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Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

  • 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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  • Ryan Z.
  • 8/23/2015 5:08:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest MAtx case I ever owned

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: -Easy to work in
-Sound dampening (All fans run 100% and barely audible)
-Unlimited ways for watercooling
-Big for a MAtx, but still that perfect median

Cons: -No rubber grommets makes it harder to have clean looking cable management

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  • Brennen W.
  • 8/21/2015 8:11:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice build friendly case

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: I had the bitfenix prodigy (which is still a great case) but i was looking for something bigger for my mini itx build to be able to put my h100i push pull and my 980ti hybrid, and the fit is nearly perfect with great cable routes and cable management note: if anyone gets this case for an mini itx build the hoses for the h100i in push pull will fit in the psu side of the case.

Cons: not really any quams with this case except it would have been nice to be able to put a 140mm on the motherboard side instead of the psu side ( which will not fit if you have h100i in push pull configuration )

Other Thoughts: beautiful well constructed case!

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  • Michael C.
  • 7/30/2015 12:10:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice case. I use it for a NAS.

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: Great ventilation. Easy setup. Easy install. Great cable management. Several cooling options and fan / radiator placement.

Cons: Screws are tiny, can easily be mixed up when taking apart and reassembling. Especially when removing the two top rear screws that attach the top to the rear of the case. These screws are slightly longer than all the others. I missed this at first and was going nuts trying to get the small ones to fit.

Other Thoughts: My first case / computer build. Since I use this for a NAS, I have a lot of open space inside, especially on the windowed side. I currently have 4 WD reds in the thing and will expand soon. Case is rather large for a NAS. The case looks like it's really designed for a beefed up gaming system. Plenty of room for PCI expansions and huge video cards. But still a great case. I really recommend it for gamers. Side window will look awesome with LED's.

My system:

-Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case
-ASRock E3C226D2I Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600/1333
-Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Server Memory
-Intel Xeon E3-1220V3 Haswell 3.1GHz LGA 1150 80W Server Processor
-Cooler Master Seidon 120V – Compact All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan
-Antec EA-750 PLATINUM 750W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Power Supply
-LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 AV600 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit
-SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ33-008G-B35 (For FreeNAS OS)
-FreeNAS-9.3-STABLE-201506292130

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  • Jeffrey T.
  • 7/19/2015 6:36:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: Great airflow and provisions for numerous fan/cooler applications. Compartmentalization makes for easy assess and build. Included fans are quiet. The case is sturdy albeit heavy because of the substantial steel frame construction.

Cons: The only real negative I have is that some of the thumb screws do not align with the holes properly and require a screwdriver to secure or remove. Luckily, Fractal made the end of the thumbscrews pointed so they kind of self align but one of them is at an odd angle when securing the top. The HDD cage is nice but prevents a radiator from being top mounted on that side of the box. If you don't have many drives then there are a few work arounds but something to be aware of. As always, locating the fan control in the back is not the most idle location but my fans are controlled from the ASROCK tuning utility so not really a problem.

Other Thoughts: For the money this is a great case. It had been eleven years since my last build and I really enjoyed this case for the build. It looks good, has great airflow, built like a tank (except for the plastic window), and provides for many possibilities. I have a hard time with people buying something then complaining about things which are easily seen or described in product descriptions or numerous reviews. Every case has its faults and everyone has different tastes but this is a very good case and I would recommend it to a friend.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/20/2015 5:59:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest micro case

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: lots of hardrive spots
4 spots for water cooling rads
10 fan spots
dust filters

Cons: only 3 fan, fan controller
no dust filter on 2 rear exhaust fans or 4 top fans

none other i can think of

Other Thoughts: had to use my phantom 410 case fan controller to get extra fans in this case as the default case fan controller only supports 3 fans out of the total 10 fan placements.

Ill keep the case for years to come for any and all my micro-atx builds

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/9/2015 10:08:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfractal node 804

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: awesome case love the design fractal just makes the best cases to me.

Cons: My fractal came with 2 broken fans 140mm and 120mm fan in the back.lools as if case was dropped or kicked hard.very mad over shipping from newegg.

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  • Garry G.
  • 5/18/2015 12:01:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Small Case for HTPC

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: - Cube Design (Perfect for HTPC, LAN Rigs)
- Dual Chamber (Left and Right)
- Room/Space (Lots of build volume on left chamber)
- Cooling Support (Air and Water)
- Large PSU support (Lots of room on right chamber for Power Supply)

Cons: The hard drive rack that sits over top of the power supply on in the right chamber is a bit hard to fit hard drives in while using a bigger sized power supply.

