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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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  • 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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  • Charles D.
  • 12/31/2015 2:54:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case, some quirks

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

Pros: - Beautiful and simple design
- Small and compact
- Lots of room for storage

Cons: - Fan controller location is kind of bogus
- Big opening for cables vs cable management slots so you can see all that's going on in the back.
- USB plug for the front panel is super bulky and sticks out like a sore thumb due to its size

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  • Jeremy T.
  • 12/18/2015 11:18:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best computer case I have ever owned.

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

Pros: Space, loads of space for hard drive storage and fans.
Versatility, every inch of this has been engineered to have multiple options available in terms of component and configuration. Radiators, fans, extra drives, you name it probably can take it.
Also can accommodate Mini ITX boards as well.
Has simple three position fan controller on chassis with SATA interface.
Quiet, the fans on the high setting make a little noise, but not enough to overpower the television I have connected to it.
Compared to what you can put in this case it has a modest footprint that is about the size of two console (PS or Xbox) systems stack upon each other.
Looks attractive when putting next to the rest of the entertainment system.
Big viewing window to see your components within.
Hard drive cages are removable, makes it easy to add or remove your drives.

Cons: Only able to put in a slim slot loading optical disk reader.
No 5.25" bay available.
Routing cables to optical device and hard drives mounted in the front cover (it has space for two 2.5" drives in the front cover along with the optical reader) can be challenging. Sometimes the cables interfere with the attaching of the front cover of the case.
Some may not like the height on the case compared to others in its class.

Other Thoughts: Right now I am using this as a combination HTPC and NAS until I get around to splitting the two apart. My storage requirements are massive due to media I have acquired over the years and the intellectual property I own. So having something that I can easily put my OS and application related drives on SSD and away in the front cover and dedicate the 8 drive slots for media. Also if needed two additional 2.5" drives can be mounted on the chassis bottom.

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  • Gary M.
  • 12/8/2015 2:49:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHow neat is that?!

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

Pros: This case provides a level of flexibility from a computer case that I've never experienced before. It easily fits all of my components with plenty of room to spare. I originally had a Node 304 (also a fantastic case) but the components I put in it overwhelmed its cooling ability. I decided to pass the Node 304 to a friend and step up to the 804. Easily one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Cooling - Easily fits my Corsair H80i in the secondary compartment above my PSU. At full load, the APU never exceeds 28 C AMD thermal margin and the GPU never exceeds 65 C. Extensive intake and exhaust fan slots.

Cable Management - The cable management ability in this case is phenomenal. 4x Fractal Design HF-12 120 mm's (3 as intake, 1 as exhaust), 2x Fractal Design HP-12 120 mm's on the radiator (push/pull), and 2 Corsair SP120's as top exhaust and there is no cable mess whatsoever. The strap downs in the PSU compartment organize cables nicely.

Aesthetics - Easily one of the most attractive cases I've ever seen. It sits comfortably under my relatively small desk and hums along doing its thing. It looks like a miniature fridge, with a whole lot more brains.

Flexibility - Extensive intake and exhaust fan slots. It could easily fit a 240mm CPU radiator and 2 120mm GPU radiators, all while not sacrificing normal intake/exhaust slots. Handles both Micro ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. I currently have a Mini-ITX carry over from the Node 304 but like the option of moving up to a Micro-ATX board later for more features. Easily fits large power supplies.

Cons: Few. The clear window on the left side of the case easily scratches and smudges. It would have been better to put the USB and power buttons on the same side as the window. If I want to use my Node 804 on my desk with the internals facing me I have to reach around the case to push the power button or plug things in. These are definitely first world problems and not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: I definitely recommend this case. It should last me multiple upgrade cycles.

Build:

CPU: AMD A10-7870K @ 4.4ghz / 2ghz Northbridge
RAM: 8gb AMD Gamer Series 2133mhz DDR3
Motherboard: Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI Rev 3.0
GPU: Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8gb GDDR5
PSU: Silverstone Strider Platinum Series ST75F-PT 750 W
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro, WD 2TB Green

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  • Charles C.
  • 12/6/2015 8:34:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice looking case

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

Pros: This case is really nice looking. The aluminum front and side window are beautiful and the split-case layout really helps keep the visible side both tidy (because you can see it!) and cool. I have it on my desk and, while it is wider than a normal case, it's still fits very nicely without taking up too much space. Building out the PC was easy (maybe a little cramped - but that's the price for a small case) and it is not hard to hide cables. It's maybe too convenient to just shove cables behind the cover or in the hidden side of the case which makes it easy to be lazy with cable management.

