Thursday, December 16th 2010

Fractal Design Announces Arc Series of ATX Mid-Tower Cases

Today, Fractal Design announced the Arc Series of cases. The new Fractal Design Arc Series of cases create a niche of their own; a combination of stellar performance and cooling options with stylish, minimalistic looks and an overall understated elegance. This new Arc Series Midi Tower format offers plenty of cooling options, up to 8 fans of various sizes can be installed. Unique for its small size, it also offers room to mount a thick, dual 120mm radiator in the top panel.

Elegant top and front panels are both easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots and HDD trays. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which enables support for even the longest graphic cards.

Tangled cables are a thing of the past as the Arc Series offers an innovative, convenient, and great looking way to hide them away. The motherboard mounting plate has rubber covered holes in which you can easily route the cables to a compartment behind the motherboard, which has more than ample storage space.

Key features
  • Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look
  • Optimized for performance, massive cooling and water cooling support
  • A total of 8(!) fan slots (2x 140mm in front, 3x 120/140 in top, 1x 120/140 in bottom, 1x 120/140 in rear, 1x 140/180mm in side panel)
  • 3x 140mm fans included (1x in front, 1x in rear and 1x in top)
  • Support for dual 120mm radiator in top, even thicker radiators up to 60mm in thickness
  • 8x white painted HDD trays, with silicone mounting
  • Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
  • USB 3.0 support in front panel
  • Excellent cable routing and cable routing covers
  • Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
  • Extra, vertically mounted expansion slot, suitable for fan controllers or non-input expansion cards
Specifications
  • 8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
  • 2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
  • On top of front panel: 3x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and Audio I/O
  • No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
  • M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
  • 7+1 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to 290mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
  • Supports graphic card lengths up to 470mm without removable HDD-Bay
  • Supports CPU coolers with height of 180mm
  • Supports PSU’s with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU’s, typically 200-220mm.
  • Case size (WxHxD): 230x460x515mm with front and top bezel in place
  • Net weight: 10kg
For more information, please refer to the product sheet (PDF).
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14 Comments on Fractal Design Announces Arc Series of ATX Mid-Tower Cases

#1
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
The water entrance to the CPU block is wrong. Water should go in the middle barb, not the side.
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#2
stupido
well... I really like this case. the only nit picking for me would be to go with asymmetric HDD cage - so you can have triple HDD cage and than all your PCI(e) slots are free to have unimpeded air flow to your multi GPU setup... while still be able to have several HDDs... or maybe if the cage can be placed such that the HDs are vertical (the case is wide enough to have 4 x 3.5 HDD stacked vertically for a nice RAID setup?
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#3
KainXS
I remember seeing something like this a while ago in the news
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#4
Thrackan
What's the idea behind the extra expansion slot?
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#5
gumpty
I really like this design. Simple and understated exterior.
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#6
TheLostSwede
Motherboard brackets? just about anything that doesn't need to be connected to a slot.
Cooler Master have been doing it for quite some time on some of their models
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#7
Thrackan
by: TheLostSwede
Motherboard brackets? just about anything that doesn't need to be connected to a slot.
Cooler Master have been doing it for quite some time on some of their models
Right. Never seen it before so I didn't think of that :)
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#9
t77snapshot
It's so tiny hehehe I likes it! I've been looking for a nice LAN case to take around, if I can rig some backpack straps then it will be perfect.

by: Thrackan
What's the idea behind the extra expansion slot?
by: gumpty
I really like this design. Simple and understated exterior.
I think they work very well for pci slot fan controllers.;)

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#10
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Old news

Bit-tech done a preview of this case over a week ago. not a bad little case,
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#11
[H]@RD5TUFF
I like it, any idea of price or if it will be in the US ?


by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
The water entrance to the CPU block is wrong. Water should go in the middle barb, not the side.
There are only 2 barbs . ..
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#12
PopcornMachine
Are they going to be selling in North America?

I thought this brand was only available in Europe.
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#13
KaOSoFt
Well, Fractal Design cases are sold in North America through NCIX, at least the Define R3 and Define XL models. I kind of hope they also start selling the Arc.

Have fun!
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#14
Widjaja
Been liking Fractals cases and pricing.
Might order one in at work.

Time I did upgrade my case besides some other things.
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