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Fractal Design Node 605 Black Aluminum/Steel ATX HTPC/Media Center Computer Case

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  • Aluminum / Steel ATX HTPC/Media Center
  • Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing material
  • Integrated card reader
  • Air filters for side fans and PSU
  • Integrated Fan Controller
  • 2x USB3.0, 1 X Firewire, Audio In/Out Front Ports

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NODE 605

Node 605

The Node 605 boasts a minimalistic, sleek, Scandinavian appearance, designed to integrate easily into your home theater equipment.

Featuring a stunning exterior accompanied by a modern, black interior, with sound and vibration dampening materials, the Fractal Design Node 605 supports a full ATX motherboard as well as a graphics card up to 11 inches (280mm) in length.

Cleverly hidden behind the access panel on the solid, 8mm-thick aluminum front panel are two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, and a multi-format card reader for your convenience.

Features

NODE 605
  • Solid aluminum front panel
  • Supports full ATX motherboards
  • Noise-dampening material
  • 4 HDD/SSD slots
  • Integrated card reader
  • Two Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans included
  • Supports graphics cards up to 11 inches (280mm) in length - 7 inches (180mm) with all hard drives in place
  • USB 3.0 and FireWire front connectors
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Specifications

  • ATX, microATX, Mini ITX, DTX motherboard compatibility
  • 7 expansion slots
  • 4 - Supports either 2.5" or 3.5" HDD / SSD
  • 1 Slim-line ODD (only supported with mATX or smaller motherboards)
  • PSU Compatibility: 7 Inches (180mm) (including any modular connectors) with both hard drive cages mounted or 7.4 inches (190mm) (excluding cables and any modular connectors) with one hard drive cage mounted
  • CPU Cooler compatibility: Approx 125mm with side-mounted fans - For coolers with top-mounted fans, Fractal Design recommends that you add at least 30mm clearance for decent airflow
  • Case dimensions (W x H x D): 17.5 x 6.4 x 13.7 inches (445 x 164 x 349mm) (excluding front panel - 17.3 x 6.3 x 13.4 inches (440 x 162 x 341mm))
  • Net weight: 13.2 lbs (6.0kg)

Cooling system

  • 5 Fan slots total (3 - 120mm + 2 - 80mm)
  • 2 x 120mm Silent Series R2 fans included
  • Air filters for side fans and PSU
  • Integrated three-channel fan controller (included)

Graphics card compatibility

  • 7" (180mm) with both hard drive cages mounted
  • 10" (255mm) with one hard drive cage mounted
  • 11.4" (290mm) in the top two ATX expansion card slots with two hard drive cages mounted
  • 11" (280mm) in the top four ATX expansion card slots with one hard drive cage mounted, containing one 3.5" HDD and one 2.5" SSD

Front interface

  • 2 - USB 3.0
  • 1 - FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • 1 - 3.5mm Audio in (microphone)
  • 1 - 3.5mm Audio out (headphone)
  • 1 - Card reader
  • Power button with LED
  • HDD LED

Package contents

NODE 605
  • Node 605 Computer Case
  • User Manual
  • Accessory Box

Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-605-BL

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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5/ 5
Great customer support, and the case is pretty nice too.

Pros: I bought this case from a local shop that is moving and had this case new in the box for a while. It turned out to be missing the OD bracket. Even though it's discontinued, Fractal Design Customer Support sent me a new bracket. No charge.

Cons: discontinued, so good luck finding one

Other Thoughts: yes, and the quality of the case has me eyeballing the Meshify C and the Node 202 for other projects

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5/ 5
Best HTPC case yet

Pros: Sleek design, nice metal finish, plenty of room for up to 4 hard drives, and the fans that come with it are near silent

Cons: None

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4/ 5
Great looking HTPC case!

Pros: Front face is 1/4" aluminum plate, looks great.
Dimensions are almost the same as my Yamaha receiver.
Fits a full ATX board inside.

Cons: Its a tight fit inside. Clearance issues with aftermarket fans, video cards.
Drive mounting system is kind of lame but I don't use them.

Other Thoughts: I managed to fit an nvidia 1080 card inside. Had to bend the back just to squeeze it in there and also had to modify the power cords to get them to clear the top of the case but I made it work. The drive mounts definitely would not work in my case, m.2 ssd was the only way to go for me. Also had to modify a noctua 120mm fan to clear my motherboard's CPU power connector. I could probably mount a slimline drive and clear the ATX motherboard but I don't need one, use plex from a NAS for media.

Just FYI, 290mm long video card is the absolute maximum, there is a couple of mm of clearance. Also my power supply is about 170mm long and it clears the front left fan. Lastly, noctua nh-d9l cpu cooler is the way to go in this case.

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5/ 5
Awesome HTPC case!

Pros: I have been looking at this case for some time and waited patiently for it to go on sale, and finally it did. Got it ordered and I just got my case last week. Upon opening the box and removing it the protective material I got my first chance to gazing upon its exterior and admire its modern yet simplistic beauty. The exterior is everything I expected it to be. The face is a smooth with an understated brushed texture and a solid feel, and will pair well with most any home theater system. The paint on the rest of the exterior and interior is a great black satin and smooth finish. It paired very nicely with my Corsair PSU; matter-of-fact if you didn’t know better one would think it was all one piece along the back.

