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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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  • 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

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

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

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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  • Ben H.
  • 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

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

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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  • Andrew N.
  • 5/3/2014 4:41:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is excellent for its intended use - a server, NAS, or similar configuration. Installation is easy, the three included fans are silent and do a great job, and the build quality seems to be excellent. The fact that it holds six full-size HDDs and can keep them effectively cooled is a huge bonus. The footprint is small and the whole system sits next to my Xbox in a media center.

Cons: As with any ITX case, things can get tight during install and cable routing can be a chore. There is enough space between the PSU mount and case sidewall for excess cables. I used an Antec Earthwatts ATX PSU and had no problems once I used zip-ties to contain the unused cables.

Other Thoughts: Perfect case for the price. I'm not sure I'd use one with a massive GPU, but the potential exists if you remove one of the drive trays.

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  • Paul M.
  • 4/28/2014 7:27:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks good, plenty of airflow, not too cramped.
I wanted a small silent PC and this is it.

Cons: Doesn't come with a speaker, so no beeps to help in diagnostics.

Other Thoughts: No regrets.

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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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