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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Audio in/out
  • Power Button with LED (blue) HDD activity with LED (red) Reset button
  • 3 x speed fan controller Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" 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. The case is able to support up to a 430mm long VGA card and a 170mm tall CPU cooler.

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

  • newegg Scalable water cooling The Arc Midi R2 allows you to install a 240mm thick radiator at the top, a 120mm radiator in the rear, a 120mm radiator at the bottom, and a 120mm thick radiator in the front when HDD cages are repositioned or removed, providing ultimate cooling performance.
  • newegg Upgrade air cooling This case supports up to seven fans (three silent series R2 fans are preinstalled), ensuring excellent ventilation and system cooling. Together with rotatable and removable HDD cages, the Arc Midi R2 provides maximum airflow for super cooling.
  • newegg High-end components support The Arc Midi R2 supports a long VGA card up to 430mm in length with the top cage removed (up to 290mm in length with the top HDD cage installed), and CPU coolers up to 170mm tall when using the bottom fan location. It also offers up to eight 3.5” hard drive bays, two 5.25” drive bays, and two 2.5” SSD positions behind the motherboard.
  • newegg Easy cable management 26mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard tray and multiple cable cutouts on the motherboard tray provide easy cable management, making it simple for everyone to make the system interior neat.
  • newegg Removable Fan filters The Arc Midi R2 comes with removable fan filters for easy dust cleanup.
  • newegg Convenient I/O panel Two USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out ports in the front of top panel allow easy connection to various peripherals.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 12/18/2015 9:20:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case, Many Options

Pros: - Quality construction, didn't notice any sharp edges (mostly rolled steel, plastic front cover)
- Great airflow options (top, rear, bottom, side, front all have the possibility for fan mounts PLUS they are all filtered)
- Front air filter easy/quick to remove/clean
- Excellent options for cable management, rubber grommets surrounding cable management holes
- Can remove middle level of HDD cage to allow for better airflow from front to back while still having 3 HDD/SSD slots available down low
- Comes with 3 large fans plus a 3-speed fan controller that all 3 fans can plug into (see con below)
- Plenty of space, even with a long GTX 960 video card installed

Cons: - Was missing 1 of the 4 rubber feet when I opened the box, found the rubber piece stuck to plastic bag that was covering case, stuck it back on the case but it comes off easily now when moving the case around
- 2 of the 3 case fans have significant wobble, they are still fairly quiet but its very noticeable and may negatively impact fan life

Other Thoughts: Installed in the case:
- MicroATX motherboard
- Intel i5 6500
- Samsung 850 EVO SSD
- EVGA GTX 960
- EVGA 550w G2 Power Supply
- 16gb Adata RAM

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  • David R.
  • 12/14/2015 12:37:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic, Simple Case

Pros: The overall quality of the case is top notch. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a mid-tower case that is professional in appearance.

Cons: I have nothing negative to say about the case.

Other Thoughts: I transferred over the components from my aging Antec Nine Hundred case into this one. It's been quite a while since I've ordered a new case, but it is amazing how much easier component installation and cable management was with this case.

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  • Andrew R.
  • 8/15/2015 6:22:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Design on this case is excellent. Very easy to install the motherboard and it's nice to have the bottom open under the CPU for cooler install. I added two more Fractal 140mm fans and the case is dead silent and provides great cooling. I also like how the internal cables are plenty long enough to attach.

Cons: One con is the lack of an internal speaker. I think this is fairly common for new cases, but it's a poor decision not to include one. I had a few internal speakers hanging around, so I used one of those. Good thing to because the motherboard I purchased was defective and the beep codes are always a big help.

An internal speaker is dirt cheap so why not include one? All the cases I have owned in the past had one.

Not going to knock off an egg for the lack of a speaker, but poor decision not to include one

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  • Charles A.
  • 8/12/2015 1:36:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUnder rated

Pros: Excellent cooling, Much quieter than I expected. A pleasure to build in(lots of room). All intakes and roof filtered. Filters easy to get too and clean. Looks slick... Just a well built, well thought out case.

Cons: Wish there was a SSD mounting bracket for behind the mobo.

Other Thoughts: Great for a first build.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/4/2015 6:32:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Great Case, plenty of room, not too big, not too short.

Cons: No cons. Maybe nit pick on the plastic front piece, but even it is well done.

Other Thoughts: Good case, don't hesitate to buy.

Asrock x99 extreme 4
asus 960 gtx
5820k (6 core haswell-e)
enermax 120x cooler
32 GB Adata DDR4 2133 RAM
seasonic x650 power supply
samsung 500g 850 evo

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/5/2014 6:59:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good Care

Pros: This is a great case. Super clean looking and stylish in its own way. Lots of room for pretty much anything you would need for your build and 3 fans included that keep everything very cool. Very nice hard drive trays and lots of room for cable management. 2 USB 3.0 ports on top, along with a fan controller for the 3 fans and microphone and headphone jacks. The window on the side is also nice to show off your build, although it's a little hard to see into. It's kind of tinted. Overall, I'm very satisfied with spending $110 on this case.

