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Fractal Design Node 804 Micro-ATX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 10:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Case Build and Finished Product

 

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Even with a 160mm limitation, we found plenty of room for an air cooler. We like that we are able to add in the HD7950 as well with no issue at all. Of course, for those wanting to water cool, card length may become an issue, but there are three other locations for radiators if you plan to use longer video cards.

 

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Looking at the rear end of the chassis, we find it filled out nicely. The PSU aligns without issue, and we had no issues snapping in the dust shield, or getting the card mounted.

 

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With our build we only needed one HDD, so we left out the left rack to show some of the space left for optional parts like pumps, or a reservoir. The Velcro may not work for every wiring run, but those that will run under it are tidy and held in place well; plus, it keeps them under the cutout so you won't see them from the window view.

 

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We chose this angle to minimize the reflection, but the point was to show the great view of the hardware inside that you are afforded in this chassis. Of course, there are the wire ends showing to the right, but once the right side panel is on, the view is of a clean and tidy build with the hardware in the forefront.

 

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As we step back, before we power up the Node 804, we really like that nothing has changed except for the view through the window. Even if you do plan for an ODD, being slot load only, you don't have to break up the sleek front with an obnoxious looking 5.25" bay cover, or drive.

 

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After turning on the Node 804, we had to look at the switch on the fan controller again to be sure we were set on the highest setting. Once we verified that, we were pleased to see this chassis only produced 33dB of noise in this setting. Medium fan speed takes it to almost inaudible levels, and in low we had to keep checking the fans to see if they were working, as they were impossible to hear from a foot away from the chassis.

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