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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 - 3.5" HDD trays - all compatible with SSDs Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • DREW M.
  • 5/19/2015 5:26:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case I've Owned. Ever.

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Roomy. Easy to install multiple drives. No trouble installing a *tall* CPU heat sink. If I overclocked the i7, plenty of room for a liquid cooler unit - but this is a business workstation, not a gaming platform. Build quality, sound proofing, fan placement - stellar. Easy to keep filters clean at bottom intake and top outflow.
If aesthetics is your thing - get some LED equipped coolers, fans, or cables, the smoke colored window provides a great view into the chassis.

Cons: In spite of the build quality and apparent attention to detail; they had a few misses - the power switch, ''front panel' audio jacks, CPU reset switch and USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 of each) are perilously close together, all on the forward edge of the chassis top. I've accidentally and casually contacted the CPU reset switch while swapping USB drives / cables, plugging in headphones, etc. - even though it's recessed, it takes very little effort to trigger a hard reset. :) Object lesson - don't grope around under your desk and try to do this blind unless you have flawless situational awareness...or X-Ray Vision.

Other Thoughts: Would definitely buy again, if I didn't already own an R4. The build quality, air movement, and low noise more than eclipse the down side of the things I hope they'll tweak some improvements into the next gen model.

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  • Gabriel H.
  • 3/29/2015 12:56:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Much smaller than most cases without compromising much quality, nice window, looks pretty

Cons: I/O plate is a pain, smallness might be a problem

Other Thoughts: It looks better than in the picture

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  • Nicholas S.
  • 3/16/2015 11:03:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Nice, Simple looking case with great dust fighting capability. Plenty of room for cable management even without a modular PSU.

Cons: Only one con, but its not even worth deducting an egg. The built in Fan Controller works, but it causes any of your peripherals to not work when switched between voltages. Also if using the controller, be wary of plugging in anything to the top USB ports. I assume its a problem with ground in that part of the system or faulty wiring. I'm sure i could fix it easily, but i don't feel the need to take it all apart since i decided to not use it anyway.

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  • Vincent R.
  • 1/26/2015 5:58:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Case!

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case is just awesome! At first I was a little surprised at how big it was but it's not much of a problem for me now. I was between this and the Define R5 but I chose this one because of its airflow.

- Plenty of room inside for extras like watercooling.
- Tinted window to see the inside.
- It comes with 3 140mm fans and all the screws you could ever need.
- The thumb screws are easy to screw and unscrew.
- Removable hard drive bay for better airflow.
- Has plenty of HDD/SSD slots, with more SSD slots in the area behind the motherboard.
- Plenty of space behind the motherboard for wire management.
- Has dust filters at the top, bottom, and front for intake fans.
- Has a built-in fan controller (But I let my motherboard control the fans for now).
- 2 USB 3.0 slots in the front as well as speaker and mic jacks.

Cons: - Very long graphics cards won't fit if you don't take out the removable hard drive bay.
- The power button is very easy to press and I had to disable it in Windows to stop accidentally shut downs.

Other Thoughts: The fans aren't completely silent, but they can be easily replaced. Some of the thumb screws are machine tightened so they're pretty solid, I had to use a screwdriver to loosen them at first but it's nothing to complain about. So far I'm loving this case and I would definitely buy from Fractal Design again.

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  • Brice A.
  • 1/25/2015 12:43:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great looks, very quiet, lots of room to build. Great layout.Fans are great.

Cons: The front dust filter is broken. This has also happened to 2 reviewers....that's kinda letting you know something.
The hard drive bracket for the bottom hd cage was torqued on there. Couldn't get it off. Stripped screws. It's not my first case and from experience I know that thing was on way to tight.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Brice,

We're sorry to hear that the front filter on your Arc Midi R2 is broken. Included with all of our cases there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team. If you have lost that piece of paper you can contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

You can also call our toll free number : 855-446-3722

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm CT.

Please contact our Tech Support Team and they should be able to assist you in getting a replacement parts for your case.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Carl G.
  • 1/22/2015 8:53:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHigh Quality Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Great look, great airflow. Tinted window but not too tinted, motherboard tray all black. I have 2 140mm green LED fans in the top and 2 in front (with all the drive bays removed, SSD mounted behind the motherboard), Cooler Master Nepton 140XL cooler mounted in the back. Makes the inside light up just enough to make you want to stare at your awesome build creation all day. Case and components all stay real cool.
- Ease of build: Everything came together quickly and easily. I haven't built a machine in about 14 years, and this case made it really simple. Everything fit as it should. Cable management situation is pretty good if you take the time to make it look nice. I went with a fully modular PSU and can imagine it would be more annoying with a non-modular one.
- All the screws & hardware you could possibly need
- Quality dust filters
- Three 140mm fans included (even though I swapped them out)
- Built in fan controller (even though I didn't use it)
- Smooth edges on everything
- Cool metal chrome looking feet, so many good decisions went into this design

Cons: - The side panel doesn't seem to fully lock in flush to the front panel, so there is some light bleed from the LED fans where the side panel connects to the front. Not annoying enough to dock an egg, though it's something that should be fixed in future designs I think.
- Not really built for silence, if you want a totally silent machine, you might want to look elsewhere. This thing was built for looks and airflow. Still pretty quiet though with speed controlled fans.
- Not a fan of the white PCI slot covers. I ordered a set of black ones to replace them and cure any of my OCD left with this thing.

