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Fractal Design Node 605
9.1 out of 10

Fractal Design Node 605

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Joseph G., Newegg
13 November 2014
  • Pros: - Quiet (seemingly engineered for that purpose) - Sleek exterior appearance - Sturdy build and fairly well engineered - Good directional air flow design - One of few ATX HTPC case options
  • Cons: - Poor cable routing/management options, impedes airflow - Drive mounting becomes tedious in cable management with all drive bays occupied
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Overall 8
8.0

Good with only a few minor drawbacks

Walmart
12 November 2014
  • Summary: + Solid case. Looks fantastic. - Reinforcing bar makes installing large video cards a hassle. Also, some cards didn't align perfectly with the rear expansion card spots.
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Overall 8
8.0

beautiful case

Cyril W., Newegg
2 November 2014
  • Summary: Existing fan configuration is good for filtration, but should be re-arranged for better airflow characteristics (one in, one out)
  • Pros: Beautifully minimalist, compact, quiet, very well designed.
  • Cons: Motherboard tray relief extends TOWARD the motherboard, creating cpu-backplate-fitment issues. Considering that there isn't anything under the tray, I don't see why Fractal opted to push the relief UP into an already crowded area, instead of DOWN into open-space.
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Overall 8
8.0

Beautiful

Wesley H., Newegg
24 June 2014
  • Summary: It's huge. I would not get this unless you are comfortable with a giant media case wherever you plan on putting it. That's not really a bad thing if you're planning on storing media locally. I could see this computer being used for builds other than htpcs.
  • Pros: It houses my htpc/plex server just nicely. Looks beautiful and very quiet. It was relatively easy to build in and cleaning dust from the fan intakes is pretty quick.
  • Cons: Difficult cable management. I have a non modular power supply in it and it's not the prettiest, and I had to take out one of the hanging hard drive cages to manage everything. Small gripe, honestly. Requires a slim dvd/blu-ray drive. Come on, the case is big, it would have fit a 5.25 inch drive w...
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Overall 8
8.0

Node 605

David T., Newegg
9 April 2014
  • Summary: All in all the quiet fans and the beauty of this make it worth the hassle in my opinion.
  • Pros: The case is beautiful. The fans are extremely quite. It is very aesthetically pleasing.
  • Cons: The slim line drive slot/brackets are designed poorly. I put an LG Slim Line Blu-ray drive in it. It was an ordeal as I didn't realize the drive didn't come with the adapter required to power it. 3 days later I was able to finish my build. The brackets are a pain to install for someone with large...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great look, Tight fit.

Karl T., Newegg
14 January 2014
  • Summary: This is a very nice case, and looks even better; however it needs to have a bigger foot print due to the HDD cages hanging over both the Mobo and optional optical drive location. 3 inches wider and deeper and this would be a 5star perfect case.
  • Pros: Looks amazing, nicely built and nothing cheap about it. Fan controller has a pigtail for a third optional fan. USB 3.0 in front. Good airflow and top cover makes this case very quiet with sound damping material. The included fans are amazing.
  • Cons: Mobo to HDD install restrictions... If you're using a ATX size Mobo don't plan on 4 HDD's or the optional optical drive. Read the footnotes carefully when choosing your setup and components you plan to cram into this case. The second HDD cage will sit over your Mobo and can restrict plug access o...
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Overall 8
8.0

great HTPC case

Harold D., Newegg
22 December 2013
  • Pros: Very sleek design. Lots of room for installing hardware. Can hold up to 4 HDD's. Good airflow.
  • Cons: The manual is very bad. Front panel cables are too long for a case like this.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Case

John P., Newegg
29 November 2013
  • Summary: I may have listed more cons but i'll explain here: The hard drives/ssd's problem, they seem to have forgot to place them within the case so they instead created a removable bay where the drives are placed, these bays reside on top of the slim drive on the left side.
  • Pros: Spaceous Good design Provides good airflow
  • Cons: Slim drive only Drive bays (see other thoughts) Cable management No reset button (if you need one; otherwise it isn't)
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice looking and very well built

Michael P., Newegg
15 November 2013
  • Summary: This form factor is very limiting for a case to support full ATX motherboards. The Node 605 does a good job at keeping compromises at a minimum. Using with a Z8NA-D6C with Intel 980x coolers, Seasonic modular PSU, and two 3.5in HDDs.
  • Pros: Nice looking and well built case. The included fans are quiet enough.
  • Cons: HDD mounting is clumsy. Also, cable management is difficult.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Michael_B, NCIX.com
18 June 2013
  • Summary: Just a note on the video card situation, i've got a matx board in the case and am able to stick a powercolor 6970 inside without the hard drive bays being a hindrance and i've still got room to run cables, etc in front of the video card.
  • Pros: Solid Build, Lots of Room, Fan Controller, Fractal Customer Service.
  • Cons: Price, Could use Small Fan on Top of Case, Mounting Holes sometimes too small for included Screws, Fan controller should accommodate 4 pin, QC could be improved.
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