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Fractal-design-node-304.34221897
9.4 out of 10

Fractal Design Node 304

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Overall 8
8.0

Nice case

Jeffrey N., Newegg
1 week ago
  • Summary: Be careful of PSU selection. You really can't fit a 160mm long modular PSU in here with a moderately long GPU unless you're willing to remove the PSU bracket (screws) and fasten the PSU in an alternate way. The Seasonic G550 is popular since it's semi-modular, so the modular connections are all low, and the cables pass under the GPU. Full modular supplies will be very tight or impossible to use, depending on how the connections are laid out.
  • Pros: Compact, efficient layout. Good airflow path. The finish is good quality. Stock fans are pretty good, pretty quiet. Not awesomely quiet at moderate speed, but ok.
  • Cons: As others have said - the paint in the screw holes can make inserting standoffs and removing screws a pain. Not a big deal.
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Overall 8
8.0

good case

Anonymous, Newegg
9 October 2014
  • Summary: I use this case for my first build. And it was very easy to work in despite the size. The manufacture did the best they could to help with cable management. There are tie down loops all over the place. And there were plenty of screws and zip ties included.
  • Pros: The inside design of the case is great. It allows you to fit a lot of hardware into a small space. Since everything is removable it makes it easier to get inside and work.
  • Cons: The power button is too close to the USB ports on the front. It is very easily pressed while trying to extract a USB device. The screws were installed so tight that they stripped off the paint underneath.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great case, Just some minor issues

Alexander M., Newegg
28 July 2014
  • Summary: Overall, I recommend this to anyone wanting to build a mini ITX case. Just keep in mind: -Don't buy a huge Heatsink/Watercooler -Make sure the PSU will fit. -Make sure Graphics Card will fit. (Check measurements of your components overall).
  • Pros: Out of the box and on my desk this case is great...it is so much smaller than my ATX case was. Inside the design is great with many options for keeping things organized. The one thing to note is to make sure to get the appropriate size PSU to go inside of this as most will be to big if you want to include your graphics card. I looked at the measurements and everything was just fine with the PSU I purchased.
  • Cons: With the thought of the PSU size in the Pros, you also have some issues with Cable Management if you do not get a modular PSU as there is not a lot of space to bundle extra cable together. The screw holes in the case also could have used another drill through as some were hard as heck to screw into. It does allow for a full sized graphics card (some limits, see measurements), but the space next to the case is very close.
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Overall 8
8.0

Beautiful ITX Case

Gary R., Newegg
23 July 2014
  • Summary: I've built probably a dozen Mini-ITX units & have spread the wealth as far as trying different brands of cases. Lian Li, Cooler Master, Silverstone, Fractal Design, Mini-Box, APEX primarily. All have their strong points. The Lian Li cases tend to be a bit tall, even though I like them. The Cooler Masters probably give me the best bang for the buck.
  • Pros: Beautiful design Fairly small footprint - a legitimate Mini-ITX case, unlike the Bit Fenix Prodigy Brilliantly-conceived interior layout -- holds SIX 3.5" HDD Temps stay cool with built-in fans setup; no modding needed Holds full-size ATX PSU & you can still fit a long video card
  • Cons: No Power Reset switch on outside of case
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Overall 8
8.0

Overall good case

C. Taylor, Amazon
30 June 2014
  • Summary: Overall, I like the case. It's sleek and great looking (Though I guess that's in the eye of the beholder). It serves its purpose well. My biggest complaint comes from cable management. This wasn't too surprising since I put 4 HDD's and a full-size ATX PSU inside an ITX case. The lack of cable management isn't the end of the world though since there aren't any windows. A few zip ties is all it took to free up the cables from the fans.
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Overall 8
8.0

Awesome Case, Arrived Slightly Damaged

Abraham S., Newegg
19 June 2014
  • Summary: The first case I bought arrived in perfect condition and didn't have any dents or scratches. Only knocking off one egg, as I don't want to skew the product review just because of an improbable issue.
  • Pros: Wonderful case. I have purchase this case before and have had nothing but good experience with it.
  • Cons: At some point (during storage, packaging, or shipping), the metal mesh covering the large vent filter was dented pretty bad, such that the filter assembly keeps popping out of the case. I ended up bending it back a little, but it would have been nice to not receive a superficially defective unit.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

XINXIN_C, NCIX.com
16 May 2014
  • Summary: Got it for my gaming PC and just love it! Tiny little beast.
  • Pros: Tiny, cute, solid
  • Cons: None so far
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Case

sarahy c raeli, Amazon
26 April 2014
  • Summary: Though the case is a little tough to build in (cable management) once it's put together the look and silence is all worth it
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

TheBigTroll1226, NCIX.com
4 April 2014
  • Summary: great case for a HTPC build or anything tiny
  • Pros: -solid case to work in, -runs cool for the most part, -modular hard drive bays
  • Cons: sometimes things get cramped.
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Overall 8
8.0

Clean Mini-ITX Case

Lee Yarbrough, Amazon
16 March 2014
  • Summary: The main draw of this case over cases like the Corsair 250D is the very clean design to the case (no breaks in the lines for the front). All the buttons and connectors are found on the front left of the case instead of the direct front. The inside of the case is quite cramped but this is to be expected for a SFF.
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