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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

Customer Reviews of (Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-304-BL)

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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.

philw
02/20/14
Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Sleek, roomy, yet small enough. Comes with 3 fans.
Cons
None.
Summary
Bought this for a demo PC build for the office. Absolutely beautiful to work with. Lots of space. Amazing potential for HTPC/NAS box. able to handle 6 hard drives. very solid.

No cable management, but thats sort of a given when you have such a small case capable of a full size ATX PSU and 6 Hard drives.

Definitely one of my top picks for a NAS build where you need high capacity storage with mediocre to low processing/graphics power.

Ryan_M13
02/01/14
Experience: 9 Months
Pros
Great small footprint
Nice design
Great airflow
Cons
A little tight for space if using 4+ drives
Cable management is a nightmare
Modular PSU is a must
Summary
Absolutely love this case! Purchased this from another retailer (sorry NCIX) for a little cheaper and have been using it for my NAS build since summer 2013. This thing has been a fantastic small little machine for me and as proud as I am of the performance of my NAS - this case was what allowed me to pull it off while still keeping the footprint on my desk in my office to a minimal size.

My only real issues with this case is that in having 4WD Red's and a single SSD for the OS, this thing is TIGHT and impossible to really work with or squeeze more HDD's into. Based on that I took off a star because short of using 4TB drives, I'm pretty limited in storage capacity for my media. Also the fact that even with a modular PSU there is like zero wiggle room and cable management is a bit of a mess, it kinda take a hit. But all things considered, it's hard to argue that this wouldn't be a best case for NAS in it's price range.

Highly recommended for anyone - especially those looking to piece together their own media server/NAS.

Ryan_L
12/02/13
Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Well designed, Looks cool, ITX, HD Hangers, Dedicated video
Cons
no removable back plate
Summary
Wonderful case, looks very good, fits my ASRock Z87E-ITX with an H90 cooler and MSI 7850 video card. HD hangers are very cool and innovative design. I have 1 mSATA SSD installed and 3 HD, with room for 1 more HD. Everything installed fine.
Only flaw with case is there is no removable back plate.
1) Forgot to install H90 back plate first. Didn't actually notice until I tried to install the cooler. Had to take everything out and start all over again.
2) Installed a mSATA SSD. It installed on the bottom of the MB. That thing is going nowhere. If it ever fails, or I want a larger one, too bad. As to get at it I would have to tear everything out to get at it. Getting all the components in there in this first place is a challenge. May consider elective dremel surgery if it ever comes to it.

Golem
10/17/13
Experience: 14 Days
Pros
Tiny, Quiet.
Cons
Not the best QC.
Summary
Replacing a mid tower with this case. I love how it looks on my desk and how it will make room for my chair by replacing the tower. SFF FTW. The case came with the cover not attached properly and one of the crews was crooked.

csiguy
09/28/13
Experience: 2 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Good looks. Good component layout. Good construction. Nice size.
Cons
No space for a DVD drive.
Summary
I purchased this on 2013-09-25 as I required a second server for source control and archiving (I am a professional software developer and IT).
The build includes: Node 304 case, ASUS P8H77-I, i3-3240, 8GB Ripjaws CL7, Seasonic G 450W, WD Velociraptor 300GB (OS), 2x WD Black 2TB, 1x WD 320GB Blue, Silverstone SATA cables, Windows Home Server 2011 (Server 2008 R2 x64).
The server is fast and a pleasure to use.

I have a couple of other systems with ITX cases, and this Fractal case is by far the best looking and the best internal layout of the lot.
If you missed it in the case specifications, be aware that there is no space for a DVD drive, so you will have to take this into consideration when installing the OS.
Since this is being used as a server there will be no secondary video adapter, so installing all components and laying out clean cabling was simple and easy.

Assembling the system and mounting all of the components was a breeze.
The only slight two negatives are that the front screw on each of the drive hangers are not the best (the heads were even a bit stripped from the factory) so use a high quality phillips driver with them, and the power supply AC extension cable has to be literally bent sharply and forced to fit into the power supply socket.
The case screws and hanging drive mount screws were very snug but still easily removed with a high quality phillips driver.
The motherboard mounts were easy to install, use a small socket screwdriver.
I like the hanging drive mount setup, it made installing the hard drives and cabling them a breeze.
The Seasonic power supply includes a 4-SATA power cable and it easily connected from drive to drive along the line.
The Silverstone SATA cables were a bit long for the case layout but I just pushed the extra cable length into the hangers alongside the drives.

Definitely my favorite ITX case at this time.

DavieBoy
07/25/13
Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Small, can take 6 3.5inch hdds, perfect for a NAS, good airflow, solid construction
Cons
Supplied screws are very flimsy and sometimes stripped, thumb screws can be hard to remove, internal power cable to PSU
Summary
Bought for a FreeNAS / NAS4Free build because it can take 6 3.5inch HDDs. The case is well packaged, and is actually a lot smaller than I was expecting - it really is pretty small, only a little larger than a Shuttle SN95 case. Overall the construction is solid, with dust filters on most of the fans and includes a fan controller.

As some other users have said, the screws that are supplied seem to be very flimsy and easily stripped. I had difficulty removing the Phillips screws that hold the caddies in place. I also had problems with the thumb screws - everything seemed to have been overtightened.

Installing the motherboard mounts was very frustrating as there is little room to get a good angle on them. I had to use a pair of needle nosed pliers to turn them (hopefully I did not damage the stands).

I used a Seasonic M12II 620W PSU and had a tough time mounting the internal power cable as the Seasonics power outlet is very close to the edge of the case and the internal power cable is single sided - it does fit though.

On the plus side, there is plenty of room for the drives, it has 3 bundled fans and a fan controller and I found out that it is possible to mount 2.5 inch drives to the outside of the caddies so you can (in theory - I only tried on one side) it is possible to mount 2 additional 2.5 inch drives on the outsides to give you 8 HDDs. You end up with a caddy with 2 3.5 inch drives in the standard mounts and then the 2.5 inch (has to be mounted first) on the outside. You can only do this with the outer most caddies though.

Overall, and despite some niggles with the screws I really like this case. I was genuinely surprised by how small it was. I hope that Fractal Design will improve the types of screws they use as that is a short-cut a little too far.

Jason_V
05/24/13
Experience: 2 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Compact
Intelligent Design
Quiet
Easy Maintenance
Cons
Some screws were cross threaded, difficult to remove
for HTPC, not 5.25" bay for DVD drive.. could always get external though
Anodized aluminum case, scratches easily
Summary
Packaging:
Case arrived well packed in the shipping box, box has easy lift handles cut into it
Instructions are easy to read with exploded case view, has several languages.
All hardware came in package, screws for everything you could possibly mount;
mother board stand offs x4
motherboard fasteners x4
3.5" HDD fasteners x24 (special for rubber mounts)
2.5" HDD fasteners x24
power supply fastners x4
Features:
Case fan speed select  switch; plug molex connector into fan control board, than hook all case fans to it, once case is together you can control the fans via toggle switch on the back of the case, very convenient rather than software switching.
I fit a full size atx power supply in the case (130mm), not a whole lot of room for cabling but im not the best at cable management... would recommend smaller PSU if mounting a large video card, there will be interference.
capacity for 6x3.5" hard drives OR 6x2.5" drives (HDD or SSD) or mixture of the two, modular hard drive bays so you can remove from case than remove from holder. Also, the 3.5" drive holders have rubber mounts to stop vibrations.
All case fans are exceptionally quiet on low speed mode, case also has rubber feet to stop vibrations.


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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.
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Comment: The Node 304 performs incredibly well for such a small enclosure.
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