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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0, Audio in/out Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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The Arc Midi R2 is developed with high-performance computer systems in mind. Featuring three high performance Silent Series R2 fans and ample water cooling options, the Arc Midi R2 layout maximizes airflow throughout the case and keeps even the most demanding systems at cool temperatures. Designed to house even the thickest radiators in both the top and front panels without extensive modifications, the Arc Midi R2 offers all this within a mid size case.

The case is compatible with ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ATX motherboards, ATX PSUs up to 170 mm deep when using the bottom fan location (when not using this fan location longer PSUs - up to 270 mm deep - can be used), and CPU coolers up to 180mm in height. As far as graphics cards are concerned, the Midi R2 supports cards up to 290mm in length with the top HDD cage installed (with the top cage removed, there's room for graphics cards up to 430mm in length).

The Arc Midi R2 comes with more features than you expect from a chassis: a complete with a stylish window side panel, fan controller, easy to clean dust filters, high level of workmanship, flexible hard drive mounting system and plenty of space for cable routing.
 

  • newegg Excellent Cooling Performance The Arc Midi R2 supports up to 7 fans (three silent series R2 fans are preinstalled) ensuring excellent ventilation and system cooling for all your needs.
  • newegg Great capacity The Arc Midi R2 features 2 x 5.25-inch bays, 8 x 3.5-inch HDD trays, 2 x additional 2.5-inch SSD positions behind the motherboard plate, 7 + 1 expansion slots and 26 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate.
  • newegg Removable fan filters The Arc Midi R2 comes with removable fan filters for easy dust maintenance and washing.
  • newegg Convenient I/O panel 2x USB 3.0 ports and 2x audio ports in the front of top panel allow easy connection to various peripherals.
  • newegg Window side panel The Window side panel allows you to display your setup vigorously.

Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Series
Arc Midi R2
Model
FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
With Side Panel Window
Yes

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
8
Expansion Slots
8

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB 3.0, Audio in/out

Cooling System

180mm Fans
1

Physical Spec

Dimensions
9.06" x 18.11" x 20.28"

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Dennis M.
  • 7/24/2014 4:05:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Case

Pros: I used this case for a mid-grade build and was pleased with the results. The case is very large and had plenty of room for larger components like the Noctua NH-U14S and the Gigabyte Windforce Cooler.

The cable routing was very nice as well. There was plenty of room to route all the cables behind the MB. Everything cleaned up for a very tidy build.

The cooling of the case is very nice as well. Not only do you have plenty fan mounting options, the case can also be configured for various liquid coolers. There are also filters in place for any fan locations that might be used as intake fans. Overall very nice cooling.

The case is also very sturdy. It does not feel "flexy" as some of the less expensive cases do. With a few exceptions, the fit and finish of the case are very nice.

The Window is a nice touch, but had the case without the window been available when I purchased mine, I probably would have saved the $10 and gotten one without a window.

Over all it is a great case that looks great as well. It was very easy to build in and I would buy it again.

Cons: There are very few cons with this case and most of them are just being picky, but they are there.

1. Screws for the side panel. It would have been nice to see a side mount panel with latches.

2. The top filter/panel of the computer has to be unscrewed to clean the filter of the top fans.

3. The fan filters show dust circles on your intake fans. I know that it is good that they are working, but it would have been easy to mount them just a hair back from the front panel mesh so they would not show the dust so easily.

4. The power switch and fan controller are adequate, but feel cheaply made and not up to the quality of the rest of the case.

That is about all that bothered me in the case. It is a very nice case.

Other Thoughts: Overall great case. You should not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/20/2014 8:06:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood case, but not trouble free

Pros: I bought this case because it was black, sleek and minimalistic.

Cons: I've had this case for over 6 months now, and for the most part, it's been trouble free. But, there are some
annoyances:

1. The case uses thumbnail screws for everything. I hate thumbnail screws. I need a screwdriver to remove them because they are so tight.
And one of the thumbnail holes was stripped. It spins around and doesn't tighten. I must have gotten a bad case.

2. The outside case design is sleek and boxy, however, some of the corners are too sharp. They need to be rounded out more.

3. The USB 3.0 cable that connects to the motherboard can be very loose. This is because the USB 3.0 cable is very thick and heavy,
so it practically falls out of the connection. I had to jerry-rig a a tie-on strap to fix it into place so it doesn't move.
If this isn't fixed, your USB 3.0 connections may fail to work.

