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Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Review

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bawjaws 22nd November 2013, 12:31 Quote
Why can I see what appears to be a piece of paper sellotaped to the back of the motherboard in this picture?

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/11/fractal-design-arc-mini-r2-review/arcminir2-16b.jpg

On topic, this looks very nice indeed. Obviously it's quite a big micro-ATX case, and needs to be in order to accomodate watercooling setups - it's only about five centimetres shallower and shorter than the R3, which isn't exactly a small ATX case. Personally, if I were going mATX then I'd go for a smaller case and forego the flexibility for extra watercooling headroom, but this case does fill a niche.
Dave Lister 22nd November 2013, 13:15 Quote
I think the tint would look fine if you had some white lighting inside the case, it'd be a nice subtle look.
Mephi 22nd November 2013, 13:27 Quote
I bought one of these cases from Novatech a few weeks ago. I was looking for a micro-ATX case that would take a 360mm radiator, since I was planning an upgrade to move away from my ancient YeongYang cube.

Two things I found when building my watercooling loop:
The top fan mountings aren't quite big enough for my PA120.3 radiator, but that was fixable with a drill.
The front fan mounts are a bit close to the floor of the case, making fitting a 240mm radiator a bit awkward. I couldn't use the supplied screws than mount through the fans, but I managed to mount the fans to the rad and then bolt the fans into the front panel. But it's a very tight fit.

But other than that, I'm really happy with the case. It's a lot more portable than the last one and looks really sleek with no optical drives. Now to add some lights.
Dogbert666 22nd November 2013, 13:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by bawjaws
Why can I see what appears to be a piece of paper sellotaped to the back of the motherboard in this picture?

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/11/fractal-design-arc-mini-r2-review/arcminir2-16b.jpg

Hehe, I thought that would be picked up. It's just a rudimentary way of ensuring we don't lose the overclock settings on the motherboard, and provides an easy and close by reference for the test procedure should anyone need it!
RedFlames 22nd November 2013, 14:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dogbert666
Hehe, I thought that would be picked up. It's just a rudimentary way of ensuring we don't lose the overclock settings on the motherboard, and provides an easy and close by reference for the test procedure should anyone need it!

Doesn't one of the HDDs have 'DO NOT PLUG IN!!!!' written on it...
Dogbert666 22nd November 2013, 14:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
Doesn't one of the HDDs have 'DO NOT PLUG IN!!!!' written on it...

It certainly does! Was there when I started.. Still never been brave enough to try and figure out why.. :P
SchizoFrog 22nd November 2013, 14:40 Quote
It's just a shame that the tint reminds me of a pair if 1970's sunglasses...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygeWsoYYMuQ
mike_dowler 23rd November 2013, 21:10 Quote
Mephi, thanks for your comment. I'd really like some more info along these sorts of lines. I would want to use this case without the hard drive bays, but keep the optical bays, and fit a 240mm radiator in the front. Not too keen on having a radiator up top. Anyone tried this, and could you comment on which models of radiator would fit?
Dogbert666 23rd November 2013, 23:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by mike_dowler
Mephi, thanks for your comment. I'd really like some more info along these sorts of lines. I would want to use this case without the hard drive bays, but keep the optical bays, and fit a 240mm radiator in the front. Not too keen on having a radiator up top. Anyone tried this, and could you comment on which models of radiator would fit?

Only info that Fractal give is that front rad must be less than 275mm in order to fit in the front mounts wihtout removing the ODD cage. Not sure on specific models - sorry!
Mephi 25th November 2013, 11:15 Quote
I think it would fit, most sites give you the radiator sizes, so you should be able to work it out.
You could also put a 240mm Rad in the top, or even a 280mm one. There's also space for a 120mm rad or exhaust fan next to the motherboard try (but that's only really usable if you don't have a top radiator)

This is my current case configuration:
http://i.imgur.com/V1JphEM.jpg
I'll try and get a better picture of the optical drive mounts tonight.

Given my minimal use of optical drives, I'm going to switch to a USB external one at some point.
Mephi 25th November 2013, 20:03 Quote
Ok, as you can see here my rad is too tall:
http://imgur.com/d4uBWvR

It's this one:
http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/Watercool-HTSF2-LT-240mm-Dual-Radiator--HTSF2-LT-240-pid-16753.html

Which lists it as 290mm high, so it looks like the 275mm limit suggested by Dogbert666 is about right.
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