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Fractal Design Arc Mini Series Micro ATX Case - Black Pearl
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- Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look
- Optimized for performance, massive cooling and water cooling support
- A total of 7(!) fan slots (2x 120mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x 120mm in bottom, 1x 120mm in rear, 1x 120/140mm in side panel)
- Three fans included (1x 120mm in front, 1x 120mm in rear and 1x 140mm in top)
- USB3 support in front panel
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This new Arc Mini case in micro ATX format offers plenty of cooling options, up to 7 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 panel 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. 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.
This new Arc Mini case in micro ATX format offers plenty of cooling options, up to 7 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 panel 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. 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.See all Product Description
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I liked the small, Shuttle like Fractal Design Node 304 but felt it was too small and the lack of space for a DVD drive was an issue. In the end I decided on the Arc Mini. From the measurement it doesn't seem to be too big but on arrival and removal from the box it definitely has a presence! It isn't that much smaller than my old full tower case. Also got the "thought you were getting a small case" from my wife. First impressions were good regarding build quality and all the screws that you are likely to need. The appearance is plain black and doesn't have any fancy lights nor does it have any windows which is fine for me - I want it to just hold PC components and not be distracting.
Building the PC
If you take some time to work out where your cables will need to go and route them where possible before installing the components it should result in a relatively easy build. There are plenty of holes to route cables through and these have a rubber grommet around them to avoid any chaffing. The grommets are my only negative thought about the case in that if you pull through a braided cable they tend to come away from the case a little bit too easy. If your CPU cooler has a back plate make sure you install that before you install the motherboard before fitting. Whilst there is a hole to access the back of the motherboard it may not be in the right place or big enough to fit the back plate.Read more ›
I did a window mod on mine which involves cutting a hole in the side panel and inserting a sheet of plexiglass to see inside, the hole cutting was incredibly difficult due to the really thick steel Fractal Design used for it's construction. A real testament to it's quality build.
Stock fans aren't bad either, and as always Fractal includes their own little PCI fan contoller for you too.
The case itself is very big for a micro atx case, almost the same size and my full atx case. However all that space
is what make cable management so easy.
Don't plan on using the included fan controller much. Mine failed after 2 months and I was only using it to control the 3 included fans. I had it replaced by Fractal under warranty and the replacement failed about 1 and a half months. So wont bother trying to get another from Fractal.
The included fans though are decent and quiet at lower speeds which is all I needed.
The front fan filter is a pain to clean. Wish they made it easier to remove.
Due to budget I went for air-cooling (Arctic i30) but wanted the option to go water at a later date. I am intending to overclock at some point, so good cooling is a must. I hate cheap and flimsy kit that lets you down. I didn't want something so huge or with a garish appearance - my wife has to live with it also(!) Finally, I wanted a case with loads of storage expansion options.
This case ticked every box - and for a reasonable price (£65 ish)
The installation was a breeze. The case contains loads of screws, Motherboard stand-offs, etc. Even a 3-fan controller for the installed fans. Filters abound (even for the PSU), making it SO much easier to keep the computer clean (and therefore cool). There was even a 5.25" to 3.5" blanking plate to allow fitting of a 3.5" card reader/USB hub.
Speaking of cooling, the PSU is orientated so that cool air enters underneath and hot exits the back - physically and (more importantly) thermally separating the PSU heat from the rest of the system - again making a cooler and more efficient system.
Access to and cleaning of filters is easy - often only needing a vacuum cleaner outside - no dismantling needed for the most part.
There is also sufficient space behind the PSU (BeQuiet Pure Power 650w) to mount a water reservoir and pump, should I later go for a bespoke water-cooking setup.
The fans included are _really_ quiet - audible - but certainly not disturbing. I am VERY impressed.
The only downside is that the case is heavy and has no handles for lugging it around...it is NOT a LAN partygoers dreamboat!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plenty of space for future upgrades, 2-3 case fans included allowing for great cooling, fan speed device, excellent HDD bays and cable management idea... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2014 by Lee Heavisides
It's an incredibly good looking cause if you're not interested in flashy LEDs and glass panels.
I used it in my first time build, here is the components I used in... Read more
highly recommended, i just modded mine with full internal water cooling ( double rad up top single in front ) with a 680gtx i7 , the pump res and everything fits inside. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2013 by chris wray
Good build quality, lots of space for all the components plus a water cooling set up. would recommend it, good value for money.Published on 15 May 2013 by Joseph
worth the money, good quality product and great design for a good price. personaly i think the fan included are a little beat meah...Published on 20 Feb. 2013 by bruno
On arrival, the fractal arc mini looked like everything i wanted in a pc tower, but just 1 month after purchase, the pre installed fan cooler has died. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2012 by Jadie27
case arrived very promptly and felt solid as a first impression. much better than a very cheap case it replaced. decent working space inside and nicely constructed. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2012 by aj