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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Black Window High-Airflow ATX Midtower Computer Case

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  • Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
  • Fully removable 5.25" drive cage
  • Supports up to 4 radiators (1 X 360mm/240mm, 1 240mm & 2 X 120mm)
  • Removable Dust Filters
  • 2 x USB 3.0 / Audio Front Ports

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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. Designed to house even the thickest radiators in both the top and front panels without extensive modifications, the Arc Midi R2 offers all this within a mid size case.

The case is compatible with ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ATX motherboards, ATX PSUs up to 170 mm deep when using the bottom fan location (when not using this fan location longer PSUs - up to 270 mm deep - can be used), and CPU coolers up to 180mm in height. As far as graphics cards are concerned, the Midi R2 supports cards up to 290mm in length with the top HDD cage installed (with the top cage removed, there's room for graphics cards up to 430mm in length).

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

  • newegg Excellent Cooling Performance The Arc Midi R2 supports up to 7 fans (three silent series R2 fans are preinstalled) ensuring excellent ventilation and system cooling for all your needs.
  • newegg Great capacity The Arc Midi R2 features 2 x 5.25-inch bays, 8 x 3.5-inch HDD trays, 2 x additional 2.5-inch SSD positions behind the motherboard plate, 7 + 1 expansion slots and 26 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate.
  • newegg Removable fan filters The Arc Midi R2 comes with removable fan filters for easy dust maintenance and washing.
  • newegg Convenient I/O panel 2x USB 3.0 ports and 2x audio ports in the front of top panel allow easy connection to various peripherals.
  • newegg Window side panel The Window side panel allows you to display your setup vigorously.

Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent, spacious (and heavy!) case

Pros: Tons of space, more than most people will likely ever need
Very solid, high quality construction
Easy cable management with lots of routing options
Truck loads of slots for extra HDs, fans and other accessories

Cons: Not necessarily a con, but it's quite heavy and large, so not suited for compact builds
Side door screws are kind of cheap - they aren't very well threaded and get stuck easily

Overall Review: This is the first (and so far only) case I've purchased for a custom build, so I don't exactly have a big frame of reference for case quality. That said, I've been very happy with this case. It's very well built, and it was super easy for even a newcomer like me to get everything installed and properly routed. I also like that the case has a subtle, business-like look, as I'm not a fan of the crazy-looking "gamer" cases. Overall an excellent and high-quality product that I was able to get a very reasonable price.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Love the design and subtlety of this case

Pros: - Very spacious
- Comes with three pre-installed fans that can be moved
- Plenty of room for expansion
- Drive cages can be moved or removed as needed
- Allows for mounting of SSDs on the backside of the motherboard plate
- Very few sharp edges to cut yourself while you're working
- Thoughtful design touches, such as the pop-out front panel

Cons: - Larger and heavier than expected (pushed the boundaries of a mid-tower)
- Glass window is smaller than other designs

Overall Review: I guess that I should mention that the cons that I listed aren't really complaints but just observations.

I'm really starting to like the Fractal Design approach inside and out. The shipping weight was 25.6 pounds, I think, which took me by surprise. Worries about the weight were forgotten once I popped off the sides and had a chance to inspect it.

One minor note. The thumbscrews that secure the top panel unscrew completely (they fall out), compared with the retention style for the side panels. Of course, that meant that I dropped one the first time.

I noticed a lack of sharp corners and edges, which will make it less painful when I'm doing this build. I love the rounded edges of the front of the case and how the front panel pops out easily. Much of the interior has a higher fit and finish than what I've seen in the past. I can't tell you how many times I've cut the back of my hand or fingers while doing some computer work.

One thing about the manual. The last pages have a foldout schematic of the case with a numbered list of parts. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't have any corresponding numbers. Maybe that can be corrected with future reprints of the manual.

The manual is small. Although there are a lot of pages, it is multilingual, and each section only gets a handful of pages. However, at least, there is a manual.

The drive cages are very solid, but use a light touch when removing individual drive bays, as those side sprung levers can be bent when squeezing hard. Of course, that also means that they can be bent back into position.

Some of the screws for the preinstalled items are extremely tight and require a firm twist to loosen. Get a real screwdriver when you start to work on this case.

The glass window on this case is smaller than what you'll see on other cases. This isn't a concern for me, as my computer will sit in a wheeled computer cart to the right of my desk on the floor.

I still use a CD/DVD drive, and I like that this case has access to two drives.

I really can't find fault with this case. A couple of nitpicks here and there, but that's what they are - nitpicks.

I've completed my build, and I am very pleased with the case. Three items to mention.

1.) The front-mounted USB ports hold connected devices very tightly. In fact, the ports are so tight that it's difficult to insert and remove the connected device. I suppose it's better than having the cord fall out at the slightest touch. I'm hoping they loosen slightly (they have) as the panel pulls out a bit when unplugging something.

2.) Second item. I would give up an inch of space on the left side of the case (as you look at it from the front) to provide an extra inch on the right side. The cable management is great, but you really have to squish the many cables that get routed behind the motherboard.

