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

  • 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 stylish window side panel, 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 and window side panel Two USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out ports in the front of top panel allow easy connection to various peripherals. In addition, the Window side panel allows you to display your setup.

Learn more about the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2


Fractal Design
Arc Midi R2


ATX Mid Tower
Case Material
With Power Supply
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / ATX / Mini-ITX


External 5.25" Drive Bays
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
Expansion Slots

Front Ports

Front Ports
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

Cooling System

140mm Fans
3 x hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed (Front / Rear / Top)
Side Air duct

Physical Spec

9.06" x 18.11" x 20.78" (W x H x D)
23.6 lbs.


CPU Coolers up to 180mm tall

Graphics cards up to 290mm in length with the top HDD cage installed - With the top cage removed, graphics cards up to 430mm in length may be installed

Designed with high airflow in mind while consistently maintaining a minimalistic sleek look and feel

Extensive liquid cooling support, designed to support thick radiators in the front and top position

Three Silent Series R2 fans with integrated fan controller included

HDD cages are now split 5 + 3 for greater flexibility in multi-GPU setups and both are rotatable and removable for maximum configuration and airflow

- Front: 1 x 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed);1 x 120/140mm fan (not included)
- Rear: 1 x 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
- Top: 1 x 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed); 2 x 120/140mm fans (not included)
- Bottom: 1 x 120/140mm fan (not included)
- Fan controller: 1 x integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2

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  • Tim H.
  • 3/25/2014 7:50:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • William T.
  • 3/24/2014 6:02:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFit for purpose. Stylish for a generic black case.

Pros: 8 internal drive bays.
Fractal Design fans are relatively quiet. Fan filters work.
Cable management uncomplicated.
Spacious interior allowed for install of Silverstone Tek Heligon HE02 on a GA-F2A85XM-D3H board.
Sturdy construction.
Side panel allows for a 180mm fan.
Matte finish is truly matte. Without indicator lights, the case would blend into the darkness under the desk.

Cons: Side panel clips needed to be pried open a bit to allow easy on, easy off of the side panels.
One of the installed fans had a faulty connection, intermittent power loss, then died.
The drive brackets lack the same quality as the rest of the case, but are perfectly adequate for their function.

Other Thoughts: Despite a fan dying, and a side panel that required some TLC with needle nose pliers to make the removal and replacement of the side panels easy I continue to be very happy with this case. It allowed just enough working room for a Silverstone HE02 to be installed without any extra hassle. I was looking for something that at least provided the illusion of offering 9 hard drives increased protection, and the steel construction provides that. Regardless of the case location I've never been concerned about it being knocked over, because of it's weight and very effective feet. Currently it sits on a piece of glossy finish cardboard so I can slide it around on the rug. Otherwise, it wouldn't budge.
A few things to be aware of.
1) The internal hard drive brackets are very effective. No rattle or noticable vibration transfer, but they aren't the same level as the rest of the case, so be careful. I leaned on one I had left out on the bench and that is now the drive that sticks if I need to swap anything.
2) The external bays have no recess or channel around the opening. I have 2x 2.5 mobile rack in the top bay which blends with the surface, and a fan controller below it which stands out from the case. Now it's black mesh, which blends with the matte finish so it's hard to see, but there are other cases that don't have the same smooth exterior surface.
3) The side panel allows for a 180mm fan which I have installed ( the Silverstone FM181 ). The fan filters are effective, so if you opt for a high rate of air flow, if you aren't in a dust free environment, it will show in short order.
4) For a tightly packed case overall temps have been relatively slow since the 180mm was installed. Averaging 27C drive temps with two 140mm fans drawing air in across the drives. Before the 180mm fan, the average was consistently between 34-37C.

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  • Brian M.
  • 3/19/2014 6:53:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFreaking Awsome Case!!

Pros: Super Case Great cable organization!! Very quiet Fans lots of air flow, great gamer case!!

Cons: Non So Far!!

