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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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  • Maxime C.
  • 1/12/2016 5:57:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLooks great!

Pros: Looks fantastic. Great quality feel to it. Fitted an SLI setup in there!

Cons: Air flow isn't great and cable management can be a problem.

Other Thoughts: Went from a Corsair Carbide Air 540 to this and the air flow is obviously not as good. The fans on my GPUs kick in much sooner which makes the PC louder. But I wanted something more compact and modern looking and this fits the deal!

i7 3770K
2x GTX 680

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  • Jeremy S.
  • 12/9/2015 9:51:09 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice case with ample room inside to work. Has sound dampening material on the top to keep noise to a minimum. Drive cages keep HDDs out of the way of other components.

Cons: Hard to put in the slim ODD as the power supply butts right up to the bottom of the device. Also you need a slim line SATA converter to full size SATA to connect to the slim ODD. Biggest HSF that fits is a 92mm vertical HSF.

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  • Joseph G.
  • 11/13/2014 5:25:24 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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