Behind The Arc Midi
The rear view of Fractal’s Arc Midi reveals a pair of grommets to support external liquid cooling systems at the top, and a slide-out dust filter at the bottom. An oversized 140 mm fan pulls heat away from the finished system’s CPU cooler.
Arc Midi Dust Control
A slide-out filter covers both the power supply intake and a bottom-panel fan mount. We don’t spend much time discussing bottom-mounted fans, since long power supplies often block them. But we did notice that this one supports both 140 mm and 120 mm fan sizes.
Arc Midi Cable Management
Fractal Design pays particular attention to cable management by giving the Arc Midi a little more space behind the motherboard and using tighter-fitting grommets to hide pass-through points. A nice large hole eases access to CPU cooler support plates.
Arc Midi Front Panel
Two holes in the front panel pass air through drive cages from intake fans that are mounted to the Arc Midi’s face plate. A breakout on the second external bay is replaceable, hiding a 3.5” bay adapter. It can have its center section removed for use with that adapter.
Arc Midi Intakes
The Arc Midi’s face plate holds up to two 140 mm fans, but includes only one, with dust filters on both mounts to further reduce internal cooler contamination.
Arc Midi Top Panel
The Arc Midi hides a trio of exhaust fan mounts under a vented plastic cover, yet supports a dual 120 mm-fan radiator at most. That’s because two of the fans are offset to the extreme left to make extra room between the motherboard and radiator assembly, while the third fan is centered over the top 5.25” drive bay to fit within the bay’s structure. All three locations support both 140 mm and 120 mm fan sizes.
Loosely borrowing some of the styling from its motoring namesake, the Agusta appears to be Raidmax’s first attempt to deliver a true full-tower chassis to the gamer-oriented market. Compared to the large mid-towers that many vendors mislabel as full-towers, this true tower has enough room for a hard drive cage beneath its power supply. That design gives the Agusta a height of 23.8”.
A large grille on the left side-panel fits both 180 mm and 120 mm fans, which must be purchased separately if you want them.
Though niceties like separate fan speed and fan lighting controls dress the front edge of Agusta’s top panel, Raidmax still makes the questionable move of tying a dual-row internal USB 3.0 header to a single port. The other two ports only support USB 2.0.
A Hidden Surprise
Two lower 5.25” external bays hide behind a door on the Agusta, in addition to the three upper bays. This could be an ideal location to stash a full height or two half height backplanes, or simply a place to hide an old and ugly drive that’s still needed for a specific application.
Inside The Raidmax Agusta
The Agusta is split into two compartments, with the upper portion supporting main components and 5.25” drives, and the lower portion accommodating six 3.5” and 2.5” drives.