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Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Hybrid Computer Case FD-CA-NODE-304-BL
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- The Node 304 may be small in size, but it is big on options.
- The intelligent design allows for hybrid functionality. Three fully removable drive caddies support two drives each, either HDDs or SSDs. If you are looking to build a cool-running file server or stylish home theater PC, you have plenty of drive mounts.
- The included two 92mm Silent Series R2 intake fans and 140mm Silent Series R2 exhaust fan, the Node 304 provides high performance cooling right out of the box!
- The Node 304 offers a small footprint while still allowing you the room you need to work inside your case.
- If you are looking to build a cool-running file server or stylish home theater PC, you have plenty of drive mounts. If you want a powerful gaming system, you can mount up to a 12.2" graphics card and still have room for 4 HDDs or SSDs
- If you want to push the extremes even further the Node 304 can support single-fan liquid cooling systems or high-performance Tower-style CPU heat sinks (up to 165mm)
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|Item Dimensions||14.7 x 8.3 x 9.8 in||8 x 9.9 x 14.5 in||12.1 x 13.5 x 15.3 in||10.2 x 12.6 x 10.9 in||11 x 11 x 16 in||10.3 x 11.1 x 8.2 in|
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Featuring hybrid functionality, the Node 304 is an incredibly flexible case whether it is used as a cool-running file server, a stylish and quiet home theater PC or a powerful gaming system highlighting maximum functionality as well as stunning design with its Solid Aluminum Front Bezel. Thanks to it's modular interior, unused mounting brackets can be removed to allow for extended-length graphics cards up to 12.2" long, additional airflow or increased space for organizing cables. Further, the Node 304 supports standard-size ATX power supplies and is equipped with three Silent Series R2 fans, an integrated fan controller and two front USB 3.0 ports. Accommodates Tower CPU coolers (up to 165mm tall) or single-fan liquid cooling systems. Offers 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays compatible with SSDs. Need help? In less than 48 hours we can resolve your questions just go to support through the Fractal-Design website.
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Quiet (Huge chasis fans)
Fit standard ATX power supply
Good built quality
This case can accommodate up to six 3.5 HDDs. So I pair with ASUS AMD C60-I motherboard, which also has six SATA ports. For PSU, I use Corsair Cx430, which fits perfectly in. It is very quite even when chasis fans work in high speed, partially due to the fanless motherboard-cpu combo and high capacity PSU working in low power demand.
Crucial 16GB CT2KIT102472BD160B (2x 8GB) DDR3
5x WD RED 3TB
Antec Smart Power 400w
Sandisk Cruzer 8GB usb drive
The case is really nice, just enough room for everything and a little bit of space to spare. Considering my PSU isn't modular, I might have an issue fitting a PCI card in the available slot, but I don't really need anything else added to my current setup, so it's no problem. The built in fans are also very quiet, I barely notice the machine is on. The one thing I don't like is that the PSU plugs into an extension cord mounted on the inside of the case, and the PSU switch becomes inaccessible when you close the case. It's not a huge problem if you don't have to unplug your machine, but if you do, it might be good to take the top/sides off before plugging it back in, or you'll get a spark when you plug it back in. That may not be causing any problems for the components but it creeps me out.
The case isn't as small as a conventional "NAS" device but it's definitely smaller than your standard config. After building a system with this I have decided that I'm a fan of the Mini-ITX configuration. You can build a very powerful system that isn't huge. So those of us that have somewhat small offices built into the house it won't take up very much real estate.
Assembly had a few kinks. Nothing major, but they did significantly slow down the build time. The screws holding in the hard drive trays were misaligned and over-tightened at the factory, so they were a challenge to get out without stripping them. When I tried to install the motherboard standoffs, there were issues with the threads in the chassis. I had to use pliers in a cramped case to tighten them to be flush with the chassis (this is hardware that should thread easily and be tightened with your fingers). These appear to be QC issues, so YMMV.
Operationally, its fantastic. I like the integrated controller for the case fan. I keep it on low, and its whisper-quiet and still provides plenty of cooling (although my cooling needs are low with a Haswell i3). It's got plenty of HDD room (6x 3.5"), and appears designed to keep them cool, so its a good file-server case.
-Integrated fan controller (reasonable on high setting, whisper-quiet on low setting)
-Designed to provide constant airflow over hard drives
-Classy, unobtrusive design
-Hard drive racks mount with a combination of thumb screws and standard screws - why?
-Hard drive rack screws overtightened at factory
-Holes for mobo standoffs not threaded well
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- Up to 6 x 3.5" hard drives
- well built on the inside
- Room for some watercoolers (see below)
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