Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Fractal Design ARC Mini R2


With M-ATX motherboards offering more features and capabilities and so becoming ever more popular it necessarily follows that manufacturers will begin to focus more of their attention on enclosures that will enable the consumer to take advantage of all this M-ATX goodness in a case that doesn't take up half the desk.

Having reviewed both the XL and the Midi R2 we were excited to get our hands on the ARC Mini R2.  Smallest of the ARC fleet, but by no means the smallest case from Swedish Manufacturers Fractal Design who also produce a range of Mini-ITX HTPC focused cases.  Although able to accept the M-ITX board, the ARC Mini is primarily designed around the M-ATX form factor.  It does though have a few more tricks up it's sleeve than simply being a smallish case. 


Technical Specification

Case Type

Mini Tower

Motherboard Support

Micro ATX
Mini ITX

Power Supply Support

ATX up to 170mm Depth

Maximum GPU Length

260mm with Top HDD Cage Installed
400mm with Top HDD Cage Removed

PCI   Expansion Slots

4 + 1

External 5.25" Drive Bays


External 3.5" Drive Bays


Internal 3.5" Drive Bays


Internal 2.5" Drive Bays

6 using 3.5" Drive Bays
2 Dedicated Behind Motherboard Tray

Front I/O Panel

2 x USB 3.0
3 Speed Fan Controller



Removable Motherboard Tray


CPU Mounting Hole




Dimensions (LxWxH)

484mm x 210mm x 405mm


1 x 120mm Silent Series R2 Fan (space for 2)


1 x 120mm Silent Series R2 Fan


1 x 140mm Silent Series R2 Fan (space for up to 2 x 140 or 2 x 120)


option for 1 x 120mm Fan



Watercooling   Support


Radiator Support

Space for 240mm in Front up to 272mm in Height
Space for 240 or 360mm in Top, 360mm Will Require Removal of ODD Cage

Package Contents

1 x Fractal Case
Accessory Box
Instruction Manual


Key Features

  • A compact micro ATX case designed for exceptional airflow and cooling
  • Superior water cooling support for its size, accommodating multiple thick 240mm radiators or even a 360mm radiator for an uncompromised cool system build
  • Three Silent Series R2 fans included, giving you excellent cooling straight out of the box! 4 additional fan positions are available
  • Featuring an integrated three-speed fan controller and USB 3.0 on the front panel for easy access
  • Multiple easy-to-clean dust filters designed into the case to help maintain a dust free interior
  • Great storage capacity for a mini chassis, with up to six 3.5” drives and two additional 2.5” drives
  • Innovative SSD position mounting, using brackets to allow for easy access once your system is completely built
  • Featuring a large stylish window side panel to show off your set up in style
  • Designed with ample space for easy, tidy cable routing and an overall a neat build


Cooling Options

  • Front: 2 - 120mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1200 RPM speed)
  • Rear: 1 - 120mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1200 RPM speed)
  • Top: 2 - 120/140mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed) 1 - 120mm fan (not included)
  • Bottom: 1 - 120mm fan (not included)
  • Fan controller: 1 - integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)
  • Water cooling compatibility:
    • Front – 240mm radiator (thick and slim) when HDD cages are removed, radiator cannot exceed 272mm in total length with the ODD bay in place.
    • Top – 240mm or 360mm radiators (thick and slim); the use of 360mm radiators requires removal of the ODD cage.
    • Bottom – 120mm radiators
    • Rear – 120 and 140mm radiators
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Most Recent Comments

28-10-2013, 07:20:19

A good case but still too large for a m-ATX class IMO Quote

28-10-2013, 07:42:29

I kinda agree. There is a need for these ones just that much bigger tho.

Good positives for any case manufacturers, is the design that allows the installer to more or less strip the case down to an empty frame. Sure you can still get the elcheapo cases that have all the insides riveted - but the likes of Fractal cases aren't elcheapo. They're decent/great looks, quality construction in the main, and easy to work with in my experience.

Those have been the deciding factors for me choosing Fractal; good price; easy to work with; good design.

This case looks a nice option.Quote

29-10-2013, 14:10:16

I actually already have the case, but my build isn't completely ready yet.
If you keep the ODD bays, there is actually a few mm more space than what fractal says. A XSPC RS240 will fit and a EK XT 240 might (hopefully) fit without removing the bays. I still think they should have added 5mm more height so more rads would fit. I pretty sure they tried a H100 and called it a day.
As for the size of the case, a case that can fit 360+240 rads without modding and is this small is quite rare.
I found fans that will be perfect for the fan controller, but I hate having useless things on a case so if I wouldn't use the controller, I'd be annoyed at having it there. Then there is the looks of the case, which I like, but I understand if someone doesn't.
So not a case for everyone, but a good case nonetheless.Quote

29-10-2013, 18:32:36

Sweet they sorted the plastic looking grill out Quote

30-10-2013, 05:14:16

Originally Posted by Nurf View Post
I actually already have the case, but my build isn't completely ready yet.
If you keep the ODD bays, there is actually a few mm more space than what fractal says. A XSPC RS240 will fit and a EK XT 240 might (hopefully) fit without removing the bays.

a case that can fit 360+240 rads without modding and is this small is quite rare.
Thanks for your comments. You don't need to remove the Optical drive bays to fit a 240mm rad. The EK XT 240 is 47mm thick so although it will fit length ways a lot will depend on the height of you RAM and other mobo attached devices.

Re fitting 360 and 240 without modding. If you want to put a 240 in the front and a 360 in the roof you're going to have to take out all your HDD and ODD bays so although you haven't had to get the dremmel out you have had to modify the interior of the case to accept them. Strange really as had the drives been riveted in you could call it modding but as they can be unscrewed....Well....Quote

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