- by David_W @Aug 29, 2011
The new Fractal Design Arc Series of cases create a niche of their own; a combination of stellar performance and cooling options with stylish, minimalistic looks and an overall understated elegance.
Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look
Optimized for performance, massive cooling and water cooling support
A total of 8(!) fan slots (2x 140mm in front, 3x 120/140 in top, 1x 120/140 in bottom, 1x 120/140 in rear, 1x 140/180mm in side panel)
3x 140mm fans included (1x in front, 1x in rear and 1x in top)
Support for dual 120mm radiator in top, even thicker radiators up to 60mm in thickness
8x white painted HDD trays, with silicone mounting
Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
USB3 support in front panel
Excellent cable routing and cable routing covers
Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
Extra, vertically mounted expansion slot, suitable for fan controllers or non-input expansion cards
This new Arc Series Midi Tower format offers plenty of cooling options, up to 8 fans of various sizes can be installed. Unique for its small size, it also offers room to mount a thick, dual 120mm radiator in the top panel.
Elegant top and front panels are both easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots and HDD trays. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which enables support for even the longest graphic cards.
Tangled cables are a thing of the past as the Arc Series offers an innovative, convenient, and great looking way to hide them away. The motherboard mounting plate has rubber covered holes in which you can easily route the cables to a compartment behind the motherboard, which has more than ample storage space.
Fan controller for 3 fans included
1 front mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
1 rear mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
1 top mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
Additional 5 fan slots available for optional fans; one 140mmin front, one 120/140mm in bottom, two 120/140mm in top and one 140/180mm in side panel
Top panel can mount either 3x 120mm fans, 3x 140mm fans or 1x 180mm + 1x 120/140mm fans
8x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
On top of front panel: 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and Audio I/O
No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
7+1 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
Supports graphic card lengths up to 290mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
Supports graphic card lengths up to 470mm without removable HDD-Bay
Supports CPU coolers with height of180mm
Supports PSU's with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location. When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU's, typically 270mm.
Case size (WxHxD): 230x460x515mm with front and top bezel in place
Net weight: 10kg
Additional information * EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080510 * Product code: FD-CA-ARC-BL * Also available for System Integrators
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i may be spoiled by antec and corsair in the past, because after working with this fractal case, which is my first, and probably last time, cause i would not buy again, and i will tell people to stay away, the bag of screws and nuts were not the right length and pitch, it cross threaded a bunch, so i had to dig up my old antec screws to use on this, the hdd bays seems like they are welded on that caddy, it took so much force to slide out, and i bent some when i took it out, the the side panel was hard to slide in and out too, this case frustrated me for hours, it seemed flimsy and overall metal and construction was poor quality, go with a antec or corsair even if its a little more money, they are worth the hassle
Everything fits perfectly and temp is cool inside the case: i7-3770K, P8Z77-V Deluxe, Water 2.0 Extreme, NF-F12 fans x2 for radiator, 140mm stock fans x3 for front and bottom, AF140 140mm fans x2 for side and rear, AX850 PSU, FC5V2 fan controller and Pioneer BDR-2207.
This is one of the best cases I have ever owned. All the fan intakes are filtered. The extra inch width makes it super easy to fit/move/remove components. The quality of the build is extremely good. It will fit a full size 240mm, 60mm deep Rad with push pull fans in the top of the case with no modifications and is slightly off to the side in case you have high ram. Fully tool less design all thumb screws. Lots of room behind the MB tray for cable management.
Got this case to replace my 11 year old Lian-Li full tower aluminum case as I needed something that would accommodate my H100 and larger fans. This case is short and wide, giving lots of room to maneuver and hide PSU cables and other wires. Tons of fan mounting options, also includes 3 140mm fans with the case; pretty much the only place you can't mount a fan is on the side panel behind the motherboard plate. Paired with my H100 keeps my CPU and motherboard cool at 25C idle and 38C under load with an i5 3570K O/C'ed to 4.5GHz. My only complaint is the cheap plastic top and front case panels, and the overall construction of the case being steel instead of aluminum. Also, the top panel would not fit back on after fitting the H100, had to remove the washers from the mounting screws to lower their height in order to fit the top back on correctly.
Long time corsair case user, this Fractal is a bit more than the 300R, but has more options, filters and overall, has a better quality look to it. I placed a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 (black motherboard), and accented the interior of the system with Power Cooling white modular power supply and white corsair vengeance low profile ram, along with the stock white drive rails and the white fans, this case is really beautiful on the inside. Great cable management, and the ability to hold up to 7 fans (I used three stock fans...moving the top fan to front, for a total of 2 front intake fans, then used Corsair H-100 with 2 x 120 intake on top ( the addition of the top air filter here was perfect to keep rad clean of dust)and kept 140mm exhaust fan in rear. The 3 fans included with the case are controlled by the included 3 channel fan controller, and the two fans on the H-100 controlled by settings on the cpu block. With all five fans running, even at high settings, system is very quiet. System is overclocked from 3300 MHz to 3700Mhz and the temps do not exceed 45 degrees at 100 OCCT test loads. Currently, free shipping on entire order, which typically saves you enough to pay for the case. This case definitely hits a home run for value, looks and performance!!!
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