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Fractal Design Node 304 (Black)

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  • Excellent
    7 months ago
    I built a simpler game computer and chose this chassis because of its cube shape, and that it has no window (wanted a discreet desktop look). However, since it is of Mini-ITX form, I had to check the dimensions carefully on all components, but it is still airy. I chose to keep the supplied fans and their manual controls. Overall, I am very satisfied. Some lack of quality in the screws mentioned in previous reviews can be confirmed. The diode on the front lower edge, which shows SSD / HDD activity, shines unexpectedly sharply.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    Really smooth box. Compact but still with plenty of space for full-size graphics cards and most CPU coolers in the market. All fans are exchanged for Noctua, as the accompanying ones lack PWM and are a noisy noise (albeit not acute).

    Run a GTX 1080 together with Seasonic Focus Plus Gold Netsaw, which will fit well.
  • Very good
    2 years ago
    Updated: 2 years ago
    Awesome server chassis. Not very good at filtering vibration from physical disks though. Then get two deductions for this. Bought noctas compact CPU kyalare and a Seasonic Titanium 750w, perfect combo for this chassis
  • Perfect
    2 years ago
    Updated: 2 years ago
    Compact and good
  • Excellent
    3 years ago
    Updated: 3 years ago
    I bought this chassis about a year ago now to have that computer games and is incredibly happy, it's been a lot of tinkering to get the "good" (read: so I want it).
    The chassis has room for more than you think if you have enough desire, violence and Vaseline .. I chose to run with an Asus Z97i-Plus, Intel i7 4790k with Corsair H80i (has both fans installed) to get it cool after overclocking and a MSI GTX 980 and runs like a clock, I must admit that to get a reasonably cabling will have to struggle but it is possible, and a modular PSU is almost a must in my experience.
    All in all it is an incredibly affordable chassis that can be used for many purposes (HTPC, NAS, Gaming).
    What I have found negative is primarily planning / trix force required if you want to get it nicely, depending on what components you choose.
    Then I noticed (as other reviews mention) that you have to be careful with the threads while the screws so you do not tear them, even so the chassis is very stable and can "feel the quality" of the chassis.
    I'm extremely happy with it and rekommenerar it strongly if you have the time and energy to fiddle.
  • Perfect
    3 years ago
    Updated: 3 years ago
    I bought the black variant. Supposed to be on the desktop but it was after the trial to have it as a HTPC connected to my 55 "Samsung TV. It is thus at the TV in the living room.
    Had read much about the box before I hit (see http://www.silentpcreview.com/ and look for the Node 304).

    My advice to a beginning is to:
    Look for the right motherboard. Make sure the passer and has connections to the power / SATA etc to fit the box. I found the Asus Z170I Pro Gaming, a mini-ITX card.

    Buy a modular network units. You will get a very small space to put away the cables that are not needed. I put my old Seasonic SS-500HT. Is not satisfied with all the cables just lying around and collecting dust.

    I chose to buy a I5 660K 3.5GHz without the cooler and fan and fit a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. No problem in terms of height in the jar.
    However, I had thought that the fan would press through the air through the radiator, which would then be vented out of the box with 120mm chassis fan. This I change about as hard disks and SATA power cables would have taken the cpu fan!
    Possibly cables with 90 degree angle on the connector may fit, and not prevent the fan. Have not tried it, unfortunately.
    I chose to change the page of the fan and set it as the withdrawal of air by Hyper cooler. Was a bit worried that it would give me a higher temperature of the processor and lower airflow in the box but it seems to be going very well anyway.

    Hard disk holders are white (!) And that, according to me, fits pretty in the jar. Was thinking of painting them but they got to be there.

    All screws have been easy to screw in. I verified all the threads of the screws before I started installing something in the box. This is not to pull gängpaj anywhere.

    All damping to the hard drives is very good. Hear nothing from the three 3.5 "drives including two 7200 rpm. I also have an SSD installed and also the fit with no problem. I'm using two of the three drive carriers.

    I chose to keep the three case fans that came with the box. I have not regretted it yet. The thing that I can hear from your computer when the hard drives may work sometimes. The fan speed is usually low. Moves to the position when it is hot in the summer and I play.

