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Fractal Design Node 304 mITX Compact Case Black 6X3.5INT No PSU Front Audio 2XUSB3.0

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   Shipping Weight:   12.7 lbs
   Part #: FD-CA-NODE-304-BL
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Features:

The Node 304 is the latest compact computer chassis from Fractal Design featuring a unique modular interior for outstanding configurability.

The Node 304 accommodates up to six hard drives. Unused mounting brackets can removed to allow for long graphic cards, additional airflow or more space for organizing cables. Additionally, it is equipped with three hydraulic bearing fans, easy-to-clean air filters in all intakes and two front USB 3.0 ports.

Featuring hybrid functionality, the Node 304 case is ideally used as a cool-running file server, a stylish and quiet home theatre PC or a powerful gaming system highlighting minimalistic and stunning Scandinavian design and maximum functionality.

Quick Specs:
Material Aluminum
Motherboard Supported DTX Mini ITX
Weight (Approximate) 10.80 lb
Height 8.3"
Width 9.8"
Depth 14.7"
Number of Fans Supported 3
Number of Fans Installed 3
Number of Total Expansion Bays 6
Number of Total Expansion Slots 2
Total Number of USB Ports 2
Total Number of Audio Out Ports 1
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Bays  
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 6
General Information  
     Brand Name: Fractal Design
     Manufacturer: Fractal Design
     Manufacturer Part Number: FD-CA-NODE-304-BL
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.fractal-design.com
     Product Line: Node
     Product Model: 304
     Product Name: Node 304 System Cabinet
     Product Type: Computer Case
I/O Expansions  
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 2
Interfaces/Ports  
     Front Audio In: Yes
     Front Audio Out: Yes
     Front USB: Yes
     Total Number of Audio Out Ports: 1
     Total Number of USB Ports: 2
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 14.7" (374 mm)
     Height: 8.3" (210 mm)
     Material: Aluminum
     Weight (Approximate): 4.90 kg
     Width: 9.8" (250 mm)
Technical Information  
     Features: Fan Speed Controller
     Motherboard Supported: Mini ITX
DTX
     Number of Fans Installed: 3
     Number of Fans Supported: 3

Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Customer Reviews

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Fred W
04/18/16
Experience: 3 Years
Pros
- Compact but able to fit components well
- Fans included are relatively silent and the built-in fan controller works well
- Inexpensive but good build quality
Cons
- Awkward PSU pass-through
- Awkward case panel removal and placing back on during assembly
- Front panel audio jacks prone to noise/electrical interference when using the front USB ports simultaneously
Summary
Used for an HTPC setup for the past 3 years; the small size and design makes it a great choice for room-limited planning.

Unfortunately, a lot of the units, as evidenced from forum posts around the Internet, have the front panel audio jacks prone to noise/electrical interference; Fractal's solution is to score (cut) the PCB between the audio jacks and USB ports - replacements boards might work but the design is poor enough that the former method is more reliable. However, I rarely use those ports anyway except when in the super rare (i.e. less than 4 times IIRC in the past 3 years) occasion that I need to use headphones so I don't consider it to be a major complaint.

Don_R
04/02/16
Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Stylish, Supports 6 3.5" drives. Compact. Good airflow.
Cons
Noise: the fans can be heard when on full and medium speed, hard disk noise is easily transmitted through the thin sheet metal.
No USB 2.0 front panel support anymore, no where does it say the 2.0 adapter has been dropped. No word from NCIX or Fractal support on the issue. Very disappointing.
Summary
I am using the case for a NAS/workstation build. In combination with a Syba JBOD SATA card and a couple of 4x SATA power splitters I can fit my entire collection of HDs into the case. That's 6 3.5" drives for a total of 8TB, a 750GB 2.5" and an SSD. I am using an SFX PSU that I had spare and its great for freeing up space. When all the HDs are spinning, lots of vibrations are transmitted through the case. I may need some sound dampening material. One star less. The motherboard only supports USB 2.0 on the front panel header and all the reviews showed an adapter was attached to the cable. Fractal seem to have changed the design and now no adapter is included. Their support has basically ignored me. One star less. Overall not a bad case for what its intended. My suggestion would be to use as physically small a PSU as possible to avoid cable clutter.

atomhead
04/01/16
Experience: 3 Years
Pros
Visual appearance
Cons
Space
Summary
The case looks good but I didn't like the amount of space for components and cables. You really need to buy components that are geared for smaller spaces (modular PSU, smaller graphics card), or it gets really cramped inside.

