Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Case Review
Cases and Cooling
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Today’s article is our third Fractal case review in less than a week and when using these cases in such a close time frame you can really spot the similarities in the design. First off all of the cases we have reviewed from Fractal sport a predominately black color scheme (inside and out) with white accents in the hard drive bays and expansion ports. Additionally, the Fractal cases also have a modern look that’s not overtly flashily and LEDs are kept to a minimum.
Expandability is also another area where all the cases we have looked at did a great job, and the Fractal ARC Midi R2 is no exception. Just going over some of the expansion features we can see that the Arc Midi R2 features eight 3.5-inch HDD trays, two additional 2.5-inch SSD positions behind the motherboard plate, 7 + 1 expansion slots, and 26 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard tray. The Midi R2 can also accommodate graphics cards up to 16.9 inches when the hard drive cage is removed. So, when it comes to expansion this case comes well equipped for a mid-sized chassis.
Unlike the Fractal Node 605 and Define XL R2 though, which including sound dampening materials, the ARC Midi is designed for high-air flow via perforated vents, three included case fans and a built-in fan controller. This should help reduce the temperatures of the components inside the case, which is vital when running high-end hardware.