Cons: Construction wise everything is very solid and engineered excellently, but some of these tight tolerances have created some issues. The door on the front panel has a slight bow to it; now, while this is not noticeable when it’s closed it is noticeable when the door is open. There is enough of a bow in the door that it rubs on the case as it opens and closes. It’s not a big enough problem to render the case unusable but enough to notice that something is off. The only other drawback to this case is the arrangement of the interior. While some areas of the case are free and open other parts are very cramped; namely the side with the slim dvd opening. Once a power supply is in there, along with the hard drive(s), slim dvd drive, connection cables, you will have a wiring/routing challenge on your hands. And as others has pointed out, if you use a full size ATX board the dvd slot will be unusable. As much as I like and appreciate the hanging HD cages I feel they are the biggest hurdle to deal with in this case. If the HD cages were to occupy the other side of the case above the mother board or mounted into the lid of the case I feel the wiring/routing and air circulation would be much better.

Other Thoughts: Something I would consider when using this case. First and foremost; use a modular PSU with this case. The fewer “loose” wires you have hanging around in this case the better; it will reduce the amount of routing you will need to do and increase the airflow in the area around the hard drives. Next, I would strongly suggest using a micro-ATX board with this case. Not only does the smaller board allow for easier routing and storage of possible loose cables, it also allows the use of the slim dvd drive bay. Finally, I’d suggest using SSD’s with this case; simply to reduce the number of spinning/vibrating parts within the case.
Finally, I know I haven’t made any comments about the fans but at the time of this review but I didn’t have access to an outlet to power on the system at the time of the build. However, I’ll try to remember to add to my review once I got the system up and running.

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5/ 5
Great HTPC

Pros: This case is attractive and the best quality i have ever seen in a computer case! the case is made of solid heavy steel. and it looks like a piece of stereo equipment which is what i was looking for, and it fits 120mm fans, so it can still get good airflow and yet be quiet. which is also another reason that i bought it. when building a HTPC for audio, you can't have your computer sounding like a vacuum cleaner. It has a fan speed controller located on the right side, when paired with a few quiet fans this case is practically silent.

Cons: The fans that come with the case are decent but could be a bit quieter, i can hear them in a quiet room. the white metal brackets that hold the hard drives in place could be a bit more sturdy. also, when using a cd/dvd rom drive you cannot fit a full atx motherboard in this case.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased other cases in the past through online retailers and sometimes when they arrive they aren't the same quality as the images lead you to believe. (cough cough Lian-Li) I found this case in a local store on display and as able to check it out. i could tell this was a much higher quality product than the other ones i saw, so i bought it right then. if i had known at the time it was available here @newegg i would of bought it here and saved some money.
I bought this to fit in my entertainment center with my stereo equipment, and it does nicely. it looks great. if i ever have a need for another one like this i won't hesitate to buy it again, this time it will be from newegg.

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Verified Owner
4/ 5
Excellent case, not so excellent cable management...

Pros: Looks good, clean profile, and blends in with other home theater components flawlessly. Was able to get 6TB of drives, plus a 256GB SSD into the case, despite using a monster Rosewill 850 Extreme PSU (and all the cables that came with it). Case fans are ridiculously quiet, coupled with silent running ASUS GTX 960 video card, the PSU fan was actually the loudest in the case.

Cons: I think Fractal should add 18-25mm in height to the case, and use that space to tuck in unused PSU cables under the motherboard tray. I would also have added another 25mm in width, so that the number of drives isn't restricted by the video card length, or vice versa.

Other Thoughts: Don't throw away the zip ties that come with the case, you will need them later for sure!

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4/ 5
Great case, but had some QC problems

Pros: - Beautiful
- High quality materials
- Room for a decent number of drives

Cons: - Can be tight to work in
- Some very slight fitment issues with the optical drive not sitting flush with the front panel ( very minor)
- Cable management can be difficult with a lot of drives/graphics card
- I had a pretty glaring QC issue (see below)

Other Thoughts: This is the third time I am writing this because NewEgg insists on expiring logins within seconds, so I am going to be brief in hopes that I don't lose everything again.

This is an excellent case, very beautiful. When you pull it out of the box you know that you have something special. That being said, I did have one of the fan leads from the 3-way fan controller that had gotten smashed under one of the screws for the power button or fan controller switch or something, and sheared in half, leaving only two working leads and exposed wires that could have potentially lead to a short, and damaged components had I not discovered it.

This is a pretty glaring issue, so I am knocking a star off. That being said, I understand that things sometimes happen, and will hopefully be able to build in a Fractal case again in the future, at which point they can prove me wrong.

A couple quick points of advice for building in this case;

1. Measure measure measure! Be 100% positive of your component sizes before ordering this case. There is not much leeway.
2. Make sure that your GFX card has power connection (if present) on the side, not the top. I had to make a very hard bend in order to prevent the cross brace in the middle or the case top panel from interfering with the power connection.
3. Use straight-ended SATA cabled with retention clips to avoid connections coming lose after installing the drive cages. It was not fun in the slightest to fish around between the drives, graphics card, and cross brace trying to reconnect a SATA cable that came loose.

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5/ 5
Top Quality

Pros: • Solid construction
• Included case fans are extremely quiet (be sure to flip the tiny switch on the side for lower RPM)
• Good use of space for components inside

Cons: • Bright light on front power switch needs to chill out
• Included screws strip easily so don't go using the same screwdriver for everything

Other Thoughts: As soon as you remove the lid on this case you know you are dealing with quality. Not a tinny twang heard, and not a weeble or a wobble as I installed components.

You'll be using this case for years given its unassuming style and rigid construction.

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