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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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  • James K.
  • 10/18/2014 7:55:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood, not great, but not much competition

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

Pros: I was looking for a mini-itx case to move my home theater build into. This case is pretty good and on low setting, the fans are SILENT, but they also don't move much air. I also bought a corsair rm power supply which doesn't spin up the fan unless it needs to, and noctua cpu cooler. The HTPC is silent.

Cons: The drive cages are good for 3.5" hdd, but horrible for ssd's. I tried all 3 drive cages and couldn't get all 4 screws into my samsung ssd. The holes aren't lined up exactly with my drive (so I'm guessing they're not lined up with any drive) and I can only get two screws in the drive diagonally. Not a huge deal since it's ssd but would have been nice if they lined up. Also, access to the back of motherboard tray would have been nice. Screws are a bit tight but not horrible.

Other Thoughts: Overall, there aren't many other cases this size that will fit 6 hdd's so you're options are limited. Note that I'm only using 4 hdd's and space is still tight because of PSU cables. PSU cables are necessary because of all the hard drives. If you were using all drive cages it would be a very tight fit. I am using onboard gpu so that gave me extra room as well.

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  • Joshua C.
  • 10/13/2014 2:53:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • 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: Fit my full size PSU (Corsair CX430) and GPU (Radeon 7870) with enough extra space for wires and such.

Very quiet case, and materials look high quality.

Cons: Not a lot of room for extra drives unless you're very efficient with space.

No external drive bay for CD/DVD drives. I knew this ahead of time, and I have a laptop to cover CD burning when I need it.

Other Thoughts: Great buy for a mini ITX build.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/9/2014 1:12:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood case

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

Pros: The inside design of the case is great. It allows you to fit a lot of hardware into a small space. Since everything is removable it makes it easier to get inside and work.

Cons: The power button is too close to the USB ports on the front. It is very easily pressed while trying to extract a USB device. The screws were installed so tight that they stripped off the paint underneath.

Other Thoughts: I use this case for my first build. And it was very easy to work in despite the size. The manufacture did the best they could to help with cable management. There are tie down loops all over the place. And there were plenty of screws and zip ties included.

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  • Aaron W.
  • 10/7/2014 9:14:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat small case

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

Pros: Case looks great!

Has room for a bunch of HDDs, although it may be tough to take advantage of all 6 spots simply because it's hard to get all of those cables in there.

Cons: Cable management is tough. I think I'm going to get custom cables for my modular PSU to get rid of clutter.

Other Thoughts: My water cooler takes up a LOT of space inside the case, but that was to be expected. Makes fitting some other components/cables difficult. I'm only using one of the three HDD brackets.

My build:
Mobo: MSI Z97I Gaming AC
CPU: Intel i5-4690k
Cooler: Corsair H80i
RAM: 2x4GB G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage
PSU: Corsair CX600M
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB

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  • Nicholas G.
  • 8/22/2014 7:07:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggshtpc dream machine

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

Pros: QUIET
sturdy
well thought out/efficient use of space

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: Using this excellent box from Fractal Design as an HTPC. Running windows 8.1 and ubuntu with an asrock h67m-itx, intel i5 2400s (integrated graphics) corsair CXM 430 (modular PSU) 4 tb HGST green drive, 1 tb 3.5 " drive, 320 gb 2.5" (home), 60 gb SSD (OSs). Media is stored and processed via PLEX media server, and backed up on a Synology DS213. Using the excellent hardware from pulse-eight for CEC control of htpc in conjunction with xbmc.

The case looks excellent in the device cabnit next to my silent server and works amazingly as a silent efficient appliance that is only on when I need it to be. The lights are unobtrusive and useful and the fan sizing and quality lends to the near silent operation. I highly recommend this case to anyone wishing to cram a lot of drives in a tiny space.

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  • Alexander M.
  • 7/28/2014 12:17:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case, Just some minor issues

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

Pros: Out of the box and on my desk this case is great...it is so much smaller than my ATX case was. Inside the design is great with many options for keeping things organized. The one thing to note is to make sure to get the appropriate size PSU to go inside of this as most will be to big if you want to include your graphics card. I looked at the measurements and everything was just fine with the PSU I purchased.

