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Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

  • Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case
  • 2x USB3, 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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  • Jeffrey G.
  • 9/26/2014 12:22:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: I was looking to build a gaming case that did not look like another monster tower. This case fit the bill. It looks more like an entertainment component or speaker, only the glass window on the side gives it away. I put an ASRock Fatall1ty Micro ATX gaming board, Intel i7-5820k, 16GB Corsair Vengence DDR4, Corsair H105 Cooler, EVGA 1300W power supply, Panasonic Blue-Ray Burner, Samsung SSD drives in Raid5, and 2 MSI GTX780ti. Cable management was easy with slot in the bottom between sections and the large slot by the front of the case. There were no brackets supplied for the 2.5 SSD so I had to pickup a few of them as well as cables which were not supplied with the mother board. I removed all the panels for the build and swapped components around a couple of times without issues.

When using the water cooler in same bay as the mother board you will need memory that does not have the high rise cooling fins, because you will not be able to install or remove them with the cooler in place.

The large power supply was just wide enough that you could not seat the second graphics card without loosening the power supply's mounting bolts.

The case comes with 3 fairly quiet fans, but the on board fan speed switch has little effect on fan speed and noise. I relocated all my fan connections to the mother board where I could better control them. The fans are set to pull from the front and blow out the back and the cooler is set to pull from the top.

Gaming temps are 48C mother board and 56C processor at 4.0HZ OC playing Battlefield 4 max settings at 94 frames.

Cons: Fan switch is pretty much useless, should be avoided.

White internal brackets and blanks on a black case?

Thumb screws do not stay with panels which have a tendency to roll away.

No eject button for Optical Drive. (I drilled a pin hole in front of the eject button.

This is a great case, all these issues are minor and couldn't be considered any kind of deal breaker.

Other Thoughts: I am planning my itx build with this case's little cousin and Nvidia GTX980, as soon as I find an itx LGA 2011-3.

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  • Sarah F.
  • 9/23/2014 5:17:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome mATX case!

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: I just did an mATX build in this case with the following components:

i5-4690k with H100i AIO cooler
ASRock Z97M OC Formula
G-Skill Sniper 8GB 1866MHz
nVidia GTX 770 2GB (Transferred from an older build)
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Western Digital Black 1TB
Corsair RM 750 power supply

This case is awesome to build in. While it is certainly a tighter fit than a full or mid tower ATX, it is still not that bad to build in. Fractal did an EXCELLENT job maximizing the capabilities in a case of this size by making use of every space available. The front panel accepts two 2.5" drives, the floor of the motherboard compartment accepts two 2.5" or 3.5" drives, and there are two HD bays which hold 4 2.5" or 3.5" drives each. This gives the case a total storage potential of up to 12 hard drives simultaneously. Obviously, if you choose to do that, there are some sacrifices.

If you wish, you can remove both hard drive cages and place one on the floor on the power supply compartment. This frees up the top of the case to allow the installation of a radiator on the top in BOTH chambers of the case, plus a radiator in the front of the motherboard chamber. That means you can potentially fit up to THREE 240mm radiators in this case and still retain one of the hard drive cages if you are careful about cable and tube routing. Even if you remove both drive cages, you still have the potential to mount four drives, two of which can be 3.5".

This case also presents an excellent view through the side window. I mounted a Silverstone 12" LED strip on the top of the case on the motherboard tray side. It is behind the H100i radiator and fans and it fits PERFECTLY. It is exactly the right length to fit in this case, so I highly recommend 1 or 2. The look is nothing short of stunning.

Also, the onboard fan controller is functional and nice. I like being able to control fan speeds and I have 4 case fans hooked up to it (I bought an extra 140mm fan and put it in the rear of the case on the PSU side, which accepts a 140mm fan, then I moved the 120mm that was there to the front on the motherboard side. Giving two 120mm intakes and one 120mm exhaust on the MB side, plus one 140mm exhaust on the PSU side. Plus, the two radiator fans are set up as intakes on the MB side and are hooked up to the motherboard and controlled with Corsair Link. This case supports extremely high airflow levels. With all of the fans turned up, it is quite audible. But with the fans on their lowest setting and the H100i in quiet mode, the case is extremely quiet and it stays VERY cool even in this setting.