    I knew that it would be difficult with the space in the box when I bought it. Has size 10 on gloves and certainly there was little kneppigt sometimes. I had to take the help of needle nose pliers to get the connectors on the motherboard during mounting.
    The quality of the box is good. All screws as you may need to follow. The filters in the Box serves its purpose well! The fans are quiet and a super plus is that it comes with low / medium / high level controls for fan speed.

    To mount a graphics card and get all the cables neat and so they do not disturb the flow of air in the jar can be difficult. For this to be possible, I switch to a modular network units, remove one or more of the drives (hard disk holder must be completely removed). Then must come find a suitable graphics card. Maybe there will be an MSI Geforce GTX960 2GB gaming in the future.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I also have big brother 804 and 304 does not feel as well built, a little more glitches and poor fit at the time. But apart from that, it's a very good drawer, impressed that you can get in six hard drives in such a small chassis with good vibration dampening and cooling in addition. Is of course a bit crowded with all disks and cables in place, but it will still ate fairly well. For me who like minimalist design it is an extremely stylish chassis.

    With a little bit better quality feeling it had quietly become a 10 but now it stay on the 8th
  • Perfect
    5 years ago
    Updated: 5 years ago
    Torrential satisfied with GA-B85N motherboard, extremely stable with little compromise and a lot of opportunities.

    Best HTPC I built is with this card and the i3-4330 + EVGA GTX 750 SC + mSATA SSD + 2x 4GB 1866Ghz memories.

    It included no Wi-Fi but the antenna mounts came with which was very good. Could get an actual Intel Wireless Mini PCI-e with Wi-Fi and Blutooth 4.0 and high db antennas to get the best functionality. Intel Wi-Fi cards are the best in my book, in any case, works in all situations, and has superior drivers. Important for the sleep and hibernation works perfectly.

    Going down the Sleep and Hibernation properly with Windows 8.1 Pro and starts quickly, but it is a feat in itself these days with buggy Win 8.1.

    EVGA GTX 750 SC, very small, quiet large fan with good performance. No coil wine or other unpleasant surprises. Highly recommended for HTPC. Tested several 750 and 750Ti graphics card that was either enlarge or sounded way too much. EVGA GTX 750 SC is definitely one of the best graphics cards for HTPC.

    Then add a Fractal Design Node 304 box and Corsair AX860 Platinum PSU then you have a super stable monster. Sure, PSU cost but I do not regret it one second, the fan does not turn at all with the low load. Works safely with a AX760 too but I fläskade of the biggest I could fit, it's just the money;)

    Almost forgot, also using a Noctua NH-U9B SE2, with no fans, just the heatsink. Fractal Design Node 304 box makes this possible for the air is sucked in at the front and blown out the back so it will be a perfect flow of air to keep the CPU cooled without any fans on the CPU cooler. Are certainly other good coolers but beware of the size so it fits.

    Total silence, performance and stability, the host was single dime.
  • Perfect
    5 years ago
    Updated: 5 years ago
    incredible support from fractal design when it had the wrong ..
    and a 270X sapphire fits no problems.

    Update: added a full length module power supply (L8 be-quiet CM 630W), it did not fit with the graphics card but by removiing the power supply holder and having the power supply loose I could get it to fit.
    All in all still extremely pleased with this case
  • Very good
    5 years ago
    Updated: 5 years ago
    Awesome Body! Looks awesome from the desktop. Has the white design

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    + Space for up to 6 HDD
    + Space for full length graphics cards
    + Fairly plenty of space to be mini-ITX, for example, there is space to put a real tower coolers. Uses self Coolermaster 212 evo. it is ~ 160 mm. 180mm is probably the highest
    + Included fans are quiet, if you do not run them higher than the average of the enclosed fan control.
    + Solid and stable construction
    + Hot finish
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    Hard to get to, good wiring example 24pin + cpu pwr, front connections, fan controller. Got the cpu pwr and front connections for the motherboard exactly.
    - Do not recommend to use larger PSU than 140 mm if you're driving with the graphics card model anymore. Then the graphics card and PSU possibly collide. especially if you drive a modular PSU.
    -konstruktionen at PSU placement is stupid. had been moved to the edge PSU holder had received normal sized PSU instead.
    - Quite a large box to be mini-ix, especially in width. But considering everything you can stuff in it so it is not surprising that it requires little volume
    -Grovmaskiga "Dust filter"
  • Excellent
    5 years ago
    Updated: 5 years ago
    This is a very good chassis for a gaming mini-ITX PC! You can fit a full-size graphics card and I found that the chassis was very easy to run wires neatly in. Also like the sharp voltage control of the fans who are back on the chassis (Can be installed away if you want) and that all vents have dust filters that are easy to clean.

