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Fractal Design Node 605 FD-CA-NODE-605-BL Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Media Center/HTPC case

  • Aluminum / Steel
  • Front Card Reader
  • 120mm Fans 2 x 120mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans
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Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-605-BL


Fractal Design
Node 605


ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Case Material
Aluminum / Steel
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX, microATX, Mini ITX, DTX
Side Window


External 5.25" Drive Bays
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Expansion Slots

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 3.0 x 2
Front FireWire Ports
1x FireWire
Front Audio Ports
Front Card Reader
Multi-format card reader

Cooling System

120mm Fans
120mm Fans 2 x 120mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans


Features Solid aluminum front panel

Supports full ATX motherboards

Noise-dampening material

4 HDD/SSD slots

Integrated card reader

Two Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans included

Supports graphic cards up to 280mm in length (180mm with all hard drives in place)

USB 3.0 and FireWire front connectors


13.23 lbs.

Quick Info


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

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  • Clinton G.
  • 7/23/2014 7:14:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally Nice HTPC Case

Pros: This case replaced a Lian-Li HTPC case that I had I needed to go with something shorter than what I had for a new TV stand. Comparing this to the Lian-Li both are exceptional cases. The Lian-Li gets the edge on layout and aesthetics while I would give the Fractal case the edge on build quality. The Fractal case I did not have any stripped out screw holes as I did with the Lian-Li out of the box. Also thought it was nice that the Fractal case has a noise cancelling coating on the underside of the case top cover. Makes the HTPC really quiet.

Cons: Compared to the Lian-Li I feel like the hard drive trays are a little flimsy. The drives are suspended next to each other and while in the frames they can wiggle and bump against each other when putting in or removing them from the case.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great case with a wonderful design. I would recommend this case to someone looking to build an HTPC.

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  • Wesley H.
  • 6/24/2014 10:59:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeautiful

Pros: It houses my htpc/plex server just nicely. Looks beautiful and very quiet. It was relatively easy to build in and cleaning dust from the fan intakes is pretty quick.

Cons: Difficult cable management. I have a non modular power supply in it and it's not the prettiest, and I had to take out one of the hanging hard drive cages to manage everything. Small gripe, honestly. Requires a slim dvd/blu-ray drive. Come on, the case is big, it would have fit a 5.25 inch drive with very little rearranging.

Other Thoughts: It's huge. I would not get this unless you are comfortable with a giant media case wherever you plan on putting it. That's not really a bad thing if you're planning on storing media locally. I could see this computer being used for builds other than htpcs.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 6/23/2014 1:16:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice build quality, which gets ruined by little oversights

Pros: Nice look, good build quality.

Cons: All that work making a nice case, and then when it comes down to making the bottom door that opens and closes to hide the card and USB slots and they use GLUE to hold a magnet in place.

I had the thing less than a week and the glue had already come loose from the metal door, leaving the magnets stuck to the case instead and the door falling open.

Not only that, but the magnets are only barely strong enough, so even when they stick to the door it was often still falling open on its own.

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  • Sean G.
  • 5/19/2014 11:42:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHTPC ? That all depends...

Pros: Looks cool and quiet - neccessary but not sufficient to be worth justifying 160$ for this case.

Cons: I have built a few PCs in my day and this build was highly anticipated as a way to collect my files and pics and family videos into a single server/HTPC .
Here's the thing... this comes with a built in SD reader and miniSD flash card built into the front pane and I still have yet to get it to work in Windows 8. Granted I have not researched the issue nor spent more than a few minutes on fixing it but why should I ? Thought these things were plug and play by now right? Maybe I'll get around to it but beware this may haunt you as well.

The case looks great and the fan controls are nice and it is certainly a quality build no doubt about it. BUT - and this is the deal breaker... the DVD/Blu ray slot is designed for a mini tray and Im talking razor thin as the hard dirves mount directly BEHIND where the ODD/DVD tray would go AND hovers just above the motherboard pins where wires stand off essentially preventing the installation of a DVD blu ray tray of ANY kind if hard drives are installed and you would like to see any sort of status lights from the motherboard like HDD lights or power status etc.

In fairness Id like to think there HAS to be a way to remount the drives but the HD 'trays' are right there hanging striaght down right behind where the blu ray or dvd tray would fit and if your lucky you might find 1/2 inch of room to work with - but still would hit the wire stand offs from the status pins on the base of the motherboard if its an ATX.

I'd HIGHLY suggest using a mini ATX board with this case. I tried using a full size ATX board and yes it does fit but aside from using some sort of mini tray from a mac book pro you're NOT getting an ODD in there whatsoever if you use a full size ATX board.
Bottom line... use small form factor (ITX or mini ATX board.)
Research the DVD tray it will accept - it DOES NOT ACCEPT a standard DVD blueray combo - period.
Unless you like epoxy glue and zip ties.

Slim drive is what it takes but good luck with that - no idea how to mount it as mine did not come with any brackets or info on that.

Other Thoughts: Not sure who is complaining about the sound emmited from the case which is nearly silent with my rig but then I was sure to check the CPU had less than 22db, a passive GPU and the fans included with the case are silent as long as they are in low or mid speed mode.

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  • Alexander K.
  • 4/13/2014 3:45:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Solid build quality, good design, tons of space, build-in fan controller.

