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Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: this is an update to two previous reviews.

Cons: I received a replacement fan controller from Fractal 6 months after building the rig because the controller stopped working. Initially, the fans would not keep the speed that I set and finally they stopped spinning all together.
The replacement worked for 4 months and then started behaving the same as the first.
Although Fractal's customer service and warranty help was good, I didn't want to bother with it. Thus, I purchased a digital fan controller that takes up a 5.25" bay. This is nice because I can change the speed of the fans with out reaching to the back of the case.

Other Thoughts: The case is great. Love the style, the build, the quality, and the fans are good. The fan controller, not so much.

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XIGMATEK cobra - d984 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs good 09/16/2012

This review is from: XIGMATEK cobra - d984 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler

Pros: Used it on my AMD 1090T build. Once installed, it works very well. It cools just as much as the AMD stock cooler, but with significantly less noise.
I like that it's not a giant tower inside my case.

Cons: Installation. I installed it after I had the rig up and running. So I had everything in the box and decided to replace the stock cooler. I didn't have a lot of room to work with, my fault. But clamping down the locking mechanism was very trying. It felt like I was going to break the lock handle when I was trying to lock it into place. I couldn't get enough leverage to lock it with my fingers so I used needle nose pliers. That worked quickly and the heat sink is VERY secure.

Other Thoughts: I have the CPU fan running at 50% speed minimum. It is silent and the cpu idles at 23C in a 73F room. In other words it idles at ambient temperature. Under load, it maxes out at ~59C.
I use arctic silver 5.
I have ~1mm of clearance between my ram (G.SKILL RIPJAWS) and the heatsink overhang.
I thought it was a little pricey, but I'm pleased with the results, especially the sound.

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Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is an update to my previous review.

Cons: You might have to replace a fan sooner than later.

Other Thoughts: After using this box for ~5 months, the 140mm fan does not turn off all the way when controlled by the fan controller. It spins at a low speed, wobbles, and makes a rather unpleasant sound. The other two 120mm fans stop when the fan controller is turned all the way down. When the fans are at max speed, they all seem fine.

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Adrian G.'s Profile

Display Name: Adrian G.

Date Joined: 07/07/05

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 08/05/05
  • Last Review: 03/26/13
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