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12 Mini-ITX chassis review: compact quality

A fully-fledged PC in a small chassis is perfectly possible.

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Fractal Design Array R2 300W

According to Fractal Design, its Array R2 chassis will soon be replaced by the Node 304. Since the Array R2 is still widely available, we included it in this test. This aluminium chassis has an average price of £155 which makes it the most expensive in this round-up. It does offer space for six 3.5-inch hard disks, while the volume is only 19 dm³, even less than the Chenbro SR30169.

Fractal Design Array R2 300W

There are no frontal connectors. The Array R2 is really intended as deluxe, compact home server. The large number of hard disk spaces remains its strongest quality, and both cooling and sound-dampening are not great. That's due to and because of the sound-dampening mats. The temperature stays at about 44 degrees regardless of fan speed, which is about in the middle of the test field. The noise levels of 38.9 dB(A) on low speed isn't very loud, but we expect more for this type of money.

  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W
  • Fractal Design Array R2 300W


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