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Fractal Design Node 304
9.4 out of 10

Fractal Design Node 304

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Overall 9
9.4

Fractal Design Node 304 review

The Guru of 3D
12 March 2013
  • Summary: The Fractal Design Node 304 obviously caters a very specific audience. The guys and gals that need something small and sexy for that functions as a simple net-top, HTPC or the coolest looking NAS/file server ever.
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Overall 9
9.0

Fractal Design Node 304 Case Review

ThinkComputers
18 February 2013
  • Summary: Final Thoughts The Node 304 is coming into a very popular market right now and after taking a look at it I can tell it is going to be a top choice of consumers.  It has a very elegant design, it is something that you can sit on your desk and it is not going to look out of place.
  • Pros: – Great build quality, – Support for up to 6 hard drives, – Supports normal ATX power supplies, – 3 fans included with fan controller, – Elegant design, – USB 3.0 support
  • Cons: – Motherboard standoffs are quite hard to install correctly, – Modular power supplies will not work with longer graphics cards, – No 5.25inch drive bays
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Overall 9
9.2

Expert Review

Tweak Town
30 January 2013
  • Summary: As with anything else Fractal Design has delivered in chassis design in the past, the Node 304 is very sturdy, and even when empty, it is surprisingly weighty. Once you get through the build process and go to move this compact chassis around, the weight is even more of a surprise.
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Overall 9
9.0
Value for money 9
8.5
Performance 9
9.0
Construction 9
9.0
Functionality 9
9.0
Appearance 10
9.5

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Benchmark Reviews
29 December 2012
  • Conclusion: The Node 304 performs incredibly well for such a small enclosure. I wouldn't hesitate to build a high-end gaming system into this case, with all the heat that such a build commonly produces.
  • Pros: Actually would make a great quiet-running file server, HTPC or high-end gaming system, Three fans with included fan controller, One of the smallest enclosures that can still fit high-end GPUs, Still keeps those high-end GPUs cool, Intelligent layout, Fits full size ATX PSUs, Simple, clean and att...
  • Cons: Have to cherry-pick a PSU if building a high-end gaming rig, Must choose between full-length GPU and six HDDs, Cable management always a struggle, Odd shape for an HTPC (Hard to place with other home theater components)
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Overall 9
8.8

Fractal Design NODE 304

techPowerUp!
27 November 2012
  • Summary: The Fractal Design Node 304 does not only look good on the outside, but it also makes great use of its space within. It is clearly the evolution of the Array case: it still offers the ability to install loads of hard drives while also giving the user the ability to go for a big, high-performance...
  • Pros: Great use of space for such a small chassis, Excellent build quality, Three fans are included, Fan controller switch for all three fans, Space for up to six hard drives, Full ATX PSU will fit - just watch the length, USB 3.0 Cable comes with additional USB 2.0 header, Plenty of possibilities to t...
  • Cons: A tad more expensive than other mini-ITX cases out there, No reset button, Modular PSUs won't work in combination with a long GPU, Watch the length of the PSU, especially if you want to install a long GPU, No external drive bay
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Overall 9
8.8

Fractal Design Node 304

Technic 3D
31 January 2013
  • Summary: Im Folgenden Test befassen wir uns mit dem ersten Gehäuse im kompakten Cube-Design des schwedischen Herstellers Fractal Design. Das neue Gehäuse der Schweden, das explizit für Mini-ITX beziehungsweise DTX-Mainboards konzipiert wurde, soll den Anwender durch das Design und die Flexibilität bei der...
  • Pros: Tadellose Verarbeitung, Design, Flexibilität, Kühlsystem, Lüftersteuerung, Platz für überlange Grafikkarten, Platz für bis zu sechs interne Laufwerke, Platz für hohe Tower-Kühler, USB 3.0-Ports
  • Cons: Kein Kabelmanagementsystem, Kein 5,25"-Laufwerk verbaubar
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