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.
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
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.
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)
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
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