Fractal Design Arc Midi: The Mid Tower You've Been Waiting For?by Dustin Sklavos on October 7, 2011 12:45 AM EST
Introducing the Fractal Design Arc Midi
The more enclosures we get in, the more amazed I am at just how competitive the market is for $99 cases. That market is made only more competitive by younger, hungrier companies like BitFenix and Fractal Design, along with new entries from Corsair and NZXT. In another welcome change of pace, these enclosures tend to be slicker, more streamlined, and less gaudy than the gaming cases of yore while providing oftentimes excellent thermal and acoustic performance. With those things in mind, today we look at our first of hopefully many cases from Fractal Design: the Arc Midi.
I don't mind saying one of the names that keeps getting brought up in our comments is Fractal Design, and even our own Brian Klug has messaged me on Facebook "politely suggesting" I get some of their hardware in. Thankfully the wait is now over, and Fractal Design has decided the best foot to put forward in starting reviews with AnandTech is the Arc Midi. Having played with it, I can see why.
|Fractal Design Arc Midi Specifications|
|Motherboard Form Factor||ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX|
|Drive Bays||External||2x 5.25" (one 5.25"-to-3.5" converter included)|
|Cooling||Front||1x 140mm intake fan; 1x 140mm fan mount|
|Rear||1x 140mm exhaust fan|
|Top||1x 140mm exhaust fan; 2x 120/140mm fan mounts|
|Side||1x 140/180mm fan mount|
|Bottom||1x 120/140mm fan mount|
|Front I/O Port||-|
|Top I/O Port||2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, mic and headphone jacks|
|Power Supply Size||ATX|
|Clearance||11.4" with drive cage/18.5" without (Expansion Cards), 180mm (CPU HSF), 270mm (PSU)|
|Weight||22.05 lbs. (10 kg)|
|Dimensions||20.28" x 9.06" x 18.11" (515mm x 230mm x 460mm)|
|Price||Online starting at $99|
Not mentioned but also included is a separate fan controller supporting up to three fans that fits into one of the expansion slots. I was a little bit on the fence about testing with the controller, but it was included with the case and ultimately there's no real reason not to.