Specifications, Availability and Pricing
While the ARC Midi R2 we saw before and this ARC Mini R2 look almost identical, when they are sat side by side, you will instantly notice the compact size of the ARC Mini R2. This chassis is 55mm shorter now, standing at 405mm in height. It is also 31mm shorter from front to back, and is 50mm skinnier in width, now measuring 210mm wide. As for the rest of the exterior, we get a similar front bezel that offers a pair of 5.25" bay covers near the top, with a large removable mesh cover for the intake at the bottom that also offers a built-in dust filter.
The top offers a front I/O that is similar to the original, with the addition of the three positions, six fans, and a fan controller that has 5V, 7V, and 12V settings to choose from. The rest of the top is mostly taken up by a steel mesh insert that allows the top to breathe. The left side of the chassis offers a large tinted side window, while the right panel is flat and only offers the texture of the black paint that is applied to all of the steel components, inside and out. Around the back of the chassis, there are all of the usual suspects that we expect, but for the expansion slots, they use a four plus one system.
Inside of the chassis, there are two 5.25" bays at the top that require the use of thumbscrews, but this rack is also fully removable. Below that is a HDD rack set up in two groups of three, for a total of six 2.5" or 3.5" trays in this layout. The upper section can be removed to improve airflow as we typically do, but the lower section is also fully removable. Don't worry though; there are a couple of places provided behind the motherboard tray to hide an SSD or two. The motherboard tray will of course house Micro-ATX boards, but it will also house ITX varieties as well. Also, there is a need to consider the restrictions, and this design still allows for 165mm CPU coolers. While originally showing 260mm for video cards, if you remove the bays, there is 400mm of room afforded to you.
Cooling is kept above average in this design as well. While providing three fans pre-installed into this chassis, there are a total of six locations for fans in the ARC Mini R2. The front will allow for two 120mm fans, and there is one Silent Series R2 120mm fan installed in the top location. The top of the chassis also offers the same arrangement, and also has one fan located there. The back of the chassis will hold a 140mm fan, and this is the final fan location that offers a fan already in position. The last location for an additional fan is on the floor, but only if the PSU is around 170mm in length.
The only thing I see that may hold one back from buying this chassis may be the pricing. While this chassis does fit the mold for a lot of users out there, keeps things compact, offers very good modularity in its design, and looks good doing all of this, in reality, this design will cost as much as what most mid-tower designs will cost. So the real question at this point is: Just how well will the Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 suit your needs, and can it assimilate to fit what you have planned to install? We plan to go over all of this, and hopefully when we are done you can appreciate the value a little better once you have the full picture in mind.
PRICING: You can find the Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 retails for $112.38 at Amazon.
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