Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Review

Up Close: Interior Overview and Drive Bays

Fractal Design ARC Mini R2

Up Close:  Interior Overview and Drive Bays

Although not perhaps the biggest CPU cut out in the world the one in the Mini should be large enough for modern CPU back plates.  The cable management holes are also quite small.  There are however plenty of them (Six to be exact).  They are well distributed and they are all rubber grommeted.  You might be thinking that if you go for a smaller mobo and a smaller case you'll have to compromise on CPU cooler height.  Not so with the ARC Mini, as 165mm of headroom is more than ample for all but the most comedy large coolers.

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The two 5.25" bays are not of the tool free variety.  What?  You mean we're going to have to get a screwdriver out?  That's it, we're leaving...Seriously guys, does it really mater?  How quickly are you likely to need to get a 5.25" device out of a case?  The bays though are only enclosed on 3 sides, the reason for this we would think is it leaves the roof area free for longer rads to extend into, but as the optical bays have to be removed if you want to stick a 360 up there this can't be the case.  Despite being a Mini Tower Fractal have still managed to shoehorn 6 full sized 3.5" drive bays into the front. 

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The bays are divided into 2 racks of three with the top rack being easily removed by means of thumb bolts.  The bottom rack can also be removed but you'll need to whip out that screw driver again.  Removal of the HDD racks ups the max GPU length from 260mm to 400mm.

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Most Recent Comments

28-10-2013, 07:20:19

superlattice09
A good case but still too large for a m-ATX class IMO Quote

28-10-2013, 07:42:29

Rastalovich
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

Nurf
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

dalewakelin
Sweet they sorted the plastic looking grill out Quote

30-10-2013, 05:14:16

G-Dubs
Quote:
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.
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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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