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Fractal Design Announces Arc Midi R2

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. btarunr

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    Introducing the Arc Midi R2. As the newest member of the Arc family of airflow cases, the Arc Midi R2 is developed with high-performance computer systems in mind. Featuring three high performance Silent Series R2 fans and ample water cooling options, the Arc Midi R2 layout maximizes airflow throughout the case and keeps even the most demanding systems at cool temperatures. Designed to house even the thickest radiators in both the top and front panels without extensive modifications, the Arc Midi R2 offers all this within a mid size case.

    The chassis comes complete with a stylish window side panel, fan controller, easy to clean dust filters, high level of workmanship, flexible hard drive mounting system and plenty of space for cable routing.

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    Key features:
    • Designed with high airflow in mind while consistently holding a minimalistic, sleek look and feel
    • Featuring a window side panel to show off your set up in style
    • Extensive water cooling support, designed to support thick radiators in the front and top positions
    • Three Silent Series R2 fans with integrated fan controller included
    • HDD cages are now split 5 + 3 and are both rotatable and removable for maximum configuration and airflow
    • Support for up to 8 hard drive bays with accommodation for an additional 2 x 2,5" inch drives behind the motherboard
    • Easy installation and configuration with ample cable routing space making it simple for everyone to make a very tidy looking computer build.
    • Removable fan filters for easy dust maintenance and washing
    MSRP:
    • USD: $ 109.95
    • EURO: € 89,95
    • GBP: £ 74,95
    • SEK: 799:-
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  2. TheLostSwede

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    If only they were on sale here...
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    About 100 sek more will get you the Design R4. About 100 sek less will get you the Design R3. I think this is too expensive, but they already have the Core cases so ... I'm not sure i get why this exists in the first case.
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    That is the ideal mid tower case IMHO, that's exactly how i picture the optimal mid tower chassis
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    the ONLY thing I would gripe about is that it doesn't have 3 5.25 bays up front... 1 for Blu-Ray/DVD and 2 for a dual 5.25 bay res. mid towers need dual bay reservoirs and with a nice dual 120/140 fan mount up top it's ideal for a mid tower water cooling case
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    I emailed them today to see if they would hint at an Arc Mini R2 but they couldn't (as expected) confirm anything, but they did suggest they're working on something.
    Assimilator says thanks.
  8. Covert_Death

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    well they are always working on something lol they wouldn't be in business much longer if they didn't meat the constant demand for new products
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    it is a $100 case. It is all price point.
  11. Sp33d Junki3

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    Well why not make the BR drive an external one. Problem solved.
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    Looks sweet, wish it was a little taller to have like 4 5.25" bays.
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    So clean, I have always like Fractal cases, I owned one for about a week and then sold the system, was a great case. clean sexy brushed black alum.
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    I emailed them to see if they'll sell me just the windowed side panel, which I assume fits the original Midi that I own. A while ago, I asked them to sell me a solid side panel, but they wouldn't. The vented side panel is the only thing I don't like about the original Midi.
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    Which is true for most cases out there. :(
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    I was in love with the Fractal Arc Midi, now i'm more in love with this renewed version, more watercooling options, better cable management and the optional (i guess) side window, sooooooooooooo sweet

    Keep it up Fractal! =)
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    The Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 is an awesome case. I've used Fractal Design cases in a number of builds for some time now.
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    This looks pretty good inside and out.
    Will have to see what the whole case is made fro and how inflated the price will be by the time it arrives over here.
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    That is one fine looking case! They've really nailed it.
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    The previous version had 2 USB2 + 1 USB3 ports, which was pretty dumb... this one at least has 2 USB3 ports, but that's it. Why not provide 4 USB3 ports?
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    I think I've just met my twin =)
    They told me when I emailed them that they were discussing side panel options internally, though nothing came available so far...

    From what I understand from the video, they made quite some changes:
    - 3+5 HDD cage configuration instead of the original 4+4
    - Bottom HDD cage can be moved further inward
    - Windowed side panel instead of the vented one
    - Removable top and front mesh
    - Different I/O panel configuration
    - 2.5" mounts on the back of the motherboard tray

    If only I could send them my Arc Midi and get an Arc Midi R2 at a reasonable additional fee =p
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    Yay! The side panel is available for purchase!

    I got the following from Fractal customer service.

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    Regarding the USB ports on the case, it appears to be reduced by one in number possibly due to the inclusion of the Fan Controller as a physical switch on the front now rather than a separate PCI card in the back of the case.

    I think the previous option might have been better in at least offering a choice to keep or remove it, while now you sacrifice a port and lose that choice.

    The windowed Panel with this version of the case is not optional, but standard. Being a solid window instead of a vented window offering what I think to be better looks than on other cases where they do that.

    Arguable though if the loss of the side fan slot is a problem though, since I am not sure how many people really use those.

    The bottom HDD cage can be relocated for extra space at the front of the case for a radiator.

    The popularity of the Fractal Design cases due to their largely understated looks I thought might have prompted the release of two versions of the case, offering the choice between the window and a solid side panel.

    Urza26 pretty much nailed it with that list of changes from the previous version.

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