This case offers more water cooling support out of the box than something like the Fractal Define R4. The R4 is intended to be used with an air cooling setup due to its massive width for a mid tower. The Node 804, on the other hand, is obviously intended to use extreme amounts of water cooling for such a small case. I'd love to do a custom loop in this case with three 240mm radiators in t

Cons: There are very few cons to this case that aren't shared by other mATX cases. Those cons include things like a more cramped build which is less forgiving. If you make a mistake, you may have to go back and take a lot of stuff out to fix it. An example is that if there is a problem with the installation of your aftermarket CPU cooler and you don't realize it until the rig is up and running, you will be uninstalling the hard drives in order to reach it. That's because in order to access the rear of the motherboard, you have to remove the hard drive cages. For the same reason, the sequence of your build needs to be thought out more carefully in order to avoid annoyances.

One other small con is that the design of the case creates a rat's nest right behind the front panel in the PSU compartment of the case. This can be unsightly because it is visible from the window if you look for it. Using a modular power supply with all black cables and careful cable management can avoid this to some extent, so those components are highly recommended (The RM 750 provided me with the black cables and modular setup). If you are willing to make the investment, short cables will also help, although some cables may still have to be the long variety due to how they need to be routed.

The case also isn't as quiet as the super quiet cases like the Fractal Define R4. This should be apparent to anyone buying this case, but it is a con I guess. Fractal does take several key measures to ensure that it is not too loud and it's certainly not really loud. My point is just that it's no Fractal Define R4. I do really appreciate the included fan controller. By having a lot of fans and just turning down the fan speed, you end up getting plenty of cooling and not making much noise. I keep all fans on the lowest setting and the H100i in quiet mode unless I'm benchmarking or playing CPU/GPU intensive games. You might benefit from a rear exhausting graphics card design like the new GTX 980 with the reference cooler. That card is amazing btw, since they lowered the TDP you can get really great performance with the stock cooler and that is good news for mini ITX and micro ATX builders.

One last con that you might not think of immediately is the fact that it is a big, shiny, new flat topped item. This means that it is a cat magnet. If you own cats, they will try to sit on this computer. Since I have my radiatior top mounted, this is a potential problem.

Other Thoughts: This case will not disappoint if you buy it understanding the limitations and advantages of the design. Make sure you consult the manual, since various online reviewers failed to do so. Unfortunately, JayzTwoCents failed miserably on his review of this case. He failed to notice that you can re-mount one of the drive cages on the floor of the case on the PSU side, meaning that you can mount a radiator on the PSU side without losing both drive cages. This case is VERY well designed and the folks at Fractal clearly thought things through when they made it.

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  • Thomas F.
  • 9/8/2014 4:34:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReview Update

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: Fractal design service Top Notch. I already got the new fan controller from them. My 2nd time dealing with them ( I buy alot) Both times First Rate

The case itself is a option clearing house. The options are endless. I'm going for a server setup with a new AMD A8 7600

Cons: None Now

Other Thoughts: A Great Company with great potential.

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  • Thomas F.
  • 8/31/2014 6:56:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSame As the Other Fan Controller

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: Excellent Case Plenty Of Room Great Design

One egg off for the fan controller

Cons: I've bought 3 FD cases now & all have had subpar switches & usb connectors. If they srart getting better Accessories They will Be Among the best cases Anywhere

Ive put a support ticket in. They will take care of it.They have great service.
Dump the sata pwr & go to molex instead.

Other Thoughts: The cas fan controller is shorted The Pins are bad. It almost fried my PSU. Beware.. If you have no start issues or strange random Quirks Disconnect the Fan controller

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  • Chris M.
  • 8/26/2014 8:34:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsShort Circuiting Dilemma

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: Sleek Design as seen and stated, comes with well made builders guide, sturdy side panels, black and white color schemed interior.

Cons: MAJOR PROBLEM regarding the Fan controller in the back of the chassis. Using the built in fans, ONE fan when connected caused my system to short circuit or cause a problem that made the pc flicker on then off for not more than a second. being my first build i never heard of this problem but it ONLY occurs when this fan is connected.

