Fractal Design Node 304 Reviews

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★★★★ 4.4
Manufacturer: Fractal Design
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Based on 28 reviews.
 

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX PC Case Review

★★★★ 4.2
Verdict: There are several major factors you must consider when selecting a new case for your current system, or selecting a new case for a new build....
Pros: 
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • filters on all intakes
  • support for a full-sized graphics card
  • support for ATX power supplies
  • support for tower CPU coolers
Cons: 
  • Various systems interfere with each other
  • Cleaning filters requires opening case
  • No external ODD slot
  • Power plug can be difficult to connect
  • Only 3 zip ties in the bag
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Case Review

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: Small form factor systems have become increasingly popular over the past year. The main reason for
Pros: 
  • – Great build quality
  • – Support for up to 6 hard drives
  • – Supports normal ATX power supplies
  • – 3 fans included with fan controller
  • – Elegant design
  • – USB 3.0 support
Cons: 
  • – Motherboard standoffs are quite hard to install correctly
  • – Modular power supplies will not work with longer graphics cards
  • – No 5.25inch drive bays
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: Everything is getting smaller. With today's emphasis on efficiency and mobility, and processors that do even more with much less power consumption, it is a trend that will probably continue.
Pros: 
  • Actually would make a great quiet-running file server
  • HTPC or high-end gaming system
  • Three fans with included fan controller
  • One of the smallest enclosures that can still fit high-end GPUs
  • Still keeps those high-end GPUs cool
  • Intelligent layout
  • Fits full size ATX PSUs
  • Simple
  • clean and...
Cons: 
  • Have to cherry-pick a PSU if building a high-end gaming rig
  • Must choose between full-length GPU and six HDDs
  • Cable management always a struggle
  • Odd shape for an HTPC (Hard to place with other home theater components
8 years ago

Fractal Design NODE 304

★★★★ 4.4
Verdict: Fractal Design expands their line of cases with the NODE family aiming to provide unique enclosures to storage and HTPC enthusiasts. We take the little one - the NODE 304 - for a spin to see what scenario it is best suited for.
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 review

★★★★★ 4.7
Verdict: The Fractal Design Node 304 obviously caters a very specific audience. The guys and gals that need something small and sexy for that functions as a simple net-top, HTPC or the coolest looking NAS/file server ever.
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Case Video Review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: The Fractal Design Node 304 Case is tiny, doesn't have a 5.25" drive, but up to six 2.5" or 3.5" drives can be installed. This is a simple, elegant SFF case that would be perfect for a server or if you require a compact mini-ITX/DTX solution with lots of storage.
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 review: the best ITX-supporting cases we've seen

★★★★★
Verdict: One area that has seen substantial growth over the past 18 months is the mini-ITX case market. The realisation that these mini-motherboards can be the basis for some pretty powerful PCs has started to dawn on people, not least the chassis manufacturers.
7 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 review

★★★★ 4.2
Verdict: Its price might seem steep at first, especially when you take into account the bargain-tastic Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced and budget-friendly BitFenix Prodigy. However the Node 304 is better-built than either case and offers significant benefits in some departments too.
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304

★★★★★
Verdict: December 10, 2013 by Lawrence Lee Product Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case Manufacturer Fractal Design Street Price US$90 Though the mini-ITX form factor has been around for over a decade and become significantly more popular over the past few years, there is no defined case specification like...
7 years ago

It all fit inside, but crowded

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: - my motherboard has the sata connections at a right angle facing the power supply. Can't connect/disconnect the cables without removing power supply using right angled connectors. This blocks 2 of the 4 ports. Not sure who to blame on this one. - Lots of windows to allow air flow in/out.
Pros: 
  • - Solid construction - Slapped in a GA-Z170N-WIFI MB, no issue with mounting to stand off post as others mentioned - Has room (barely) for ATX power supply - Accommodates a 212 evo cooling tower with two fans
  • Barely clears the HyperX Predator 2x16gig sticks
Cons: 
  • - No Speaker, really Cant hear bios beeps to debug issues if they happen to occur
  • - No accessible switch for Power Supply - No reset switch - Need to remove just about everything from the case to mount MB (rear fan, cross bar that hold HD brackets, front panel, power supply
5 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: I am using the case for a NAS/workstation build. In combination with a Syba JBOD SATA card and a couple of 4x SATA power splitters I can fit my entire collection of HDs into the case. That's 6 3.5" drives for a total of 8TB, a 750GB 2.5" and an SSD.
Pros: 
  • Stylish, Supports 6 3.5" drives
  • Compact
  • Good airflow
Cons: 
  • Noise: the fans can be heard when on full and medium speed, hard disk noise is easily transmitted through the thin sheet metal, No USB 2.0 front panel support anymore, no where does it say the 2.0 adapter has been dropped
  • No word from NCIX or Fractal support on the issue
  • Very disappointing
5 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: I like the configuration of this case. The PSU in front and the motherboard on the bottom allows for the use of a big cpu cooler if you are willing to give up the drive storage bays. I found all the screws to be screwed in what seems like as tight as possible.
2 years ago

