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, server or a cool looking NAS/file server. Fact remains that you can fit any mother board (up-to ATX) in there, but please keep the CPU height limitations in mind though.
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. This readily justifies the price for a case of such a format. There are two aspects you need to watch if you buy the case: maximum PSU length and maximum GPU length.
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 comes with additional USB 2.0 header, Nicely hidden away connectivity and drive bay, Dust filters on all intake areas, Quiet on low fan setting, Plenty of space for a long gra...
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. The smaller of the two Node cases, the 304, positively bristles with potential and offers solid thermals and acoustics to match. So what happened with the 605? First, we'll start with what Fractal Design got right.
Conclusion: When unboxing the Node 605 we were immediately aware that this was a light case which is always appreciated. It doesn't feel flimsy though and we were impressed by the high quality aluminium front along with the fact that Fractal Design have gone to the trouble of painting every surface, inside and out, black.
So that brings us to value where at £140 the Node 605 seems a touch expensive to us.
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. Being able to use high-end components is a real plus point - why shouldn't your HTPC double as a gaming rig? - and the Node 605 manages to impress with good cooling performance for truly powerful builds.
Excerpt: The Node 605 was announced at Computex earlier this year, but our test lab didn't receive a sample until now. Despite the modest dimensions of this chassis, it is supposed to be able to hold a full ATX motherboard, a standard ATX power supply and four hard drives. Graphics cards that are larger than normal should also fit, and you can even add an optical slimline station.
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
, cost less.
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. We did feel that it was slightly over-priced when compared to the competition, though, so we are hoping that the Node 605 will offer superior value for money.
Conclusion: Taking on the HTPC territory which is currently dominated by big names such as SilverStone and Lian Li is a bold move for Fractal Design but they have done a great job for their first attempt. There is a good reason why there is a contingent of individuals who favour Fractal Design’s styling. Their Scandinavian influence is seen through the product range and none more so than in Node 605.
Pros: + Desirable to behold, + Great build quality, + Low noise fans, + Card reader, + Noise damping included, + Can accommodate full size PSUs, graphics cards