Cons: With the thought of the PSU size in the Pros, you also have some issues with Cable Management if you do not get a modular PSU as there is not a lot of space to bundle extra cable together. The screw holes in the case also could have used another drill through as some were hard as heck to screw into. It does allow for a full sized graphics card (some limits, see measurements), but the space next to the case is very close.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I recommend this to anyone wanting to build a mini ITX case. Just keep in mind:
-Don't buy a huge Heatsink/Watercooler
-Make sure the PSU will fit.
-Make sure Graphics Card will fit.

(Check measurements of your components overall).

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  • Gary R.
  • 7/23/2014 6:26:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeautiful ITX Case

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

Pros: Beautiful design
Fairly small footprint - a legitimate Mini-ITX case, unlike the Bit Fenix Prodigy
Brilliantly-conceived interior layout -- holds SIX 3.5" HDD
Temps stay cool with built-in fans setup; no modding needed
Holds full-size ATX PSU & you can still fit a long video card

Cons: No Power Reset switch on outside of case

Other Thoughts: I've built probably a dozen Mini-ITX units & have spread the wealth as far as trying different brands of cases. Lian Li, Cooler Master, Silverstone, Fractal Design, Mini-Box, APEX primarily. All have their strong points. The Lian Li cases tend to be a bit tall, even though I like them. The Cooler Masters probably give me the best bang for the buck. But the NODE 304 -- I've built one as an NAS box, another as an everyday workstation -- is just a lovely design outside, and superbly conceived inside. The only thing I'm not understanding w/these cases is, WHY ARE THE MANUFACTURERS ELIMINATING the POWER RESET button on the exterior? Doesn't make sense. It's consumer-unfriendly and really costs nothing to do. That's my only gripe. If you're building boxes, you're gonna have to do a lot of rebooting as you work to get them up and running & reliable. Not to put a RESET button on the outside is a mystifyingly boneheaded decision by the case makers.

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  • Abraham S.
  • 6/19/2014 7:49:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case, Arrived Slightly Damaged

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

Pros: Wonderful case. I have purchase this case before and have had nothing but good experience with it.

Cons: At some point (during storage, packaging, or shipping), the metal mesh covering the large vent filter was dented pretty bad, such that the filter assembly keeps popping out of the case. I ended up bending it back a little, but it would have been nice to not receive a superficially defective unit.

Other Thoughts: The first case I bought arrived in perfect condition and didn't have any dents or scratches. Only knocking off one egg, as I don't want to skew the product review just because of an improbable issue.

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  • Samantha W.
  • 6/11/2014 10:35:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for what I needed

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

Pros: Perfect size for what I needed. I personally had no issues with any of the thumbscrews or any other screws for that matter. Love that the rear fan opening can accommodate my 120mm liquid cooling setup. I'm my opinion it is a very well designed case. Waiting on a few more parts but so far everything fits great. Intended use is some media streaming and some gaming.

Cons: Haven't been able to get the front fan filter off. Squeezing the clips has been fruitless as it appears to be on there quite well. I would have like to see a filter for the rear fan opening as well but that's my only gripe.

Other Thoughts: Ordering a fan filter for the rear fan next.

-ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+
-AMD Trinity A8-5600K
-ASUS HD7770-2GD5
-Seagate Barr. 1TB HDD
-Corsair CX600 PS
-Corsair H60 liquid cooler
-Ripjaw X series 8GBx2

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/24/2014 11:09:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest ITX Case So Far

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

Pros: I could not find better case then this. The Fan Speed control switch is one of the best feature. Nice design, looks cool on my desk. Airflow is excellent. Can mount 6 HDDs.
I tried Corsair 250D. Nice, but too big.
I tried Cooler Master Elite 110. Too small, cant squeeze in my PSU.

Cons: USB 3.0 cable could be longer.

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