Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Mid-Tower Case Review

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So much in the world of engineering revolves around keeping something cool. Take, for example, a power plant; the turbines spin and generate electricity but during that process they heat up. So how do you keep them cool? Often times this is handled by running cool water though the equipment and dissipating the heat through a radiator. The same principles, of course, work for liquid cooling a computer system. Computers have the issue of heat building up within the internal components. In order to remove that heat, you design a system to transfer heat to liquid, and then use a radiator to dissipate the heat out of the system.

Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Mid-Tower


Liquid cooling is starting to become a mainstream staple in the computing world, especially with the increasing availability of all in one liquid cooling units. Even with the use of all in one liquid cooling, the systems tend to be bulky and require a specially designed chassis that will fit the additional radiators. Finding a case in a smaller form factor with liquid cooling in mind could be a challenge, because you will find many mid-tower cases that just don’t quite have the room to house radiators.

Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Mid-Tower


Enter the Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Mid Tower computer case. The Arc Mini R2 is designed with all of your liquid cooling needs in mind and offers removable ODD and HDD bays. Along with being able to remove the drive bays, there is a location for 2.5” drives/SSDs to be mounted to the back of the motherboard tray. This gives the Arc Mini R2 a huge amount of usable space for mounting radiators. If you are not into liquid cooling though, Fractal includes plenty of options for air cooling the system with three included fans, and three other mounting locations. The Arc Mini R2 is compatible with Micro ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. It includes both USB 3.0 and HD audio on the front panel, as well as two external 5.25” drive bays, 4 + 1 expansion slots, two 2.5” drive mounts, and a total of six 3.5”/2.5” internal hard drive mounts.