Fractal Design Array R2 Mini-ITX NAS Case, Black, with 300W SFX PSU
The Array is a gorgeous Mini ITX NAS case that is designed to hold all of your important data. Manufactured from aluminium throughout it provides the perfect environment for your NAS or Home server.
The Array Mini ITX NAS case is setting new standards for the Home Server/DIY NAS market. With its whopping six hard drive bays in a very small enclosure, hardly bigger than your average bread toaster, it's certainly creating a new niche.
- Built in high quality aluminium
- Very quiet, 80PLUS 300W SFX PSU included
- Room for six silicone mounted 3.5-inch HDDs and 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 motherboards
Built in high quality aluminium straight through with a nice touch for details, the Array case provides a very exclusive way to store all your important data. The hard drive cage has room for six 3.5" HDDs and one SSD. It is also removable and fitted with silicone anti-vibration grommets to minimise noise from the hard drives. At the front is the award winning Silent Series 140mm fan, together with a washable filter. It takes in air from the side ventilation holes in the front panel. This ensures an efficient and quiet cooling over the hard drives. Furthermore, there is a SFX 300W PSU included, rated at more than 80% efficiency, with a very quiet temperature controlled fan.
You can fit a Mini ITX motherboard into the case and there's also room for one expansion card such as a RAID card which would enable you to get the most out of your six hard drives. All necessary components and software naturally needs to be purchased separately, but it is recommended to use specialised NAS/Home Server software such as FreeNAS or Windows Home Server. Please note that there is no room for a 5.25" drive as it is not required in a NAS/Home Server environment, allowing extra space to be used for hard drives.
The Array R2 is a slightly updated version of the Array Mini ITX NAS case. The new features/upgrades are;
* Two expansion slots instead of one, enabling support for Mini DTX M/B
* Improved HDD cage
* Improved front fan module
|20+4-pin ATX Connector||Yes|
|ATX12V (4pin) support||Yes|
|Number of floppy drive connectors||None|
|Number of hard drive (Molex) connectors||1|
|Number of SATA power connectors||7|
|Master power on/off switch||Yes|
|Input voltage range||110-240V AC|
|Fan size||80mm, thermally controlled|
|+3.3V maximum output current||20 A|
|+5V maximum output current||22 A|
|+12V1 maximum output current||14 A|
|+12V2 maximum output current||16 A|
|-12V maximum output current||0.5 A|
|+5VSB maximum standby current||2.5 A|
|Combined maximum output +3.3V / +5V||125 W|
|Total combined power||300W|
|Certifications||80 PLUS, CE, TUV|
|Size||140mm Silent Series|
|Dimensions||140 x 140 x 25mm|
|RPM||600 ±10% RPM|
|Power||2.52 W ±10%|
|Max CPU Cooler Height||90mm|
A very smart mITX case.
A well finished case, great looking. The supplied case fan is quite enough, and the PSU noise is more than acceptable, if not totally silent.
Probably the ideal layout and design for mITX WHS/NAS build. OK its not ideal for working on, replacing drives etc, but that's the price you pay for the small and neat form factor, and its certainly not impossible to work with, you just have to go about things a bit more methodically!
The only minor niggles/complaints I have are that you do get a bit of resonance from the case itself, something I aim to cure by lining with sound deadening material, once I've addressed my stock intel cooler! Also, there is no means of isolating the vibration from the 2.5" HDD as there is with the 3.5" drives should you choose to run a conventional HDD rather than a SSD. But I'm only knocking 2 stars for this.
Great looks and functionality, needs modding
Array R2 looks great outside and offers plenty space inside. You can install low profile expansion card while having six drive bay as well (for example hardware RAID controller or video card). If you plan on having six hard drives you might want to replace the stock fan - while it's quiet it cannot provide sufficient airflow. If your motherboard has no active cooler you might want to improvise a bit, drill holes in case and add extra fan on the side. Overall this case is very nice, it's simplistic enough, and if you aren't afraid to void your warranty you could easily make it better. :)
Great Looking Case
I ordered this case to build a home server. It arrived next day and on completion looks fantastic. Fitting everything in was a bit of a squeeze but in the end no problem (it has room for 6 HDs). Would highly recommend for anyone thinking of building a WHS or a FreeNas.