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Fractal Design Node 304
9.6 out of 10

Fractal Design Node 304

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Overall 8
8.0

Great case for a discrete home server

Douglas L., Newegg
27 March 2016
  • Summary: Do some detailed planning ahead of time for how the connectors in the case will work. This will save you a headache during your build! I had 2 specific problems that weren't insurmountable, but did take a little examination to work around.
  • Pros: - I purchased this for a home server and wanted something small and dead quiet. I think it's doing a reasonably good job at that. - The pre-installed fans are all very quiet, even at higher RPM (there's a L/M/H fan control switch build into the back). - Great-looking case. - Room for 6 SDD/HDDs. ...
  • Cons: - Case doesn't dampen all noise, as I can still occasionally hear the CPU fan. - Very little space between motherboard and PSU, making it difficult or impossible to connect cables to any headers on the side of the motherboard (see comment below in Other). - I had to purchase a separate C13/C14 ri...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great NAS/HTPC case

Mathieu L., Newegg
27 March 2016
  • Summary: Overall it's a well designed case, i'm just disappointed with the assembling quality.
  • Pros: -Included fans are silent and move a lot of air. -The case looks good. -You could put 6HDD + 2 SSD (Even if it's described only as 6HDD) -Outside paint of the case and HDD Rack paint is great. -Include a fan controller. -Gpu clearance up to 12 inch (6 inch if you use all HDD Mount) -Support stand...
  • Cons: -The bundle is poor, only some screw and 3 tie-wrap. -The build quality of my unit was pretty poor for a case of this price. -Inner paint of the case was already damaged -Thumb screw was way too tight, some of them was broken in the case. -The side dust filter is loose. -The plastic pin who retai...
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Overall 8
8.0

Pretty good

Rob A., Newegg
17 February 2016
  • Summary: Arrangement inside the case may require some creativity if you want to use a full-length graphics card and a modular power supply, or a power supply deeper than six inches. I originally intended to carry over my Corsair AX750 power supply for this build.
  • Pros: Case design made for a fairly easy build. All three of the drive cages are removable, giving easy access to the floor for placement of the motherboard and power supply. Plenty of spots to tie down cabling. Pretty decent multi-purpose case. Supports up to six drives if you want a NAS box, has room...
  • Cons: Some of the parts inside were painted white. That doesn't bother me since they aren't visible unless you have the case open, but the paint on the drive cages chips/flakes off quite easily around screw holes. Just seems cheap. The drive cages are these U-shaped brackets where you mount your drives...
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Overall 10
10

Perfect for a modest NAS or video surveillance

Glen M., Newegg
20 January 2016
  • Summary: Minor weaknesses aside, I do like this case a lot. I used it for a video surveillance build, 5 drives. It was about the smallest formfactor I could find that would hold all the internal drives and space was critical for this installation.
  • Pros: Nicely designed and easy to work on. Lots of room for drives. Plenty of room for a Corsair H90 140mm radiator on the rear fan. Good cooling generally.
  • Cons: As another reviewer mentioned, this case desperately needs some way to direct cooling air down to the mobo. I fitted an H90 liquid cooler, so there is no fan on the cpu. This leaves a dead space for airflow across the ram and mobo surface. While burning in with foldingathome, the various heatsink...
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Overall 10
10

Perfect for what I need.

Anonymous, Newegg
10 January 2016
  • Summary: If you've never built in a mini-ITX box before, be aware that it takes a lot of pre-planning. I was expecting this to be an hour-long build; it took me four, as I had to tear down, re-plan, and build over to correct for mistakes I made. Twice.
  • Pros: Small, stylish, and, paired with the right components, it runs almost completely silently. Really, the Fractal Silent Series fans are all but noiseless. I built this system with a fanless PSU, and a Noctua NH-L9a CPU cooler, and with the fans set at medium speed (the case has a built-in three spe...
  • Cons: The drive bays, while being a creative, even brilliant, solution to the problem of building in such a small space, are still kind of hinky. The thumbscrews don't do the greatest job of keeping the drive holders locked down. There are what look like traditional screw holes to allow you to really t...
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Overall 10
10

Excellent case, everything fits. Worked very well

Brian C., Newegg
28 December 2015
  • Pros: Everything fits Very well built Hardware looks good Fans are very quite
  • Cons: Removing the cover would usually snag on my power cable braided sheath.
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Overall 10
10

Great Little case

Andre D., Newegg
24 December 2015
  • Summary: This is my first M/ITX build and it went very well using a Skylake I5 6600K. I expect to get many hours of gaming with it. 12/24/1015 All I had to do to get all the fans working properly was to adjust the voltage switch.
  • Pros: I needed a small case so I could travel with it to Ecuador in my carry on. This was the smallest case I could find and it does fit perfectly. Building it was easy and routing cables from my 550W EVGA Modular PSU was time consuming but easy. I used a Gigabyte ITX GTX 960 video card which went in n...
  • Cons: I have two chassis fans plugged into my Asrock M/ITX board and these work fine. I have the third fan plugged into the controller and it does not seem to spin properly. I haven't troubleshot the problem yet but if it is the fan, I will buy two 92MM Noctura fans to replace the Fractals before I ret...
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Overall 10
10

Amazing looking, performing and fits a lot of high en gear!

Jimmy G., Newegg
19 December 2015
  • Summary: - Immediate buy for people that want a clean looking system that will fit in your living room. - Also an immediate buy if used for gaming.
  • Pros: - Fits full size gpus pretty well (so long as your psu allows enough clearance) - Great airflow (still fairly quiet on high) - Looks great
  • Cons: -My 150mm fully modular psu was too tight with gpu and the cables made the graphics cards slant which made pc not boot. -I removed the bracket for the psu and used velcro to move the psu back. It gave about another half inch of room and could now fit very well. - Not much room to do cable managem...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great NAS case

Amir J., Newegg
29 November 2015
  • Summary: - Blackfriday deal of 60 bucks , I am very happy. - This case is best bang for the buck for those seeking at lease 5 slots for a raid 5 + OS. - My hard drive cases had two rubber grommets missing. - I ended up routing zip ties from top bar to sides to create my own cable management system.
  • Pros: - Great built quality. - Least expensive case with many HDD capability. - I love that they pre install all the fan slots with great fans and built in fan controller! - Sturdy hard drive mount + two PCI expansion insures massive expansion capability. - Inside mechanism mostly are removable by Phil...
  • Cons: - One gripe I have with this case is that there is no place to securley tuck away cables. Top of the motherboard area is wide open however there is nothing in place to help you manage the cables. After all, your sata,motherboard cable, and cpu cable pass around that area, I would have liked to se...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great design, could use better machined screws

eric e., Newegg
16 November 2015
  • Summary: I would have liked to have installed a cheaper power supply, but the way the case is designed, you either need a non modular psu and then a clever way to tuck the cords out of the way/ snip the ones you don't need OR use seasonics "G series" which happens to fit delightfully well in an OCD sort of...
  • Pros: The case is stellar for itx! I would be hard pressed to come up with a better design. The airflow is relatively balanced across the major components, though I don't overclock very much. Most hard drive storage of any itx case I have come across. Has room for tall heatsink and long graphics card. ...
  • Cons: The ram would likely be the first place to show trouble (during OC) as it is tucked behind the power supply. The screws required an impact drill to be loosened... I coated them with a thin layer of dry lube (or did i run the screws across a bar of soap?). In any event, they are difficult.
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