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



Description

The Node 304 features a unique modular interior for outstanding configurability.

The Node 304 accommodates up to six hard drives. Unused mounting brackets can be removed to allow for long graphics cards, additional airflow, or more space for organizing cables. Additionally, it is equipped with three hydraulic bearing fans, easy-to-clean air filters in all intakes, and two front USB 3.0 ports.

Featuring hybrid functionality, the Node 304 case is ideally used as a cool-running file server, a stylish and quiet home theatre PC, or a powerful gaming system highlighting minimalist and stunning Scandinavian design with maximum functionality.


Features
  • Compact, modular interior
  • Minimalist design with an elegant aluminum front panel
  • Unique new modular mounting system that accommodates up to six hard drives
  • Accommodates tower CPU coolers and single-fan water cooling systems
  • Filtered air intakes ensure a dust-free environment for internal components
  • Three Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans included
  • Excellent cooling for all components
  • Accommodates ATX power supplies
  • Fan controller for all fans included
  • USB 3.0 for fast file transfers
Technical Specifications
  • Mini ITX, DTX motherboard compatibility
  • Two expansion slots
  • Six supports for either 3.5in. or 2.5in. HDDs/SSDs
  • ATX PSUs, up to 160mm in length (To fit in combination with a long graphics card, PSUs with modular connectors on the back typically need to be shorter than 160mm)
  • Graphics cards, up to 310mm in length, when two HDD brackets are removed (Graphics cards longer than 170mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160mm)
  • Tower CPU coolers, up to 165mm tall
  • Case dimensions (W x H x D): 250mm x 210mm x 374mm
  • Case volume: 19.5L
  • Net weight: 4.9kg
  • Colors available: Black and White
Cooling and Ventilation
  • Two front-mounted 92mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans, 1300RPM speed (compatible with 80mm fans) included
  • One rear-mounted 140mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan, 1000RPM speed (compatible with 120mm fans) included
  • One fan controller for all three fans included
  • Removable air filters for front fans and PSU
  • Fan filter for graphics card
Front Interface
  • Two USB 3.0 (Internal 3.0 to 2.0 adapter included)
  • One 3.5mm audio in (microphone)
  • One 3.5mm audio out (headphone)
  • Power button with LED
  • HDD LED
Retail Package Contents
  • Node 304 Computer Case
  • User Manual
  • Accessory Box
Additional Information
  • EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080978
  • UPC: 817301010979
  • Product Code: FD-CA-NODE-304-BL



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Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-304-BL

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Series
Node 304
Model
FD-CA-NODE-304-BL

Spec

Type
Mini-ITX Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum / Steel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini ITX, DTX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 3.5" Drive Bays
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
6
Expansion Slots
2

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB 3.0, AUDIO

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
No
140mm Fans
1 x 140mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan
Side Air duct
Yes

Physical Spec

Dimensions
9.84" x 8.27" x 14.72"
Weight
10.8 lbs.

Features

Features
Compact, modular interior

Minimalistic design with an elegant aluminum front panel

Unique new modular mounting system that accommodates up to 6 hard drives

Accommodates tower CPU coolers and single-fan water cooling systems

Filtered air intakes ensure a dust-free environment for internal components

Three Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans included

Excellent cooling for all components

Accommodates ATX power supplies

Fan controller for all fans included

USB 3.0 for fast file transfers

1 x 140mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan (included), 2 x 92mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans (included)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-304-BL

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  • Tyler B.
  • 4/16/2014 7:10:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic small case

Pros: + Great airflow
+ Quiet
+ Good layout of space
+ Easy access
+ Looks great
+ Lots of hardware in a small size
+ Sturdy

Cons: + Case screws and drive rack screws look the same, but are tapped differently (different thread size
+ White LED for drive activity is a little frustrating - why not two blue LEDs on the front of the case?
+ Cabling is definitely a challenge in a case this small, but not unmanageable.

Other Thoughts: I think this is my first review on Newegg, but this product deserves it. I used this case to build a small home server. I installed a i3, standard size power supply, 4 hard drives, and no extra video card. I highly recommend this case if you're looking for something quiet, low profile, and action packed!

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  • Robert B.
  • 4/10/2014 9:06:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for SFF gaming PC

Pros: -Small enough to fit in tight spaces
-Roomy interior can accommodate gaming components (large video card, tower CPU cooler, liquid CPU cooler)
-Can hold several hard drives
-Removable drive mounts
-Reasonable price
-Compatible with standard ATX PSUs
-Clean, classy look

Cons: -Limited to Mini ITX motherboard and one video card
-Opening near video card allows fan noise to escape
-Cable management is difficult

Other Thoughts: -The smallest desktop case I could find that can handle gaming hardware

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  • Shane M.
  • 4/7/2014 9:07:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Immaculately designed case that exactly fit my needs in a small home file server box. The case appears to be built very durably and has plenty of room for up to 6 3.5 drives, which is really difficult to find when searching for an ITX case to act as a NAS. The filters on the inlet fans are very easy to remove and are a nice added feature. Also, the fans themselves are VERY quiet, even at the high setting on the fan controle module, you can barely hear them running.

