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Fractal Design Arc Review

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Jack_Pepsi 31st May 2011, 12:49 Quote
I really want the Arc Mini so badly.

Gorgeous lookin' case.
Spreadie 31st May 2011, 12:53 Quote
I like the look of it, and the possibility of sitting a 360 rad on the roof (outside), but there doesn't look to be a lot of room for the rest of the loop - could be very cramped.
NuTech 31st May 2011, 12:56 Quote
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Our only reservation is that its muted style doesn’t do anything to make it stand out in what is a crowded market place.
Ugh. Don't you think there are enough "Turbo Xtreme" cases in the market place already? Seriously, trying to find a competent case that doesn't look like the love child of a leaf-blower and a Nascar is hard enough as it is, don't go encouraging them!

*Hugs his Fractal Designs R3*
kaiser 31st May 2011, 13:08 Quote
That is one swanky looking case and a great price, though I think that the inclusion of 8-hdd drive bays is as laughable as the number of optical drive bays in the first CM Stacker!
Cei 31st May 2011, 13:08 Quote
Frankly, Fractal make cases that are understated and don't scream "I'm a teenager". I went off windows, LED fans, cathode tubes and ridiculous styling years and years ago, so Fractal fit the bill perfectly. I'd actually say that they're the ones standing out from the crowd of tacky crap.

Good case for £75, but I'll stick with my Define R3 in white for now.
Bede 31st May 2011, 13:17 Quote
+1 to Cei - understated is better than colourful neon crap. Function over form! I'm torn between the R3 and this, but as I value silence above extreme OC'ing I think I'll go with the Define R3.
JCBeastie 31st May 2011, 13:21 Quote
Very nice looking case, understated.

The only thing that is putting me off is the huge Fractal branding, not keen on that at all.
jalex3 31st May 2011, 13:22 Quote
nice case, good to see the oi not connected to the front panel.
Picarro 31st May 2011, 13:30 Quote
Very slick with the extra expansion port in the back.
T2I3M 31st May 2011, 13:34 Quote
Very nice looking case, I may have to get myself one :-)
Technobod 31st May 2011, 13:36 Quote
Would a triple 120mm rad fit in the ceiling if the uppermost optical bad wasn't used?
John_T 31st May 2011, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
Frankly, Fractal make cases that are understated and don't scream "I'm a teenager". I went off windows, LED fans, cathode tubes and ridiculous styling years and years ago, so Fractal fit the bill perfectly. I'd actually say that they're the ones standing out from the crowd of tacky crap.

Exactly that.

There is of course a market for cases that look like Transformer Robots 'mid-transform', but there's also a market for more elegant looking equipment as well - Fractal Design seem to be cornering that section of the market quiet nicely.
urobulos 31st May 2011, 14:07 Quote
I think the front looks ugly. Mind, you I like Fractal cases and I think the next upgrade will be either the R3 or the Fortress 02 (if I can be bothered to fork out the extra cash). This seems to be neither here nor there really. The R3 is a quiet and stylish case which sacrifices some cooling performance. I guess this does cool better, but if you have to sacrifice the looks or the noise levels then I think it's a bit pointless. Hmm, actually I'm probably a bit too harsh, it's still a very good case which is worth buying for the price, but there are other air cooling cases which have similar price points and looks (midway between clean R3 design and the HAF monstrosities) so it just doesn't stand out as much.
Cei 31st May 2011, 14:35 Quote
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I think the front looks ugly.
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Originally Posted by JCBeastie
The only thing that is putting me off is the huge Fractal branding, not keen on that at all.

I do agree that the massive branding on the front is a downside. They should have stuck with a nice plain front!
Xir 31st May 2011, 14:53 Quote
There's no picture of the so well described top of the case...
infered101 31st May 2011, 15:18 Quote
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Front panel Power, reset, 2x USB 3, 1x USB 3, stereo, microphone

Typo, threw me off at first as i was thinking wow finally two USB 3's then i saw another one.

Anways i like the case except i do have to agree that the branding is bad. I like the cleanness though. Nice to see that people are are going quality over flash. Some competition for Lian Li (last time i bought a "nice" case, Lian Li really was only nice and clean option). Now lets just hope this trend moves towards MicroATX as honestly alot of people are building smaller computers nowadays.
memeroot 31st May 2011, 16:04 Quote
great case
TAG 31st May 2011, 16:33 Quote
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edit: my bad
chrismarkham1982 31st May 2011, 18:01 Quote
i decided to take the plunge and get a define r3 as i couldnt stand waiting for this case any longer.............................................that was 2 weeks ago :(
Tangster 31st May 2011, 18:58 Quote
Still has the hideous "FRACTAL" stamped on the fascia though.
Saltire35 31st May 2011, 22:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by chrismarkham1982
i decided to take the plunge and get a define r3 as i couldnt stand waiting for this case any longer.............................................that was 2 weeks ago :(

I done the same a couple of months ago... and just to cheer you up a little, QuitePC listing for the Arc says, "due late July". Yet again its been put back.

And to be honest I'm thinking of giving this a miss altogether now and buy another R3, but in white :)
Waynio 1st June 2011, 01:19 Quote
£75
nice exterior
plenty of hdd space
decent internals with better spacing behind & above mobo tray & good wire management
same old lay out of hdd's giving warm air to components is something I don't like with most cases so
Fair review .
Too many smilies from me :)
MiNiMaL_FuSS 1st June 2011, 09:16 Quote
now why cant they combine this with the r3..i might then possible give mild consideration to replace my p182.
TAG 1st June 2011, 13:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by MiNiMaL_FuSS
now why cant they combine this with the r3..i might then possible give mild consideration to replace my p182.

How do you mean?
The R3 is pretty perfect for silence as it is, the ARC doesn't bring anything in terms of functionality aside from USB3.
e.karl24 3rd June 2011, 03:41 Quote
Looks like a fantastic case to me. I don't mind the plastic front too much if it keeps the price down and Fractal fans seem decent which is a bonus as stock fans aren't always the greatest. Should be lovely for tidy build and the USB 3.0 cable for the motherboard header is a nice addition, as is the included fan controller (not listed under extras by the way but is of course mentioned in the review) which should help offset having louder fans than the Define series. Temps aren't bad at stock at all so dialling them down a bit should still result in decent cooling for a mid range build.

I'm looking at the Arc Mini more so though for an matx build - would hope it follows in its big brother's footsteps :)
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