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Fractal Design Node 304 (Black)

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  • Fractal Design NODE 304

    Plus

    • Great use of space for such a small chassis
    • Excellent build quality
    • Three fans are included
    • Fan controller switch for all three fans
    • Space for up to six hard drives
    • Full ATX PSU will fit - just watch the length
    • USB 3.0 Cable comes with additional USB 2.0 header
    • Plenty of possibilities to tie down cables on the floor of the case
    • Dust filters on all intake areas
    • Quiet on low fan setting
    • Can fit fairly large CPU cooler
    • Can easily fit a large graphics card
    • Cool white LED in front
    • Clean design

    Minus

    • A tad more expensive than other mini-ITX cases out there
    • No reset button
    • Modular PSUs won't work in combination with a long GPU
    • Watch the length of the PSU, especially if you want to install a long GPU
    • No external drive bay

    7 years ago
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    Fractal Design Node 304 Case Review

    Awards
    Hardware Secrets Golden Award

    Plus

    • Excellent cost/benefit ratio
    • Stylish design with aluminum front panel
    • Support for a regular-sized ATX power supply
    • Air filter for the front and power supply fans
    • Air filter on the left panel mesh
    • Three-speed fan controller
    • Anti-vibration rings for 3.5” hard drives
    • Support for six 3.5” or 2.5” devices
    • Clips for fastening cables using cable ties

    Minus

    • Lack of support for internal optical drives may be a problem for some users
    • Could come with thumbscrews for the video card

    Conclusion
    The Fractal Design Node 304 is an excellent choice for the user who is building a small form factor (SFF) computer and wants a product with a stylish design, support for regular-sized power supplies, and great features.Strong PointsExcellent cost/benefit ratioStylish design with aluminum front panelSupport for a regular-sized ATX power supplyAir filter for the front and power supply fansAir filter on the left panel meshThree-speed fan controllerAnti-vibration rings for 3.5” hard drivesSupport for six 3.5” or 2.5” devicesClips for fastening cables using cable tiesWeak PointsLack of support for internal optical drives may be a problem for some usersCould come with thumbscrews for the video card

    7 years ago