Fractal’s new Arc Mini R2 is a compact ATX case may offer neutral looks but it is packed with features and has a relatively low price.
With new mid tower cases being announced nearly every week, it’s easy for certain products to get lost in the shuffle. Fractal has neatly avoided this by launching an enclosure which has nearly everything an enthusiast could possibly want, yet packed into a compact, sleek design.
At its heart, the Arc Midi R2 is simply an ATX-sized case with additional support for micro ATX and mini ATX motherboards as well. The external design is straightforward without any embellishments and Fractal has included all of the usual items: a side window, USB 3.0 ports and easily removable fan filters.
The Arc Midi R2’s main claim to fame is its attention to internal airflow paths. Three 140mm Silent Series R2 fans have been included (in the front, rear and top mounts) alongside an integrated 3-channel fan controller and enough space for two 240mm and two 120mm water cooling radiators.
In order to achieve such impressive cooling options, Fractal has taken a unique approach to the hard drive cages. Not only can they hold up to eight drives (alongside two secondary SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray) but their 5+3 layout allows for alternate mounting positions which clustered around the Arc’s interior. This makes room for the above-mentioned radiator options and clears space for massive graphics cards.
According to Fractal, special attention has also been placed upon cable routing and CPU cooler compatibility. There are cable grommets placed at strategic locations around the motherboard and power supply while space for 180mm tall CPU coolers has been built in.
Pricing for the Arc Midi R2 will be $110 USD and it will be released in March.