Amazing Versatility - More than most reviewers out there realise.
Derek L., Newegg
20 March 2015
Summary: I think the Node 304 is really one of the best cases out there ever. Still amazes me how all the reviewers out there missed its versatility with two simple modifications.
Pros: I am using the Node 304 right now for my ITX, and it's truly amazing how much horsepower I could cram inside it. With a tiny bit of modifications to the PSU bracket frame and one of the plastic plugs that help snap in the front fascia of the Node 304, you can easily fit a high-power ATX power supply (in my case, a Corsair AX760 ATX power supply). The rest of my build is as follows: - CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k - GPU: EVGA GTX 780SC - RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866...
Cons: Designers of the Node 304 at Fractal Design obviously didn't realise how much more versatility they could have gotten out of this case by giving the internal PSU bracket and the plastic clip a small modification. Right now, official specs indicate I "must" use a PSU under 160mm in order to use a full-length graphics card like the GTX780, 980, etc. However, with the small modifications (listed below), there is room to fit a *modular* PSU over 160mm in length and STILL ...
Pros: Great size, relatively easy to install, placement of fans, lots of hard drive bays. Good space for video cards
Cons: After a week the power LED started to blink, then it stopped working. Contacted Fractal Design support, new part on the way right away! Wrong part, they sent USB/power module. Another ticket with more detail, though original ticket said it was the LEDs. Questions in the ticket were never answered! LEDs were sent, but as I noted in the ticket, the LEDs were epxoyed (is that a word?) in. They should have sent a new front panel. Newegg will take it back even though its a...
Summary: While this case says it can accommodate up to 160 mm power supplies, you really can't if you want to use the bracket to SECURELY fasten your PSU in place. Besides, anything with more voltage does make for a near impossibly tight fit. Go with the Corsair CX 600. The non-modular version is far too wide with the location of the motherboard. As you can imagine, this results in tricky cable management in such a small space.
Pros: Slick design, good cooling, (relatively) portable
Cons: -Screws are a nightmare to deal with in some cases -Removing things and trying to replace them back in can be absolutely frustrating -Limited to a 600W non-modular power supply if you want to use the brackets provided and have a video card installed. -This results in cable management becoming an issue.
Summary: Lastly, I really wish more manufacturers would start to consider putting a hole in the case for a PICO PSU. This is a mini-itx case after all. Things are getting smaller, more power efficient. We don't all use ATX power supplies in our builds!!
Pros: Great design, easy to take apart and work on. That is, once you've managed to unscrew the thumb screws. I am not kidding they must have taken a torque wrench to them!
Cons: Few things I dislike. The dust covers, especially the bottom one, slips out very easily. The hard drive mounts have thumb screws on one end yet on the other they have regular screws. Really?? Isn't the point of putting thumb screws on something to be able to take it out easily without tools??
Summary: I used this for a server build as an intermediary between a smaller ITX case and rack mounting. It fit all 8 drives well, any more and there would be a mess of wires trying to hook the other two drives in. I like the case so much I'm moving my desktop into it!
Pros: This case has been solid for the 7 months I've had it. The stock fans that are included are quiet, the dust filters keep the inside clean, plenty of room to put a large GPU in (320mm without front fan).
Cons: If you have a long power supply, things will get tight in the second compartment. This is especially the case if the supply isn't modular. It's not enough to take an egg off though.
Summary: Best case I ever had. Fractal Design is my new favorite brand. Great design, great airflow, great solution. How to squeeze a huge ATX in this case with a 10.5'' GPU? Take the PSU bracket out. Use adhesive tape or velcro to secure your PSU. I have a ThermalTake 750M in this with a GTX 980 SC, and it fits (barely). No heat, noise issues. You don't need Noctuas here as the fans they provide are very good and silent.
Pros: awesome case! clean appearance tons of drive storage. perfect for htpc or small gaming rig or both in one! filters behind the grills provide a clean interior and good dust filtering. good cable management if you do it right
Cons: the two ssd storage trays in the front panel of the case are a bit of a pain.but other then that MINOR issue its an awesome case
Summary: Delivery, packaging were perfect (5 stars). Product itself was very good. Only minor complaint is that one of the screws in the case was cross-threaded so had to re-tap the screw hole. In another case, the screw hole didn't quite align so the screw didn't fit quite well. Otherwise, a very good case - looks great and accommodates the mini itx board and 6 hard drives quite nicely.
Summary: UPS damaged it upper left corner They suck but soon every delivery they make will be on camera and NewEgg will get a copy when I want refunds OK???????UPS has run over my driveway lights and damaged more property than they woud ever admit to...
Pros: Best cube case going for MATX. Great for any MATX build, many drive easy modular 8 hard drives plus SSD's reat server case....dead quiet fans.
Summary: I love this case for ease of use, silence, and build quality.
Pros: Easy to build in. Lots of storage. Room to watercool. Excellent built quality. Was on sale for 60 dollars. The users manual it has should be an industry standard. I was so blown away by the detail. Kudos Fractal
Cons: Weird fan controller switch placement. Cant fit my D14 in it. :) Considering the build quality of the rest of the case the plastic front panel leaves me head scratching. Personally, I think the blue led on the front should be more subdued to match the overall theme of the case. all really minor nixpicks.