    Encountered only two problems that I want to share with you.

    First Assembles a 120mm radiator in the chassis (run corsair H55) so blocked it anyway so that I could put in the usb 3.0 cable that goes to the panel on my motherboard (Gigabyte GA H77 wifi). Then I can live with that switch on the adapter and put it in USB 2.0 so I do not see it as a big problem but there are certainly some who do.

    2nd IMPORTANT! If you must have a long graphics card, you will have problems with the graphics card beats in your power supply if it is longer than 140mm (modular) or 160mm (non-modular).

    For this reason, get the chassis 9/10 of me. Very good purchase is highly recommended!
  • Excellent
    5 years ago
    Updated: 5 years ago
    Advantages:
    Small
    Silent
    Great graphics card fit
    rate

    Cons:
    Complicated to build in (but that one can always expect).

    I can find no major fault on the chassis. However, when it is so small it is not required a lot of force to the metal parts in it to bend so you have to be careful. But I got a place with a full-size PSU, video card and cpu cooler. Although it is complicated to build into it's fun and it takes up very little space as NAS or media center in the living room.

    I like the case and would recommend it.
  • Good
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    Design-wise, the box is good, I think it is uncluttered and how the different components are placed in the box is quite ok. I swapped out the included fans (which is voltage-controlled, 3-pin) to PWM controlled (4-pin).

    The quality leaves a little to be desired, but given the price this is also ok. Biggest problem I discovered after being tested and mounted on components several times is that the threads of the box is damaged even if you are really careful with that screw "taken the gang" and the failure övermomentar tightening - they will simply be destroyed because the metal is too soft. ..

    Overall, I think then that the box is good: it is definitely affordable, but the quality reaches the not quite make it.
  • Excellent
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    Wonderful chassis. Very well thought out with many smart features. Recommended!
  • Excellent
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    The box is neat / discreet on your desktop. It was a bit awkward to build in it for one that does not have built in 4-5 years, but that was expected as the drawer itself is smaller than past experience. Fans included and the controls work well.

    The only thing I can complain about is the difficulty of finding suitable power supply and pull its cords, and silencing the HDD that is heard quite well in use. If you have experience in addressing these things are excellent drawer.

    The box is now barely a meter from the user, the next screen. Sapphire HD7850 is plugged in and will not sound until I pull up the fans over 50-60%. Noctua NH-U9B sit in and cool a 3570K, its fans can be heard well at that distance even at 7V.

    Now, after more than six months with the above parts, I can say that the sound is the chassis fans, depending on which setting you choose, and the graphics card at the more demanding games like Skyrim for example CPU fan, I can not make out after the first month. As usual surf and simple games like WoW, only a mild murmur that can be noted.

    What I lack is possibly a USB2 port on the front USB3 ports. USB2 paraphernalia can not be read by the USB3 ports to the motherboard I bought attached to the wires that were in the chassis
  • Excellent
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    A versatile and stylish chassis that is easy to build in the size. Suitable for high-performance gaming machines as well as media cans or even storage server with plenty of disk locations. Hårddiskvaggorna is both sturdy and good at dampening vibrations. The meföljande fans are well suited to the integrated fan controller, although the two 92mm fans in the front does not start at 5V. The latter can be both a problem and a function, because the system that do not need as much cooling can get by just fine with only the exhaust from the 140mm fan that sits perfectly placed.

    Which CPU cooler that can be used are limited by the motherboard than the box, which is worth remembering. I would have preferred a white model, even when it would have meant a front entirely of plastic. Fractal Design're welcome to come with a power supply in the SFX size in the future, and the audit of the box with either such enclosed and perfectly fitted, or just extra mounts for such. It would open up even more room in the box and a 140mm fan in the front.
  • Very good
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    Stylish, pretty ok construction. Must say that in all honesty does not save that much desk space than a minitower that you can still have full-size motherboard in.
  • Perfect
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    Bought this a few days ago and must see to say that pure design terms, it is a feast for the eyes ... Really neat chassis!

