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Fractal Design Node 304
9.4 out of 10

Fractal Design Node 304

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Overall 8
8.0

Good case except for a couple things..

Anonymous, Newegg
21 February 2015
  • 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??
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Overall 8
8.0

packaging were perfect (5 stars)

Me, Amazon
17 February 2015
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent cube case

Carlos M., Newegg
8 February 2015
  • Summary: Good case, smart design, good customer service Somewhat flimsy motherboard tray, slimline disc drive difficult to find, vertical harddrive cages.
  • Pros: This case has a ton of volume for its size and fits any micro-atx and psu, gpu combo. Has tons of mounts for hard drives and is very customizable in regards to fan spots. The first case I received was damaged unfortunately so I had to RMA it through Newegg, but I contacted Fractal Design and thei...
  • Cons: The motherboard tray is a bit flimsy, but the 2nd unit I received seems to be fine. The disk trays are vertical so harddisks are held vertically, not sure if this affects the disks, but they seem fine to me. Also, it is nice they included a disc drive slot, but it only accepts slimline disc drive...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Case, deceptively big!

Dylan H., Newegg
15 January 2015
  • Summary: If you have short enough PSU you can throw in some pretty big GPUs in here. You may even be able to fit some 2.5 slot GPUs in here. I'd personally prefer if the harddrive mounting brace were moved back about a half inch or so and the two 80mm fans in front were raised up ever so slightly, but this...
  • Pros: -Small foot print -Included fans aren't the best but certainly good. -Surprisingly spacious inside. I managed to fit a Noctua NH-D14 in this. ( That thing is monstrous ) -Great build quality.
  • Cons: -Wire management can be a pain -included fan controller is out of place and annoying to route cables for. -Power Supply cable is positioned weird for a few PSUs, It may be an issue for some but not all. -The USB 3.0 plug could be slimmer. -No Mobo standoff pin for easy alignment of Mobo.
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Overall 8
8.0

Beautiful Case, Odd Design Choices

Hyung-Jin W., Newegg
15 January 2015
  • Summary: The overall design trumps any cons that are manifest in the case. I know there were a lot of cons in this review but they're largely nitpicky on my end. That said, they detract from what is a pretty amazing little case.
  • Pros: The Fractal Node 804 is a stunningly beautiful case. Not quite art quality and not quite the smallest case in the world (it just barely doesn't fit into an IKEA Expedit cube shelf), it is remarkably well made with great panel construction and attention to detail.
  • Cons: There are a few places where the case is off. The plastic top curve of the case does not line up completely with the brushed aluminum curve of the front panel (more on the aluminum later). It would be nice if both bottom filters were removable from the front instead of one removable from the fron...
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Overall 8
8.0

Solid Quality Case

James S., Newegg
14 January 2015
  • Summary: Overall this is a solid case, a bit larger than I expected. Volume wise this is about the same as a small tower. It has a cool hard drive LED on the front, but I'm not sure why anyone would need or want a HD light these days, I left my lights unplugged.
  • Pros: Quality Components Quality Black Finish Quiet Fans Dust filters Large 140" Rear Fan Rubber mounted drives to absorb vibration/noise Sleek Design
  • Cons: 1. The PSU placement could be at least 1cm closer to the side of the case to allow more room for larger PSU's and cabling. I had to mod this myself to allow for my PSU and a long GPU, I moved it 1.9cm. 2. Sparse Instructions - I normally don't look at instructions much, but very little info was p...
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Overall 8
8.0

Works great for a Small 6 bay Nas

John S., Newegg
13 January 2015
  • Summary: tldr; Small, fits 6x 3.5" drives, very quiet, takes traditional ATX PSU and traditional PCI-E card heights. Be careful with the screws, they don't thread easily and might take a couple of hard screw driver turns to tighten. Modular PSU if going dedi GPU
  • Pros: Small size - ITX. It's about the size of two shoe boxes stack up together. Fits 6x 3.5" drives (traditional mounting holes of the BOTTOM - won't work with Seagate 6TB drives unless you're willing to just DUCT TAPE it on). QUIET - 3 case fans, there's a switch on the outside of the case for you to...
  • Cons: 1) ALL screws did not screw easily. It's as if the threads are slightly mal-aligned. I had to use screw driver for the thumbscrews! The mobo mounting screws were right under the support beam so if you have a long screw driver, you might not be able to screw them straight down(also thread has issu...
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Overall 8
8.0

Darn those delivery guys!!

Dion M., Newegg
12 January 2015
  • Pros: I love the form factor and functionality of this case. Good ventilation and can sit in my entertainment cabinet with other components with the glass closed! Silent fans even when the temp rises as the cores heat up during long video conversions. Thank you New Egg for your good customer service!
  • Cons: The box was clearly dropped or fell somewhere along the line as the box had a dent in a corner. Opened it up and the front of the case was complete broken. After finding all the pieces I decide that I could salvage this without waiting several weeks for a replacement if New Egg give me a credit f...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Case, mostly

Christopher T., Newegg
28 December 2014
  • Summary: Rubber cable grommet for helping to hold/organize cables might have been a nice addition, as would some more cable tie down positions. Regardless as to the MATX classification of this case it has much bigger 'presence' on my desktop than I was thinking, its not really a 'small' case in a lot of...
  • Pros: Love the form factor and the sleek, minimalist look. Lots of room inside the case for MATX. The divided case conveniently organizes the internals, is a very quiet case.
  • Cons: Would like to have seen tool-less hard drive bays, but this is a minor issue, the fan controller power cable could have been a bit longer. The top 120mm fan mounting holes on the MOBO side of the case could have been fractionally inset as the radiator (h220-x) I installed in this position is so c...
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Overall 8
8.0

Not perfect

William F., Newegg
22 December 2014
  • Summary: I'm using this case for my FreeNAS build and it's a very nice case. Outside of the con mentioned I'm fairly happy with the case.
  • Pros: Small, utilizes space well, great aesthetics, fair amount of cable tie downs, easy disassembly. One thing that stands out is how sturdy the case is, currently have x4 3TB drives in the case on my desk, about 18" away, and when they kick on there's no vibration and very little noise. The feet on t...
  • Cons: My biggest problem with this case is the screw threadings. There were times it would take multiple attempts not to double thread while installing components. I'm not very confident in believing this case would hold up to multiple component swaps over time. The trouble areas for me were the HDD cr...
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