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Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

  • Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case
  • 2x USB 3.0, Audio In/Out Front Ports
  • up to 8 x 3.5", 4 x 2.5" or up to 10 x 3.5", 2 x 2.5" drives HDD/SSD

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Ronald S.
  • 4/20/2016 10:39:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: - Great cooling and dust filtering
- Two chambers for easy cable management
- Great quality finish
- High storage capacity (also depends on your MB limitations)
- Flexibility for wide range of hardware configurations (gaming machine or storage server)
- Overall a very well thought out design

Cons: -None

Other Thoughts: This is a very well thought out case, especially concerning cooling efficiency, dust filtering, and cable management. I love the flexibility that this case gives the customer. I personally use this case to support my FreeNAS install for my home storage/backup needs but have seen others use it to house powerful gaming machines. This is my first Fractal case and I can definitely say that it lived up to their reputation for quality design.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: Got this on sale and it finally gave my media center some breathing room. You can't get the sense of it from the pictures but it kind of looks like a little subwoofer which is cool when it's in your living room.

It was a little weird figuring out how everything fit but the cable management was great and you can take panels off from everywhere to arrange things how you want. Probably one of the coolest cases I've personally owned.

+Spacious
+Lots of hard drive areas
+Specific area for putting 2 SSDs in the front panel
+USB3 ports on the side
+No lights on the front annoying you if it's in your living room

Cons: Honestly...I can't really think of anything unpleasant.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case, horrible front USB ports

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: Easy to build and takes 8 3.5in Drives. Removable dust filters and easy to do cable management.

Cons: The USB ports on the front are awful. Mine literally broke and a replacement part is OOS on the Fractal Design Website.

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  • Patrick E.
  • 3/19/2016 5:09:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSpacious, elegant case

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: The case is very spacious. It's a two-chamber layout; looking at it from the front, there are two vertical chambers. The left one is where the motherboard and I/O go; the right one is for power supply and drives. There are several cabling channel openings in the wall between the chambers, and routing cables is very easy.

The case is nice and quiet despite coming with three fans. Construction is pretty high-quality; and it looks good. Very minimalist, which I like, with only a subtle blue LED indicating that it's on.

Cons: The case comes with two drive trays, each fitting up to four 3.5" drives. So if you're still into 3.5" drives, the case is great. This build was only 2.5" SSDs for me. The case does have four mounting positions for 2.5" drives, but two are on the floor of the left chamber, directly over air inlets, and two more are a flimsy plastic bracket on the inside of the front cover, where there is only a small opening into the case for cable routing.

So instead, I separately purchased two Sabrent 3.5->2.5 drive conversion trays, mounted my SSDs onto those, then mounted those into the 3.5" drive trays that came with this case. I would have appreciated this case being a little more oriented toward 2.5" drives, rather than the odd mounting positions which seem like an afterthought. Again, if you are still into 3.5" drives you'll be fine, otherwise prepare to deal with odd mounting or get some conversion trays.

No cons otherwise. It's a great case so long as you're ready for its near-cube dimensions.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/12/2016 2:09:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbeauty and functionality

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: -Very beautiful
-Tones of room for storage
-Lots of areas to hook up a water cooling system
- supports very large graphics cards
- tones of places to mount fans
-3.0 USB ports
-sound dampening
-beautiful window

Cons: -trade off of cooling/water cooling vs storage
-wire management is difficult (somewhat)

Other Thoughts: I recommend this case for micro builds. Very versatile, offers all the storage you can want or need. Tones of places to mount ssds (up to 4 without using drive bays to store more)
Supports 2 ssds and 2 hdd or ssds if you rip out all the cages to build a water cooling system with a 280m rad.

Not to mention supports 10 Fans! 12 if you decide to mount sever fans at the bottom of the case bellow the mother board. Personally I chose to mount hard drives there because I took all the cages out.

Had a small clearance issue with a 280 and the fan above the power supply. I fixed the issue by mounting my rad slightly off center and haven't had any issues.

It's worth mentioning that you do have a lot of things to consider before buying this. First off know what you're building. There are trade offs you have to consider with this case. Wire management is a mess next to where the power supply mounts but for me it's hard to see with my massive graphics card in the way.

This is truly a great case. If I did another micro build I would buy this case again.

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  • Grant H.
  • 3/10/2016 7:52:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful, roomy case with easy cable management.

