Fractal Design ARC MIDI Tower Case-Unboxing & Review

20120308_145041  is a case manufacturer that puts design as a key concept in the creation of computer  cases.  This statement from Fractal’s website sums up the company and the product at hand: ”The concept of  is to provide products with an extraordinary design level, without compromising the important factors of quality, functionality and pricing. The computer of today has come to play a central role in most people’s home, creating a demand for appealing design of the computer itself and its accessories. Our main product areas are computer enclosures, power supplies and related accessories.” 

The Fractal-Design  case is built with sleek modification that  showcases the company’s design philosophy. Off the bat, this thing is built like a rock, and I mean sturdy and light. The material doesn’t feel cheap or brittle. When it comes to cases, the   comes with the full assortment of cooling vents and fans; it will make your rig feel like a cool ice box. This is especially great for gamers; you have 3 mounted fans: in the rear, top and front of the case, all with controllers. 8 HDD trays compatible with SSD. For convenience on the top of the case you have a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and headphone and mic jacks. The innards of the case gives a clean build feel, and allows you to tuck wires away.

All in all, I am very pleased with the Fractal Design . The company truly has showcased its design philosophy with a case that is not only practical, but aesthetically beautiful in the very sense of the word.  And at $99, it is a solid buy for anyone serious bent on building a respectable PC that looks great both inside and out

 Cooling system

  • 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

Specifications

  • 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 of 180mm
  • 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