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This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Looks great, build very well, let's in no dust, has good cable management, lots of storage for HDD and SSDs, semi modular HDD cage for better airflow/looks, good quality included (quiet) fans (3), water-cooling flexibility, great airflow, built in fan controller, top mounted I/O ports, easy to build in, window to see your sexy hardware, and you basically never have to clean your components again.
Cons: The side panels are a traditional style (they have tabs that need to be lined up and slid into place) where as something like Corsairs design where they act like doors would have been MUCH more preferred, but that's only a bother when you have to open it (which isn't often at all).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Supports up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, comes with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan
Pros: >Good temps on air
>lots of bay options
>relatively good looking
Cons: >hdd cage is riveted and blocks front fan
>dustiest case I've ever seen in my life
>stock fans are horrible
>front fan is pointless
>little ability for water cooling
Other Thoughts: When first using this case I did quite like it, and to be fair to Rosewill it does it's job. Thing is that although this case has lots of features and is generally pretty good it is not well thought out at all.
Mod-ability is absolutely zero for starters. The HDD cage is huge and non-removable making the front fan kind of pointless (the LED on it is barely visible in a dark room so that's also a useless feature). Then there's the problems with water cooling. Although you can use external radiators quite easily or a 120mm on the rear the top isn't designed for a radiator. There's also the tool less design for the 5.25 bays which allows your drives to wiggle and move about so that's another useless feature as well. The problems do still continue though, like those rubber bits your run your cables through that are held in place by wishful thinking. The other major problem is the dust these fans pull in, even in positive pressure because the case is so huge and vented that you can't build the air-pressure to remove the dust. I'd also like to point out that the side panels no matter how tight you screw them in have play in them making the left side rattle at times.
All these things considered and add to the fact that a Fractal r2 XL is cheaper, nicer looking, and better thought out and you end up with a pretty dissapointing case. If you absolutely have to have a full ATX (meaning you run 4 way SLI and have 7 HDDs) then this is an okay option, just buy new fans, and fan filters. If you want to water cool, or only run 2 way SLI and only have a couple of drives though then there's the Design R4, the CM n600, or Corsair 300r for ATX. mATX is still vastly superior to both and will still give water cooling options, house SLI, and usualy 3-5 HDD/SSDs.
Pros: Look good
Keep themselves pretty cool
Cons: Seem to max out at 1633 Mhz, my board supports 1866
I already question how reliable they will be
Other Thoughts: Although everything runs great and quick at all times it seems that if I try to benchmark my machine or diagnose my RAM it always results in a crash thanks to the RAM. Everything boots and works on the day to day so it's no big deal it just seems to be an anomoly in my well oiled machine. It's what you get when your main criteria is appearance though, plus it was the area I cheaped out.READ FULL REVIEW
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