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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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  • sean j.
  • 6/27/2015 5:55:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo good it hurts

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

Pros: This was exactly what I wanted for my home NAS. Fits 6 drives and does a great job cooling.

Cons: Wish it had a small 2.5 drive attachment point beyond the upper hdd mounts.

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  • Daniel N.
  • 5/21/2015 11:23:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice little box

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

Pros: - Small form
- Holds 6 3.5" drives
- Holds full size power supply
- 2 small front fans an 1 big rear fan
- Quiet

Cons: None that I see

Other Thoughts: - It would be nice if the front or side case has small holes for better air circulation.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/21/2015 10:14:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful compact case

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

Pros: Great price, sturdy, looks great, super quiet fans, good airflow. With right components it is not that hard to work with.

Cons: None. By definition it is small and compact

Other Thoughts: The right components make this case easy to work with.
I used the super compact modular Silverstone ST55-F-G PSU. It weighs a ton and is built like a tank. Use a SMALL FORM FACTOR GPU. Nvidia 750TI, 760 or a 770. The Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler fits like a charm.

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  • Cong D.
  • 4/20/2015 9:01:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Buy it

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

Pros: Small, Compact and well designed. The case itself is very quite and the fans are quite also.

Cons: Mini-ITX case all share the same cons, hard to install everything, plan everything and I mean everything ahead of time. I've put everything and taken everything apart three times to get it to where and how I want everything

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  • Marcus H.
  • 4/16/2015 12:44:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNearly Perfect

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

Pros: *Small Footprint
*Lots of Interior Space
*Understated and Stylish Design
*Good Airflow
*Dust Filters
*High Quality, Quiet Fans

Cons: *Screws
*Placement of PSU bracket

Other Thoughts: I've had this case for 2 years and 4 months now. Though I've occasionally looked into other cases to house my m-itx gaming build nothing else I've seen measures up to what I need. I took a long hard look at the Silverstone Raven but I could not get my CPU cooler in there. Also, I got this case on sale at it's current price when I originally bought it, so it was and is an exceptional buy in my opinion.

The things I really love about thing I really love about this case is that you can fit all high end components into it and it doesn't look cramped after you are done. It houses a full length GPU (mine is nearly the length of the case), a full sized ATX PSU, a tall air cooler, or water cooling with a 140mm radiator. My initial build took some planning mainly due to the limitations on the size of the PSU due to the placement of the mounting bracket. I tried 5 different modular PSU's before I got what worked best. 2 of the others fit with my graphics card installed but were a noisier than I liked. I settled on the Seasonic S12G 750W. This fits with plenty of clearance for a big GPU. That was the only real problem I had to solve with this case.

The screws included with the drive brackets are not good, but really are just a minor annoyance. There was one reviewer who trashed the case because he said he couldn't get the drive brackets off. I guess he never heard of WD-40. Better still is a few drops of Silicone lubricant applied with a Q-Tip.

I can not stress enough how well thought out the airflow is in the case. The two 92mm fans do a good job of bringin cool air into the case while the 140mm exhaust gets the hot air out. What is more is the thoughtful placement of an intake vent positioned next to the GPU slot, and it being full length in order to allow all of the GPU cooler fans access to cool air. Another nice touch is the bottom intake vent for your PSU and an exhaust vent for the exit of its heat as well.

The dust filters are another nice touch and they work great. The are positioned at all of your intake points and stop 99% of the dust in your environment from getting inside your rig. I've got 3 cats and a dog so that is a lot of dander, not including the stuff that the 3 other humans in the house generate. To this day when I open the case, as I occasionally do, for cleaning and component health inspection I find very little dust at all. A few blasts of canned air and a rinse of the filters and your done.

These days the box resides on a shelf in my media cabinet hooked up to an AV receiver via HDMI. It's a livig room Steambox now and all of this case's winning attributes suit it well there. It's quite, stays cool even behind a glass door and passes the wife acceptance factor because it's out of sight and unheard except for a whoosh of air when it is under load. I just love it!

Here's the current build:
i7-4790K
8GB G-Skill Trident DDR3 2400
Corsair H90 AIO Cooler
Asrock Z87-E Mini-ITX
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB
SEASONIC S12G

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  • Rajen W.
  • 4/6/2015 11:48:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat mini ITX case

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
- Intelligent layout
- capacity for 6x HDDs/SSDs!

Cons: - none so far

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  • Joseph R.
  • 3/31/2015 4:27:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDOPE

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

Pros: -DOPE CASE
-VERY DOPE
-DOPEST

Cons: -Looks like mini fridge, but dosen't have mini fridge

Other Thoughts: -get this m8 i would r8 1234565421234564321/10 but cant so 10/10

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/31/2015 2:18:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTwo years in retrospect - good case with minor issues

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

Pros: It's fairly durable. I move my rig around very frequently, and it's definitely withstood the test of time with respect to mobility and strength.
The dust filters are a huge plus. I'm going to dust out the inside for the first time in two years, and it's not even that bad compared to what I've seen in filterless builds.
Cooling is really darn good. The structure keeps all the hot air flowing really well.
It fits almost any supersized heatsink.
It fits a lot of long GPUs. Great for gaming rigs.

