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Fractal Design Array R2 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 300W SFX PSU Power Supply

  • Aluminum Mini-ITX Desktop
  • 300W SFX PSU Power Supply
  • Removable HDD cage
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The Array R2 Mini-ITX Case combines elegant style, quality workmanship, and noise reduction features in a brilliantly designed case for the home server/DIY/NAS market. It has a removable HDD cage which can hold 6 x 3.5" hard disk drives and 1 SSD fitted with anti-vibration grommets to minimize noise. The front of the case is fitted with the award winning Fractal Design silent series 140mm fan with a washable filter. It also includes an 80 PLUS rated SFX 300-watt PSU with a silent temperature controlled fan for convenience. The case can hold a Mini -ITX or a Mini -DTX motherboard and has room for 2 expansion cards (such as a RAID controller card). Constructed of high quality aluminum, the Array 2 looks right at home in any high-end home theater environment. This intelligently designed silent case is a great choice for people looking to build a home server or NAS at a reasonable price.

  • newegg Sleek, Elegant Styling The Array R2 is constructed of high quality aluminum and the brushed aluminum finish complements the styling of high end home theater components.
  • newegg Innovative Removable HDD Cage The innovative removable HDD cage supports up to six standard 3.5" HDDs as well as an additional 2.5" SSD giving the Array R2 the flexibility to handle all of your storage needs.
  • newegg Expandability and Versatility The inclusion of 2 expansion slots, a feature not commonly found on such a compact enclosure, supports add-in cards such as RAID controller cards giving you the versatility you need to design the system of your dreams.
  • newegg Roomy Interior Thanks to the removable HDD cage and intelligent design the Array R2 is able to maintain a compact footprint while still allowing you easy access to install and upgrade components.

Learn more about the Fractal Design Array R2

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Model
Array R2

Spec

Type
Mini-ITX Desktop
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
With Power Supply
Yes
Power Supply
300W SFX PSU
PSU Main Connector
20/24pin
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini ITX and Mini DTX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Room for six silicone mounted 3,5-inch HDD
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
Room for one SSD
Expansion Slots
2

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
No
140mm Fans
1 x 140mm front fan, with washable filter
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
13.78" x 9.84" x 7.87"
Weight
9.04 lbs

Features

Features
The Array R2 Mini ITX NAS case is setting new standards for the Home Server/DIY NAS market.

Case:

Removable HDD cage for easy mounting

Space available for CPU cooler: circa 90mm height

Space available for expansion card: circa 140mm length

PSU:

80 PLUS rated SFX 300W PSU

Silent, temperature controlled fan

7x SATA-connectors, 1x Molex, 1x 4-pin and 1x 20/24pin

Meets CE, TUV safety requirements

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anton B.
  • 8/12/2012 12:50:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but flawed

Pros: Compact, fits 6x 3.5" drives, 1x 2.5" drive, attractive.

The included PSU comes with cable sized to fit the case.

Cons: The fan included with the case is garbage and needs replacing - not only does it move very little air, it's loud while it does it (makes some ticking, whiny noises). Will definitely swap it out.

The PSU included is not what I'd consider quiet, but it is significantly less audible than the case fan. It does have a minor brushy sound quality to it. Hopefully when the case is tucked away it won't be so bad (or I'll have to bust it open and swap the fan out, which I hope don't have to do).

Other Thoughts: I didn't have a problem using the 2.5" mount as another reviewer did. Just make sure you don't have bulky SATA connectors and you'll be fine.

Minus 2 stars a crummy PSU/Fan at this price.

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  • James W.
  • 8/10/2012 3:20:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost Perfect

Pros: I built a Home Theater PC using this case and it is perfect. From my couch, it is completely silent. I also love how much room is inside of the case to store so many hard drives while still keeping a small footprint.

Cons: 2.5inch drive mount is unusable as it comes. Pictures and explanation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrwatt/7751819826/in/set-72157630999273894/

This is a huge oversight for the manufacturer. I purchased this case BECAUSE I intended to use 6 hard drives and 1 SSD, but was forced to mount the SSD along with the hard drives, losing valuable space.

This problem could potentially be resolved with extra long screws and a spacer, which I may fabricate on my own eventually.

Another annoyance with this case is the extremely bright blue LED on the front. If you are using this as a media center computer, the light will be pointed straight at you.

The best solution I found was to cut an octagon shaped piece of double sided tape, affix it to the power button, and then attach an American dime to the front of that. No one even notices that it is't supposed to look that way!

Other Thoughts: If you're going to use this case, I suggest getting an ITX motherboard with a mini PCI-E slot. Purchase an SSD for it and use that as your boot drive instead of bothering with a 2.5" SSD.

If you do get an SSD and need all of your 3.5" bays open for hard drives, you'll need to pickup extra long laptop screws and some kind of washers/spacers to give the SSD a 2-5mm lift.

I give this 4/5 eggs, despite the huge manufacturing problem, because this case is otherwise perfect. Furthermore, both of my problems had solutions.

