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#1 Bosco

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 05:37 PM

Tonight Isaiah takes a look at the Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Case.

 

Read his review here:

 

http://www.overclock...gn_arc_mini_r2/


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:10 PM

I have the Fractal Design ARC Midi case here and the quality is certainly there.

This one looks like it would be just right for the build I'm planning for my wife.

 

Thanks for the great review Isaiah.


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:36 PM

no problem :)

Even before I got the first case , fractal design already have a good rep for quality. I haven't taken a look at the midi yet or the other series . I'm Sure I wouldn't be disappointed if I ever get it to review. You never know though until you have it in person .

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:21 AM

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This is the ARC Midi interior.   I feel so stupid. This is not the ARC Midi case, its a Rosewill Blackhawk.

 

I removed all of the fans and put matching 140mm & 120mm Enermax TB Silence fans inside of it.

Lots of room inside and removable HDD Cage makes more room for GPUs too.


Edited by RealNeil, 23 December 2013 - 10:23 AM.

CPU: i7-2600K CPU     Cooler: H80 Corsair with two Enermax TB Silence PWM fans.     MOBO: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3.     RAM: 16GB DDR3-2133 GSKill RipJaws-X (four 4GB).     GPU: Diamond H7870 GHz Edition (times two) in crossfire.     SSD: Kingston 120GB SSD Now 300.     DVD Burner: Plextor PX-L890SA.     HDD: WD 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache (times two) in RAID-0.     PSU: Rosewill Hive 750W Semi-Modular 80+ Bronze.     Case: Rosewill Blackhawk With all fans replaced with Enermax (120mm & 140mm) TB Silence w/no LEDs.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:26 AM

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This is (really) the ARC Midi case interior with one of the HDD bays removed.

The offset Fan placement at the top of this case allowed me to run four Cougar Vortex PWM fans in a push/pull configuration without hitting the motherboard's heatsinks. Temps on the FX-8350 are nice and cool. The case's airflow is excellent.

I have since moved these two HD-7870s to the i7-2600 box.


Edited by RealNeil, 23 December 2013 - 02:17 PM.

CPU: i7-2600K CPU     Cooler: H80 Corsair with two Enermax TB Silence PWM fans.     MOBO: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3.     RAM: 16GB DDR3-2133 GSKill RipJaws-X (four 4GB).     GPU: Diamond H7870 GHz Edition (times two) in crossfire.     SSD: Kingston 120GB SSD Now 300.     DVD Burner: Plextor PX-L890SA.     HDD: WD 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache (times two) in RAID-0.     PSU: Rosewill Hive 750W Semi-Modular 80+ Bronze.     Case: Rosewill Blackhawk With all fans replaced with Enermax (120mm & 140mm) TB Silence w/no LEDs.