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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

Inside the ARC XL




Doors now off the ARC XL, we get to peer inside. The wiring is tied down and run through one of the grommets to keep it in one place for transit. The hardware can be found in the black box inside the HDD rack, but the paperwork is found outside the chassis, at the top, under the foam.




There are four 5.25" bays offered in this design, and even with the lack of tool-free clips, Fractal sends thumbscrews to make mounting here still easy and fast without having to grab a screwdriver.




There are eight total white trays that will allow for both 3.5" drives as well as 2.5" drives to be mounted with screws through the grommets you can see on each tray. The bays are then broken up into two cages, and one or both of them can be removed from the case to make room for other components.




Removing the pair of thumbscrews, the entire panel will slide back, and be able to be lifted off. There is room for a pair of 140mm fans off to the left, and if using 120mm fans, you can get three in the top.




They do supply a single 140mm fan in the top of the chassis, but if you look to the right, you can see that the 120mm fan option is centered in the bays to allow both fans and radiators to go there, at the expanse of a bay or two.




The motherboard tray offers a large CPU cooler access hole, six holes with grommets for wiring, and room for large motherboards with standoff holes all the way to the right side of the tray.




The floor of the chassis has a pair of stands for the PSU to rest on, and even includes a gasket at the back. In front of the PSU, you have the option for a 120mm or 140mm fan. At the back, there is also one more management hole that has a grommet in it to take the wiring from the PSU to the back of the tray.




The third and final installed fan is the 140mm in the rear of the chassis. All three are also powered via 3-pin connections. Below that there are nine white expansion slot covers that are held in place with thumbscrews.




The wiring is pre-routed if you want to use it like this, and you can see the fan controller power and fan lead connections at the top. There is also a pair of SSD trays that screw into the motherboard tray to take up wasted space in most designs.




The wiring is a bit on the shorter side than what is usually provided, but on the flip side, all of these wires will make it to the required spot on the motherboard and still be able to be routed cleanly and out of the way.

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