A Great Mini_itx Box

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: I used it for a mini server build. Excellent Case.
7 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304

★★★★★
Verdict: If you're building a new PC and are aiming for the mITX form-factor, chances are good that you'll be placing this PC out in the open, for everyone to see. That being the case (no pun, of course), you no doubt want it to look good, and be reasonably easy to install in.
7 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: One area that has seen substantial growth over the past 18 months is the mini-ITX case market. The realisation that these mini-motherboards can be the basis for some pretty powerful PCs has started to dawn on people, not least the chassis manufacturers.
8 years ago

Fractal Node 304 Review

★★★★★
Verdict: In the world of home-theatre and small form factor PC's, the Mini-ITX form factor is becoming increasingly popular amongst those seeking big things in a small package. With an ever growing demand for Mini-ITX based systems, case manufacturers are working hard to capitalize on the sudden demand for...
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case Review

★★★★ 3.5
Verdict: KitGuru says: A good first attempt at an ITX case from Fractal Design but it needs some tweaking before we would recommend it hands down.
Pros: 
  • Attractive design
  • Well built
  • Quiet running
Cons: 
  • Limited choice of compatible power supplies
  • Expensive
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: Best case for itx motherboards and hi density systems. Very clever layout. Im running an 6790k, 7 pro rev 2 cooler and 6 - 3TB hhds and havent had any over heating issues with 24/7 running. If you take out 2 of the hhds you can also fit a full length GPU like a 1080.
4 years ago

Inexpensive, good-looking, well thought-out ITX case

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: While a small case should normally cost less than a large one, in practice I find that's rarely the case. Nonetheless I was pretty impressed with what £60 got me in the Node 304. The finish on the case is soft (possibly powder-coated
6 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Case Review

★★★★★
Verdict: 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.
Pros: 
  • 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"...
Cons: 
  • Lack of support for internal optical drives may be a problem for some users
  • Could come with thumbscrews for the video card
8 years ago

Fantastic quality!

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: About the size of two shoe boxes, the Node 304 Mini ITX case is great for building a high performance computer using the mITX form factor. The GPU can sit comfortably and the hard drive bays are designed to allow a good amount of airflow through the case from the front to the back.
Pros: 
  • Spacious design - Removable hard disk bays - Fits a GTX 660 - No sharp edges - ATX PSU supported
Cons: 
  • - Requires creative cable management
7 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Computer Case Review

★★★★★
Verdict: I was having a conversation with a patient about how the NFL has evolved into a passing game. Years ago, teams strived for a good running back and a strong defense. Quarterbacks averaged less then 20 throws a game.
Pros: 
  • Modular Design
  • Mini-ITX / DTX Motherboard Support
  • ATX PSU Support
  • Tool Free Design
  • Two Front 92mm One Rear 140mm Silent Fans
  • Two Front USB 3.0 Ports
  • 6 Drive Support
  • Fan Controller
  • Supports Up To 310mm GPU Size
  • Supports Up To 165mm CPU cooler
  • 2 Full Size Expansion Bays
  • USB 2.0 Header Built...
Cons: 
  • No ODD Support
  • No Official Micro-ITX PSU Support
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case Review

★★★★★
Verdict: Everything is getting smaller. With today's emphasis on efficiency and mobility, and processors that do even more with much less power consumption, it is a trend that will probably continue.
8 years ago

FRACTAL DESIGN NODE 304 Black ITX Case Support ITX/DTX Motherboard, CPU Cooler Supports Upto 165mm, Graphs Card Supports Upto 310mm, 2XPCI Slots, Front 2XUSB3.0, HD Audio, NO PSU

★★★★★ 2.5
Verdict: Perfect case for my FreeNAS build. Fits 6 HDDs With smaller a PSU like EVGA G3 you can fit a full-size graphics card if needed (something I may add one day if expanding media side of things).
3 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Case Review

★★★★★
Verdict: Overall, Fractal Designs has a solid case on its hands. What you have on the outside is what Fractal was going for, a sleek, minimalistic design. On the inside you have the ability to fit a full-sized, to a limit of course, video cards, ATX power supplies under 160mm, and up to six hard drives.
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case Review

★★★★★
Verdict: There are many Mini-ITX cases on the market, the Fractal Design Node 304 is just one option. I personally think it is one of the best options; for many reasons. The build quality is hard to beat, as is the minimalist design.
7 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304

★★★★★
Verdict: When we dug into the Node 304 , I was seriously blown away by its styling. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that we had another Mini ITX case in from Fractal Design called the Array. I (Wes) was impressed with that case and still keep it around for use to this day.
8 years ago

Fractal Design Node 304 case review

★★★★★
Verdict: Where the Fractal Node 304 lacks in terms of cable management or other niceties, it makes up for by just getting out of the way-both internally and in external style. It's also very solidly built and shows no sign of flex or bend anywhere in the structure.
8 years ago

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