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Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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  • Colin B.
  • 1/19/2015 12:47:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for NAS/Server

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Bought this to build a home server in. I wanted an itx case that can fit 4+ drives and fit in with my entertainment system/TV stand. This case is elegantly simple in appearance and fits nicely with my other electronics.

Build quality is superb, and for an itx case its very easy to work in. No real cable management but not as bad as some atx towers ive worked in. A bit of a unique layout inside, but it works well.

Room for 6 drives, regular PSU, and MB/CPU/RAM. Id strongly advise getting a modular PSU with this.

Cons: Doesnt have infinite space inside like Felix the cat's magic bag of tricks.

Other Thoughts: i5 4430
ASRock Z87E-ITX
Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB 2x4GB KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
Node 304
Rosewill CAPSTONE-450 PSU
Crucial M500 120GB mSATA CT120M500SSD3
2x 4TB WD Reds
1x 3TB Seagate

Everything fit nice in the case. Bought the non modular version of the CAPSTONE, and while its a solid PSU i wish i got the modular version.

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  • John C.
  • 1/18/2015 4:07:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat form factor for small server

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: This is nice case for a small server build. If one wants to build a small server with a miniITX board, this is the best choice. Both the interior and exterior are well designed. Of course, cable management will always be a challenge with a case this small. There is only so much real estate. Fractal Design uses the available space as well as anyone. The hanging brackets for the hard drives are well designed and make for easy installation.

Cons: None.

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  • Dylan H.
  • 1/15/2015 11:43:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case, deceptively big!

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Small foot print
-Included fans aren't the best but certainly good.
-Surprisingly spacious inside. I managed to fit a Noctua NH-D14 in this. ( That thing is monstrous )
-Great build quality.

Cons: -Wire management can be a pain
-included fan controller is out of place and annoying to route cables for.
-Power Supply cable is positioned weird for a few PSUs, It may be an issue for some but not all.
-The USB 3.0 plug could be slimmer.
-No Mobo standoff pin for easy alignment of Mobo.

Other Thoughts: If you have short enough PSU you can throw in some pretty big GPUs in here. You may even be able to fit some 2.5 slot GPUs in here.
I'd personally prefer if the harddrive mounting brace were moved back about a half inch or so and the two 80mm fans in front were raised up ever so slightly, but this is just me nitpicking.

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  • James S.
  • 1/14/2015 7:42:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Quality Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Quality Components
Quality Black Finish
Quiet Fans
Dust filters
Large 140" Rear Fan
Rubber mounted drives to absorb vibration/noise
Sleek Design

Cons: 1. The PSU placement could be at least 1cm closer to the side of the case to allow more room for larger PSU's and cabling. I had to mod this myself to allow for my PSU and a long GPU, I moved it 1.9cm.

2. Sparse Instructions - I normally don't look at instructions much, but very little info was provided. You are left to experiment with drive placement etc.

3. Disk Drives - The mounts are a bit odd. SSD drives do not fit well because of poor small holes. Mine were slightly off, which resulted in having to force the screws in because the holes were barely the size of the included screws, but not precision drilled. Slightly larger holes would alleviate this problem with no adverse affects. This also may be the result of the thick white paint they used on the drive mounts for no apparent reason. You can't see them when installed, so why stylize them? Since everyone uses at least an SSD, an accommodation for a solid SSD mount would be nice, instead of a makeshift place on the 3.5" trays. Lastly it seems inefficient to have 3x trays (6x 3.5" Drives) in a compact build. I used one to mount 2x SSD and a Hard Drive.

4. White components - I don't care for the white fans and white drive holders. I prefer just an all black or all metal sleek design. You can't see these when in use so I'm not sure why they put in the cost to stylize.

5. While the fans are good quality, I question the need for 3 fans in a modern compact case, particularly one that's designed to be quiet. I bought a similar compact case that only has one fan, and it cools well. One large 120mm or 140mm at the front would be preferable. Also airflow through the front seems rather restricted. At the lowest speed setting (using the case switch), one of my fans wouldn't turn on.

6. Power cable angle wrong - The right angle cable that hooks up to your PSU goes the wrong direction, toward the front of the case. A minor detail, but I had to cram the cable in a loop against the front of the case.

7. GPU seating issues - The top of the PCI slots on the back of the case aren't open, after removing the L bracket that holds them in place. This makes it very difficult to seat the GPU, because the DVI connectors on your GPU prevent you from inserting directly down at 90 degrees. I had to force at an angle to squeeze the top DVI connector through. There is no reason this can't be left open for better insertion. Considering the GPU can be your most expensive component, it is unnerving to have to force it in due to a design flaw.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a solid case, a bit larger than I expected. Volume wise this is about the same as a small tower. It has a cool hard drive LED on the front, but I'm not sure why anyone would need or want a HD light these days, I left my lights unplugged.

