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Fractal Design Node 804 Micro-ATX Chassis Review (Page 3)

Chad Sebring | Jul 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm CDT - 2 mins, 22 secs time to read this page
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Fractal Design Node 804 Chassis

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The front of the Node 804 is really slick. They use plastic for the frame of the bezel, as well as the top brushed section, to give it the appearance of brushed aluminium, without the cost. The lower section is the intake, and is covered in a fine mesh with tiny round holes in it. Just above, and far to the right, is the Fractal Design name, and the power LED is just to the right of that.

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The top of the chassis is rounded to match the curve of the front bezel, and there is just enough plastic framing around the huge mesh area in the middle to be structurally sound. Removing a pair of screws, and sliding this back an inch or so allows it to be completely removed from the chassis.

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The left side of the chassis is much like the top in the aspect of offering just enough steel in the side panel to allow for the largest clear window, yet it is still structurally sound. We can also see that the front curves to the sides, and fits tightly together, keeping the body lines evenly spaced.

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A look at the back gives the first hint to the dual sections of this design. On the left side we see a 120mm fan at the top, and under that fan is where the PSU is to be installed. The right section also offers a 120mm fan, but below that are five expansion slots, and some mesh to allow for a bit of passive air flow.

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Just above the right side fan, and next to the rear I/O opening at the back of the case, is where Fractal Design has added the fan controller. Via this controller, three fans can be powered and switched from low, to medium, and then again to a high speed of 1000 RPM.

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The right side panel on this chassis is just an expanse of steel with the same textured black paint application we found on all the other steel components. At the front of the chassis, where the bezel wraps around to the side, we see the slot load optical drive slot, and the front I/O panel.

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This front I/O panel offers 3.5mm jacks to connect a microphone, and headphones just above the unmarked power button. Below, in the mesh section, there are also a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

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Under the chassis we find smaller, yet rubber padded feet far out into the corners for sturdy footing. On the left we find a removable dust filter covering optional fan locations. On the right we can see the Velcro straps near the front, and the smaller dust filter for the fan on the PSU.

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Chad Sebring

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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