    As part of this writing, it's not very very place to work on, but with a little patience and wits it goes superbly. So it is with all m-ITX chassis.
    Did not actually get to the cables in a good way so it's pretty "airy".

    Find virtually nothing on the negative side, well in that case would be to alloy on the front can be a little repkänsligt but if you are careful, it's easy.

    Recommend this chassis any day of the week!
  • Very good
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    Do not go on Sweclockers recommendatio on the need for a graphics card reference design (radial fan that throws out the hot air through slot-holes) in this jar. I have a factory overclocked MSI GTX 660 TwinFrozr that handle BF3 in Ultra (~ 60-70 fps) and it does not go above 60 degrees celcius in the GPU temperature. Then I have the fan controller / chassis fans are set at the lowest level, the system is more or less silent!

    If I open the MSI's control application Afterburner so laps graphics card fan up over 50% after which the card can be heard in the most demanding gaming action, which lowers the temperature. However, it is drowned by normal sounds from the game.

    If you set up the fan controller / chassis fans to the max so you hear a whirring noise from the jar, but when the temperature drops further on the components.

    I was hesitating whether I should buy a graphics card reference design or not. I regret NOT my choice. My concern for high temperatures and for poor airflow is completely blown away (hehe).

    It should be noted that the GTX 660 is the most powerful graphics card on the market and the temperatures sure increases with an intense short.

    The chassis is on the floor and the room temperature is 20-21 degrees.

    In Other I am very satisfied with the chassis. I checked other mITX chassis and found they either looked for plastiga out, had too many holes everywhere or had big ugly logos on the chassis.

    Less may be just my chassis for the lack of a screw / rivet in one place, and that a screw came loose. I would also desired more internal mounting points for example cable ties.

    Buy!
  • Perfect
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    Really good news, a must when it is so small, only 19 liters. The modular disk assembly units are really good. Motherboards and power supplies easy to install when you removed them.

    Remember to buy a smaller PSU if you want a long graphics card. I have a 150x150 non modular and it works OK but it's crowded!
  • Excellent
    6 years ago
    Updated: 6 years ago
    Really good chassis. It is neat, well thought out and well construction. Have a Silverstone Sugo SG05 chassis too but this case is just a bit better in my opinion. Especially if you are building a gaming computer.

    Recommended!
  • Perfect
    7 years ago
    Updated: 7 years ago
    Excellent chassis considering the size. The best FD has done so far. It gets crowded, but so it is with the mini ITX comes to planning well. Think of one thing only, the front panel of brushed aluminum is quite sensitive to scratching, not hard like the anodized aluminum is the Lian Li chassis. A hard rock lying next to the chassis, and it became a mark where the aluminum is looked up. Was fixed with a felt pen in my case, but something to keep in mind.

    Update: still very positive for this chassis, mounted off the front småfläktarna (less drag), enough with the big back there as I slowed down a bit for an i3-based systems. I have a hard drive cradle with a SSD and a mechanical Seagate disk. Despite their 7200 heard the barely at all.
  • Excellent
    7 years ago
    Updated: 7 years ago
    Really great chassis!

    Would like to thank the engineers at Fractal Design for an incredibly well completion design. Easy to install gadgets, good solutions to most problems. Really solid chassis with a stylish finish.

    There's only one thing to complain about, shielding missing for the cable to the audio jacks on the front. As it is, catch it unfortunately up noise from other components in the computer.
  • Excellent
    7 years ago
    Updated: 7 years ago
    + A small chassis that can accommodate large components.

    + Can be used as a home server, HTPC, or even as a high performance gaming machine.

    + Stylish exterior that hides a well planned and modular interior.

    + The chassis is stable on its four rubber feet and does not feel rickety or softened.

    + Joints in the front is unobtrusive enough, want one so you can skip to plug in the white HDD LED is on the chassis will house a HTPC build.

    - Ventialtionshålet which was intended to act tailpipe to the power supplies operate instead as an air intake. I do not think the designer tested the concept properly.

    - 140mm fan makes a slight ticking sound, barely audible but it is estimated not think of the really sensitive to sound.

    + / - One of the rubber feet set wrong during delivery, but the glue was fresh and it was just to correct it.