[2014] Fractal Design Node 804 chassis review - A great cube to use | Case/ PSU reviews @ReviewStudio.net

Fractal Design Node 804 chassis review - A great cube to use

  • Written by Petrus-Iulian "Devon" Fatu
  • Published in Case/ PSU reviews

I haven't touched computer chassis until now, but since Fractal Design's Node 804 landed on my desk, I had to get busy. The simple design covers what essentially is an enthusiast grade micro-ATX / mini-ITX case in a cube form factor.

Simple is key word here. All Fractal Design cases sport a minimalistic aesthetic, and Node 804 is no different. However, there's one thing setting it apart, and that's the cube form-factor, which is not really common in the world of computer chassis. There are some available, Corsair has the Carbide Air 540, a large, and somewhat aggressive looking cube, Bitfenix boasts 2 models, the Prodigy and Phenom, and even Fractal Design has a smaller, living-room firendly creature in the shape of Node 304.

 Fractal Design Node 804 - Product Image

Node 804, however, straddles between enthusiast and home entertainment. While the case has some obvious limitations in terms of design, it's also packed with a lot of expansions and features that should make even the most tame enthusiast a little giddy.

Now before I dive in and discuss the Swiss-knife nature of this frame, it's only courteous of me to also prepare a proper table.

Fractal Design Node 804FD-CA-NODE-804-BL-W

Case Type

Mini Tower Chassis

Color

Black

Front bezel Material

Plastic

Side Panel

Window

Body Material

Aluminum

5.25" drive bay (External)

None

3.5" drive bay (External)

None

HDD bay

2.5" SSD x2 
3.5" HDD x8
2.5" / 3.5" SSD/HDD x2

Expansion Slot

5

Motherboard

Micro-ATX
Mini-ITX

Cooling

Front: 4 – 120mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed);
Rear: 1 - 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed);
Rear: 1 - 120mm fan slots (included is 1 hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed);
Top: 4 - 120x140mm fans (not included)
Fan controller: 1 - Integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)

I/O Ports

USB3.0 x 2
Audio in/out

Maximum Compatibility

VGA Card length: 320mm 
PSU length: 260mm 
CPU cooler height:160mm

Power Supply

ATX (Optional)

Dimensions

344 x 307 x 389 mm

Net Weight

6KG

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