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mi1ez 3rd December 2010, 09:36 Quote
Could make for a pretty understated watercooled rig if there's space up top.
JCBeastie 3rd December 2010, 09:41 Quote
Do like:

Front Faschia; Nice fan grills, curvy corners, finish, button & connector position.
Nice powder coating all round.
Loads of fan mounts!
Nice motherboard mounting and cable grommets.

Don't like:

BIG branding on front.
Side panel fan mount (looks cheap and flimsy).

I'm assuming this is still in development, things they should do is ensure enough space between motherboard tray and side panel for cables, and lost some of the hard drive mounts, lower the 5" bays so you can fill the roof with radiator! Otherwise it's looking so far, if it comes in at the same price as the Define (or hopefully, cheaper) it could be decent.
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 09:55 Quote
Hello everyone,

Some quick comments from us at Fractal;

- We'll release new pictures shortly, in which I promise the whole design will make much more sense. Especially top and front panel...
- Dual 120 rads, also thicker ones up to 60mm, will fit perfectly even with bigger memory modules like for example Corsair Dominator
- There is 2x 140mm fan slots in the front, not 120mm
- It will be 1x USB 3.0 and 3x USB 2.0
- Expected street price is 69.99 GBP / 79.99 EUR incl. VAT
- The case is considerably wider than Define, which gives much more space behind the M/B plate for cable routing
- There is 8x HDD trays, not 7x, and the upper four are in a removable, rotatable HDD cage.
maximus09 3rd December 2010, 10:09 Quote
really don't like the finish on the front panel, doesn't fit in with the rest of the case. This reminds me of the CM stacker finish. The problem with this is that when you touch it it can be quite rough and sometimes to the point were it will takes skin off you fingers or scrapes your nails when handling, leaving stuff inside the narrow groves which is difficult to remove. Try and wipe it down with a cloth and it will tear fluff and thread off it which again gets stuck eeww.

The rest looks fine. I wish they would update their front panel.
wuyanxu 3rd December 2010, 10:31 Quote
put the doors back please!

the mesh looks horrible.

other than that, could do with a bit of headroom on top for radiators.

also, is that a removable hard disk drive container in the middle? have case manufacturers finally cought on? i've been hold off because i fear of really long video cards that won't fit in any other case, my Antec p182 can fit any length graphics card without problem when i remove the middle drive container. only Corsair 600T and this case seem to have finally got the idea.
Bindibadgi 3rd December 2010, 10:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fractal Design
Some quick comments about the specs;
- The case do fit 2x 120mm radiators in top, even thicker ones (60mm) and with bulky memory modules, like for example Corsair Dominator.
- There is a lot more space behind the motherboard plate for cable routing compared to the Define, this case is 230mm wide opposed to 212mm in Define.
- There's 2x 140mm fan supports in front
- It will be 1x USB 3.0 included, 3x USB 2.0
- It is 8x HDD trays, 4x of them in a removable, rotatable HDD cage (the upper ones)
- Expected street price is 69,90 GBP, incl. VAT
- Probably, 3x 140mm fans will be included, not finally decided though.

Welcome Hannes!

(for everyone else who wants to know who that is, check here: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2010/06/16/fractal-design-s-future-cases/3)
dangerman1337 3rd December 2010, 11:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fractal Design
Hello everyone,

Some quick comments from us at Fractal;

- We'll release new pictures shortly, in which I promise the whole design will make much more sense. Especially top and front panel...
- Dual 120 rads, also thicker ones up to 60mm, will fit perfectly even with bigger memory modules like for example Corsair Dominator
- There is 2x 140mm fan slots in the front, not 120mm
- It will be 1x USB 3.0 and 3x USB 2.0
- Expected street price is 69.99 GBP / 79.99 EUR incl. VAT
- The case is considerably wider than Define, which gives much more space behind the M/B plate for cable routing
- There is 8x HDD trays, not 7x, and the upper four are in a removable, rotatable HDD cage.


Can i has two USB 3.0 ports . Also is there going to be Dust filters for the side panels?
xaser04 3rd December 2010, 11:11 Quote
Looks like a good case but in my opinion the door should have been left on, this would improve the looks greatly. You would just run with the door open to get the best cooling (Like I do with my Define R2).

