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The_Beast 3rd December 2010, 13:35 Quote
Looks darn good but am I the only one who doesn't like side panel fans? I think it ruins the look of an otherwise clean looking case
Fingers66 3rd December 2010, 13:50 Quote
I really like the look of this, I think it offers more flexibility than the R2/R3, especially with the removable/rotatable HD tray and the room for watercooling. The suggested price point is also good.

Is the front fascia aluminium? If so, did Fractal commission Lian Li to produce it like they did with the Array case?
eddtox 3rd December 2010, 13:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
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.

This Preview is the best thing I've seen on a tech site in a long time. Not because the case is awesome (which it is), but because Fractal Design's involvement in the forums allows the community's concerns to be addressed. This is what previews should be about. Kudos to Bit-Tech and Fractal Design!
WildThing 3rd December 2010, 13:53 Quote
I think it looks great, personally I like "the curved corners and minimalist looks". Could be the new Antec 300.;)
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 14:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fingers66
I really like the look of this, I think it offers more flexibility than the R2/R3, especially with the removable/rotatable HD tray and the room for watercooling. The suggested price point is also good.

Is the front fascia aluminium? If so, did Fractal commission Lian Li to produce it like they did with the Array case?

It's not aluminium, it's plastic with aluminium texture on it. Similar to what we have on Define R2/R3/XL. Getting alu in the front would raise the price with ca 30 EUR and we don't think most people are ready to pay that.
Big Elf 3rd December 2010, 14:04 Quote
Maybe it's the angle or that a bit of the top of the case has been cropped in the images but I'm struggling to see how a pair of 60mm thick dual rads with fans will fit?
shah 3rd December 2010, 14:20 Quote
Me like. The case is very good. I like those curved corners at the front. Should include 2 USB 3 ports rather than 1.
Couple of suggestions: Removeable hdd caddy for R3. Make the case a bit wider so that there is enough room for cable management.
memeroot 3rd December 2010, 14:29 Quote
@Fractal Design

thanks for the continued input :-)

I agree in some respects re: the extra cash for the frontage - would be nice to have the option though....

have you a direct pm account I have some ideas on cases I'd like to share?
murraynt 3rd December 2010, 14:44 Quote
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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.

First of all Hannes, Welcome to bit tech. It's really good to see that manfacturs care about who they are selling to. You need to have a lot of balls comming on here and asking for our opinions, especially after putting so much time into a case like this (And lets face it. Alot of PC enthusiasts can be unforgiving.)

I love lhe look of the case.
Just one or two questions.
1. Have ye decided on how many of the fan mounts will be filled when it is released?
2. If I decide to not fill up the top/front of the case with fans can i get a blank piece to match the case that screws in flush? This will give you the abilitly too have sleek case and no need for dust filters.

If this turns out well it will be most certainly my next case in the new year.
xaser04 3rd December 2010, 15:17 Quote
Ok based on the new pictures I like that ALOT!
Fingers66 3rd December 2010, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fractal Design
It's not aluminium, it's plastic with aluminium texture on it. Similar to what we have on Define R2/R3/XL. Getting alu in the front would raise the price with ca 30 EUR and we don't think most people are ready to pay that.

Thanks for the quick response.

I just want to reiterate what others have already said - I think it is fantastic that you have taken the time to directly communicate to us here.
Jipa 3rd December 2010, 16:01 Quote
Looks superb.

That said, I don't like these preview-things. Just take your time with the complete review and keep product launches off the articles-section..
stupido 3rd December 2010, 16:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
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

My thumbs are also up! :)
as of connectors:
* USB on the bottom - for the HDD/memory stick
* Audio on the middle or up but not above
* Power/Reset - wherever...
and +1 for a nice miniITX!! I also want my next build to be based arround miniITX. But please do not make it to use slim optical drives... Though they look nice, I find them too expensive and I'll never buy one... that is the only serious remark I have to Silverstone
teppo 3rd December 2010, 16:03 Quote
Any chance for a Fractal Design mATX case in the near future? I love the size of my NZXT Vulcan but god dammit there's nothing good about it besides that. Combining the size of the Vulcan with looks and functionality of the Define range would have all the makings of great case.
stupido 3rd December 2010, 16:10 Quote
To add to my previous comment, it would be interesting to see mini-ITX case capable of accepting H50 or even H70 - that would be a extremely interesting case having in mind that there are already nice ITX boards that can accept performance oriented CPUs with PCIe x16 (and more coming)...
That would be ultimate SFF gaming/HTPC rig :)
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 16:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by murraynt


