a third to blow heated air straight through the top. There is also room for water cooling in this design. You can of course still install a dual radiator in the front like in the ARC Midi R2, but here you can also add a 360mm radiator across the top or it also offers the option for a 280mm radiator.


Also to aid in controlling the stock fans, or any three fans for that matter, there is a built in fan controller that offers 5V, 7V and 12V switch positions, found in the front I/O panel. Since we are discussing the I/O panel, there are also two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, power button with integrated LEDs for power and HDD activity, and of course there is also a pair of 3.5mm jacks for audio.


What I really like, on top of the design and implementations going on with the new ARC XL has to be the pricing. While most locations are sticking to or charging more than the MSRP of $129.99, there is still a good deal to be had. As I looked around at all of the locations, sitting at the low-end, all by alone, at $30 under MSRP is Newegg. There the ARC XL is priced at $99.99 at the time of writing, and to make the deal even sweeter, they do have free shipping available on this chassis as well.


At this sort of pricing, the ARC XL is not only priced better than expected, but at $99.99 it takes on many mid-tower offerings, and I'm sure you will see soon enough that Fractal Design and the ARC XL may in fact be the full-tower chassis you have been waiting for and it is easily within anyone's grasp at this price.

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