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Fractal Design Node 605 Silent Home Theater Computer Case FD-CA-NODE-605-BL
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- Solid aluminum front panel
- Supports full ATX motherboards
- Noise-dampening material
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The Node 605 highlights a minimalistic, sleek Scandinavian appeal which is designed to integrate into your home theatre equipment. Featuring a stunning exterior appearance accompanied by a modern, black interior with sound and vibration dampening materials, the Fractal Design Node 605 supports a full ATX motherboard as well as a graphics card up to 280mm in length. Cleverly hidden behind the access panel on the solid 8mm thick aluminum front panel are two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port and a multi-format card reader for multiple formats.
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Minor issues that prevent 5 Star. Upside-down front panel connections (doesn't cause major problems just not intuitive), dust filters for fans screwed on (quicker removal would be much better), Hard Drives end up flip flopped (cables just end up twisted), Center "Structure Bar" overlaps PCI slot (hinders cable connection for graphics cards),
Compact , No nonsense case that fits well into a Home Theater setup (near identical dimensions to A/V Receiver. Stays cool, quiet and doesn't draw much if any attention. Plenty of room for more than most will ever need. Does what it was designed for and feels solid.
Construction wise everything is very solid and engineered excellently, but some of these tight tolerances have created some issues. The door on the front panel has a slight bow to it; now, while this is not noticeable when it’s closed it is noticeable when the door is open. There is enough of a bow in the door that it rubs on the case as it opens and closes. It’s not a big enough problem to render the case unusable but enough to notice that something is off. The only other drawback to this case is the arrangement of the interior. While some areas of the case are free and open other parts are very cramped; namely the side with the slim dvd opening. Once a power supply is in there, along with the hard drive(s), slim dvd drive, connection cables, you will have a wiring/routing challenge on your hands. And as others has pointed out, if you use a full size ATX board the dvd slot will be unusable. As much as I like and appreciate the hanging HD cages I feel they are the biggest hurdle to deal with in this case. If the HD cages were to occupy the other side of the case above the mother board or mounted into the lid of the case I feel the wiring/routing and air circulation would be much better.
Something I would consider when using this case. First and foremost; use a modular PSU with this case. The fewer “loose” wires you have hanging around in this case the better; it will reduce the amount of routing you will need to do and increase the airflow in the area around the hard drives. Next, I would strongly suggest using a micro-ATX board with this case. Not only does the smaller board allow for easier routing and storage of possible loose cables, it also allows the use of the slim dvd drive bay. Finally, I’d suggest using SSD’s with this case; simply to reduce the number of spinning/vibrating parts within the case.
Finally, I know I haven’t made any comments about the fans but at the time of this review but I didn’t have access to an outlet to power on the system at the time of the build. However, I’ll try to remember to add to my review once I got the system up and running.
The 4 pin (Molex) power cable to the internal fans was really shotty. Very poor quality and not what I expected from Fractal. They didn't line up and got pushed out the back of the plastic housing. I had to get some tools out to make sure all the pins lined up.
The other aspects of the construction were great. It looks fantastic.
This case is a little different than the other matx or atx cases out there in that you need a slim dvd drive. This is also the main problem with the case. The slim drive can be difficult to mount. I found the screws included in the kit caused the drives cd tray rails to bind up. I ended up using a shim between the drive and the rails and only screwing one side of the rails to the case. In short this problem would be solved more easily with a slot load slim dvd drive instead. Also, remember you'll need to buy the adapter to convert the slim drive connectors to standard sata connections.
The other thing to remember is that this case has tight clearances. The power supply needs to be as short as possible (180mm) or shorter.
Other than that, it's hard to complain when nobody is offering good HTPC compact solutions. This fits anywhere a standard home theater receiver would fit. I use it for a custom NAS I built that has a Hypervisor.