3.) Finally, I mounted two SSDs on the right side, and while it works great, you have to do this before you attach the motherboard. If you later decide to change the SSD, you are going to have to remove the motherboard. Plus, because the space is so tight (see above), the power cables really get smashed when you replace the side. You have to be sure that as you slide the case's right-side cover back into place, it doesn't unplug any of the SSD cables.

None of these are deal-breakers. Overall, I love this case and don't regret my decision to buy it.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Decent case

Pros: Metal. Price.

Cons: Rear legs came loose after a year (glued on). Missing some screws and sent way too many of others.

Overall Review: I paid $70 for mine. If you are spending more than that, look for another case.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi William,

Sorry to hear about the loose feet and missing screws. It sounds like we owe you some replacements. If you could get in touch with us at, we'll make sure you get everything you need to have your case in perfect working order.


Fractal Design North America
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent Case

Pros: Heavy, sturdy construction.
Cable management was easy.
Easily removed foam filters on all air intakes.
Plenty of room inside to work.
Lots of fan mounts.

Cons: None that I have seen so far.

Overall Review: Overall I am very happy with this purchase and I highly recommend this case.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Best case I've owned Update: Front audio output broke after 1.5 yrs

Pros: 140mm fans provide quiet operation. Case fan voltage switch on the top panel is a feature I did not expect to enjoy so much, but its great!
USB 3.0 front panel and audio inputs are sturdy.
Power Button is recessed to prevent accidental hits
Front air filter is easily removable
Interior case storage options are great for customization and optimizing air flow.

Cons: SSD mount has to be placed before putting on your mobo

Overall Review: I put a Velcro strip on the back of my SSD and mounted it that way instead of using the case screw holes. Works fine. Easily the best case I've owned. Moved the top fan to the front. had to pop off the front panel to remove the bottom drive bay.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Easy case to work with

Pros: -Lots of Room
-Smoky Window
-Room for 240mm radiator on the top

Cons: -SSD Mounting screw goes in behind the Motherboard, Mounted SSD drive in the hard drive bay.
-Had one dead fan

Overall Review: -I would defiantly recommend this case.
-Good customer service in replacing the fan.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome case, amazing AIO solutions

Pros: I bought this case to upgrade my first pc build ever to an AIO cooling solution. Bought in combination with the Deepcool Captain GamerStorm liquid cooler. The AIO fit just right and the case's built in fan controller let me easily control the case fans (it comes with 3 and there are 3 inputs for the controller). It has a very nice and sleek design and the main reason I bought it was because my old Rosewill Blackhawk took in way too much dust. Luckily, this case has 3 dust panel filters that can easily be removed and cleaned. Haven't seen any heavy buildup yet. The window panel lets me see the AIO light up and all the other parts look nice. PLENTY of options for custom water cooling with a very customizable internal HDD rack. Very well done design, Fractal!

Cons: The only downfall I came across was that the front bezel had a broken latch for the front fan grille which is also the front dust panel filter, causing the whole panel to not latch properly and sit weird when only one side was latched in, and one of the fans was defective. I was getting a strong rattling noise from the rear exhaust 140 mm fan and it was visually spinning weirdly. Luckily, I contacted Fractal Design's customer support and told them the problem, and after answering a few basic questions to make sure the case was still under warranty, they sent me 2 new latches and another 140mm fan at no cost which was overnighted the day that I gave that information to them! Incredible customer service on their part. That is definitely something I was not expecting.

Overall Review: I would strongly recommend this case to anyone looking for a sleek design or even a custom water cooling build. It has plenty of space and configurations for multiple different styles. I might buy another one for the new Ryzen build I plan on doing later. Overall, this case is very well put together. My only other complaint would be that most of the screws were torqued in with a speed drill and it was a pain to get them loose. Was going to rate 4 eggs, but gave the 5th one back because of the amazing customer service and the fact that the replacement parts I needed were overnighted to me so I didn't have to wait long to fix the issue. They even sent me a link to a video to learn how to replace the latch.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Nice case with good cable management and usability

Pros: - Fan mounting and radiator offsets on the top for mobo
- Cable management was easy with several cutouts in the tray
- Easy to access filters on bottom, top, and front
- Rotatable/removable hard drive cage
- Ample hardware and a riser tool included

Cons: - The SSD mount on the back of the tray puzzles me entirely. Having to remove a mobo or PSU to change out your SSD is ridiculous. I looked for trays or anything I could use to mount permanently, and then slide the SSD in, but no luck. I just used the regular HD bay for SSD so I didn't have to deal with it.
- Would be nice if it had one more fan included, or if they were PWM's. I will probably end up pulling them for spares and using Noctua's instead.

Overall Review: I used a Noctua NH-U14S heatsink with an AM4 mounting kit in this case and had sufficient clearance for the fan. The screws for the back plate get very close to the motherboard tray, but they don't touch.

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