Jean-Francois_P7
02/17/16
Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Very small footprint for a 6 drives server.
Cons
None.
Summary
I'm usine that case for a Freenas server with a server board and a Xeon cpu and 6 HD. It make à really small, efficient and low noise server.

ID88G
02/02/16
Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
- Small enough.
- Looks pretty.
- Sufficient amount of fans (3).
- Great for carrying over to LAN parties!
Cons
- Cable management, but that goes without saying...
Summary
I'm really enjoying this case. Went from a Fractal R4, which is a beautiful case on its own, to the Node and I just love having my rig now sitting on the desk as opposed to on the ground. What's great is that you can still build yourself a beast of a gaming PC, all within this very small case. Sure, cable management is a bit of a pain but after a good amount of time spent on it, I figured it out and I'm very satisfied with the end result (while dealing with a non-modular PSU).

Peter_G
11/19/15
Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
stylish, small, well built
Cons
small, not much room for cable management
Summary
As I mentioned this is a really nice looking case, its small and really well built. If you aren't using a water-cooler for your CPU you'll want to use a low-profile heat-sink. I didn't and it makes cabling for the disks quite difficult. Get a modular power supply and even a smaller form-factor PSU to help with cable management.

Pascal_L
11/12/15
Experience: 4 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
-Premium quality, low price, good cooling fan with dust proof.
-Space for big video card
Cons
Drive mount systhem is not perfect but ok.
Summary
I think it's the best case for an ITX built.

note: I recommend a maximum of 140mm power suply for those who want to put a long video card in this case.

XINXIN_C
05/16/14
Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Tiny, cute, solid
Cons
None so far
Summary
Got it for my gaming PC and just love it! Tiny little beast.

TheBigTroll1226
04/04/14
Experience: 1 Years
Pros
-solid case to work in
-runs cool for the most part
-modular hard drive bays
Cons
sometimes things get cramped.
Summary
great case for a HTPC build or anything tiny

frank_r
02/23/14
Experience: 2 Weeks
Pros
Very well thought out case.
Cons
Why not give it the sound deadening of the Define R4. Same price point.
Summary
Finally, a case with the USB and audio outputs exactly where they need to be. Room for 6 hard drives, although SSD's can be located almost anywhere now. Room for a descent CPU cooler and airflow to compliment it. 2nd build with a Fractal case, and again impressed with their product.

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URL: http://www.futurelooks.com/fractal-design-node-304-mini-itx-pc-case-re
Comment: In the end, the Fractal Design Node 304 brings innovation and great design ideas, at an affordable price, to a market space that desperately needs more great options.
Posted by: Futurelooks Guy @05/06/13
URL: http://lanoc.org/review/cases/6247-fractal-design-node-304
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Posted by: werty316 @03/05/13
URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=
Comment: The Node 304 performs incredibly well for such a small enclosure.
Posted by: BernardP @02/25/13
URL: http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1678/pg1/fractal-design-node-304
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Posted by: werty316 @02/17/13
URL: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5141/fractal_design_node_304_mini_itx
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Posted by: werty316 @01/31/13
URL: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5141/fractal_design_node_304_mini_itx
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Posted by: TheBigTroll1226 @01/30/13
URL: http://www.eteknix.com/reviews/cases/fractal-design-node-304-mini-itx-
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Posted by: TheBigTroll @11/17/12
URL: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2012/09/19/fractal-design-node-
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Posted by: fuego (werth) @10/13/12
URL: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2012/09/19/fractal-design-node-
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Posted by: Butkick @10/12/12
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