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

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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



Front bezel Material


Side Panel


Body Material


5.25" drive bay (External)


3.5" drive bay (External)


HDD bay

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

Expansion Slot





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)


344 x 307 x 389 mm

Net Weight


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