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Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-WH White Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs beautiful case but shoddy manufacturing 06/26/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-WH White Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: This is a very nice looking case with some nice features. The white/black contrast looks really cool, and the layout is fairly solid. Its amazing that you can get 6x 3.5" disks in this thing for how small it is.

Cons: Whoever tapped the threads in this case needs to be re-trained. Unless you have really strong fingers, you'll need a screwdriver for the thumb screws. Even worse, whomever assembled this thing decided to crank every screw down as tightly as possible. I had to be very careful in removing the screws (especially those holding the HDD carriers in place w/out buggering them up.

The mounting holes for SSDs are out of alignment. I could only use 2/4 for my Intel SSD, and I doubt its Intel that has tolerance problems.

Other Thoughts: I'm not looking forward to upgrading this computer... I don't think I'd buy this case again. This is the 3rd Fractal case I've owned, and by far its the worst.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-IF-O SSI CEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty good but hard to cool with 115 CPUs 07/14/2012

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-IF-O SSI CEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600

Pros: Inexpensive dual socket 2011 ATX board
Post time is not that slow - maybe 10-15 seconds. Perhaps it depends on RAM configuration.

Cons: Sockets are REALLY close together. I tried a Scythe cooler but the mounting clips interfered with each other. Ended up with Dynatron R17s, but they only fit with the fans pointing towards each other. (For now I've reversed one).
Occasionally takes 2 attempts to post.

Other Thoughts: Building compute server/workstations for university research. Parts list:
Silverstone Raven (good case for this much heat)
2x E2670 cpu (don't recommend any higher TDP than 115W)
Seasonic M12II 620 W PSU
8x Kingston 1600 REG DIMM (KVR1600D3S4R11S/4G)
Intel 330 60GB SSD

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Western Digital WD Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This is a solid performing drive.

Cons: Newegg has a reputation for poorly packaging hard drives. Mine arrived DOA.

Oddly enough the DVD burner shipped in the same box was quite well wrapped.

Other Thoughts: If your drive arrives DOA - politely ask Newegg to pay for return shipping. Perhaps if this happens enough, they will realize using a little bubble wrap or foam is more cost effective than issuing a bunch of RMA's.

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Jay O.'s Profile

Display Name: Jay O.

Date Joined: 03/16/03

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/21/10
  • Last Review: 06/26/14
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