Cons: A couple minor gripes:
One of the two front fans doesn't seem to function properly and will only start spinning once I switch the power from low to high back to low. The fans themselves are amazingly quiet and they have really good power, it's just that one odd fan that requires an extra step to make it work.
The power button doesn't have a sturdy feel to it. Sometimes, it goes in at an odd angle and gets stuck, and if I don't notice it then the rig just shuts off, thinking I've held the power button down. A minor nuisance, but one worth mentioning nevertheless.

Also, the bottom filter is very loose and will slide off easily, but this isn't really troublesome to me since I don't slide the computer around my desk. Despite being really loose, there's never been a situation where it came off when I didn't intend for it to come off. Taping it is also a very viable solution if this is so problematic for you.

Other Thoughts: If it weren't for those two minor flaws, I would be completely fine with it. It's just a tad pricey, I bought it when it was on sale.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Conners,

We're sorry to hear that you are having issues with one of your fans. Included with all of our cases there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team. If you have lost that piece of paper you can contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

You can also call our toll free number : 855-446-3722

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm CT.

Please contact our Tech Support Team and they should be able to assist you.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Derek L.
  • 3/20/2015 5:13:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Versatility - More than most reviewers out there realise.

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

Pros: I am using the Node 304 right now for my ITX, and it's truly amazing how much horsepower I could cram inside it.

With a tiny bit of modifications to the PSU bracket frame and one of the plastic plugs that help snap in the front fascia of the Node 304, you can easily fit a high-power ATX power supply (in my case, a Corsair AX760 ATX power supply). The rest of my build is as follows:
- CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k
- GPU: EVGA GTX 780SC
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866 16GB
- CPU Cooler: Notcua U12S
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VI Impact
- HDD: WD Black

- Temperature: My room is generally around 20C. CPU and GPU both idle at about 32-34C at absolute silence. When I do need the horsepower, the PC can pretty much max all the games from minesweeper to Crysis 3, even the bad unoptimized Ubisoft games no problems. Max temperature I've ever seen while gaming for either the CPU or GPU never exceeded 70C.

- Temperature (Stress testing): Using AIDA64 for 72-hours straight, my CPU and GPU never went above 80C. HDD also never increased more than 2C over idle temp.

Cons: Designers of the Node 304 at Fractal Design obviously didn't realise how much more versatility they could have gotten out of this case by giving the internal PSU bracket and the plastic clip a small modification.

Right now, official specs indicate I "must" use a PSU under 160mm in order to use a full-length graphics card like the GTX780, 980, etc. However, with the small modifications (listed below), there is room to fit a *modular* PSU over 160mm in length and STILL put in full-length graphics cards. The modifications are so easy, took me maybe an hour tops:
1) shift internal PSU bracket up closer to the chassis door and closer to the Motherboard mounting area
2) shortening the plastic clip for front fascia near the PSU bracket so it still clips, but doesnt eat into the PSU mounting.

Other Thoughts: I think the Node 304 is really one of the best cases out there ever. Still amazes me how all the reviewers out there missed its versatility with two simple modifications.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/24/2015 6:26:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWhile I love this case...

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

Pros: Slick design, good cooling, (relatively) portable

Cons: -Screws are a nightmare to deal with in some cases
-Removing things and trying to replace them back in can be absolutely frustrating
-Limited to a 600W non-modular power supply if you want to use the brackets provided and have a video card installed.
-This results in cable management becoming an issue.

Other Thoughts: While this case says it can accommodate up to 160 mm power supplies, you really can't if you want to use the bracket to SECURELY fasten your PSU in place. Besides, anything with more voltage does make for a near impossibly tight fit. Go with the Corsair CX 600. The non-modular version is far too wide with the location of the motherboard. As you can imagine, this results in tricky cable management in such a small space.
Additionally, I decided to remove the screws from the power supply extender just to see if I could manage cables better. Much to my horror, the thing absolutely refuses to screw back into place, regardless of what I do. It WILL NOT sit in place properly and is constantly falling out.
Honestly, how in the world do you design a case that one cannot fully take apart AND put back together?
Overall, working with this thing overall is a nightmare if you don't know -exactly- what you are doing the first time around. I suppose if you make sure to only remove what you -need- to you're fine. Other than that, this case is pretty solid, but I cannot simply let this nightmare of a tale go untold.
Buy this only if you're looking for a compact size and stability for moving purposes.

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