Other Thoughts: If you want a semi-flashy/semi-professional looking machine that comes together easily and has tons of options, this is the case for you.

My build:

Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VII Hero LGA 1150
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB
RAM: G.Skill Ares 16GB DDR3-2133
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 140XL
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 750W 80+ Gold
Monitor: LG 27MB85R-B 27" 1440p
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical w/ Cherry MX Brown Switch
DVDRW: LG 24X DVD Burner GH24NS95
Fan Controller: NZXT SEN-MIX2 Sentry Mix 2

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  • James P.
  • 1/21/2015 6:44:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Storage potential (8 x 3.5" drive trays + 2 x 5.25" bays)
Cable management
Cooling
Ease of assembly
Build quality
Fan controller
Plenty of "extras"

Cons: Included fans a little noisy

Other Thoughts: I got this case on sale in late 2013 for $85.99 CDN and haven't looked back since.

I didn't do a standard gamer build (already have my main rig in a Silverstone TJ04-E). This case was bought for a NAS (FreeNAS) build. What sold me was:
# of 3.5" hard drive bays
Cooling for the bays
Fractal Design (already had the Define Mini, and love it)
Price was a bonus, and made it a no-brainer.

While putting together the NAS system, I seriously fell in love with this case and considered using it for my main rig. It's a really easy case to build in, there's plenty of room behind the motherboard for cable management. Fractal goes above and beyond providing you with extra screws etc...

The cooling system is fantastic. Being a Noctua lover, I immediately swapped out the front fan for 2 x PF14 in the front. All 8 hard drive bays are filled, and the temps never exceed 35C on the NAS, even after heavy load.

The included fan controller is a bonus, but I just leave it on the middle setting (Low doesn't push enough air, High is too loud, Medium is JUST RIGHT!!!)

For those looking to OC and use AIO cooling, you have space for 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm fans at the top with an easy to use removable filter. The front of the case also includes a removable filter, as well as the bottom (covering PSU/fan mount at the bottom).

You could go totally nuts and build a beast air cooled system, or do the same with AIO liquid cooling. The looks are a little understated, but this actually works for some people. Like most Fractal cases, most of the bays/cages including the 5.25" bays are removable, so the case is flexible to fit your needs, especially if you're looking to maximize airflow.

This case is suited for a gamer/overclock system, and is underrated as a NAS/server system.

Components used:
Supermicro X9SCM-iif motherboard
Intel Xeon 1230 V2
2 x 8GB Kingston DDR3 1600Mhz ECC RAM
3 x Noctua PF14 140mm case fans
8 x Western Digital Red NAS HDD 3TB
Kingston Datatraveller 8GB USB Flash Drive

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  • Joel E.
  • 1/7/2015 1:39:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect Choice

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Everything.

Cons: Not a con but it would have been nice to have some sort of bracket behind the MB for the SSD's. If you want to remove them, you have to remove the MB. I ended up putting them in the lower drive cage just for convenience if/when I change out drives.

Other Thoughts: Upgrading my 1st build from a hand me down old Antec. I absolutely love this case. Plenty of configuration options and space. The fans are a little loud on the highest setting but I find myself only needing the low to med setting. The 3 fans also keep my CPU 8c cooler than the old case

4690K
ASRock Extreme 4
8gb Gskill 1333
XFX Radeon 6950
Samsung EVO 250gb
OCZ ARC 100 240 (steam drive)
Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200
Corsair CX600

I highly recommend this case

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  • Georg R.
  • 1/4/2015 6:34:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsBlown Away

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Other Thoughts: I am blown away by this case, whether it's the simple but stylish design, build quality and most importantly FEATURES. This case really has it all, from included dust filters, three included 140mm fans, removable and adjustable drive cage, thermal and acoustic performance, cable management and so forth.
Other than listing all the great features of this case, there is possibly only one con (if you will), this is that the version with the clear side panel doesn't have a side-opening for a fan. But the great thing is that FD offers the case also in a "solid side panel" version which replaces the clear window side with a solid panel which has a fan opening. (This solid side panel can actually also be purchased extra for a ridiculous low price, €7+s/h). I don't care for a side window (my PC is at the wall) but like the option for an extra fan on the side eg. for additional GPU cooling.
I cannot find anything wrong with this case. It's really like Fractal Design knows exactly what PC builders want and implemented this, this case is ridiculously good and therefore an absolute recommendation.

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  • Jeremy E.
  • 12/30/2014 6:24:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case is very solid. The matte finish looks very nice. The fans are quiet and seem to keep the device cool. I'm not a flashy case fan so this case is perfect for me. It has all the features of case built for gaming and OC, and the elegance of a basic black case. It has a window. I don;t care to see my components, but there they are. I was torn between the R4 and the R2 and settled on the R2 because I did not want to have to deal with a case door. You can't go wrong with any Fractal, but I think I made the right choice for me.

Cons: Not really a con, but the case is larger than I pictured. I wasn't prepared for the extra space that I would need so had to move things around.

Other Thoughts: Ive only had it powered on for a few hours now, but the case is beautiful. Component install was a snap. Cable management is nice and clean.

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