First of all Hannes, Welcome to bit tech. It's really good to see that manfacturs care about who they are selling to. You need to have a lot of balls comming on here and asking for our opinions, especially after putting so much time into a case like this (And lets face it. Alot of PC enthusiasts can be unforgiving.)

I love lhe look of the case.
Just one or two questions.
1. Have ye decided on how many of the fan mounts will be filled when it is released?
2. If I decide to not fill up the top/front of the case with fans can i get a blank piece to match the case that screws in flush? This will give you the abilitly too have sleek case and no need for dust filters.

If this turns out well it will be most certainly my next case in the new year.

Thank you, I already feel very welcome here :)

1. Probably, not 100% sure yet though, 3x of the fan mounts will be filled, all with 140mm fans.
2. I'm not really sure what you mean, but if you refer to the feature we have on the Define, the ModuVent, in which you can "close" fan mounts that are not used, that will not be included in the Arc.
Fractal Design 3rd December 2010, 16:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by teppo
Any chance for a Fractal Design mATX case in the near future? I love the size of my NZXT Vulcan but god dammit there's nothing good about it besides that. Combining the size of the Vulcan with looks and functionality of the Define range would have all the makings of great case.

Stay tuned, that will be released quite soon :)
dangerman1337 3rd December 2010, 17:27 Quote
Just incase you mised an inqury, is there going to be dust filters for the side panels and if possilbe could you sub one of the USB 2.0 ports for a second USB 3.0 one if by any chance?
murraynt 3rd December 2010, 17:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fractal Design
Thank you, I already feel very welcome here :)

1. Probably, not 100% sure yet though, 3x of the fan mounts will be filled, all with 140mm fans.
2. I'm not really sure what you mean, but if you refer to the feature we have on the Define, the ModuVent, in which you can "close" fan mounts that are not used, that will not be included in the Arc.

And would you ever be able to buy them as an extra? Just a though.:D
Lord-Vale3 3rd December 2010, 18:23 Quote
Oh boy, Antec had better do real well with the P184, or Fractal Design might just get my money when I build a new rig in 3 years if they keep this up. Very nice looking case.
Phoenixlight 3rd December 2010, 18:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lord-Vale3
Oh boy, Antec had better do real well with the P184, or Fractal Design might just get my money when I build a new rig in 3 years if they keep this up. Very nice looking case.

Why would you be looking at cases now for a build in three years time? it would be a better idea to buy a case released in 2013, if you were buying a case now you wouldn't look and see what was released in 2007.
jalex3 3rd December 2010, 18:52 Quote
tbh, I really think that an option for aluminim top and front, with a drive cover like lian would be great for this. I would like to know what the top fan mounts are 140/180/120??????
jrs77 3rd December 2010, 19:13 Quote
As I mentioned earlier, but now a bit more clear and maybe Fractal does listen, once they're here...

What you guys should do is a nice mini-ITX case, especially with SandyBridge and Llano out next year. SFF is where the money is in the next years, as 90% of all users don't need dedicated GPUs anyways for what they do with a PC.
dangerman1337 3rd December 2010, 19:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phoenixlight
Why would you be looking at cases now for a build in three years time? it would be a better idea to buy a case released in 2013, if you were buying a case now you wouldn't look and see what was released in 2007.

Maybe he wants to plan ahead ;)?
23RO_UK 3rd December 2010, 20:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fractal Design
Stay tuned, that will be released quite soon :)

I'll safely say that Fractal Design cases have never really appealed...

Until now :D

I like, I really do, I was in the process of designing a scratch build and the concept was basically this! ;)

When did you say they would be available in the UK?
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