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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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NODE 605

NODE 605

The Node 605 boasts a minimalistic, sleek, Scandinavian appearance, designed to integrate easily into your home theater equipment.

Featuring a stunning exterior accompanied by a modern, black interior, with sound and vibration dampening materials, the Fractal Design Node 605 supports a full ATX motherboard as well as a graphics card up to 11 inches (280mm) in length.

Cleverly hidden behind the access panel on the solid, 8mm-thick aluminum front panel are two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, and a multi-format card reader for your convenience.


NODE 605
  • 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 graphics cards up to 11 inches (280mm) in length - 7 inches (180mm) with all hard drives in place
  • USB 3.0 and FireWire front connectors
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  • ATX, microATX, Mini ITX, DTX motherboard compatibility
  • 7 expansion slots
  • 4 - Supports either 2.5" or 3.5" HDD / SSD
  • 1 Slim-line ODD (only supported with mATX or smaller motherboards)
  • PSU Compatibility: 7 Inches (180mm) (including any modular connectors) with both hard drive cages mounted or 7.4 inches (190mm) (excluding cables and any modular connectors) with one hard drive cage mounted
  • CPU Cooler compatibility: Approx 125mm with side-mounted fans - For coolers with top-mounted fans, Fractal Design recommends that you add at least 30mm clearance for decent airflow
  • Case dimensions (W x H x D): 17.5 x 6.4 x 13.7 inches (445 x 164 x 349mm) (excluding front panel - 17.3 x 6.3 x 13.4 inches (440 x 162 x 341mm))
  • Net weight: 13.2 lbs (6.0kg)

Cooling system

  • 5 Fan slots total (3 - 120mm + 2 - 80mm)
  • 2 x 120mm Silent Series R2 fans included
  • Air filters for side fans and PSU
  • Integrated three-channel fan controller (included)

Graphics card compatibility

  • 7" (180mm) with both hard drive cages mounted
  • 10" (255mm) with one hard drive cage mounted
  • 11.4" (290mm) in the top two ATX expansion card slots with two hard drive cages mounted
  • 11" (280mm) in the top four ATX expansion card slots with one hard drive cage mounted, containing one 3.5" HDD and one 2.5" SSD

Front interface

  • 2 - USB 3.0
  • 1 - FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • 1 - 3.5mm Audio in (microphone)
  • 1 - 3.5mm Audio out (headphone)
  • 1 - Card reader
  • Power button with LED

Package contents

NODE 605
  • Node 605 Computer Case
  • User Manual
  • Accessory Box

Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-605-BL

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-605-BL

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  • Joseph G.
  • 11/13/2014 5:25:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - Quiet (seemingly engineered for that purpose)
- Sleek exterior appearance
- Sturdy build and fairly well engineered
- Good directional air flow design
- One of few ATX HTPC case options

Cons: - Poor cable routing/management options, impedes airflow
- Drive mounting becomes tedious in cable management with all drive bays occupied

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  • Cyril W.
  • 11/2/2014 12:15:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbeautiful case

Pros: Beautifully minimalist, compact, quiet, very well designed.

Cons: Motherboard tray relief extends TOWARD the motherboard, creating cpu-backplate-fitment issues.

Considering that there isn't anything under the tray, I don't see why Fractal opted to push the relief UP into an already crowded area, instead of DOWN into open-space.

Other Thoughts: Existing fan configuration is good for filtration, but should be re-arranged for better airflow characteristics (one in, one out)

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  • Benjamin T.
  • 9/10/2014 4:13:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHigh quality

Pros: Very good build quality, great htpc case. Impressed with Fractal Designs.

Cons: If you are planning on shutting this in an entertainment center or having it in a nook, depending on your hardware, you may need to put a fan behind the machine to exhaust the hot air out of the "nook" or cabinet it is in. I would not fault Fractal for this though.

Also, when I was putting the machine together, one of the main board standoffs sheared right off its threads. I had to drill the threads out. Luckily I had extra standoffs.

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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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