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: I just finished a $3000 gaming rig build in one of these, and couldn't be happier with the case. It has enough room for a 280mm Corsair HT110i gt CPU water cooling block with four 140mm fans in push/pull fan config to be mounted out of sight in the rear of the unit with slight modifications (had to drill a couple new holes in the case to align with the fan holes on the water block). In front I can mount an EVGA GTX 980ti Hybrid with its own 120mm cooling block and two fans also arranged in push/pull. Plus five additional 120mm case fans.

...and it's not crowded in the slightest. All closed up and looking through the front window, none of this is visible except the two case fans and the 'push' fan on the water cooler. Everything else, including all wiring, fan controller, and the giant water cooler was easily obscured behind the motherboard with minimal forethought or planning. The rear compartment is incredibly roomy. It's just a beautifully subtle case, easy to work with and good quality materials all the way around.

Cons: It is possible to mount a 280mm water cooling unit in the top of the rear compartment - there is plenty of room, but you have to mark and drill out holes to fit one of the 140mm fans because the way it is pre-drilled isn't the same as the water block. It wasn't very hard to do with an electric hand drill and any mistakes will be covered by the top plate anyway. Same with installing a bottom intake fan in the front compartment - it's not drilled for it, but adding the holes wasn't too difficult.

Other Thoughts: I definitely recommend this case for anyone looking to build a very low-key PC with lots of room to add fancy stuff.

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  • G Y.
  • 2/20/2016 6:49:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case!!!

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: Plenty of room - 8 3Tb drives, Adaptec RAID controller, 7-120mm fans; ATX PSU. Low profile Noctua cooler. Runs cool and quiet - especially considering all of the equipment inside.

Cons: The Hard Drive activity LED on my was mounted in such as way as to not be visible - appeared to be incorrectly glued in place. It was immaterial to me as I run my server in headless mode remotely.

Other Thoughts: If I was building another server, I'd probably get a different CPU, MOBO and larger drives. The one thing I wouldn't change is the case - I WOULD GET THIS SAME CASE - it works ideal for me!!

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  • stephen h.
  • 2/5/2016 4:57:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat case

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: alot of room and no need for water cooling as the setup is already great

Cons: as far as water cooling goes youll have to manipulate the raditor if you have alot going on in the MB side

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  • adam l.
  • 1/12/2016 7:32:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggscarbon fiber wrapped it

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: compact. versatile. as advertised. affordable and very clean looking. i didnt want clean so i vinyl wrapped my case in 3 tones, filled it with hardlines and getting stupid numbers on a godvari a10 rig.

Cons: needed some tlc inside. IE wire management u channel additions, an expanded space needed to be cut out of the tray to fit my set-ups design flaws. cable sleeving was alright out of box, but if you mod like i do then black mediocre sleeves wont do, considering whats on the market in this budget/form factor any egg reduction for what can be dubbed 5 foot mods (look good from 5 or more feet away) isnt necessary, but if you want more clean builds u channel additions do alot for very little.

Other Thoughts: update: after building i noticed a few things that would've prevented me from buying this case
1. front panel - needs a harness to a novice builder and forgetting to disconnect front panel connectors fdrom the motherboard could result is complete destruction of a mobo. clearly overlooked and frustrating.
2. Top panel... if a case boosts about radiator support then one would think that a simple thing as screw clearance in a push or pull or both config would fit nicely under the top panel. instead not even close, next to forcing it down in frustration DIY cutting must be preformed.

Overall its a fair case for a experienced builder - however a exp builder would see these flaws and be turned off too.
I wouldve went with another cube for my HTPC had i seen these flaws ahead of time. I'll make due.. but last fractal design product i purchase.

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  • Brian H.
  • 1/5/2016 7:48:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat smallish unassuming case.

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 804 Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case

Pros: It has a lot of options for full water cooling. It will fit just about any full size power supply. Easy to work with as the removal of the top and both side panels allow case entry. A lot of hdd a enough ssd options that can be removed if you like to fit other peripherals.

It has a fan controller with 3 ports!

Cons: Nothing too bad just some nitpicky things that won't lower egg rating. The packaging was a mixed bag. It was good and sturdy packaging but it seems most companies are moving towards using soft styrofoam while Fractal Design seems to keep using hard foam. It's not a big deal. Just a bit more cushion give if dropped from a height and less static electricity.

The fan controller doesn't seem like it has many places to hide it's wiring as it's right over the top of the back fan.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this product. It has me eyeing the even smaller Node 304 and even the Core 500 (wish Newegg would sell this one).

I would probably change out the brushed aluminum panel up front matte black in Fractal Design style.

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