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Fractal Design Node 202 Black Slim Profile Mini-ITX Computer Case

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  • Steel Mini-ITX Slim Profile Case
  • Intelligent thermal interior design highlighting separate motherboard and graphics card chambers
  • Highly versatile case that can be set up both vertically and horizontally
  • 2x USB3.0 Audio In/Out Front Ports
  • Removable Dust Filters

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NODE 202 - Black

The Node 202 is the ultimate PC case for those looking for a beautifully designed, compact chassis that can house a capable gaming build.

This small footprint is an intelligently built unit where extreme detail was placed into the design phase to get every line and spec in perfect harmony. With both horizontal and vertical orientation possibilities, the Node 202 can be placed anywhere in the house. The sleek design makes it very attractive next to the TV in the living room or on your desk in the office.

The internal layout of the Node 202 keeps the hot components separate and has them all placed in proximity of free-flow air so the case will run cool despite not having any extra case fans.

Key features

  • Featuring a sleek and elegant design that will fit in any space or room
  • Extremely small footprint with a volume of only 10.2 liters
  • A highly versatile case that can be set up both vertically and horizontally
  • Supports Mini-ITX motherboards, SFX power supplies and graphics cards up to 310mm in length
  • Provides a smart thermal interior design highlighting separate motherboard and graphics card chambers
  • Strategically placed air filters for a dust free interior
NODE 202

Specifications

  • Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
  • 2 - 2.5? SSD unit positions
  • 2 expansion slots
  • 2 - 120mm optional fan positions in graphics card chamber
  • CPU coolers up to 56 mm in height
  • PSU compatibility: SFX PSUs up to 130mm long
  • Graphics card compatibility: Maximum dimension of graphics card is 310x145x47mm (LxHxD)
  • Can be placed both vertical and horizontal position
  • 3 dust filters included (for CPU, GPU and PSU)
  • Case volume: 10.2 litres
  • Colors available: Black
  • Case dimensions - Horizontal (WxHxD): 377 x 82 x 330 mm
  • Case dimensions - Horizontal, with feet/protrusions/screws (WxHxD): 377 x 88 x 332 mm
  • Case dimensions - Vertical, with feet/protrusions/screws (WxHxD): 125 x 385 x 332 mm
  • Package weight: 3.5 kg
  • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 145 x 463 x 388 mm
  • Package weight: 4 kg


Front interface

  • 2 USB 3.0
  • Audio in/out
  • Power button with LED (white)

Package contents

  • Node 202 compupter case
  • Accessory box
  • User manual
  • Vertical stand
  • Riser card for graphics card

Additional information

  • EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041082675
  • UPC: 817301012676
  • Product code: FD-CA-NODE-202-BK
  • Available for System Integrators

Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-202-BK

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Case! ***Read other if your having trouble keeping the CPU cool***

Pros: -Fits everything I needed for a console sized gaming PC. (see other)
-USB 3.0 Front
-For being so small with everything I put into it, it actually stays pretty cool. (CPU on everyday functions sits around 39c)
-Allows for two 120mm fans to be pointed at my RTX 2070.
-Case fit my 58mm CPU cooler

Cons: -Looks like a DVR box.
-To clean the filters you have to take the back side of the case off which is held on by plastic tabs.

Other Thoughts: *** My CPU under a heavy load was running hot. To fix this all I did was remove the dust filter on the case that covers the vent for the CPU. This bought me temps that were lowered by 10-20c ! ***


System Specs:
-GIGABYTE Z390 I AORUS PRO WIFI LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
-CORSAIR SF750 CP-9020186-NA 750W SFX 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
-x2 Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW020T8X1
-Silverstone Tek Low-Profile Heatsink CPU Cooler with 92mm PWM Fan
-CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
-Fractal Design Node 202 Black Slim Profile Mini-ITX Computer Case
-EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC GAMING, 08G-P4-2172-KR, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans & RGB LED
-Intel - Core i9-9900K Octa-Core 3.6 GHz Desktop Processor

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Best SFF case under $100

Pros: -ITX case with full GPU support.
-Very little to no wasted space.
-Choice between vertical and horizontal orientation.
-Includes dust filers.

Cons: -When using the case in horizontal orientation with a non-blower style undervolted rx 580, my temps would shoot up to 90C in less than a minute with one 120mm intake fan in the compartment. (More about this in the other section)
-Only about 3 options for cpu coolers will fit in this case, so you will have to account for this when selecting a cooler.
-It is rather difficult to remove the bottom of the case.

Other Thoughts: If you are having temp issues with either your cpu or gpu I would recommend purchasing a 40mm fan to exhaust. The fan can be mounted to exhaust out of the side of the cpu compartment or I was able to dremel through the top of my gpu compartment and mount the fan just clear of my gpu, near the front i/o panel. By doing this, I was able to drop between 20-30C from my gpu and no longer have throttling issues.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
No problems with thermals at all.

