Hardware Fractal Design Array R2 mini-ITX case review

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  1. Claave

    Claave You Rebel scum

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  2. 13eightyfour

    13eightyfour Formerly Titanium Angel

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    WOW!! i was thinking of getting one for a nas box but i think ill go the custom built route after reading that! it does look lovely though.
     
  3. Da_Rude_Baboon

    Da_Rude_Baboon What the?

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    ouch! 4 out of 10. That is a shame as i liked the look of this case and thought it would make a great home server. Hopefully there will be a second revision that improves the design.
     
  4. Jack_Pepsi

    Jack_Pepsi Clan BeeR Founder

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    I LOVE the look of this chassis - I definitely wouldn't use it for it's intended purpose, definitely one I'd mod the bejebus out off.
     
  5. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    I love that modding it was seriously taken into account in the conclusion.

    It would be a pretty decent case right out the box if it had an optical drive slot - HTPC without a DVD or Bluray drive is silly.
     
  6. John_T

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    From a company that got so much right with their last case, it seems incredible that they could get much wrong with this one. (Not least the faintly ridiculous price tag)
     
  7. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    If I were to get this case, the only real downside would seem to be the too high HDD temps. But yeah there are plenty of things to do differently in the possible future versions.
     
  8. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

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    Mini-ITX chassis need airflow if they're going to host high end parts. Manufacturers seem not to understand this :(
     
  9. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    High end parts or lots of hard drives. I wouldn't mind for NAS/HTPC case not to be capable of cooling gaming hardware, but it really is a biggie if the hard drive get toasty.
     
  10. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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    What were they thinking? £130! That PSU had better be damn impressive.

    P.S. Dremel is misspelled in the last paragraph of the conclusion.
     
  11. Omnituens

    Omnituens New Member

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    I'm still looking for a decent mini-ITX case that can take a GTX285 AND power it. Want to build a machine for lans, as my main rig is just too damn cumbersome.
     
  12. bsoltan

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    I really liked the look of it when it was mentioned in the previous Fractal article. However it seems this review has brought to light some of the problems with it. The modding potential does sound interesting though, I have no doubt we'll see some people get stuck into it.

    Hopefully the R2 XL I'm looking forward to will be more favourable.
     
  13. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Maybe they thought that people would only want to install an Atom setup and not want to go any higher.
     
  14. Bindibadgi

    Bindibadgi Tired. Forever tired.

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    Silverstone Sugo SG07 is your answer.

    It's not really the whole issue, it's the fan that doesn't shift enough air to the hard drives and fact the cage either overlaps stuff or leaves huge gaps elsewhere. ;)
     
  15. craigbru

    craigbru Now... with more CNC!

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    Great review guys. I actually spoke with Fractal this morning, and they are sending me a case for a review as well. I'm anxious to see the issues you spoke of first hand. However, I've got no intention of leaving mine stock for long... ;-)
     
  16. phinix

    phinix RIP Waynio...

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    I like it.
    Hmmm... now I compared this case to my NanoTower:)
    This one is 20x25x35cm = 17.500, my Tower is 20x20x40cm = 16.000.
    Tower is smaller than this case, but still takes dual chip GTX295, full size PSU and it's all watercooled in two separated loops - H50 and triple radiator with EK 4.0 pump with reservoir for gpu... :D
    I guess this case can be heavily modded and be pretty powerful despite all those flaws...
     
  17. ZERO <ibis>

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    If I ever grab an itx board up I will be picking up this case and some fun mod ideas!
     
  18. eddtox

    eddtox Homo Interneticus

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    Gorgeous case, but considering the price tag, you could probably buy a half reasonable 4 bay NAS for the cost of building a system in one of those. Gorgeous case, but
     
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  20. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    Sweet case but I'll wait for a revision or two
     
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