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Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case Review

Rating: 7.0.

Today we are going to look at the Fractal Design Node 304, one of the companies first attempts at a small-form factor case.  It boasts an impressive feature set which includes support for six hard drives and an ATX power supply   There is also a fair amount of headroom for CPU coolers, making the Node 304 an ideal candidate for those looking to build a compact gaming system or powerful home-theatre PC.

Fractal Design have become well established in the case market over the past few years, after releasing a series of critically-acclaimed products including the impressive Define R4.  They are renowned for producing quiet running cases that also offer good cooling performance and excellent build quality.

Features

  • Compact, modular interior.
  • Minimalistic design with an elegant aluminum front panel.
  • Unique new modular mounting system that accommodates up to 6 hard drives.
  • Accommodates tower CPU coolers and single-fan water cooling systems.
  • Filtered air intakes ensure a dust-free environment for internal components.
  • Three Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans included.
  • Excellent cooling for all components.
  • Accommodates ATX power supplies.
  • Fan controller for all fans included.
  • USB 3.0 for fast file transfers.

Specifications

  • Mini ITX, DTX motherboard compatibility.
  • 2 expansion slots.
  • 6 – supports either 3.5″ or 2.5″ HDD / SSD.
  • ATX PSUs, up to 160mm in length (To fit in combination with a long graphics card, PSUs with modular connectors on the back typically need to be shorter than 160 mm).
  • Graphics cards, up to 310mm in length, when 2 HDD brackets are removed (Graphics cards longer than 170 mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160mm).
  • Tower CPU coolers, up to 165 mm tall.
  • Case dimensions (W x H x D): 250 x 210 x 374 mm.
  • Case volume: 19,5 Liters.
  • Net weight: 4,9 kg.

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