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Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Aluminum PC Case (Black)

MPN: FD-CA-NODE-304-BL | SKU: JH2787
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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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  • 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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Description

Node 304 The Node 304 is the latest compact computer chassis from Fractal Design featuring a unique modular interior for outstanding configurability. The Node 304 accommodates up to six hard drives and/or extended length graphics cards. Unique new modular mounting system that accommodates up to 6 hard drives (either 3.5" HDD or 2.5" SSD) Node 304. The Node 304 is the latest compact computer chassis from Fractal Design featuring a unique modular interior for outstanding configurability. The Node 304 accommodates up to six hard drives and/or extended length graphics cards. Unique new modular mounting system that accommodates up to 6 hard drives (either 3.This Fractal Design Node 304 (FD-CA-NODE-304-BL) system tower is a black Mini-ITX mini-tower aluminum tower that will do fantastically in your system build! Fractal Design's FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Node 304 chassis is an Mini-ITX mini-tower tower (9.84" high and 14.72" deep) meaning it will work with high-end main boards but is designed with a smaller form factor. The computer case is designed to be used with and Mini-ITX motherboards and'll be properly air cooled using three pre-installed fans so it will draw in cool air by using the front air vents and send it safely using the top panels. You'll be pleased, since you'll have space for an ample number of slots as well by employing 0 external and six internal drive bays that can grant room for all the super-cool extras you will have an appetite for in your system.

Make/Model Number
Fractal Design Node
FD-CA-NODE-304-BL
Color
Black
Form Factor
Mini ITX Mini-tower
Expansion Slots
Six (6) 2.5" / 3.5" Drive Bays (Convertible)
Cooling Fans
Two (2) 92mm Front Fans
One (1) 140mm Rear Fan

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer
Fractal Design
Series
Node
Model Number
FD-CA-NODE-304-BL
Model Name
304

Appearance

Color
Black
Material
Aluminum
Front Panel I/O
Two (2) 3.5mm Audio
Two (2) USB 3.0 Ports
Fan Speed Controller

Compatibility

Motherboard Size
Mini-ITX Mini-Tower

Expansion Slots

2.5" / 3.5" Bays
Six (6) 2.5" / 3.5" Drive Bays (Internal)
Rear Expansion
Two (2) Expansion Slots

Cooling System

Front Fan Slots
Two (2) x 92mm Fans (Included)
Rear Fan Slots
One (1) x 140mm Fan (Included)

Power Supply

PSU Included
No

Size

Max Card Length
160mm
Dimensions
9.84" x 8.27" x 14.72" (H x W x D)
Features
Removable Hard Drive Rack
Side-Air Vent
Matching Color Exterior
Washable Air-Filters
External Fan Controller
Small foot-print
  • Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Small Form Factor
  • Modular mounting system that accommodates up to 6 HDD/SSD
  • Accommodates tower CPU coolers up to 165mm tall
  • Integrated Fan Controller
  • 2x USB3.0 Audio In/Out Front Ports
  • Removable Dust Filters

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • One (1) Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Desktop Computer Case


Brand: Fractal Design

MPN: FD-CA-NODE-304-BL

UPC: 817301010979

Compatibility: Mini-ITX, USB 3.0, 2.5" drive, 3.5" drive, 160m Video Card

Packaging: Retail

Condition: New



Product Details

Manufacturer
Fractal Design
Classification
Node 304
MPN
FD-CA-NODE-304-BL
Type
Mini-ITX Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum / Steel
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini ITX / DTX
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
6
Expansion Slots
2
Front Ports
2 x USB 3.0 / Audio
Fan Options
Front: 2 x 92mm

Rear: 1 x 140mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan included
Side Air duct
Yes
Max GPU Length Allowance
310 mm
Max CPU Cooler Height Allowance
165 mm
Dimensions (H x W x D)
8.27" x 9.84" x 14.72"
Weight
10.80 lbs.
Features
Compact, modular interior

Minimalistic design with an elegant aluminum front panel

Unique new modular mounting system that accommodates up to 6 hard drives

Accommodates tower CPU coolers and single-fan water cooling systems

Filtered air intakes ensure a dust-free environment for internal components

Three Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans included

Excellent cooling for all components

Accommodates ATX power supplies

Fan controller for all fans included

USB 3.0 for fast file transfers

1 x 140mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan (included), 2 x 92mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans (included)