The three supplied fans seem to do a good job with keeping the case, CPU, and MB cool.

The case sits about one foot away from me and I can barely hear it. Actually hard drive noise is louder, in general, than the fans.

Cons: The main negatives are that the audio, USB, and power ports are on the right side but the window is on the left. This means that you can't have the case on your desk against the wall with the window facing out. You have to have the back of the case facing the wall. And even then the ports are not super convenient. In a future model, putting the ports on the left side (or making the front reversible) would make this case perfect.

The only other negatives are that the side window and aluminum front are easy to scratch so just be careful where you put them as you futz with things post build. The window comes protected by two pieces of pull-off plastic, however, once you've pulled that plastic off you have to be careful as you will probably be pulling the side off the case for a fair bit after the build tweaking things.

Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed building a PC around this case. It's attractive, seems to have good airflow across the MB, and is not too big. I have an ASRock X99M Gaming Fatal1ty Killer MB with a i7-5930K processor cooled by a Dark Rock TF cooler and 32GB of RAM. The video card is an MSI GTX 9700 and everything fits nicely and looks good through the windows. And, yes, I know the PC is over engineered (especially for games) but it does run Lightroom really, really well which was my main goal.

I added additional fans to the front and on the bottom blowing up (and in) and they help with keeping the M.2 SSD and video card cool but the processor doesn't see much additional benefit.

Out of the box the case seems setup for negative pressure and you get a lot of dust covers, however, there are still a few places with open holes (one on the bottom and an open grill on the back next to the expansion ports. With the two additional fans, I have positive pressure and my M.2 drive, video card, and CPU idle in the upper 20's to very low 30 range. Under normal use (Lightroom or games) I haven't seen the temps get above the high 40s.

I had one of the fans blowing air up and out the top rear of the case (which also gives the case negative pressure overall) but that actually seemed to make my CPU warmer. In an effort not to waste the fan, I tried it on the floor of the case blowing up onto the video card and that had more of a positive effect. The M.2 slot puts that SSD right under the video card so I would imagine any airflow you can get between the card and the MB has to help.

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  • Jay S.
  • 11/18/2015 1:24:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSwiss Army Knife in Small Space

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

Pros: Flexible configuration allows every sq inch to be utilized. Optional dust covers everywhere to allow for positive or negative intake. Clean aesthetic.

Cons: Fans: need higher static pressure rating fans

Other Thoughts: Took my full tower and stuffed 10 3.5" drives, SSD, Radeon 7950, and a Dell PERC H200 SAS card into this tiny case. I can now game and serve from the same machine.

When using as a storage box make sure to get power splitters that are inline and at 90 degrees. I use 4 port SATA splitters and added my own SATA power connector inline to connect to the fan controller. Keeps wires to a minimum.

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  • Rajen W.
  • 11/18/2015 9:49:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat mATX case!

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

Pros: I love the modularity and compartmentalization of this case.

Cons: The HDD caddies are difficult to place once all cables are attached. Perhaps an orientation similar to the caddies in the Node 304 would be better for this case?

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  • David S.
  • 10/1/2015 8:54:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat microATX case

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

Pros: The case is without a doubt is one of the finest I've built and this one I bought for myself. For some time now I've been looking for a case I could use as a standard for building small powerful servers for clients who are moving away from PC based environments and into Hyper-v or Terminal server or both, this one fits the bill . It would easy to modify and the drives and double the number from the 8 standard to 16 by using SSDs in a double 3.5 drive mount. The cooling is excellent and this build has seven fans including the two on the liquid cooler. It's well made and I had no issues with the fans provided .. so far. Hats off to Fractal ... out of chaos came order.

Cons: the only issue was the front power LED is DOA

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