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Fractal Design Arc Series ATX Case – Black Pearl

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Fractal Design Arc Series ATX Case – Black Pearl

Fractal Design Arc Series ATX Case - Black Pearl

  • Front Accessible Bays Qty:2
  • Colour:Black
  • Internal Bays Qty:8
  • Height:46 cm
  • System Cabinet Features:Front panel door, rotational drive cage, removable HDD rack

Expansion Bays:8 (total) / 8 (free) x internal – 3.5″¦ 2 (total) / 2 (free) x front accessible – 5.25″, Interfaces:2 x Hi-Speed USB – 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 – 9 pin USB Type A ¦ 1 x headphones – output – mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x microphone – input – mini-phone 3.5mm, Expansion Slot(s):8 Expansion Slot, Included Accessories:5.25″ to 3.5″ bay adapter, Power Device:No power supply

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3 Responses to “Fractal Design Arc Series ATX Case – Black Pearl”

  1. Tee says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love it!, 23 April 2012
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    Tee
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    This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Series ATX Case – Black Pearl (Personal Computers)

    My last case was the original Antec Sonata (an old but great case at the time) but this case excited me even more than the Sonara when I unboxed it and saw the interior.

    I choose this case over the Define R3 as I preferred the looks and slightly smaller size. It was delivered to my workplace and was admired internally and externally by quite a few workmates. I think it has a cool yet mature style compared to the awful “I’m a spaceship” cases out there ;-)

    At home I had a great time building with this case!

    The thumbscrews are very stiff when first opened. But they supply an Alan key with a Phillips head on one end to assist with that, so no problem. You need to be brave when pulling the case panels for the first time.

    Cable management was a breeze with plenty of good sized and well placed holes allowing you to route behind the motherboard tray. I would have liked more hoops for cable ties, but to be honest that’s just me being far too picky.

    An unexpected bonus was discovering that the 3.5″ floppy bay has a removable tray that you can mount a 2.5″ SSD onto it and leave the removable 3.5″ hard drive caddies for hard drives.

    The supplied 140mm case fans shift a lot of air at higher revs, but emit a high pitched squeal if you try to rev them too low using the supplied fan controller (supports three 3-pin fans). They also have problems starting up at low setting. As I’m interested in having a very quiet PC I’ve order replacement fans. I’m not taking any stars off this review as even at mid revs the fans were still reasonably quiet, just not quiet enough for me.

    In general it is a tad difficult to work with 140mm and 180mm case fans. What I mean by this is:

    - 180mm fans (to suit the side intake of this case). There are two good 180mm fans for sale on Amazon that I can vouch for: the Silverstone SST-AP181 and the Phobya 180mm G-Silent 18 Case Fan which is currently out of stock. You are not going to be finding a 180mm fan filter so you have choices. Use the side as an exhaust, use it as an unfiltered intake, or you can duck tape a square of tights (yes ladies tights) over the fan once it is mounted to have a filtered intake. I went with the last option using the wife’s tights and the Phobya 180mm G-Silent fan.

    - 140mm fans (to suit the front panel clips of this case). Generally these fall into two categories… poor ones that are loud/tick/buzz or odd-sized/shaped ones that won’t fit into the front panel. I ended up using Amazon Global to order Cooler Master R4 Silent fans from the US (worked out at £11.50 per fan).

    The USB3 port on the front panel expects your motherboard to have a 19 pin USB3 header, so if you want that to be operational do check your motherboard manual. If like me your motherboard doesn’t have this you can buy an IO card (e.g. Delock and Silverstone) but I’m going to wait until the price drops on those.

    In general I think the only shortcoming of this case is its dependance on square 140mm fans with 140mm mounting holes for the front panel. These fans are hard to source. Fans like the Noctua NF-P14 FLX and Thermalright TY-140 won’t fit due to their shape and mounting hole positions. The Antec Truequiet 140mm won’t fit due to the way its frame is. It would have been easier if these two 140mm fan slots were 120mm instead as buyers have a much better choice.

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  2. D. Storey "GSV3MiaC" says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Large, expensive, and worth it., 11 Sep 2011
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    D. Storey “GSV3MiaC” (Shropshire England) –
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    This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Series ATX Case – Black Pearl (Personal Computers)

    Very large ‘midi’ case, especially the width, which will eat even the largest cooler (e.g. Dark Rock Advanced for instance). Plenty of room to work, and more fan cooling than you would even need (3 fans fitted, space for too many more). The fan controller is not very impressive, since wiring the fans to it neatly is a challenge (it fits in a backplate slot, rather than front or top of the case). Lots of opportunity to hide other wiring behind the motherboard, especially if you are not fitting water cooling.

    Apart from that, no complaints .. pretty quiet, good airflow, and well built. I was previously a Lian-li case fan, but this is (IMO) as good and cheaper.

    I personally hate front doors on computers, but if you prefer ‘even quieter, with a door’ (and worse airflow, and a PITA when using the CD drives) then the fractal R3 looks equally good.

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  3. pete says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent case!, 9 May 2012
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    pete
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    ive been looking for a new case for the best part of a year and ended up narrowing it down to core 3000,arc midi, corsair 400r but desided on this one as it has good quality fan filters in the bottom and front of the case,cable management rubber grommets,plenty of room behind the motherboard tray for cables ect,ive removed the top hdd cage and now my gpu runs 10c cooler! my overall system temps have dropped a great deal. i took the fan from the top and placed it in the front so ive got 2 fans for intake,also ordered another 140mm fan for the bottom as another intake so temps will probably drop again. the fans are virtually silent which is good. the case is also very wide so will support even the biggest cpu coolers and of corse it will take a 240mm rad in the roof :) id recommend this case to anyone wanting a very tidy and cool system,it comes with loads of accsessories inc a fan controller for in the vertical expansion slot on the back.

    buy one :)

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