Other Thoughts: Please fix this, there might be a potential shortage issue with other components in my system, components of this scale are expensive and virtually untestable without a functioning motherboard. the brand new mobo did not allow the computer to post.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Chris,

Please exuse the delay. We are only now able to reply to Newegg reviews.

We're sorry to hear that the fan controller on your Node 804 is not working properly. In all of our cases there is a red paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support team. If you have lost that piece of paper please contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

You can also call our toll free number: 855-446-3722.

Our office are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm CT.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Matthew K.
  • 8/13/2014 10:58:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy Favorite mATX Case!

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: Ok, just know now, this is probably the largest mATX case that there is. It can fit a ton of stuff inside, but is still significantly smaller than a mid sized case. My rig right now has a custom cooling loop hooked up to the CPU and GPU and the radiators being used are one 120mm AND a 240mm! I bought this thing, because all my stuff just wouldn't fit into the BitFenix Prodigy M case. In short, it has room for everything you could want in your mATX build.

Cons: Nothing, I adore this case.

Other Thoughts: This case is just so awesome, if anyone wanted to watercool their components (not just the CPU, but the GPU as well) for an mATX case, then I honestly wouldn't recommend anything except for the Fractal Node 804.

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  • Thad M.
  • 8/11/2014 11:46:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing Case for the Price

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: • Dust proofing - Everything that could act as an inlet for dust has a filter on it. Not only that, but the filters are easily removable without disassembling anything, and are washable. The only thing that isn't filtered is the 2 rear exhausts.

• Great build quality - It is sturdy, yet not overly heavy

• Capacity - For cases in this size range, this simply seems to hold the most hardware

Cons: • Cable Management, or lack thereof - seriously, there is only 5 cable tie notches, and they are in a straight line along the bottom of the case. About the only thing they are useful for is helping run your front panel audio. Lack of cut-out below the motherboard, no rubber grommets. A lot is left to be desired here.

• Packaging - They used a styrofoam instead of more plyable closed cell foam. Because of this my case came with a very obvious deformation around on of the side panel screws.

Other Thoughts: Very honestly one of the best cases I have worked in, despite the minor issues. If you get this case, go to your local lowes/home depot and get zip bases/anchor points and use those to run cables.

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  • Robert P.
  • 8/4/2014 7:28:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case, super quiet

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: The case itself is very stylish. Build quality is pretty good -- some plastic parts, but overall very well built. This case has the best slide out drive trays I've ever worked with short of actual hot-swap drive trays. The fans that come with the case are extremely quiet.

Cons: The power connector for the case requires a sata power adapter which ended up being a bit akward as I had to pull a power cable around from the other side. It'd be nice if this cable was passed through to the side where the power supply is supposed to be.

Other Thoughts: This case houses 6 2TB drives at home for my FreeNAS server. It's quiet, stylish and works.

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  • FLY C.
  • 7/21/2014 5:47:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsthis case is amazing

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: this case is amazing, very well designed, it fits microATX and MITX boards. i love that hard drives are in another container. making the ventilation of the hard drives more efficient (Very importan if you are building a NAS). the fan controller works perfect and keep my case silent.

Cons: none so far.

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  • Mathew L.
  • 7/10/2014 10:56:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Looks!

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel MATX Cube Case Computer Case

Pros: - Great design
- Separate thermal zones
- Tons of mounting points for fans and radiators
- 3 good looking and quiet fans included
- Can potentially hold a ton of drives

Cons: - A magnet for finger prints
- Extremely cramped if you intent to SLI or Crossfire
- The slim ODD specifics should be covered in the description
- Cable management was a pain

Other Thoughts: I really enjoy this case. Moved all of the white fans to the window side and used Noctua on the opposite. The BeQueit! Dark Rock 3 looks amazing in the case, BUT its a space hog.
It would be great if the description would mention that to use a slim drive you will need a slimline SATA power cable converter of some sort. The options I found are slim SATA to Molex, slim SATA to standard SATA (in the form of a lead or a straight out converter), or Silverstone makes a power supply cable with 4 connections, 3 standard SATA and 1 slim SATA.
The Silverstone option seems to be the cleanest so I believe I will try it out.

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