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  • Ian M.
  • 3/19/2014 7:12:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest case I've ever bought

Pros: The variety of the cases internal configuration is amazing. Lots of room, the air filters are such a smart design coming from a case that has plenty of vents and fans but with no filter, the dust build-up is a chore to clean. The removable HDD bay makes plenty of room for the large video card.

Cons: none so far

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  • Sebastian P.
  • 2/13/2014 8:33:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost Perfect!

Pros: *tasteful engineering qualities
*beautiful cosmetic appeal
*spacious for mid tower
*fits well in a professional setting (i.e. work office)
*no side window

Cons: *somewhat pricey (with tax + shipping charge) near 130.00

Other Thoughts: I knocked an egg off for the price. Under 100 bucks this case would be a BEST BUY. However, it is not. I really enjoyed building the computer within this case, the design was really well-done. + Looks great in an office setting.

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  • Jason W.
  • 1/19/2014 7:29:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 1. Tons of space
2. Removable and rotatable drive cages
3. Dust screens
4. Cable routing
5. Motherboard tray has hole to access back of cpu socket

Cons: Not really a con, but I wish the depth was 6 inches shorter to fit in my desk better.

Other Thoughts: I totally love this case!

I had intended to mount a Corsair H100i at the front, unfortunately the tubing was too short so it went on top.

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  • Kenneth W.
  • 1/1/2014 10:31:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case!

Pros: The Arc Midi R2 with the side vent (instead of the plexi panel) is probably the finest case for the money on the market today. Everything has been thought out to provide the highest amount of airflow, modular design, plus minimalistic high tech looks.

When you unbox this baby the first thing you notice is it is a beast! It is huge. The construction is top notch, with that sort of stylish look seemingly only achieved by Scandinavians.

Another great characteristic is it's modular design. It is quite capable of housing a watercooling system in the top, bottom or front of the case, by just relocating a few modules. It has two optical drive bays and 8 hd bays; one 5 bay module and one 3 bay module. By relocating the modules you can literally set up just about any cooling solution you wish. I canned the 5 bay module to increase airflow to the front fan, but if you need it, you can leave it in. In addition, there are two places on the back of the motherboard mounting plate that can hold SSDs, freeing up more bays for hard drives.

There are three screens that can be cleaned by just rinsing off with water, and they are easily removed without the use of tools. One on the top of the case, one in the front and one on the bottom.

All the case fans can be connected to a controller which can change the fan speeds to low, medium or high, by a switch at the top front of the case. Included with the case are three 140mm fans, one in the back, one in the front and one in the top. There is room for another 140mm fan below the one in front and next to the one on the top, if you felt you needed it. I keep the fan switch on medium and I can barely hear it 4 feet away.

The case has two USB3 ports, one mike and one headphone jack next to the fan switch at the top front of the case, as well as the power switch.

One of the best things about the case is there is a space between the motherboard mounting plate and the outside wall, with grommets strategically placed so that all the wires can be routed to the back and hidden from view. This makes the inside look quite neat and tidy, but also provides maximum air flow.

There are so many little things as well, such as hooks on the back of the motherboard plate to connect wire ties, a tool to install the mounting screws for the motherboard, the power supply mounts on the bottom with the fan blowing'll just have to see it to appreciate it.

Cons: The powerlight is an extremely bright blue, too bright in my opinion. So I disconnected it. I figure I can tell if it is on without an idiot light.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased many cases in my career--an all aluminum case by a famous case maker, as well as complete computers by a few of the "A" named brands, etc. I have never had a finer case. The fact that you can have it for around a century note is quite unbelievable. I would have paid twice that for such an excellent case. Check out the videos on YouTube for modding ideas as well as alternate set ups for water and air cooling.

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  • Amanda B.
  • 12/25/2013 9:31:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsITS BACK!

Pros: Heavy duty filtered case with tons of room and several options for build design. This is a well thought out and finished case.

Cons: Maybe the cut out is a bit small for the processor.

Other Thoughts: Thank you Fractal for bringing the Arc Midi back with the side vent!

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