Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Case Reviewhornybluecow - December 17, 2013
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Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Testing:
Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3DMark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (°C).
- Processor: Intel i7 4770K @ Stock
- CPU Cooling: Intel Stock
- Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series 16GB @ 1600
- Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 770 Reference Model
- PSU: Thermaltake Smart 750W
- Hard Drive: OCZ Vector 120GB SSD
- Optical Drive: DVD-ROM
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
- Cooler Master 915F
- Fractal Design ARC Mini R2
Results are in! As expected the Mini R2 performs very well across the board. While the comparison so far is limited to only one other chassis, I believe as more get added over time you will see this one stand the test of time. The default fan setup allows for a good amount of airflow and right where it counts. The main intake fan is directly adjacent to the video card, which keeps the temperatures in check. Given that there are a wide variety of video card coolers, it may be necessary to install additional fans in the front or bottom.
Lastly, the CPU temperatures are completely within reason and that is because of the high stock air flow. By using Intel's own CPU cooler, getting below 80 °C on the temperature scale is nearly impossible. The cooler is tiny and the Haswell runs very hot, so this tells me that this chassis is ready for a good overclock with the right CPU cooler. Speaking of coolers, this chassis supports up to 165mm, which is enough for any decent cooler currently on the market.