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Fractal Design Array R2 Mini-ITX Computer Case Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS7AFRzOt1EJ0yY_cstgnFb6t3H1-FGZUiM6EbwVeRawMcYbbM&t=1&usg=__OysivgHD6vUj4msWuCrGnWzcMog=Data has become worth its weight in gold, that is if it were possible to quantify the actual weight of a bit of information. People rely on their computers to store treasured photos, multimedia, tax information, book keeping, anything and everything that they need to be stored securely. The problem with storing your information on a standard pc is that they are notoriously unreliable if you do not have a raid array setup if your hard drive crashes your chances of retrieving that information is slim to none. Fractal has provided a great chassis for us to look at today which would be perfect for storing all of your important information without the worry, if one drive fails the other will pick up the slack and your information will be safe as can be short of natural disasters. Let’s take a look at the Fractal Design Array R2:

 

Provided by: Fractal Design

Price: $169 w/ 300W PSU

Closer Look:

 

Specifications and Features:

Case Specifications

  • Built in high quality aluminium
  • Room for six silicone mounted 3,5-inch HDD
  • Room for one SSD
  • Removable HDD cage for easy mounting
  • Silent Series 140mm fan included in front, with washable filter
  • Space available for CPU cooler: circa 90mm height
  • Space available for expansion card: circa 140mm length
  • Fits Mini ITX and Mini DTX motherboards
  • Two expansion slots
  • Case dimensions (WxHxD): 250x200x350mm
  • Net weight: 4.1kg

Fan Specifications

  • 140mm Silent Series
  • Dimensions: 140 x 140 x 25mm
  • RPM: 600 +/- 10% RPM
  • Noise: 9 dBA
  • Airflow: 39 CFM, 66 m³/h
  • Connection: 3-pin
  • Power: 2.52 W +/- 10%
  • Textile covered electrical cable

Additional information

  • EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080435
  • Product code: FD-CA-ARRAYR2-BL-NOPSU
  • Gross weight: 4.3kg
  • Outer package dimensions (WxHxD): 330x265x430mm

Conclusion:

There is no doubt in my mind that Fractal Design is making some beautiful high quality cases and this case is no different. The brushed metal look and build quality make this one of the nicest raid array cases I have ever seen. I would not hesitate to have one of these sitting in my office, it is beautiful.

Would I recommend this chassis? To everyone, no, but if you are looking for a great enclosure for your next array build look no further than the Array R2 you will not be disappointed.
 

Pros:

  • Quality Built
  • Beautiful Design
  • Easy Assembly
  • Blue LED

Cons:

  • Could Use more Cooling (Silent Fans)
 

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