4. The foam dust filters are not replaceable. If they get damaged, you will not find any replacements. After 6 months, my foam
dust filters are slowly ripping and disintegrating because they are so thin. The 120mm fans may be slowly eating them away.
I emailed Fractal Design for a replacement, but they ignored my emails.

5. I searched the entire Fractal Design website for any replacement parts for this case, and they offer nothing at all.
If you need a new front panel, new dust filter, more thumbnail screws, etc... you will find nothing.
Fractal Design doesn't seem to be in the business of selling replacement parts.

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  • Josh H.
  • 7/16/2014 6:17:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst Fractal

Pros: Case looks amazing. (looks much better than the pics suggest. Check google images if youreally wanna see what this thing looks like).

Lots of room
Lots of room
Lots of room

Removable filter on the bottom. It slides out from the back! This should be standard on all cases

Wire management. My other case is a haf-x and the wire management is decent. In this case, its incredible. That said, a couple more tie off stands in the back would have been appreciated.

Comes with a peice to let you use a screwdriver

Cons: Filters on the top are the best ive seen in a computer case, that said, they are not removable :( The front is not removable either(they can be taken out, but u have to bend metal which will snap after too many bends). This is very lame when the bottom is removable.

Second con is the same problem. The hard drive cages come out. Thats great b/c we need the room for radiators and a water pump... BUT the 5 1/4/cdrom cage does NOT come out. This just seemed silly to me to make some removable and some not. If there is 1 thing i dont need in a modern computer its a cdrom. Had to drill like 10 rivets.

Other Thoughts: I looked at ALOT of cases. I'm very happy I picked this one.

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  • chris l.
  • 7/15/2014 8:16:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsQuality

Pros: This product oozes quality.. This case has so much room for anything.. i have an asus z97 hero with a H100i cooler and i can probably fit a bigger radiator with push/pull. i was worried i would hit my RAM, but im not even close. You can swap out hard drvie slots for more room for graphics cards or better ventilation. You can even mount 2 SSD's behind the the motherboard for even more space.. if your looking for a mid sized case, look no further.

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: i bought this case from another website, but im writing this review on Neweggs site because i respect the reviews this site has to offer. sorry newegg.. you still got over $1000 from me tho. :)

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  • Nathalie S.
  • 7/9/2014 9:24:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice case for the price

Pros: Lots a space in that mid-range ATX case. The white fans are also nice and quiet. Can fit two 240 mm water cooling radiator real easy ,if you like to overkill on your cooling ...lol.

Cons: None for now !!

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  • Kathryn O.
  • 7/8/2014 5:10:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: This case is probably one of the best I've ever used. Right up there with Corsair. There is ample room behind the MB tray to hold cables. Plenty of space for anything you could think of. Amazing airflow.
One of the best features of this case are the dust filters. The front and bottom filters are easy to access and work great. The top filter is also a nice touch. A lot of people think its pointless for top air filters because fans usually exhaust out the top but that doesn't mean dust doesn't fall through when the fans aren't running. This makes sure that doesn't happen.
The stock fans are good but I swapped them all out for corsair air series 140mm.
2x front intake
1x bottom intake
3x top exhaust
CPU cooler exhausts out the back with 120mm fan and radiator.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I've seen a lot of reviews where people are stating that the top fans will vibrate. Causing a lot of noise. I haven't had this problem. With the stock fans or after I installed the Corsair AF140s.

The side panel window is tinted. There is no mistaking that. Its dark. Not insanely dark but without case lighting, don't expect to see inside well at all. All my fans are Red LED and with the tinted panel, its exactly what I'm looking for. Nice color that allows me to see inside the window without lighting up my computer room. Clear panels allow too much light through to suit me. I'm looking to light up my computer, not the entire room. Some might not like the tint. To each their own.

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  • ROBERT W.
  • 7/1/2014 10:29:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVersatile HDD insert methods

Pros: Months and months of admin & maint work on many users' cases give me a better appreciation. My favorite thing is that the case is wide enough so HDDs can be slid in 'cables out - nose-in' - in other words, I can do full maint on this case by removing only one side panel, like old-style cases offered. So all cables are 'exposed', yes, but easy to get to, easy to switch, add, remove, etc.