If the manufacturer is reading this, I'd bump my review to 5/5 if your power button had a dimmer setting and you included the correct screws/spacers for mounting an SSD. It's just frustrating to spend the money on one of the most expensive cases to have problems like this.

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  • Chris C.
  • 6/30/2012 3:29:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Windows Home Server Case

Pros: Mini-ITX with space for 7 total drives (6x 3.5" and 1x SSD).

PSU is perfectly sized for a Windows Home Server running 7 drives and has adequate SATA power connections.

Compact, attractive, and quiet. An excellent choice for running a headless Server.

Excellent build quality with well thought out and engineered space utilization.

Cons: A little expensive, but the build quality is very good and the space utilization is excellent.

Maintenance can be a chore. You need to remove the Drive cage and PSU to have any reasonable access to the motherboard.

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  • Eric C.
  • 3/28/2012 6:17:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case but expensive

Pros: This case was perfect for what I wanted. It's a great little nas box with no optical or front ports to speak of. It's a little large for a ITX case but it can hold six drives (has to be big). Very happy with the quality and function of the case

Cons: Price is my big complaint here. It cost more than the new components I put into it. It comes with a decent psu and is aluminum but 150+ seems rather steep. It's not a tool free case and there are many screws so that might scare some folks away.

Other Thoughts: Great case holds plenty of drives with ITX form factor and comes with a good psu.

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  • Adam W.
  • 3/12/2012 11:47:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNice, but the price....really?

Pros: Mini ITX, small form factor while having the ability to hold 6 drives. Quiet

Cons: Waaaaay too expensive. They are playing the game of having a niche case with small ITX boards and 6 hard drives space. The build quality is sub par, machined aluminum cut in squares, with a quiet but useless fan mounted on the front. Very tight space to work in seeing how you have to remove the drive cage and the PSU to get to anything. Haven't seen a Mini ITX board yet with 6 SATA ports, you'll have to use a PCI-e SATA addon card to use all 6, maybe even the back eSATA ports if you're desperate.

Other Thoughts: If someone like Antec or Coolermaster would just clone a HP Mediasmart case, make it a mini ITX with 4-6 hot swappable drives, they'd capture a big market. Almost 2 billz for this case is a joke. Plus the fact that you have to replace the fan with a Scythe 120 to actually move air, all you're doing is paying Fractal for measuring and cutting aluminum. Oh right, and the 300w PSU...Unless you are making a server out of this case, go with something less expensive, it is NOT WORTH IT. Case fan needs to be replaced, it is very difficult to access anything inside. When the case gets down to under $100, I'll pay for it. Hopefully another brand puts one out before then though. Anyone know of a cheaper alternative?

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/2/2012 1:08:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great case! It's solid, quite, sleek, and has tons of hard drive space

Cons: A little on the expensive side and the hard drive and motherboard maneuvering took a little to get used to

Other Thoughts: Overall great buy, made my own FreeNAS box with it

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  • Donald L.
  • 2/29/2012 6:39:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI wanted to love this but..

Pros: The case is an awesome size. I dont know why more companies make more cases that can hold six disks in a similar size. The case also looks great.

Cons: You practically have to take the case apart to do maintenance. For example there are no thumbscrews to take the top of the case off, you need to unscrew four tiny screws to just get to the drive cage. It takes four additional screws to get the cage out, and four screws to get to the filters for the fan. The fan that comes with it is weak and actually didn't work when I received it. The case also did not come with instructions. It was easy enough to figure out but it was a little annoying. There is no drive light or speaker that comes with the case.

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  • ian h.
  • 1/13/2012 6:11:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSlick Case

Pros: design!
Nice, well built case that is perfect for a HTPC solution.

Cons: it won't do my laundry!

Other Thoughts: What I built: Zotac h67itx, Radeon HD 6670, i3, 8gb ram, SSD for OS, four 2tb drives for storage (raid5).

When buying a video card for your build, keep in mind that size is an issue. The HD 6670 I used is slight too large and hits the HDD case.

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  • Jeffrey M.
  • 9/22/2011 8:01:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice but expensive and somewhat lacking

Pros: > Sturdy, anodized/brushed aluminum case.
> Great form factor for WHS or file server.
> Reasonable power supply.
> Cooling seems adequate (for what I'm doing - on-board graphics/core i3).

Cons: > Expensive. For this price I expected a more friendly internal drive system. Drive cage must be unscrewed, cables pulled, hoisted out, then new drives held into place w/ screws. I'd hoped for more of an Antec approach - something more thoughtful and innovative.
> Claims to fame: visually appealing, unique form factor, silicone washers for internal drives. That's it.

Other Thoughts: Not many options for a good Windows Home Server case, so this will work well once I'm done migrating from WHS v1. May be less than ideal for a true media server since most mini-ITX form factor mobos are limited on memory and PCI card slots.

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5 out of 5 eggsGood Media Server

Pros: Very good solid case, bought this in Germany before it was available in the U.S. to be used as my Media Server. No problem fitting 5 1tb HDD's in the case. Was more limited by existing motherboards options than anything.

Cons: Could possibly use more cooling but really there isnt any place for an additional fan plus everything has been running normal so far.

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