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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

Final Thoughts


Of course, I am a bit partial to this design from its onset, and this is why I actively hunted down the ARC Midi R2 for my backup machine, but I am also looking at this with open eyes. But the same things I loved about the smaller version are found in this design as well, just now it accommodates for much larger motherboards, more water cooling options, and room for more of those components that need to go with the radiators. Otherwise, you are given the same styling not only on the front, but the window even stays within the same shape, it just got enlarged to fit the size of the larger door panel. If I had based my system on an ATX or larger motherboard, the ARC XL would have definitely been my choice of cases to use.


The provided cooling is more than adequate, and even while delivering very little noise to its surroundings, the flow from the trio of 140mm fans left the temperatures inside of the chassis of my components a bit lower than the average results. Imagine if you decide to fill all seven places with 140mm fans, if using more of these Silent Series R2 fans, you will have the utmost in air flow, and not raise the audible level much at all. While I noticed in the manual that they only showed dual radiators in the top and bottom, you can also have a dual in the front if you remove the hard drive racks, and there is room for a 360mm in the top at the expense of 5.25" bays, and you can still use a single 120mm or a 140mm in the back.


What can I say about a chassis that I couldn't find any major or minor flaws with? In every aspect, strength, rigidity with the panels off, feature set, modularity, wire management, ease of use, I mean they hit the nail on the head everywhere you look in the ARC XL. Then when you factor in the low price point of $99.99 to get this to your door, Fractal Design made my job really tough when looking for defects or mistakes, as I am just unable to find any. There is just no reason to pass up on the opportunity to own this chassis, especially for those looking to house larger motherboards including some dual socket models, you can pack some seriously powerful components into this machine with multiple video cards, and still have room for a complete water cooling loop.


So, not only does the list of features and things that are done right go on and on, it seems the same is said for the amount of components you can install into this full-tower chassis, without taking up half the room it sits in to do so. If most or any of what I have delivered here applies to you, then I strongly suggest you ponder the Fractal Design ARC XL, as it is the most economically-friendly chassis I have seen with this range of compatibility.



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