Cons: As others have noted, the screws holding the HDD bays onto the case were a bit difficult to remove. I did begin to strip one of the philips head screws but thankfully was able to locate the perfect driver to get them out, so I escaped that fiasco. To remove the thumb screws, I used a pair of my Robo-Grip (Craftsman) plyers and had no issue.

The HDD activity LED is a bit bright if you have this case on a wiring shelving unit as I do. Not bothersome, but it is pretty bright.

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  • Robert M.
  • 3/13/2014 9:09:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this case

Pros: Used this case for my home media center. It is the perfect size for my entertainment cabinet. Cooling is perfect for confined space. The engineering and thought that went into this case is exceptional. I have put together many PCs and this was my favorite. Perfect balance of conserving space in case while supporting standard sized components.

Cons: The filter on the bottom of the case seems to come off too easily. Not a big deal since I don't move the case that often.

Other Thoughts: Fractal is now my favorite case manufacturer. Work within the compact envelope provided by this case; otherwise find a larger case that will accommodate the larger components. Do you system planning carefully since this case has a tight form factor.

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  • Dustin H.
  • 2/24/2014 6:52:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Form and Fuction ITX Case

Pros: Great small design that doesn't skimp on HDD bays like some other ITX cases do, and has plenty of room for most anything you can throw at it. Aesthetically, it is a very basic, clean design that would easily fit into an HTPC setting or a small desk. Extremely quiet with good airflow.

Cons: No issues worthy of taking it down to a 4-star. When I opened the box my 140mm fan was loose inside the case, and does not work. I used the computer for a few days without the rear fan with no issues but did not push the machine. I ordered a replacement that worked.
The only other thing to be conscious of this case (and most other ITX cases) is that you must be thinking about cable routing and managment to keep for having a jumbled mess.

Other Thoughts: I personally love the case, and would use it again if i had the chance. It is a very unassuming case that can fit even the larger components.

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  • Dane W.
  • 2/18/2014 12:32:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis case is legend

Pros: VERY quiet
VERY stylish
VERY easy to get into/out of.
VERY cool hard drive layout (for 6 drives!!)
VERY big efficient fan at the rear of the case.
VERY happy customer.

Cons: It's slightly deeper than I imagined, but that's on me, and to be honest I like it!

Other Thoughts: The USB3 header cable was an exact perfect length.
The Asus P8H61-I R2.0 mini ITX board was okay. I didn't have a lot of options there, and I needed a mobo with a non intel NIC.
The Silverstone ST30SF fits perfectly, and never makes any noise.
The hard drive bays are all metal, but have rubber screwholes so no vibration or noise gets out.

The Front Panel's minimalist design suits me perfectly, I couldn't have designed a better case if I'd done it myself =D

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  • Ricardo N.
  • 2/11/2014 9:02:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT LITTLE CASE

Pros: Great quality at a good price. Very easy build, highly versitile case. I built a home server in it, and was able to fit everything I need it inside it.

Cons: No cons really. If you have a large graphics cards it may not ift. I wish cable managemnent was a little tider.

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  • Chris E.
  • 2/9/2014 7:39:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice small NAS case

Pros: * Six drive bays. All support 3.5 & 2.5 with no adapter needed for 2.5.
* Three included fans provide adequate ventilation. Fan controller is a good feature.
* Quiet. 3.5in drive mounts have vibration isolation.
* Small. I don't think a system that support 6 3.5in drives and a full-size power supply could be any smaller.
* Good number of cable tie mounts.

Cons: * Removing motherboard requires taking out other components first. The small form factor makes this kind of hassle expected though.

Other Thoughts: My 16TB RAID build:
* ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard
* G3220 CPU
* 5 HGST 4TB drives in raid 5
* Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD
* Corsair CX600 power supply
* Fedora 20

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  • Robert W.
  • 2/3/2014 8:23:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFRACTAL NODE 304 Mini-ITX Case

Pros: Compact, Holds 6 - 3.5 Hard drives, side mounted Buttons and USB's.

Cons: Stock fans a little weak, Power supply would be better if it fit all the way to the side or had tunnel for heat.

Other Thoughts: This ITX case is fantastic for a NAS, I run FreeNAS and being able to fit 6 drives is fantastic. It is a little larger that I first thought but over all, it is great. I am currently upgrading and keeping this case to hold my new stuff... I really like the little white LED for HD access that is on the bottom right of the front...

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  • Kevin Y.
  • 1/23/2014 8:07:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat little case

Pros: great case, great quality, good air-flow, spacious for full length gpu cards. lots of expansion for hdds

Cons: n/a

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