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Fractal Design ARC Midi Now Available

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    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.

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    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
    • USB3 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
     
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    It could have done with a touch of color on the front, other than that it looks nice. It looks like it makes real efficient use of the space. What I really like is the hdd's slide in from the side!
     
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    Really want the Mini (mATX) version of this case.

    :)
     
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    Looks ALOT like the Define Mini.
     
  5. 1Kurgan1

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    I like it, but is there a price?
     
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    pero falta conectar muchos más cables??? que pasaria con el tamaño si todos los cables estuviesen conectados y aparte, no tubiera refrigeración líquida? me parece que no entraría tantas cosas como parece, y menos de gama media o gama alta.

    Que macana, porque se ve lindo igual el gabinete.

    Así que voy a esperar un review para ver bien... y espero que lo hagan como la gente al review y no a comodidad del gabinete, porque sinó sería más selecto que un simple case mid-tower

    saludos.
     
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    It looks nice and clean, and i like the water cooling part...
     
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    pues te va a tocar recortar todos los cables, porque sobrarán por todas partes...

    translate: seems there is a lack of room to hide all the cables because distances are so short... gotta order custom made ultra short cables 8)
     
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    Cool. Fractial is make Lian-Li style cases now. This could be nice as they tend to have a better idea of what the word "budget" means.
     
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    This is BEAUTIFUL. I bought the case I have because it was the least offensive case I could find with the features I wanted. This beats it, hands down. I agree that it could use a tiny bit of color on the front - no more than coloring the lettering red or possibly white, though. The size is thoroughly amazing to me, though. It's about 2 inches shorter than my case and probably a bit less deep as well. The removable drive cage is a plus, as well - longer cards will fit in smaller cases that way. I'd probably yank it since I only have my SSD and my mechanical drive in the 3.5" bays of my current box.
     
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    case looks great! newegg need more fractal cases :banghead:
     
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    I liked the review of this case on TPU. Seems like great build quality but im not to fond of the plastic front panel especially when it looks like anodized aluminium.

    Fractal is a company much like Corsair where they dont have a shitty case in their lineup.
     
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    £66 @ overclockers.co.uk
     
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    That means that you're talking less than $100 USD (yes I know that's more than $100 USD in straight currency exchange, but everyone in Europe already knows stuff is cheaper in the US). Pretty reasonable.
     
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    Link to review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Fractal_Design/Arc_Midi_Tower/1.html

    One of the cons was no USB 3.0 support, looks like they added it since then.
     
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    So few wants this design route. All mainstream people want are flashy 'gaming' chassis slapped with 'futuristic' fugly plastic molds in front and on top.

    Raven series, aerocool shits, CM storms etc etc.. they sell like hot pancakes to 12 year olds. Making manufacturers push those kind of shitty chassis to the market, ramming it to the consumer's mouth that this is whats 'in' right now. The same demograph have so called 'Gaming' components inside their case, complete with interesting prefixes like 'Destroyer', 'Conqueror', 'Sniper', etc etc. They listen to mainstream music, watch mainstream shows, so on and so forth
     
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    amazering, do want!
     
  19. Yukikaze

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    I am going to agree with most of the post, except for including the Raven with the "aerocool shits", "CM storms" and so on.

    The Raven 02 is a beautifully designed case. Sure, it has plastic: But it is neither "flashy", nor "futuristic" as you put it. It is a simple looking and elegant case with a different interior design. It is also very well ventilated, has plenty of room and has the big bonus of being virtually pet proof (which is what I've seen it used for recently) because all external cables can be easily sleeved all the way to the case since they only split up under the top cover. This means that any small pets are not likely to chew through a 220V cable and fry themselves while playing (especially cats).

    I get where you are coming from (and my Xaser VIs are definitely in the group of cases you speak of aesthetically, even though they have very little plastic: They just use what plastic they have rather horribly. They also need a new paintjob, but I'm working on it).
     
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    1 USB 3.0? Just one? Fail. I don't care how pretty it looks or how functional it is. No excuse for such an idiotic front panel.
     

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