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Fractal Design Shows Off New Arc Midi R2 Case

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Fractal Design is freshening up the Arc line.

Fractal Design has announced a new addition to its Arc family of PC cases, the Arc Midi R2. Designed for high performance builds, the Midi R2 features three Silent Series R2 fans, airflow maximization, and can house the bulkiest of radiators.

 

Measuring 230 x 460 x 515mm (WxHxD), 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 case 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, 7 x fan positions, filtered fan slots in the front, top and bottom, 26 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate, and thick rubber grommets on all holes on the motherboard plate.

The entire package weighs in at 12kg or just over 26lbs. Pricing is set at $109.95. The Arc Midi R2 is scheduled for Release in March of this year.

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    anxiousinfusion , January 24, 2013 5:38 PM
    That open-mesh top better have dust filters!
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    deuketc , January 24, 2013 6:02 PM
    Really like this case. simple, sleek. Not too keen on cases that have a lot of plastic gimmick crap all over it. good blank canvas for a compact water cooled build
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    memadmax , January 24, 2013 6:11 PM
    My new "case" is an aquarium...

    Yea, I'm going the mineral oil pc route...

    Youtube it...
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    phamhlam , January 24, 2013 6:43 PM
    Fractal Design makes beautiful and quiet case. I just hated moving it so bad since the final weight with everything installed can be 40lbs.
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    noobzilla771 , January 24, 2013 6:50 PM
    Simple and elegant. About time they release the windowed version (not a fan of side fans).
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    spartanmk2 , January 24, 2013 6:50 PM
    memadmaxMy new "case" is an aquarium...Yea, I'm going the mineral oil pc route...Youtube it...


    Dont forget the bubbles
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    anonymous_user , January 24, 2013 7:13 PM
    noobzilla771Simple and elegant. About time they release the windowed version (not a fan of side fans).

    I was just about to say the opposite. Although the previous Arc Midi does have the space for a side fan, it would be nice if one was included by default.
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    redeemer , January 24, 2013 7:15 PM
    wow lots of bays!
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    internetlad , January 24, 2013 7:25 PM
    anxiousinfusionThat open-mesh top better have dust filters!


    Actually, it comes covered with a foam inlay. You can remove it to add fans, but I don't think it has dust filters unless you get them with the fan.

    at least, THat's how it is on my R3. I don't know why they would change the game though.
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    shikamaru31789 , January 24, 2013 7:29 PM
    They make great simple cases, great for living room PC since they don't have gaudy lights and run both cool and quiet. I'm considering using an Arc Mini in my upcomming living room build; small, clean, cool running, and quiet, perfect for what I need.
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    brickman , January 24, 2013 7:39 PM
    I actually like this case. I wonder if it would be a worthy upgrade from the bulky Corsair 600T?
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    fimbulvinter , January 24, 2013 7:45 PM
    danny2000Boring. This looks like something that you would hide; nothing that makes you say "cool!!!".


    Some people prefer their cases not to look like a set piece from Tron.
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    warezme , January 24, 2013 8:02 PM
    I love the fractal design naming and stuff but then I jumped to the article. BAM, like something out of Space Odyssey it's just a big old black monolithic case. move along folks, nothing to see here.
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    aznguy0028 , January 24, 2013 9:34 PM
    brickmanI actually like this case. I wonder if it would be a worthy upgrade from the bulky Corsair 600T?

    I love my 600T but I do regret not checking it out in person first, it's huge. I'm going small on the next build, most likely mini-itx.
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    TheBigTroll , January 24, 2013 11:36 PM
    its a pretty worthy competitor to whatever corsair offers. id get a R4 instead of a midi though. silence is key. this one is the same chassis, just without foam
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    kinggremlin , January 25, 2013 12:52 AM
    anxiousinfusionThat open-mesh top better have dust filters!


    It does, but if you leave your computer running 24-7, you shouldn't need any since top fans are always exhaust fans.
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    Anonymous , January 25, 2013 1:17 AM
    danny2000Boring. This looks like something that you would hide; nothing that makes you say "cool!!!".

    this is for people that are tired of over designed ugly cases that are all too common. i have 2 fractal cases and i can testify that they are well designed, this makes the already popular Arc Midi even better. my only beef with fractal is that they dont have tool-less hard drive solutions, but i can get over that with the overall awesome design that they employ, hopefully the r3 revision of this case will be more tool-less
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    Anonymous , January 25, 2013 7:13 AM
    I have the previous version (the Arc Midi) and I love everything about it apart from the space for the side-fan. I just cut a square of metal and filled in the screw holes with some white filler and it looks great. The case is perfect, in my opinion.
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    ojas , January 25, 2013 10:07 AM
    fimbulvinterSome people prefer their cases not to look like a set piece from Tron.

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