Cons: Slim optical drive is my only issue. Fractal decided to put more emphasis on hard drives rather then optical drives. Installing optical drive was a pain, screws are tiny. Still, I knew what I was getting myself into; therefore, I am not going to downgrade this case

Other Thoughts: Make sure that your have a small (really small) Phillips screw driver if you are planning to use optical drive

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  • David T.
  • 4/9/2014 12:09:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNode 605

Pros: The case is beautiful. The fans are extremely quite. It is very aesthetically pleasing.

Cons: The slim line drive slot/brackets are designed poorly. I put an LG Slim Line Blu-ray drive in it. It was an ordeal as I didn't realize the drive didn't come with the adapter required to power it. 3 days later I was able to finish my build. The brackets are a pain to install for someone with large hands. Once fully installed the screws that came with the brackets are too long. They block the track of the blu-ray player from closing once you have it opened. 3 Blu-Ray players later I have resolved to buy a slot load as I don't think there is a slim-line that will actually work with the given hard ware, and I the local hardware store doesn't have shorter screws for me to try.

Other Thoughts: All in all the quiet fans and the beauty of this make it worth the hassle in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/24/2014 8:27:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great build quality. The front face is a brushed metal and it looks very nice in my home entertainment center.

Absolutely quiet. The switch on the side of the case (bad placement, in my opinion, but more on that later) allows you to control the two included 120mm case fans. The switch has three settings, at the highest setting the fans are barely audible while sitting near the case (I'm 29 and my hearing is still perfect), and middle setting is hard to hear unless you've put the case near your ear. When you switch it to off, you can't hear the fans at all (duh).

I built a HTPC/Steambox using this case, I used a fanless power supply so the only fans I have are these case fans and the stock HSF that came with my i7-4770k.

To compare, the i7's HSF is more loud than the case fans at high, and Intel's heat sink fans are not that loud to begin with. Sitting 10 feet away in my living room, I was unable to hear the computer at all unless I had all my equipment turned off and was listening for it very carefully.

Cons: The fan control switch is in an awkward place, it is visible from the front of the case and sort of ruins the aesthetic.

... and of course, the blue power LED is a bit too bright.

Blue LEDs should not be used in a HTPC case. They're too visible in a dark room. I'm going to try to replace the LED with a different LED, baring that I'll just slap a dark vinyl piece over it.

Other Thoughts: This is was first Fractal Design case. I've appreciated their cases for awhile, so I decided to pull the trigger one one and I'm glad I did. Great build quality with a silent design. I'm happy with my purchase, and I'd happily recommend it to others.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/12/2014 4:48:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbeautiful case

Pros: asthetically pleasing. the brushed aluminum is beautiful, high quality, the bottom hinge works wonderfully mechanical wise. fits full size motherboard, psu, inside is painted black as well. sleak modern design.

Cons: limited height for gpu and cpu cooler, another inch would be nice. 92mm coolers the best you'll fit.

odd bay, it could be slightly higher up, like even an extra .060 of an inch.
it SAYS you may only use an odd drive with mini atx.
I installed full atx, asrock fatal1ty z87 pro, rosewill 750w modular.
I've mocked it up, and it's possible to use an odd with full size atx. it's just not ideal and surely not "recommended" because it will take alil customizing.
the odd drive would block in the front panel wires on the it's possible other style motherboards would completely block the installation of an odd drive. but my set up left me jussssst enough room and I plan to install an odd bd rom.
I may need to install it at a slight angle and cut a bracket in half.

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  • Matthew D.
  • 3/11/2014 3:42:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Node 605 HTPC case

Pros: This is an extremely good-looking case. A brushed aluminum front panel and blue LED power button make for a super slick home theater PC case. Very attractive. The lower fold down flap hides all the USB ports, memory card reader and ODD. All this is easily accessed by gently pulling on the side of the case where the door will slowly open. Nice touch. During operation it’s just about dead silent. If you’re using mechanical drives; this is where most of the noise will be coming from. Case fans, even at its highest setting, are still extremely quiet.
Once you start the build you’ll need some good planning and crafty cable work. Things can get pretty tight inside. There is not a lot of room to house big ATX mother boards or large power supplies with unneeded cables. A power supply with modular cables is definitely the way to go. The slim disc drive will not fit with most full sized boards. Also you’ll find limitations for CPU cooler headroom and graphic cards length. Plan carefully.

Cons: Don't bother to look at the manual. It's useless.

Other Thoughts: Overall very satisfied with the purchase. If you want the good stuff…then this is it.

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  • Daniel K.
  • 2/28/2014 12:30:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent HTPC Case

Pros: Looks great under a TV
Front panel is THICK aluminum
Even the fold-down flap is solid aluminum
Higher quality than I expected
Plenty of room inside
HDD Cases are easy to use
2 Fans, nearly silent, (i didn't use the speed switch)
Top panel has heavy sound insulation
Not as deep as other full-ATX cases, size is similar to an A/V receiver.

Cons: Position of ODD slot doesn't work with full ATX

Other Thoughts: I knew the ODD drive wouldn't work when I bought it, so it's alright. It seems like they could have put it in a different place. But, that might have compromised the looks. And it looks sweet...

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