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: 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: 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 their customer service was excellent. I sent them a message regarding the motherboard tray being bowed, and after sending them pictures of the problem they sent me free fans for t...
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 drives and I have not been able to find any for under 100 dollars, so that is pretty inconvenient.
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 is just me nitpicking.
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.
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. I will definitely try out the smaller node (if they update the 304 any) for an itx build.
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 front and the other from the back. Front panel SSD installation was a chore. So there's a small enclosure for two SSDs on the front panel, but the way you have to install them, yo...
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 provided. You are left to experiment with drive placement etc. 3. Disk Drives - The mounts are a bit odd. SSD drives do not fit well because of poor small holes. Mine were slig...
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.
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 set to L/M/H. Accepts traditional ATX PSU(easy for replacement/upgrades) has 2 PCI-E slot covers if your mobo supports it. Mine only had one. Front panel cover can be taken o...
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 issues). Same is true of the hard-drive mount cage removal/install to the case itself. I had to force a couple of screws in. 2) Hard-drive mounting brackets - Using traditional mo...
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 for damages. They did!
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 respects, but I still like it.
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 close to the case cover that it interferes with the case cover closing properly, even an 1/8th of an inch would have given enough relief. I'd really like to have seen the power...
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 the case and dampers on HDD cradles are great.
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 cradles and motherboard standoffs. The HDD cradles are the biggest concern seeing as I'm using it for a NAS and may need swapped multiple times in the future.