Summary: The Fractal Design Node 605 is a chassis that has been designed for the home server and HTPC afficonado's in mind. As such is does cater to a rather specific audience. For these guys it however is a really solid product, it's decent in size, has great looks and it can function as a desktop PC, HTPC,...
Summary: Yes, the Node 605 is user specific to a very small category in cases, but the way Fractal Design went about it was that if you are going to try and enter the market, jump in with both feet and offer something sleek, sexy, cool, and sturdier than any other component of your HTPC setup.
Summary: The Fractal Design Node 605 is a beautiful case - perfect for its intended audience. It does cost a tad bit more than similarly shaped HTPC cases with a card reader and USB 3.0, but it uses a modern, timeless design and has excellent cooling possibilities with included dust filters.
Pros: Beautifully understated HTPC chassis, Shorter than most such HTPC cases!, Excellent build quality, Two fans included, Solid aluminum front panel, Fan controller switch for up to three fans, Excellent cooling possibilities, Card reader, Full ATX PSU will fit - just watch the length, USB 3.0 Cable ...
Cons: No reset button, Hard-drive cages limit the overall length of a GPU to 280 mm - more would have been possible, Maximum length advertised for PSUs is overly optimistic, Fan controller can only adjust up to 3 fans, Fingerprint magnet
Fractal Design Node 605 Case Review: Is Fractal Design Ready for Primetime?
1 January 2013
Conclusion: Like many of you I've been a pretty big fan of Fractal Design's cases up to this point. Some of their designs underperformed a little, but the Define series have continued to be solid options for users looking to build a silent, decently-performing system.
Conclusion: Fractal is new to the HTPC arena, yet the Node 605 is a laudable first attempt. For anyone who still sees value in having a full-blown PC in the living room, the Node 605 will happily accept most existing ATX builds and it'll do so while looking sleek and stylish.
Conclusion: Overall we are in a bit of a quandary regarding the Fractal Design Node 605. It's a stylish chassis with a solid build. It does offer a lot of interior space, and a flexible lay-out. You can fit a full ATX motherboard, a full ATX power supply, and a fairly large graphics card.
Conclusion: So it seems fractal designs have done it again, just as they did with the Node 304 and the Define R4 I am completely won over by the Node 605. It delivers on all fronts and I found it hard to find any fault with it throughout.
Summary: The Fractal Design Node 605 is clearly targeted to users who want to build a nice-looking and quiet HTPC. It has a good set of features; however, its competitors, such as models within SilverStone’s Grandia series , cost less.
Pros: Aluminum front panel, Dampening material on the top panel, Memory card reader supporting SF, SD, and microSD formats, Comes with two Fractal Design Silent Series R2 120 mm fans, which are very quiet, Two-speed fan controller, Air filter for the side and power supply fans, Anti-vibration rings for...
Cons: Optical drive can only be installed with microATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, More expensive than its competitors
Excerpt: Today we are going to look at the Node 605 from Fractal Design which is designed to be used primarily for home theatre PC builds. It is part of the same range as the Node 304 that we looked at recently which we found to be a very competent product.