Cons: I can't really think of any cons.

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  • Jordi N.
  • 9/17/2014 10:13:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorth Every Penny

Pros: The Arc Midi R2 (FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W) is definitely worth the $90 USD that I spent, especially since this seems to be the only case on the market that costs less for the windowed version. Can you believe that? It’s almost like metal is actually more expensive than plastic. Go figure. The case is sturdy, well built (everything is metal except the front cover and filters), every piece is painted, and the Scandinavian design is perfect for my preferences. It’s elegant in its simplicity. All fan locations are filtered, except for the rear, which should always be an exhaust. These filters are all removable, safe to clean, and only take a few hours to dry. The case comes with 3 Silent Series fans pre-installed. The fans are incredible, even at 100% fan speed, they are barely noticeable by themselves, let alone with the CPU cooling fan. This is bundled together with a fan controller rated at 3 different voltage settings, which is slightly redundant since the fans are almost silent, and no off position. Don’t take my word for it, but this case probably started the customizable HDD cage fad. Who needs 8 hard drives? Come to think of it, who needs 4 optical drives? Most case manufacturers think that everyone does. Not Fractal. With 2 ODD bays and your choice of 3, 5, or 8 HDD bays, this case is designed with versatility in mind. There is also an extra, vertical expansion slot for accessories. I’ve chosen to fill this with an NZXT white LED strip. Since this version comes with a large window as you can see, this LED strip, while showcasing my choice of hardware, also shows everyone my cable management. This case comes with grommets surrounding the motherboard. Each cable can make the shortest trip possible to its destination, meaning a very sleek look that really brings the case together.

Cons: On the other side, I find that the tint is too strong, however... this is an opinion, and a rather nit-picky one at that. The light strip looks better with a tinted window along with my LED CPU fan, however, without any interior light, the tinted window is a little self defeating. The window is also easily scratched, mine coming with multiple minor scratches upon arrival. Hardly noticeable without looking for them. I have a fairly high performance CPU fan, and the case does little to reduce the noise level, but that’s what the Define R4 is for.

Other Thoughts: The ultimate choice for me was between the Define R4, and the Arc Midi R2. With only a $10 price difference at the time of purchase, the Midi pulled ahead slightly. Now, the real choice between the 2 was silence, and heat, vs airflow and cooling. Obviously I thought airflow was more important, as I’m not writing a review for the Define. The computer sits immediately to my right, less than a foot away, and the noise isn't noticeable, unless I’m gaming or benchmarking. Even with my open headphones, I can’t notice a thing. All things considered, I don’t think I could have made a better choice. No other case fit my budget, and no case offered my aesthetic preference.

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  • Michael G.
  • 9/12/2014 8:52:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOver the top layout & quality

Pros: The comsmetic appearance is very attractive, actually over the top. All the filters that are provided are of great quality. The plastic brushed aluminum-like front panel is very high quality. You will never notice it is not real aluminum. The factory fans are near silent, and the cable managment inside the case is above average.

Cons: My #1 complaint would be that Fractal Design does not sell replacement filters. SHAME SHAME. Had to reduce an egg for that. The nice front grille can only be bent and unbent to change the filter about 3-5 times before the tabs break off.

Also my motherboard did not line up with the backplate as well as other cases.

Other Thoughts: If you need to get the maximum life out of the filters, you will NOT wash them, rather blow them out with 90-125PSI compressed air in the opposite direction.

Xeon E3-1245V3
32GB Kingston KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G
Crucial M500 240GB
Antec HCG-620m

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  • Z M.
  • 6/13/2014 10:56:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Really nice and good airflow

Cons: some things here an there but easily ignored

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  • Tim H.
  • 3/25/2014 7:50:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuch a nice design

Pros: The design is one of the better one's I've seen. I replaced a antec 1200 with this and it's noticeably more quite. The best features are the front and bottom filters you can take off and clean without having to take the computer apart. The hard drive bays that point to the side are quite nice too. Removable drive holders with rubber mounts for the phicical hd's and you can also mount a 2.5 inch drive in any of the bays, if you fill up the two spots behind the mb. Also the power supply pulls in air from the underside of the pc and then blows the hot air out the back, so most of the ps heat isn't adding to the heat in the case.

I also have one with the windows on the side, either one works.

Cons: With a standar ATX board it is a little tight, but only a mild anoyance when putting it together.

Other Thoughts: Not a single scrape from a sharp edge, always a plus when they keep the sharp edges down.

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