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Customer Reviews

Review Summary
4.5
Reviews
5
61.7% (29)
4
29.79% (14)
3
4.26% (2)
2
2.13% (1)
1
2.13% (1)
By Kathryn Montgomery
Great case
This is a great case with some quiet fans and surprisingly spacious inside. Love the usb3 ports on the side and the case looks nice and sleek.I wish i had measured my space before purchasing this as i was hoping to have it fit in my entertainment center. This was my own fault though and i've found a place for it behind the tv. Not ideal but as well not anyone's fault but my own. If you are planning to put it in an entertainment center, make sure you measure before you buy so you don't make the same mistake as me.Other than that this is a great case!
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Great quiet case
Great case with plenty of room to make even a decent gaming rig. Included fans are quiet, and includes 3 speed fan controller. Good drive mounts with rubber grommets to keep noise down on spinning drives. As long as you go by the specs and stick with a short, modular psu you will have plenty of room for even the largest gpu.
By Lily Sanders
Great mini-itx case
I love this case. I'd say it's the best mini-itx case, but i guess that depends on what you need, so instead i'll say that it's probably the best blend between looks, size, compatibility and expansion for anyone who's looking to build a desktop, server, or htpc for their home.Form & function:- the outside of the case looks minimalist, sleek and in my opinion, beautiful- there are no external access points so no room for an optical drive - you'll have to get a usb optical drive instead...- it has 3 hanging racks for 6 hard drives which makes accessibility easy, although most mini-itx boards only have 4 sata ports so this may never be fully utilized- accommodates a full-size power supply - as other reviewers have noted, the way the case is laid out, there can be quite a squeeze for the cables and this is true. I'm not using a discrete graphics card so i don't really have any problems at all, but i could see how if there was a graphics card in there, that things would get pretty snug.- compatible with 'some' full length graphic cards - like i said, i'm not using one for these machines as they aren't being used for any graphics heavy purposes, but definitely check the lengths of whatever graphics card you have or are going to buy.- the case fans are super quiet... Hard to tell that the computer is oni'll probably get more of these when the time comes...
By Russell Silva
Love the case...
But like others have noted, the screws are of terrible quality. Would have given it 5 stars otherwise, the design is great and everything worked flawlessly. It's very quiet as well.
By Laurie Lam
Great case
I've had it for a while now and i love it. Fans are not too loud and the lights are placed in an area that it doesn't get annoying for me while watching tv/movies. I used this case as an htpc but i love the fact that it gives me the ability to put a decent size video card it it.Sexy too... Sexy is important when you're a geek... So i'll give it two sexy thumbs up!
By Madison King
Nice quiet case with minor design/qc issues
I'm using this case for a home server (samba share, web server, backup target, etc.). I wanted something cool & quiet, and found it.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.Pros:-quiet-integrated fan controller (reasonable on high setting, whisper-quiet on low setting)-designed to provide constant airflow over hard drives-classy, unobtrusive designcons:-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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Very nice mini-itx case
I used this for a freenas build and it is perfect for that question. There is enough room for 6 hard drives in this bad boy. It is a little bigger than a shoebox and seems a lot smaller than my bitfenix prodigy case that i use for my desktop. This case would be perfect for an htpc or even a slick desktop machine (although no optical drive). Nice, not overpowering, blue power light and the hard drive light is white and is directed to reflect off the surface this case is sitting on. So there are not any really harsh lights blasting you in the face. Since i keep this on 24/7 in my room that is a huge plus. Great case!
By Peppi Salmela
Very nice product
All-in-all this is pretty nice case for the price. Very roomy and the ability to fit an atx ps is a huge plus. A little more cable management capabilities would have given this another star.This was used house my htpc build:*** as rock lga1155 intel h77 sata3 usb3.0 a v gbe mini itx motherboard*** kingston technology hyperx blu 4gb 1600mhz ddr3 non-ecc cl9 dimm (kit of 2)*** intel core i3-3240 dual-core processor 3.4 ghz 3 mb cache lga 1155*** 2x samsung 830 series 2.5-inch 128gb sata iii mlc internal solid state drive (ssd)*** corsair builder series cx 430 watt atx/eps 80 plus
By Vando Ribeiro
Clean mini-itx case
The main draw of this case over cases like the corsair 250d is the very clean design to the case (no breaks in the lines for the front). All the buttons and connectors are found on the front left of the case instead of the direct front.The inside of the case is quite cramped but this is to be expected for a sff. I would of liked that they made a little more space for the power supply as a fully modular one that can support a powerful system barely fits in there if you remove the psu bracket and stick it with some other method (i used the 3m outdoors velcro straps).The case does have good quality fans in it and it as well provides a cable to route the power cable from the psu out the back like normal (as the psu is located in the front part).I have built a fairly powerful system in it with using a asus maximus impact, i7 4770k, 780gtx, and a 760w corsair psu. The system keeps cool even under load and is not very loud.Great construction and when on sale it is a steal of a deal for a great case!
By Pihla Seppala
Great case
Though the case is a little tough to build in (cable management) once it's put together the look and silence is all worth it

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