Other Thoughts: I would have to say of all the MicroATX cases that I've used over the years, this one takes the prize.

This was an extremely hassle free case to use for my HTPC build.

I really enjoyed the dual chamber design and the amount of room that this case gave me for the build.

Perfect cube case by Fractal Design, I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a smaller HTPC or Lan rig case.

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  • Jacob T.
  • 5/17/2015 7:05:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat case - 1 flaw

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: Great cable management, cabling looks very clean and I didn't even have to try.
Lots of fan locations, mostly 120mm. Removable dust covers.
Regular ATX power supplies fit.

Cons: The mounting bracket for the slot loading CD/DVD/Blue ray drive is not cut properly. If you are going to install a DVD drive, be prepared with a dremel or tin snips.
Apparently there are 2 different models of the front panel, and the one with an extra plastic support is not being shipped with a bracket that makes room for it. Seems to be a known issue, a few other reviews elsewhere have mentioned it.

Other Thoughts: If you are not going to install a slot loading dvd drive, its a great case. Otherwise it will take weeks to go through tech support and shipping to get a new bracket, or you will have to cut it yourself.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/15/2015 12:31:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood server box.

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: -Holds 8 hard drives easily + 2 SSDs.
-Can fit a fairly large PSU (Corsair AX1200i). Most other competitive cases I was looking at are only able to handle low-wattage shorter PSU's.
-Fits decent sized air coolers. I'm using a EVGA Superclock cooler, but it can barely fit a 212 Evo supposedly. It will not fit a gigantic air cooler, but those are largely becoming obsolete vs. AIO liquid coolers anyways.
-Pretty easy to work with. Thumbscrews, cutouts for cables, etc. Didn't need more than a phillips screwdriver for the entire build.
-The two-compartment design makes for good thermal management and tucks cables away.
-Nice front to back airflow. Good amount of fan + radiator capacity. The hard drive area stays cool even when fully loaded up with drives.
-The built in fan speed controller is nice.

Cons: -No holes in the back to get cables / watercooling outside the case.
-Some of the mobo standoffs are non-removable. You're out of luck if they get cross threaded.
-While this case can technically hold 10 3.5" drives, the extra 2 drives would have to sit in the floor of the mobo compartment and clearance / cabling becomes an issue.
-I wish that I could balance the in-out airflow more. You can have 4 intake 120mm fans but only 1 140mm + 1 120mm outlet. There's nothing they can really do about this without making the case larger.
-I felt that the threading for mobo standoffs was a bit hinky. Very fine line between tight and stripped. They should use a thicker gauge of steel there so the standoffs have more meat to bite into.

Other Thoughts: It's a great case with great efficiency in holding parts with as little total volume as possible I'm using it as a server box with a 4790K, Z87 mATX board, Corsair AX1200i, and 8 3.5" HDDs in the racks + 1 SSD in the front panel. I put 4 120mm fans in the front, and a 120mm + 140mm in the back. I didn't use any of the top fan mounts.

I love the two 4-drive hard drive racks...slide them out...install drives....attach cables...slide back in, done and done. It can get a bit tight between the connectors and the PSU, but it's not "something is going to break" tight.

The only two complaints I have with this case that I don't feel are worth 1 egg is that the front panel fascia has come unglued a bit from the frame that snaps into the case. Also, they really should make another revision with either removable plate or holes in the back of the case to make external watercooling / external drives possible without having to break out the Dremel.

In summary, it's a great case if you want something you can tuck into an entertainment center or in a corner of a cabinet. Holds a lot of hardware, is much easier to cable manage than an itx case.

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  • cheyenne p.
  • 4/27/2015 6:08:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply

Pros: Great looks, works great as a HTPC
Lots of expansion and capacity
Water cooling potential
Quiet operation
Sturdy build quality
Intakes are all filtered
Offers the option for an optical drive (good for HTPC builds)
Compartmentalized with great airflow to both sides

Cons: Hanging drives could be laid out better (cables get pinched)
Lack of cable routing (between compartments) and poor fan controller placement
Legs are short
Filter on PSU is awkwardly removed from the front instead of rear
No reset or eject buttons
Kind of large for a HTPC, but that can be a positive aspect in some cases

Other Thoughts: Overall very satisfied with the case with few minor complaints

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