Pros: - Thin
- Medium Sized Bo1
- Vertical or horizontal orientation
-No problems at all with thermals for my particular setup.

Cons: -Cable management tricky, but it's always going to be with smaller cases.
-Horizontal corner arrow stickies don't stick. kinda inconvenient.
-It's still "too big" to be hyper-portable. This boy is long peepee style. I think any case that can support a double width full sized gpu will suffer from this problem. If you want an actually tiny PC I think that the Ryzen 3600G coming out with graphics installed right in the CPU will be your best bet. If you know you want a discrete GPU however, a case like this may be as good as it gets.

Other Thoughts: I'm using a GTX 1060 6GB PNY - Blower style. I haven't had any thermal problems with this case at all during gaming loads, or streaming. Even OC'd my cpu a bit. no extra fans, just 200GE stock fan&heatsink (not good at all like the wraith for ryzen cpus), and the blower cooler on the gpu. Highly recommend blower style GPU for this case, as I haven't had any issue with it. Consider 1070 FE. Get MSI Afterburner so you can crank up the gpu fan to suck the heat right out of the case.

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5/ 5
node 202

Pros: well this is my dream PC, I wanted something like this a long time ago, something like an xbox or ps3,ps4 and finally I got it I would like to upload a picture so you see what I'm talking about,I got an RGB fan on the cpu and also a gtx 1080 I had to add an additional 3 speed fan to cool down the gpu, to me this is a great advance on technology, thanks to that I just built my dream computer ����I'm very very happy

Cons: need more air flow on the gpu area

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Terrible Case

Pros: Absolutely nothing!!!!!!!!

Cons: Terrible air flow! Terrible thermals! Terrible sound! Absurdly loud and this terrible site won't let me return this terrible product! Beyond annoyed with my purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Manufacturer Response:
I'm sorry you've had so much trouble with the noise and thermal performance on your new build in the Node 202. This compact enclosure was designed to offer excellent airflow for its size, but effectively cooling a small form factor build does tend to have some challenges to overcome, and if there is a flaw with the case we would appreciate the opportunity to make it right. There are many factors that can result in poor thermal and acoustic performance, from the types of fans, to their location in the case, any internal or external obstructions, and even the fan headers you used on the motherboard. Please contact us directly via support.fractal-design.com and we’ll gladly help troubleshoot and offer advice on optimizing your build, hopefully with the end result of meeting or exceeding your standards of cooling performance.
Best regards, Andrew Leibman
4/ 5
Great ITX mini case.

Pros: Excellent price for this quality. I purchased the case with the included 450w power supply.
Looks great!
Space for full size graphics card + 2 fans. This requires removing the graphics card angle support, which might be a problem with large/heavy cards.

Cons: Limited cooling options for motherboard side of case; no fan mount. Only fan is in PSU. In vertical position, MB side is at the top.
Solution: purchase a Processor cooler that is snug enough to case side holes to pull in outside air. E.G: Scythe SCBSK-2100. (I ended up not needing that, but a higher power processor would.)

Other Thoughts: My setup: Asus z170i/6700/GTX1070mini. I used stock CPU cooler and 1x 120mm fan on graphics card side. No graphics card heat issues. The motherboard side of the case gets quite warm, but did not cause overheating with my 65w processor. In the vertical position the graphics card must be on the bottom, causing all that heat to end up on the motherboard side; this is required due to the PSU exhausting out the side of the case instead of the back. A blower style card would likely prevent most of that problem.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Large footprint

Pros: Nothing special

Cons: I don’t know why some people are calling this a small case – it’s footprint is huge for a mini-itx case at 14.75” [w] x 13” [d]. By contrast the Silverstone ML09 is only 13.75” [w] by 8” [d].

Be aware that if you are planning to build with an AMD 5 2400G with no graphics card, and an m.2 stick for storage, that 50% of this case is just wasted open space. It is a misnomer to call this a small case. It is skinny but not small.

As another reviewer said, there is virtually no ventilation on the side where the MOBO goes.

No USB 3.1 Gen 2 on the front panel - when will case manufacturers catch up?

No reset switch.

The "off" light is a strong white light, much brighter than any other case I have seen.

It is too bad that it is so difficult to find small cases in stock like the InWin Chopin, or even the Silverstone ML09, for those who want to do a small build.

Other Thoughts: I could only recommend this case to someone doing a build where they want a shallow case and will be using a graphics card, and do not care about the footprint size.

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5/ 5
2001 Space Odyssey

Pros: This is one of the nicest looking, well-designed computer cases I've seen. For the price you can't go wrong. It's compact and minimal, the front face is clean (no optical slots etc), it's adequately ventilated and it looks like a towering black monolith in the upright position. This is my #2 favorite case ever behind the PC-Q25, another elegant gem of a case with minimalistic design. This one is a home run.

Cons: Doesn't seem to advance intelligence in sentient lifeforms such as apes.

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