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This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 with Window Side Panel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Cable management is amazing.
Very nice airflow keeps the components very cool.
No frills design doesn't bother adding stuff like illuminated fans or airflow louvers. Instead this case has used that design budget on more functional (in my opinion) useful components.
The standard as-shipped layout of fans and drive cages works very well for a simple "stick it together" system.
Cons: My only real issue, is the top rear standard 140mm included exhaust fan vibrates and rattles. It seems like the top of the metal case is intermittently touching the top of the fan cage(not blades), causing a low buzzing noise which goes away when the top of the case is gently pressed or dampened.
The front filter MAY be difficult to clean, as proper airflow causes the dust to accumulate on the metal grating on top of the filter. And the only way to remove the filter, is to bend the metal tabs of the metal grid itself. This probably will cause the metal grating tabs to fatigue and break after only a few (probably warranty voiding) filter removals.
The blue power light seems BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN, it is very piercing, and as I usually use my computer as a file and media server along with other general use; it is continuously on, and the light is VERY distracting at night.
Other Thoughts: I am very happy with this case, and it was well recommended.
Currently, this case keeps my components plenty cool, and I am not using the integrated fan controller, and as such; some space is wasted.
Nothing about this case would make me not want to recommend it to anyone looking for an ATX case.
The case is very solid, and VERY well designed; I count the fact that it doesn't have goofy lights or something "12 year old me" would find "amazing dude!" as a plus.
Pros: Upgraded from a Radeon 9800XT that had died on me. The HD3000 series was sold out, so I purchased this one.
Works great in an older Dell Dimension 8300 w/ 300 watt PSU.
Gigantic improvement in games and general graphics rendering/snappiness.
Other Thoughts: I was running an old ATI Rage pro 16Mb video card in the interim before I installed this card. I thought I had problems when the card didn't perform as well as my old 9800XT did.
Cleaned up the old drivers, cleaned up my registry, and installed the latest drivers from ATI. Now runs beautifully!