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. Unused mounting brackets can removed to allow for long graphic cards, additional airflow or more space for organizing cables. Additionally, it is equipped with three hydraulic bearing fans, easy-to-clean air filters in all intakes and two front USB 3.0 ports.
Featuring hybrid functionality, the Node 304 case is ideally used as a cool-running file server, a stylish and quiet home theatre PC or a powerful gaming system highlighting minimalistic and stunning Scandinavian design and maximum functionality.
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
- by David_W @Oct 05, 2012
Mini ITX, DTX motherboard compatibility
2 expansion slots
6 – supports either 3.5" or 2.5" HHD / SSD
ATX PSUs, up to 160mm in length (To fit in combination with a long graphics card, PSUs with modular connectors on the back typically need to be shorter than 160 mm)
Graphics cards, up to 310mm in length, when 2 HDD brackets are removed (Graphics cards longer than 170 mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160mm)
Tower CPU coolers, up to 165 mm tall
Case dimensions (W x H x D): 250 x 210 x 374 mm
Case volume: 19,5 Liters
Net weight: 4,9 kg
Cooling / ventilation
2 - Front mounted 92mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans, 1300 RPM speed (compatible with 80mm fans) – included
1 - Rear mounted 140mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan, 1000 RPM speed (compatible with 120mm fans) – included
Removable air filters for front fans and PSU
Fan filter for graphics card
1 - fan controller for all 3 fans included
2 - USB 3.0 (Internal 3.0 to 2.0 adapter included)
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In building some new SFF builds for my customers, I was immediately attracted to the Fractal Node 304. It seemed to be the perfect balance in size, in between something like an Lian-Li PC-Q08, yet much smaller than a Bitfenix Prodigy. The larger volume of this case allows for full sized components and conservative overclocking.
So let's see what fits in well with this beautiful case. To start, obviously, you are going to have to select a m-itx motherboard. I will neglect integrated atom based boards as I feel they are better suited in truly tiny sff cases like the Silverstone SG05/06.
Nice case. Good cooling options for its size. Really good look to it with plain black front. The one issue I have so far is that the screws attaching the drive cages on mine are crazy tight. I still can't remove the middle bay after 35 min of fighting the screw. For the thumb screws on the drive bays (2 of them) I had to use a wrench clamped to the screws and whack them with a hammer to loosen them... Hopefully it's just my case
Used it to assemble a 6 disk file server. Works great for that purpose. Great design approach for hard drive mounting system. I only use rear fan plugged into motherboard for better speed management for now.
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