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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

Nice little box

Daniel N., Newegg
21 May 2015
  • Summary: - It would be nice if the front or side case has small holes for better air circulation.
  • Pros: - Small form - Holds 6 3.5" drives - Holds full size power supply - 2 small front fans an 1 big rear fan - Quiet
  • Cons: None that I see
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Overall 8
8.0

Two years in retrospect - good case with minor issues

Anonymous, Newegg
31 March 2015
  • Summary: If it weren't for those two minor flaws, I would be completely fine with it. It's just a tad pricey, I bought it when it was on sale.
  • Pros: It's fairly durable. I move my rig around very frequently, and it's definitely withstood the test of time with respect to mobility and strength. The dust filters are a huge plus. I'm going to dust out the inside for the first time in two years, and it's not even that bad compared to what I've see...
  • Cons: A couple minor gripes: One of the two front fans doesn't seem to function properly and will only start spinning once I switch the power from low to high back to low. The fans themselves are amazingly quiet and they have really good power, it's just that one odd fan that requires an extra step to ...
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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

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

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

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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Overall 8
8.0

Almost perfect

Anonymous, Newegg
10 December 2014
  • Pros: Great build quality and design.
  • Cons: One of the front fans won't spin up with the fan controller on low setting.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice case

Jeffrey N., Newegg
20 November 2014
  • 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.
  • 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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