I do like the fact that this is wider than the R2 to allow for better cable routing behind the MB tray. If anything this is the biggest critisism I have with the R2, the PSU cable and 8 pin (5v) MB cable can struggle to fit behind the MB tray.

Finally that is a very suggested retail price. It's good to see a manufacturer release decent cases at decent price points.
cool_dude 3rd December 2010, 11:18 Quote
how is the airflow in this? I had a R2 and it just kept heat in like an oven - i think it was the 'sound proof' material, which counter-worked as you needed to add more fans to cool down the case from the heat that the 'sound proof material' made.
Vinni3 3rd December 2010, 11:24 Quote
Is there any place to mount a res or pump?
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 11:25 Quote
Cool_dude: This case is very much targeted at cooling, 8x fan slots in total and 3x 140mm included. Althbough the Define R3 is not poor in cooling(see BT review http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2010/10/29/fractal-design-define-r3-review/1), the Arc will definitely be even better and also support watercooling in top plate.
Material 3rd December 2010, 11:31 Quote
Hi all, just a note to say that we've been provided with some new images for the case which we've subbed into the article.

Its worth going back and having another look as it certainly looks better.

Just shows you what a difference a decent photographer makes rather than our guerilla shots.

Cheers
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 11:32 Quote
maximus09: Please note that the finish on the front panel will be less "striped" in the final version and will definitely not be felt when touching it. It will be similar to the alu-look we have on the Define R2/R3/XL front panels.
memeroot 3rd December 2010, 12:00 Quote
new pics look very very nice! lian li watch out.- are they more how it looks? the old shows were much much less nice.
sleepygamer 3rd December 2010, 12:50 Quote
Preeeeeeettyyyyyyyyy.

I want can haz. Would make for a very good air cooled build. I can see a few mods I would do, as well.

I do like. A lot. Especially if it comes in at £70. I'd buy the hell out of it.
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 12:53 Quote
Memroot: The new pics are definitely more fair in reflecting the looks...the first one were just taken by us quickly in the office with very poor lighting.
jrs77 3rd December 2010, 13:13 Quote
That's how you do it. All manufacturers should send members of their staff to the forums and talk to their customers in public. That's how you build up good reputation ;)

At the mentioned price this case should be rather a very well choice and I like the minimalistic design.
The only thing I'll never understand is the placement of the USB/Audio/Power in the top, as I'd never place my case under my desk but only at my desk, where this placement is totally useless. I need those things in the front, preferably at the bottom, close to the desk itself.
There should be a law prohibiting to put your case under your desk actually :D

Oh, and I hope Fractal will release a nice mini-ITX-case (something like the Silverstone Sugo05) sometime next spring, when I'm on to build myself a SandyBridge based SFF-system
CharlO 3rd December 2010, 13:40 Quote
Fractal, you rock'd my world! Any chance of coming to Argentina? :)
The boy 4rm oz 3rd December 2010, 13:47 Quote
That is one very sexy case, serious water cooling madness in there. Makes me wish I didn't prematurely buy my Lian Li.
maximus09 3rd December 2010, 14:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fractal Design
maximus09: Please note that the finish on the front panel will be less "striped" in the final version and will definitely not be felt when touching it. It will be similar to the alu-look we have on the Define R2/R3/XL front panels.

oh ok, thats great news!!

One issue I have overall is that with my R2 there were quite a few things that I was hoping to be addressed. The R3 did a adress a few of these things and the XL and now the Arc also address some things. But not one case address all the problems :( I guess I will wait until Fractal come out with another case that address all my concerns.
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 14:12 Quote
maximus09: Which concerns are unaddressed right now?
Phoenixlight 3rd December 2010, 14:17 Quote
Looks like a great case, I just hope it will have a couple of front USB 3.0 ports, with Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer coming soon new cases need to start having front panel USB 3.0 as standard.
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 14:19 Quote
Phoenixlight: It will ship with 1x USB3.0 and 3x USB2.0 ports...
jalex3 3rd December 2010, 14:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fractal Design
Phoenixlight: It will ship with 1x USB3.0 and 3x USB2.0 ports...

Will this be a proper motherboard header or the the kind you plug into the back? it looks very nice its in my top 4 choices for next case.
SchizoFrog 3rd December 2010, 14:31 Quote
I am so bored of these Bit-Tech previews... Until the item is released and you can do proper tests and come to a conclusion on the finished product this is a waste of time. So enough of the Game and product 'Previews' already.
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