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  • John S.
  • 1/13/2015 3:41:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great for a Small 6 bay Nas

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Small size - ITX. It's about the size of two shoe boxes stack up together.
Fits 6x 3.5" drives (traditional mounting holes of the BOTTOM - won't work with Seagate 6TB drives unless you're willing to just DUCT TAPE it on).
QUIET - 3 case fans, there's a switch on the outside of the case for you to set to L/M/H.
Accepts traditional ATX PSU(easy for replacement/upgrades)
has 2 PCI-E slot covers if your mobo supports it. Mine only had one.
Front panel cover can be taken off, you can hide an SSD in there if you're savvy with wiring.

Overall - Love the small size especially able to fit 6 drives.

Cons: 1) ALL screws did not screw easily. It's as if the threads are slightly mal-aligned. I had to use screw driver for the thumbscrews! The mobo mounting screws were right under the support beam so if you have a long screw driver, you might not be able to screw them straight down(also thread has issues). Same is true of the hard-drive mount cage removal/install to the case itself. I had to force a couple of screws in.
2) Hard-drive mounting brackets - Using traditional mounting points but these were the mounting points of the bottom of the harddrive(typically most cases mount by the side mounting points) Since I have Seagate 6tb drives (the cheap ones), I could only mount one set of screws, leaving the head/tail hanging. My solution was to adhere a piece of TAPE around the drive to the bracket.
Another cool trick is you can try mounting SSD's anywhere... on top of PSU, within the front panel, or even on the external side of the mounting cages, I currently am doing this for one of my SSDs... hard to get to the screws though so be gentle.
3) GPU space - I do not have a dedi graphics card but if I had to place one... I wouldn't be able to fit anything given the mobo's closeness to the PSU. If you plan on dedi-gpu, plan on getting a modular PSU that has plugs all on one side(not spread out through the panel) to give yourself as much space as possible. Many people can fit a GTX 970 in there, but they have to use modular PSU. Google for pics.

with all the above neg, I only took away one egg.

Other Thoughts: tldr; Small, fits 6x 3.5" drives, very quiet, takes traditional ATX PSU and traditional PCI-E card heights. Be careful with the screws, they don't thread easily and might take a couple of hard screw driver turns to tighten. Modular PSU if going dedi GPU

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/31/2014 12:06:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat if you dont need a full size gfx card

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Small form factor
pre-installed near silent fans
Great quality
Balanced

Cons: Odd PSU placement
wire management is tricky
cannot fit full-size / medium size gfx card

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  • William F.
  • 12/22/2014 7:44:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot perfect

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Small, utilizes space well, great aesthetics, fair amount of cable tie downs, easy disassembly. One thing that stands out is how sturdy the case is, currently have x4 3TB drives in the case on my desk, about 18" away, and when they kick on there's no vibration and very little noise. The feet on the case and dampers on HDD cradles are great.

Cons: My biggest problem with this case is the screw threadings. There were times it would take multiple attempts not to double thread while installing components. I'm not very confident in believing this case would hold up to multiple component swaps over time. The trouble areas for me were the HDD cradles and motherboard standoffs. The HDD cradles are the biggest concern seeing as I'm using it for a NAS and may need swapped multiple times in the future.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this case for my FreeNAS build and it's a very nice case. Outside of the con mentioned I'm fairly happy with the case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/14/2014 8:27:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Compact yet spacious
- Innovative drive mounting - can fit a huge number of drives for a M-ITX
- Great layout

Cons: - fan filter is really inconvenient if you have cables routed tightly
- no reset switch (knew it when I bought it)
- no option for IR module for HTPC (knew this as well)

Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic case for SFF build. Lots of room, can fit several SSD or HDDs, great finish. Plan your cable routing before hand and it will save you time. HDD/SSD cage design is great for what I wanted - directly in front of fan for cooling.

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  • Karl S.
  • 12/14/2014 8:37:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice job Fractal Design

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Well though out. Easy to build in. Excellent stock cooling and great cooling options for upgrades. SUPER quiet. Looks killer as an HTPC. For $59 you can't go wrong.

Cons: No reset button. No optical drive bay.

Other Thoughts: I was a little worried about building in such a small case but was cake.

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  • Jeff R.
  • 12/10/2014 11:41:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Solid Construction

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: strong, quiet, fan control

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have two of these that I built into FreeNAS boxes. I think it is a great case for that. Its quiet enough that I can have it next to my TV

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