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Item#: N82E16811352027
Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
  • Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0, AUDIO Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
  • $99.99
  • $89.99
  • Save: $10.00 (10%)
  • $7.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

-There is just enough space to add all of your high-end components.
-Awesomely SMALL
-Fits my huge Hyper 212.
-Can support a long video card up to 13" I would say... mine is 11.27" and there's more space for about 2 inches
-SILENT case fans.
-Integrated fan controller; which contributes to the super silent case fans.
-Looks sleek and cute HDD LED at the bottom right of the front of the case.
-Black Interior is always a plus :)

Cons:

-Can only support a PSU up to 160mm; PLEASE make sure that if your PSU is modular it needs to be at least 5-10mm less than 160mm.
-Bring zip-ties or any cable managing mechanisms, you'll need them.
-The fan filter for the GPU hits one of my GPU's fan blades a bit but just enough that it makes a buzzing noise. I fix this by placing heavy books on top of my case to stretch the shell that the case covers; which works, but after my GPU's fan speed picks up, the problem remains.

Other Thoughts:

-a modular PSU can be extremely useful when it comes to cable management
-Again, make sure your PSU is no longer than 160mm IF you have a long video card (sorry I didn't mention that above); but, regardless it should be less than 160mm (My older one was 20mm too long :c )
-I couldn't reach the bottom left screw of the PSU mount because its cramped in a tight corner, the 3 screws shall do though.
-Heat inside the case doesn't seem to be a major issue considering its such a small case. Usually stays idle at 30C with the fan controller on "M", which should be 6v.
-I REALLY wish I could have given this case 5 eggs but, the shell that covers the case being either too long or short did affect the rating...

Core PC Specs:

-i5 4670k
-AsRock Z87E-ITX
-Hyper 212
-Powercolor 7870 2GB OC Vortex II Ed.
-Seasonic S12II 520 (Non-modular)
- HyperX 8GB DDR3

*Will make another review in the future, perhaps in 3 months

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  • Raciel M.
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