There is adequate spacing between stacked HDDs too for decent-enough air-cooling with front fans. Not as good as the Antec 302 or the CoolerMaster N400, but almost.

Cons: Large. Fill up HDDs on any case, and things get real heavy, real fast. This case's top plug-in ports beg for this to be on the floor, but the bottom-mounted power-supply means greater dust-collecting down there. Oh well... there's always a trade-off.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/25/2014 12:45:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAnnoyed at design/build quality

Pros: Great looking case. Looks like the picutres. Plenty of room. Stock fans are quiet.

Cons: I received the case yesterday and built my pc last night. I had two issues in ascending order of annoyance:
1. Minor: The rubber "feet" on the bottom of the stand fell off during the assembly of the PC. I built it on carpet and 1/2 way through the build, I found 3 of the 4 rubber feet stuck to my carpet. Not a big deal, I put them back on the case, but I would expect better adherance than that.
2. Major: I had the motherboard installed, H100i installed, all HD's (6 +1 SSD), fan's rearranged and routed, then I discovered that the connector on the HD LED + wire to the MB was missing. I had a bear wire where a black connector should be. I looked around to see if I could find it (maybe I pulled it off??), to no avail. What to do? I had stripped down my old pc to get to this point. Do I wait and ask newegg to send me another one tomorrow (2-3 day turnaround?), do I contact Fractal? Likely they would have to send me a new case since the pin was pulled off the lead and a new one would have to be crimped on, then it would be installed into the new connector. They would not have a customer do that, so I did the next best thing. I cut the one off my old case and soldered it onto the bare lead wire. It worked, so I moved on. I was pretty upset that I had to solder my new case becuase of an obvious manufacturing issue and a Quality Assurance miss.

Other Thoughts: I probably got the one bad case that got through QA, but I was pretty annoyed that I had to cut the lead out of the old and solder it onto my new case. What if I didn't have one? I would have lost 2-3 days and likely reinstalled everything back into the old case while I waited for the replacement (3-4 hours lost).

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  • Jessica K.
  • 6/21/2014 11:52:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Just pretend that I gave this SIX eggs.

-tons of room. Cable management is a breeze
-pretty much EVERYTHING on this case is removable, except for foam air filters. (more on this in cons)
-great airflow. Fits several fans, most of which are 140mms
-quiet. I can have all of my case fans chugging along at full speed and I don't hear anything. Even my GPU fan is significantly quieter in this case. I can play heavy stuff while my gf is asleep in the same room. Impressive.
-three speed fan toggle. 5, 7, 12V.

Cons: -Sadly, the only thing that isn't easily removable is the foam air filters. You can get to them very easily, and you can remove them easily, but to do so you have to bend little metal clips. Doing so will weaken the clip and repeated bendings will break them. Therefore, I don't consider them to be removable.

Other Thoughts: Looks really nice.

If you're looking for a roomy case with some aesthetic appeal and really good airflow, this is the case you want.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/21/2014 12:13:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost great

Pros: Nice to work in. Plenty of space. Understated good looks (simple). Almost dust proof. Filters easy to clean. Built in fan controller for those that don't already have one.

Cons: Prone to noise from vibration from flimsy doors, light weight front panel, and the fact the half the case is grill so there's nothing between your ears and the inside of the case.. Fans may not fit front door if you upgrade them due to tight spacing.

Other Thoughts: I love this case for the most part. Almost everything about it is just how I would make it if I was inventing my own perfect case. There's just a few little things that need tweaking. The included fans don't seem to play nice with asus fanxpert, with rpm's bouncing around at supposedly 20,000 rpm for one of them. I tried to put in some thermalright fans that are easy to control but they wouldn't quite fit the front panel because they're a few mm bigger. This could be thermalrights fault but fractal should have considered this and left a tiny bit of space in case somebody wanted to change things up with another brand. I ended up using zip ties because the screw holes wouldn't quite line up. I would also love if they added anti vibration features. Heavier doors and front would probably do it but the best thing would if they also came up with a way to keep any of the bigger parts of the case from touching metal to metal. Bushings or whatever. I would pay a few more bucks for that. While I'm at it please make the feet a little taller so the bottom fan and power supply can breath if the case is on a carpet or at least sell some tall feet. Overall great case but not quite perfect. Looking forward to the third edition.

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