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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 12:07   #1
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Fractal Design Arc Mini Review

Can the smaller version of the Arc impress us as much as its full sized sibling?

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/201...-mini-review/1
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 12:12   #2
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On top of page 2 there is a header: "SilverStone FT03 Cooling Performance"
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 12:25   #3
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This looks very tempting for the inevitable move to mATX I have planned for my next mobo/CPU upgrade.
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 12:27   #4
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Wow, that case has so much mesh it looks more like a speaker!
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 12:48   #5
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I have seen this case on their website before and I must say, I like it. If I wan't into modding I'd use it.
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 13:09   #6
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Looks decent. With regards to the review, I would have liked to have seen a photo with a test build inside. Also, I may have missed it, but the photos show the top drive cage removed, was the system benched with the cage installed or removed?
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 13:34   #7
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I love everything about this case. However, I think I love the FT03 more.

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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 14:19   #8
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this should have been the case to use instead of the nightmare which was the Lian-Li PC-A04. Cable routing was a nightmare, fitting the Corsair H50 was a nightmare... I hate my case... although it is LIGHT
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 15:21   #9
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Yes!! I've had my eye on this case for months for my little brother's mATX build in August so imagine my childish delight seeing a Bit-tech review pop up this morning - a glowing one at that! I prefer this to the Define Mini I'm not a fan of doors. Nice to see them keep water cooling in mind too.

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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 15:22   #10
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nice, very nice. Dual USB 3 ports would be the next step - it uses the USB 3 front panel motherboard connector doesn't it?

As for water cooling - you should be able to get a simple all in one thing in - Corsair H100 is only 27mm deep, but a full watercooled rig with a reservoir and a pump? That might be a bit tight...
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 17:58   #11
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Nice, though it kinda looks like my home theatre Subwoofer lol.

Might be my next HTPC case.
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 18:49   #12
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Could we get a shot of the case with the test kit installed please?
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 20:13   #13
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Very neat and classy design as expected from Fractal Design. I like the look of their cases which are very attractive without much strain on the eyes. I'd like to see some mods on these fitted with 1 120.3 or possibly two.
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 20:16   #14
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Oh sorry, 2 120.3's wouldn't fit.. I "overexaggerated" it a bit. Maybe 2 120.2's. =)
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 23:42   #15
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Except a Lian Li A05n is only £5 more... I know I'd opt for their all-aluminium case over this (internal design and refinements considered too)
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 09:09   #16
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Hmm much prefer the Define Mini, looks a lot smarter imo. Wonder why no bit-tech review yet..?
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Old 24th Jun 2011, 11:31   #17
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Hmm much prefer the Define Mini, looks a lot smarter imo. Wonder why no bit-tech review yet..?
It's in our labs, it's just a matter of finding some time. Is slated to be in the next issue of the mag though so that should mean it gets looked at in the next 2 or 3 weeks
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Old 25th Jun 2011, 19:37   #18
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I wonder where it is possible to buy for the RRP of £65.00. Clicking on each of the 'where to buy' links on the Fractal Design website, only Quiet PC has this case in stock but for the price of £73.00.
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