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i love the small footprint
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I have always loved Fractal Design cases. So simple yet so awesome.
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I should've supported a Swedish company and bought a Fractal case. frown.gif Ah, well, there'll be more opportunities. biggrin.gif
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anyone think you could fit 280mm rad in front and top?
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Oh man, even sexier than before. :drool:

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for somebody that owns an r4, how does this case stack up against it specs wise (obviously you can't really know since it aint out yet but just looking at the specs which one looks better)? I have a silverstone ft02 right now but the thing is massive and I want to downsize a bit. I really like the minimalistic looks (hence the ft02) and I am very interested in the r4 and arc midi.

Will the arc midi 2 be far superior compared to the r4? or are they more or less the same? because I don't know whether or not I should hold out for this or go ahead and buy the r4. The only thing I know about the cases is that the r4 is made for silence where the arc midi is designed more for cooling performance
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Originally Posted by Vash101 View Post

I would love to see them make an Arc XL.
From what I understand, the prototype is done, and they're just waiting on the Define XL R2 and Midi R2 hubub to pass before releasing this.

Don't want to release too many products at once, especially when they are so closely related.
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The Arc Midi will be better for watercooling without a doubt. It looks like the fans are now mounted to the chassis and the filter is separate and removable, which is good; I hope that upgrade makes it to the next Define series chassis. The top fan filters are also nice. Windowed by default will score points with some folks. I'm ambivalent, as I like side intakes, but nothing is stopping me from drilling some holes or slots in the window.

Fractal would score some awesome points by designing a single 120mm fan mount for the vertical expansion slot in the back and align it to the side fan mount on the R4. In fact, this would be a pretty cool side panel option for future cases: window by default, can do window with side fan slot, sell vertical PCI fan mount separately. Hm.
    
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for somebody that owns an r4, how does this case stack up against it specs wise (obviously you can't really know since it aint out yet but just looking at the specs which one looks better)? I have a silverstone ft02 right now but the thing is massive and I want to downsize a bit. I really like the minimalistic looks (hence the ft02) and I am very interested in the r4 and arc midi.

Will the arc midi 2 be far superior compared to the r4? or are they more or less the same? because I don't know whether or not I should hold out for this or go ahead and buy the r4. The only thing I know about the cases is that the r4 is made for silence where the arc midi is designed more for cooling performance

R4 owner here, to me they look pretty much the exact same specs wise. The only major difference I can see is the ability for the Midi to mount a 240 rad in the top, and possibly a 360 with light modding. You can fit a 240 in the roof of the R4 though, but you have to offset it using the existing holes in the honeycomb mesh. They both can fit a 240/280mm rad in the front, but the R4 requires light modding to the fan bracket system to fit the 280. The R4 also has the sound dampening material making it a very quiet and sturdy case. Other than that and maybe a few mm difference here and there, there really isn't that much difference internally.

Overall I think the two cases are very similar, and it really comes down to your preference. Do you want the possibility of easy watercooling, or water cooling with a little modding and silence?

I do love the look of the new midi though, it would be a hard decision for me if I was in the market for a new case.
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R4 owner here, to me they look pretty much the exact same specs wise. The only major difference I can see is the ability for the Midi to mount a 240 rad in the top, and possibly a 360 with light modding. You can fit a 240 in the roof of the R4 though, but you have to offset it using the existing holes in the honeycomb mesh. They both can fit a 240/280mm rad in the front, but the R4 requires light modding to the fan bracket system to fit the 280. The R4 also has the sound dampening material making it a very quiet and sturdy case. Other than that and maybe a few mm difference here and there, there really isn't that much difference internally.

Overall I think the two cases are very similar, and it really comes down to your preference. Do you want the possibility of easy watercooling, or water cooling with a little modding and silence?

I do love the look of the new midi though, it would be a hard decision for me if I was in the market for a new case.

I think I am just going to go out and get the R4 then. I am not really into custom water cooling I Just use a CLC H80 so the r4 looks perfect for me. Plus I would like to have it as quiet as possible.

Thanks for the reply! +rep thumb.gif
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