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.
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 with very little rearranging.
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 hands. Once fully installed the screws that came with the brackets are too long. They block the track of the blu-ray player from closing once you have it opened. 3 Blu-Ray pl...
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. My Yamaha 7.2 receiver is larger in all three dimensions(wxhxd), the extra room would have been appreciated and would not look too bulky either.
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 on most boards. Also consider your video card size as well, which is outlined in the product notes as well.
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. Very confusing if you'll be using all of them with its 'cable management' which is none.
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)
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.
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. I don't think I'd be able to crossfire the 6970s (don't know who would want to in an htpc case) there is room between the card and the hard drives (if you mount the hdd facing the other way) but considering the width of the card i dont...
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.
Summary: I wish that there was a fan on top of the case to help suck air out (like silverstone does, i believe) I'm not sure on what my temps will be like since I haven't gotten it up and running yet but it would certainly ease my mind as that whole right side of the case is really congested with hard drives the gpu and psu and there's only that 1 fan blowing in on the right side but its completely restricted with the grill/the hard drives and the cables; again I don't know what...
Pros: 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. I don't think I'd be able to crossfire the 6970s (don't know who would want to in an htpc case) there is room between the card and the hard drives (if you mount the hdd facing the other way) but considering the width of the card i don...
Cons: The fan controller in the case has 3 Fan connectors but they only fit 3pin connectors (i bought 3, 4pin fans -_-) I know Fractal includes 2 Fractal fans but even at high speed they're only pulling 40cfm (they're the FD Silent R2 fans) and that wasn't enough imo so I replaced them with some Cougar Vortex fans. I contacted Fractal Designs about the 3pin connectors and I must say their customer service is amazing, they sent me a step by step email including pictures on h...